New cyber simulation for schools launched

The latest campaign from the Tech Partnership has kicked off, and this one is focusing on developing tech and digital skills among children 11-14. Countdown to Chaos, which launches today, is designed to give schoolkids a taste of working life in the crucial cyber security industry.

Countdown to Chaos is an interactive teaching aid designed to help teachers explain to students what working in a digital business is really like, and what skills they would need in order to find employment. Designed as a first-person simulation, it places students in the role of the Government’s counter-security chief. “Racing against the clock, and prompted by a realistic mix of news flashes, instant messaging and challenges, players search out the mastermind behind a planned cyber-attack and stop it in its tracks.”

 

Part of the Mozilla Badges scheme

It is aimed at teachers running half day workshops or a lesson series with children that look at cyber security, or as part of an after-school or lunchtime club. Students can even continue outside the classroom, working externally as part of their homework.

Those students that complete the course successfully will be eligible for a specially created open badge from Cisco, the world’s largest networking company. Students aged 13 and over can add the badge to their Mozilla Open Badges backpack – an online portfolio of accredited skills that can be added to CVs and shared with employers.