When it comes to the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math – research shows one of the best ways to engage students is with hands-on learning. This type of learning encourages interaction and exploration, which help students build skills and gain knowledge. AAUW has created a series of STEMpacks, lesson guides and materials that educators can use to encourage hands-on learning. It’s a fun and easy way to get middle- and high-school girls fully engaged in the STEM fields.
STEMpack: Cyber Security curriculum
The world’s leading cyber security company, Symantec, partnered with AAUW to develop the STEMpack: Cyber Security curriculum. A total of four lessons across five days of instruction and activity, this curriculum is designed to inspire and introduce participants to cyber security and computer science.
This curriculum is intended for a classroom setting with a computer available for each student, to be led by an experienced educator who is comfortable using technology. The robust lessons build on one another and cover the origins of the internet, binary code, an introduction to programming languages and coding, deconstructing a computer, and more. The lessons can be flexible depending on educators’ needs, but each features more than two hours of instruction and activities for computer science education for students with varying degrees of prior knowledge.