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Smallpeice Trust teach Year 9s about cyber security

The education charity wants to teach children to become Cyber Security Professionals

Posted by Hannah Vickers | February 07, 2017 | Technology

National education charity The Smallpeice Trust is setting out to give year 9 children the tools they need to tackle cyber security head on.

From Whatsapp encryptions to defending against large-scale data leaks, year 9 students across the UK will be introduced to the complex world of cyber security in a three-day course sponsored by Royal Holloway, University of London and delivered by leading education charity, The Smallpeice Trust. 

This three-day course, designed in partnership with GCHQ, runs between 27th – 29th March to give students the opportunity to explore modern security technologies and get hands on with the latest cyber security tools. Through a series of presentations and team exercises, students will learn how to crack challenging codes and enforce security measures to aid them in their daily lives.

Dr Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust, said: “In order to stop hackers we must first understand exactly how they operate. Our Cyber Security course will introduce students to the world beyond the world-wide web, capture their imaginations and arm them with the tools they need to keep the world safe.” 

Courses like this are all about thinking big, exploring further and imagining more, and it really doesn’t get bigger than having Britain’s cyber security forces supporting a residential course at one of London’s most prestigious universities - Dr Kevin P Stenson, Chief Executive of The Smallpeice Trust

“Courses like this are all about thinking big, exploring further and imagining more, and it really doesn’t get bigger than having Britain’s cyber security forces supporting a residential course at one of London’s most prestigious universities. Of course, Smallpeice’s own team will also be on hand to help further capture the imagination.” 

The Cyber Security course is one of a number of opportunities available through The Smallpeice Trust as the organisation launches its 2017 STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) courses for young people aged 12-18. 

In addition to the usual classroom teacher taught curriculum of delivering STEM subjects, Smallpeice offers a host of hands-on courses, in areas as diverse as Nuclear Marine Engineering and Supercomputing, that challenge young people to imagine the engineering feats of the future. 

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