Cyber Education

Center for Cyber Education

 

Bringing together the foundational blocks for K-12 computer science education in Mississippi.

About the Center

The mission of the Center for Cyber Education (CCE) is to ensure all students in Mississippi have access to quality cyber education instruction from elementary through high school. Ultimately, this encompasses topics across the technology spectrum—including programming, cybersecurity, robotics, data science, and artificial intelligence—as well as the quantitative, technological, and sociological implications of each. The CCE also promotes teaching foundational concepts, including computational thinking, effective and appropriate uses of technology, digital forensics, and digital ethics across the K-12 curriculum. 

 
Mississippi has aggressive goals of creating a computer science curriculum framework in K-12 and placing qualified computer science teachers in all Mississippi schools by 2023-2024. The CCE, in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Education and Mississippi State University’s Research and Curriculum Unit, works to support these goals, as well as the Computer Science for Mississippi initiative—also known as CS4MS—with the input of an advisory board made up of representatives from the eight colleges at Mississippi State University and industries throughout the state. This diverse advisory board will help the CCE to understand the pervasive impact of cyber skills and information technology across society, and provide valuable insight into the courses and training that are needed for effective and relevant K-12 cyber education.

Goals

  • Becoming a nationally recognized leader in broadening participation in K-12 computer science education through securing federal funding, collaborating nationally, and publishing annually.
  • Broadening participation in computer science through access, exposure, and education for all populations in the state, with an emphasis on attracting women and minorities to the field.
  • Being the hub of in-state collaboration, professional development, and quality resources for K-12 cyber education.
  • Establishing a strong network of industry partnerships to support K-12 cyber education through job shadowing and internships for students and teachers, teacher mentoring, and funding support, and maintaining dialog with industry leaders to meet their computer science workforce needs.
  • Helping build smooth articulation pathways from high school to community college, university, and the workforce, with national certifications built-in and multiple exit points.
  • Regularly convening K-12 teachers, postsecondary educators, and computer science industry professionals to evaluate existing K-12 computer science standards and curricula to ensure the content and courses remain relevant.
  • Constantly monitoring national and global trends, advancements, and innovations in cyber technology and education to inform the development of relevant new courses and pathways.

CS4MS Summer Training

Course Center/School Location Register
Exploring Computer Science (ECS)
June 10-14, 2019
Ross Collins Career & Technical Center Meridian GoSignMeUp
AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP)
June 10-14, 2019
Brandon High School Rankin County Apply
CYBER FOUNDATIONS:
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries)

June 10-14, 2019
Northwest Rankin Middle School Rankin County Apply
CYBER FOUNDATIONS:
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries)

June 17-21, 2019
Oak Grove High School Hattiesburg Apply
CYBER FOUNDATIONS:
Computer Science Discoveries (CS Discoveries)

June 24-28, 2019
Lafayette Middle School Oxford Apply
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Contact

Shelly Hollis
Assistant Director
662-325-2510
shelly.hollis@rcu.msstate.edu

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