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NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University students in the School of Cybersecurity, Data Science and Computing mentored six local Northfield and Williamstown High School students to create their own technical device using a university-provided Raspberry Pi kit. The Central Vermont Supervisory Union.

Premier Pi Making Contest began Jan. 19 and students will showcase their final projects at 6 p.m. March 17 in Norwich University’s Thaddeus Buczko Cyber War Room.

In Norwich’s inaugural Pi Making Contest sponsored by the Center for Cybersecurity Forensics Education and Research (CyFER), the National Security Agency's GenCyber program and the Norwich University Cyber Institute, local high school students who complete the entire program receive a free Raspberry Pi, a small single-board computer, and a monitor to connect for “Making Pi.” Participants paired with Norwich students enrolled in the Scholarship For Service program, a scholarship funded by a National Science Foundation grant. 

The Raspberry Pi activity is designed to expose local students to computer-building basics and facilitate mentorship between Norwich and Central Vermont Supervisory Union students.

Scholarship For Service program students majoring in computer security and information assurance commit to work for the federal government after graduation in exchange for scholarships to help pay for their education. Five Norwich students mentored the local high school students; two students led the activity’s operations.

The Raspberry Pi activity is designed to expose local students to computer-building basics and facilitate mentorship between Norwich and Central Vermont Supervisory Union students. 

“Cyber is often considered a challenging subject,” CyFER Director Dr. Huw Read said. “These novel hands-on projects with our Scholarship for Service mentors let school students explore new areas of computing, chat with those who are already in the specialization, and create something they can be proud of and reuse in the future. We are thankful to Ms. Brucie Donahue at CVSU for helping to initiate the program.”

Norwich University was an early pioneer in cybersecurity education, offering a Bachelor of Science in computer security and information assurance beginning in 1999.

Norwich University programs, ranked No. 2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the United States, are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Homeland Security Department and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

In 2002, Norwich University joined what is now called the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program. Norwich is partnered with the U.S. Army Reserves to develop cybereducation curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top 10 best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by universities.com. Norwich is also home to GenCyber@NU, a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.

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About Scholarship For Service:
Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for federal, state, local and tribal governments. This program provides scholarships for up to three years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate (Master of Science or doctoral) education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. Learn more here: https://www.sfs.opm.gov/.

About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the nation’s oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

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