RSC Cyber Security program introduces computer science skills through Raspberry Pi devices
Rose State College recently hosted a full-day computer science workshop for local high school students on Saturday, March 2. The workshop used the popular Raspberry Pi device to teach participants basic computer programming, security, and networking skills, as well as basic Linux commands. For many students and parents, this was their first experience working with a Raspberry Pi device.
The Raspberry Pi is a small, single-board computer developed by the UK-based Raspberry Pi Foundation. “The Raspberry Pi is a very versatile device,” mentioned Ken Dewey, Cyber Security director program. The participating students experienced this versatility first-hand, as students learned how to install different operating systems and applications to the device, ranging in use from gaming to utilities.
“I’m not sure who had more fun, me or my son,” said Steve Daffer, a parent of one of the participating students. “I went into the event knowing very little about the Pi, and now I have all sorts of plans on what I want to do with one.”
The event concluded with a special announcement for the students, Professor Dewey informed the students that the Pi they were using was actually theirs to take home and use. “The students were thrilled,” said Dewey.
Saturday’s workshop is the latest in a series of events designed specifically for K-12 students and teachers. During the summer of 2017, the RSC Cyber Security Program hosted nearly 400 K-12 students and teachers for at least one cyber security-related workshop or event. Rose State has also been a host to GenCyber, a cyber security-related summer camp funded jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Rose State College boasts the top cyber security program in the Oklahoma City-metro, with key partnerships with The University of Tulsa and OSU-IT.
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