Interactive Learning

How We Collaborated with Amazing Cyber Security Programmes and Activities to Inspire 162 Students to Consider a Career in Cyber Security 😊

Emily Rosenorn-Lanng
Dr Jane Henriksen Bulmer
Stefan Kleipoedszus
Sam Ware
Davide Melacca
7th December 2023

On Wednesday 6th December, we had the pleasure of attending the Colyton Grammar School Cyber Day, where we introduced our platform, CyGamBIT to 162 year 8 students.

The event was part of the CyberFirst programme, which is designed to identify and nurture a diverse range of talented young people into a cyber security career. The event featured a variety of cyber security programmes, learning resources and activities, such as:

  • GCHQ Bude, a signals intelligence station that intercepts and analyses communications from around the world. GCHQ Bude introduced the students to the fascinating world of classic codebreaking and cryptography, and how they are used to protect national security. They also had a chance to try their hand at cracking some codes and puzzles, and to see some of the equipment and tools used by GCHQ.
  • CACI, a technology and innovation company that provides solutions for defence, intelligence, and civil government. CACI showed the students how space weather and the solar system affect cyber security and communications, and how they monitor and mitigate these risks.
  • Cognition Learning, a STEM education provider that uses LEGO to teach cyber security and other subjects. Cognition Learning demonstrated how LEGO can be used to build cyber safe devices and networks, and how to apply cyber security principles in a fun and creative way.
  • James and the SW Cyber Prevent Team @swrccu, who delivered an amazing presentation on the ROCU Cyber Safe programme. ROCU Cyber Safe works with schools and colleges to promote cyber security education and careers, and to deter young people from engaging in cybercrime.

We had a blast showing the students our game, which covered topics such as phishing, passwords, cyber well-being, and online identity. They also learned about the cyber security and privacy, and why cyber security and privacy are so important in the digital age. The students enjoyed the game and showed great enthusiasm and aptitude for cyber security. They also gave us valuable feedback and suggestions for improving our platform and games.

We are very grateful to Jonathan from GCHQ outreach for inviting us and Charlotte and the team at Cynam for introducing us to such brilliant collaborators and facilitating the day. We are also very impressed by the students’ enthusiasm, curiosity, and talent for cyber security. We hope that the event has inspired them to explore their passion for tech and to consider a career in cyber security. We look forward to seeing them again in future events and activities. Thank you for having us and for making the event a success.

We would also like to thank Jenny from Colyton Grammar School for the superbly organised hosting of the event, and Jonathan for sharing some amazing statistics with us. From a baseline of 45 who said that they had considered a possible career in Cyber prior to the event, the total at the final Assembly was a spectacular 112 (a 150% increase due to all our efforts). This shows how much impact the event had on the students’ awareness and interest in cyber security. We are delighted to hear that Colyton School plans to continue the CyberFirst relationship in 2024. We wish them all the best in their endeavours, and we hope to get the opportunity to collaborate with them again in the future.

Meet the author(s)

Emily Rosenorn-Lanng

Researcher
Emily Rosenorn-Lanng is a researcher and project manager at the National Centre for Cross Disciplinary Social Work (NCCDSW) at Bournemouth University. She has over 19 years of experience in conducting and managing various research projects in health and social care, local government, tourism and heritage sectors. She specialises in quantitative research methods, game-based learning, generative AI, cybersecurity, and accessibility. She is also pursuing a part-time PhD in game-based learning in Cyber Security education. She has published several research papers and reports on topics such as mental capacity, cyber fraud, child mortality, leadership development, and more. She has also participated in the InnovateUK cyberasap program, a pre-accelerator for cyber security start-ups.
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Dr Jane Henriksen Bulmer

Principal Academic
Jane is a Principal Academic in Computing and a member of the Bournemouth University Cyber Security Research group (BUCSR) and BU’s Computer Emergency and Response Team (BU-CERT). Her research focus is on privacy and security, exploring how privacy and security can be incorporated into organisational decision making by design and default. She has successfully completed her PhD on Incorporating Contextual Integrity into Privacy Decision Making: A Risk Based Approach, which developed a comprehensive privacy risk assessment framework to help organisations effectively assess privacy and make informed decisions about privacy risk before processing or sharing data.
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Stefan Kleipoedszus

Deputy Head of Department and Senior Lecturer
Stefan is a qualified social worker with more than 20 years of experience of working with children in different contexts, including safeguarding and disabilities. As a researcher, Stefan takes a great interest in children living in (secure) care, ways of improving protecting the welfare of children and the way social workers make difficult decisions under uncertainty.
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Sam Ware

Software Developer
Sam is our Technical Research Assistant. Sam graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Games Software Engineering and now works full time on the technical development of CyGamBIT.
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Davide Melacca

Technical Research Assistant
Davide graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Game Technology and he brings a unique set of technical skills and game design experience to the team.
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