More than 100 middle and high school teams and over 500 students from all over the Los Angeles area came together at Cal State Poly Pomona on September 27th to kick off this year’s Cyber Patriot National Competition focusing on cyber security. Woodcraft Rangers NVISION Cyber Patriot club at Huntington Park High School took 1st place and South East School in South Gate took 2nd place. Cyber Patriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program, an event created by the United States Air Force, and Woodcraft Rangers’ 3 high schools actively participate in yearlong competitions.
The Cyber Patriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security and in (STEM) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Woodcraft Rangers youth actively engage in preparation for these competitions daily within the NVISION after school programs. The competition includes the students having to fix and repair an operating system that has flaws during a time crunch. Both high schools placed in the top two spots in the intermediate division receiving medals.
Woodcraft Rangers CEO Chris Johnson says, “It is great to see how our passionate club leaders educate our high school cyber patriot clubs to work towards a common goal as we build the future of tomorrow.” As the NVISION clubs compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Throughout the greater Los Angeles area, Woodcraft Rangers has served over 1.1 million youth through its summer camp and unique after school clubs customized to fit the youth’s interests. Their mission is to enhance what the youth do during the school day, build confidence, and the ability to be more active learners. Woodcraft Rangers goal is to engage and inspire the youth they serve.