National High School Cyber Challenge

Together with its members, The Quilt serves as an advocate for the next-generation of research and education (R&E) networking leaders. In an effort to help cultivate future leaders, The Quilt has joined our member, Merit Network, to offer an opportunity to all our Quilt members to engage their connected high school communities in a national R&E cyber challenge.

The National High School Cyber Challenge is a multi-round competition that tests students’ skills in networking, programming and operating system security. This competition is developed by Merit Network and the Michigan Cyber Range. Every round of the competition is offered at no cost to schools or students, who compete in teams of 1-3.

Current Participants:

Participating states include: Missouri, Illinois, West Virginia, Maryland and Oklahoma. State recruiting is still in process!

HELP SUPPORT THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL CYBER CHALLENGE.

Support from industry partners is critical to the success of this event, to ensure that any student, regardless of geographic location or economic ability, can participate. Learn more about how your organization can support economic development, cyber readiness and the talent pipeline today!

Questions? Email HSCYBERCHALLENGE@MERIT.EDU

Participation Details:

Merit will provide each participating organization with a marketing and recruiting toolkit, sponsorship materials and an online registration page. Merit will also run and facilitate each round of the competition. Participating organizations are required to register a minimum of 10 teams. It is our aim to garner participation from 5 states within The Quilt. In order to run this event, $175,000 total in sponsorship funding must be secured within The Quilt.

Competition Timeline:

ROUND ZERO – APRIL/JULY, 2019
An online resource that can be utilized by parents, instructors and administrators as cybersecurity warm-ups, supplements to curriculum, and more. Round Zero is an unscored challenge, and is open to unlimited participants.

ROUND ONE – OCTOBER, 2019
A four-day online challenge that will focus on networks, programming, operating systems and hacking skills. This round is open to 10-30 teams from each participating state.

ROUND TWO – NOVEMBER, 2019
The National Championship features a virtual exercise designed to test teams’ skills with an intensive, timed series of cybersecurity challenges. The top 10 highest scoring teams from Round One will participate in Round Two.

Cybersecurity Bootcamp courses and examination vouchers will be awarded to the students of the winning team. These certifications will qualify the students for entry level jobs in the industry.