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SCHOOL and SPORTS Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District Thursday, March 28, 2019 N/Warren Town and County News Norwalk warriors Page Seven N ORWALK ROBOTICS TEAM TO WORLDS Continued from p. 1 inApril. The world-wide level of competition has gotten so large, that Worlds are split into 2 regions — the Midwest through the Northeast US go to Detroit, and the remainder of the US got to Houston. International teams are split up between the 2 US locations “Earning a coveted spot to Worlds puts our team in the top 3% of the FTC teams in the world, which is really an amazing accomplishment for such a young team” says FTC Coach Jeff Bergan. “Last year’s team missed advancing to Worlds by 3 spots, so this season, their goal was to get there. These kids have put in so much time and effort this season to meet that goal, which was at times, an uphill battle” agrees Coach Tom Lamb. “I’m not sure many high school level activities have the opportunity to compete at a world- level event! It will be an amazing experience for all of us”. Norwalk technology teacher and FTC Coach Jodie Irlmeier notes “We are really proud of them, and they are doing a great job representing Norwalk and getting our name out there in the FTC community. Iowa has some very talented teams, which makes for great collaboration opportunities.” The Norwalk Robotics team is a school-endorsed program, but is 100% funded with donations and grants to Operate the program. “Robots are not an inexpensive endeavor, so fundraising is a very important factor in maintaining a successful team” states Coach Lamb. In fact, the team had to raise over $15,000 to complete the season and build 2 robots. The trip to Worlds will require nearly $10,000 in transportation and lodging costs, so fundraising activities are underway to support the trip. “This could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some of these team members, so we’re committed to getting them there, no matter what it takes” says Coach Bergan. A major fundraiser is teaching a mini robotics camp for Lakewood students, which will take place on April 13th. The team held a similar class last summer that sold out in just hours. This time they will offer 2 sessions to accommodate 60+ kids. More information can be found on the Robo_Warriors facebook page, or by emailing RoboWarriors@norwalk.k12.ia.us. The team also accepts donations through the Norwalk Student Education Foundation (NSEF) throughout the year. Students attending Worlds: Nick Bergan, Caleb Belden, Jamison Bice, Will Clarke, Trevor Fisher, Sydney Fisher, Hannah Groos, Olivia Lamb, Tyler Lamb, Madeline Lepley, Lex Marshall, Eva Newland, Eli Newland, Tyler Rewerts, Noah Schumacher, Jaden- Smith, Tyler Wicker. Coaches: Jeff Bergan & Tom Lamb. Team mascot: Miranda Lamb. Other team members: Brett Dawson, Dakota Elings, Trent Fredrick, Chloe Martin, Derek Means, Adam Serck, Nick Serck, Jonathan Tague, Spencer Taylor. Coach: Jodie Irlmeier Cybersecurity Program Launches , for High School Girls . A national cybersecurity program designed specifically for high school girls ’has launched, to encourage more females into the industry and reduce the digital skills gap. Girls need to be at least 13 years old and either in grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 to qualify. The program awards Winning participants with cash prizes of up to $1,000 and college scholarships of $500. There are three stages to the program: CyberStart Assess, CyberStart Game and CyberStart Compete. Girls-only cybersecurity program Girls Go CyberStart which has officially launched today, is the result of a partnership between 27 state governors and SANS Institute. It is designed to encourage more young women into the cybersecurity sector and reduce the digital skills gap in America. Girls who want to participate in the free program do not need any experience v in gaming or computer science, but must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade at a public or private school (or the homeschool equivalent) in a participating state. To register for the program, girls, teachers, or administrators associated with a school or organization, need to sign up here: https:l/www. girlsgocyberstart.org/interest. . The interactive extracurricular activity consists of three stages, with each stage featuring a series of digital challenges that are designed to introduce participants to important concepts'in the field of cybersecurity. When registered, girls will be sent a link to the first stage, CyberStart Assess, which consists of a series of questions that measure existing knowledge, problem- solving skills, and the potential for a career in cybersecurity. To progress to the next two stages of the program; CyberStart Game and CyberStart Complete, participants must be registered with a ‘club’, which can be easily set up by a school teacher, administrator or equivalent. CyberStart Game involves learning cybersecurity techniques to tackle real- World challenges including cracking codes, finding security flaws and dissecting a cyber criminal’s digital trail. Finally, CyberStart Compete is for the best performing teams from each participating state, and will see them compete in a national online ‘Capture the Flag’ competition. The program is offering multiple prizes for completion; three schools will be entered into a prize draw to win $1,000, clubs with the highest number of girls registered will win $1,000, $750 and $500 respectively. The top-scoring Capture the Flag teams both nationally and in each state will win cash prizes for students andtheir schools. At least ten high-scoring high school juniors and/or seniors per state will win $500 college scholarships. The 27 states that have registered participation are; Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming. Alan Paller, Director of Research at the SANS Institute, said, “This is an exciting time to launch the program, cybersecurity is becoming ever more important in this country and by educating young people, we can ensure the industry has a stream of-diverse new talent. Girls Go CyberStart was a huge success last year, so we’re hoping even more students and schools will sign up this year. Our ultimate goal is to encourage young women to consider a career within the cybersecurity sector. It’s a very lucrative and rewarding industry that not many American women are aware of we’d like to change that.” SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *BORST COUNSELING SERVICES 240—9474 *EDWARD JONES Benjamin Pearson 981-1800 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 *NORWALK FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981—9432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *PHOTO PRINTING, INC 989-3251 *TRUBANK 285-4900