Air Force Association Frank Luke Chapter

AEROSPACE EducatioN Programs

CyberPatriot and StellarXplorer

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The National Youth Cyber Education Program


CyberPatriot the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. The CyberPatriot Programs are:


At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.  Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.


AFA CyberCamps emphasize fun, hands-on learning of cybersecurity principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life. At CyberCamp, students learn the importance of cyber safety and how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats. Standard AFA CyberCamps teach beginner students the basics while Advanced AFA CyberCamps incorporates more complex concepts geared towards students who have previous participated in a CyberCamp or participated on a CyberPatriot team.


The CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing grade K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cybersecurity principles. Security Showdown 2 is geared at K-2 students and teaches students about Personal Information.  JeffOS is for grades 3-6 and teaches about phishing, malware and firewalls.  Packet Protector is also geared at grades 3-6 and teaches about malware, defenses and passwords.


The Cyber Education Literature series was launched in December 2017 with the publishing of its first book, Sarah the Cyber Hero.  The book is a pre-K reader for younger children that pioneers the topic of cybersecurity to a early elementary youth and is available to purchase online.


CyberPatriot's newest program, CyberGenerations, the Senior Citizen's Guide to Cyber Safety will be available nationwide in late 2018.  The program aims to teach older individuals about password hygiene, malware and ransomware, marketing and fraud scam, and social media awareness.



The National High School Space Challenge

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Earn an all-expense-paid trip* to the StellarXplorers Finals!

StellarXplorers inspires and attracts high school students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through a challenging, space system design competition involving all aspects of system development and operation with a spacecraft/payload focus.

Who can participate?

Teams can come from any high school (including home schools), JROTC, CAP, School Clubs, Boy/Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, or any organized youth organization. Teams consist of an adult Team Director (usually a teacher) and two to six students. Team Mentors with space experience are available in-person or online. Participation is free until after teams have had the opportunity to compete for the first qualifying round. A nominal $200 registration fee for the team is payable in December, with waivers available to Title I schools upon request.

How does it work?

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The Program supplies a self-contained academic/education component accessed online as a curriculum supplement, as well as specific training in the use of system simulation software, Systems Tool Kit (STK). The competition leading up to the finals will be accomplished from the team’s home location on any Windowsbased personal computer. Teams will be asked for their solutions to a typical space design problem, such as orbit determination, satellite component selection, and launch vehicle planning, as outlined in a scenario describing the system’s mission and constraints. Practice Rounds will precede three Qualification/Prestige Rounds in November, December, and February that will determine teams advancing to Semi-Finals in March to continue the full learning experience. The top teams from the Semi-Finals will receive an all-expense-paid trip the Finals in Colorado in early April.

For Students

This is an exciting hands-on learning experience that develops commercially valuable skills and increases appreciation for the critical role of space in our daily lives. The competition attracts all types of students with diverse backgrounds who will establish their own experiential base off accomplishment, all while building teamwork and leadership skills. Most of all … it is FUN!!!

For Teachers & Mentors

The program provides a relevant and stimulating addition to your classroom with hands-on, real-world applications of science and technology that is widely embedded into your students’ lives. Mentors have the opportunity to share their knowledge with an appreciative young audience in an endeavor that they chose as their life’s work, while inspiring the next generation of their own replacements. For Sponsors Offers the chance to “grow your own” future workforce! You’ll have access to a pipeline of talented individuals, interested your business, most U.S. citizens eligible for advanced clearances and uniquely positioned to be your interns and future employees. At the same time, you’ll boost US competitiveness and STEM education, while enhancing your visibility with customers and peers.


Register at: / / (703)-247-5800 x 4899 (Registration is open 1 May- 1 October each year) Sponsors Contact: Stephen Gourley, / (720) 253-3474