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CRACK THE CODE

Our schools, communities and laboratories are in danger from growing and changing cyberthreats. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Educate the next generation of experts to meet these challenges.

INL’s Coding Coalition is here to provide funding, resources and expert support to Idaho high schools that commit to assembling a crack team of future STEM experts.

Mission Instructions

1. Find a commander. 

This person can be any educator prepared to lead their team through computing challenges over the next year.

2. Choose your mission. 

Robotics, coding, hacking and more — the details are up to you. Make sure your club involves computer science goals and aligns with coalition needs, including targeting diverse and enthusiastic students.

3. Register your crew.

Eligible clubs must have a commander and commit to participating in a CyberStart America program. This innovative, free cybersecurity competition is designed to help students explore a passion for cybersecurity or computer science, win recognition for their schools, and qualify to win prizes and scholarship money. No prior experience is required, just an interest in problem-solving, puzzles or basic coding. Clubs eligible for the INL coding coalition should have six students recruited before registration — additional team members are a bonus!

Idaho National Laboratory: Your coding headquarters

INL is committed to funding up to 30 eligible clubs with $1,500 in grant money to cover an adviser stipend and club materials. All clubs that register will have an appointed INL STEM ambassador as a cyberguide who can share their expertise and support them throughout this competition. All schools across Idaho are eligible to apply.

Register your school through Dec. 9, 2020.

Learn more and register for CyberStart programs.

If you have questions, contact Collette Rothwell. INL employees can register as a cyberguide here.