The 2018 National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference call for proposals seeks thought-provoking K12 cybersecurity-focused individual speakers and group panels that will challenge and inform educational leaders from across the stakeholder community.
If you think your science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program aimed at the high school level is going to fill your recruiting needs – think again. Many STEM and cybersecurity advocates recommend programs beginning at grade school because many students are already formulating career ideas and are greatly influenced by teachers, parents and other individuals they admire.
Taking into account the fierce global competition for jobs and the threats to national security and prosperity, it’s more important than ever for young students “to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math,” according to the Department of Education.
This year NICE is building on last year's excellent student involvement and is calling for education, industry, government and student thought-leaders in each of the five tracks to be presented.
Both individual and group panel speaking proposals are encouraged to highlight effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, metrics of success, and other potentially game-changing methods in K12 cybersecurity education, according to a release by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The conference will feature five tracks:
- Increasing Cybersecurity Career Awareness
- Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Education Portfolio
- Integrating Innovative Cybersecurity Educational Approaches
- Designing Cybersecurity Academic and Career Pathways
- Promoting Cyber Awareness
The United States is a global leader in science, research and innovation, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. You can inspire the next generation of scientific leaders by submitting a proposal — https://www.k12cybersecurityconference.org/call-for-proposals/ — the application deadline is only two weeks away on June 15, 2018.
The Conference will be held December 3-4, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas. For more information on how to submit a proposal or to register as an attendee or exhibitor, visit the NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference website at www.k12cybersecurityconference.org.