Girls Go Cyber Start 2019!

Girls Go CyberStart is a fun and interactive series of digital challenges designed to introduce you to the field of cybersecurity. More than 6,600 high school girls played Girls Go CyberStart in 2018 and loved it! Best of all? You will compete in three stages for the chance to win cash prizes for you and your school as well as scholarships to help pay for college.

No prior experience is required as the program gradually builds your knowledge base, introducing you to exciting topics like cryptography, web vulnerabilities, Python, Linux and forensics. Teamwork, persistence and determination are key. Whether you already know a bit about coding, or have never considered a career in technology, you’ll enjoy Girls Go CyberStart!

So what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and sign up for the chance to win great prizes for you and your school!


How do I know if I’ve got what it takes?

Do you enjoy solving puzzles, using logic to work through challenging tasks and learning new skills? Then this is for you!

People who enjoy learning new languages, math, or music often excel in this field – but so do people who prefer geography, history and drama! Whatever your passion, there’s only one way to find out if you’ll also love cybersecurity. Give it a shot!

Requirements to participate:

  • Identify as female
  • Be at least 13 years old on February 18, 2019
  • Be enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade


What if I get stuck?

If you become stuck and are unable to progress, there are plenty of helpful resources within the tools. CyberStart Assess is an aptitude assessment so the resources are limited. You will need to carry out research using the internet and resources, such as blogs, for clues and tips. However, within CyberStart Game there is a field manual, which will help you progress.

One point to note: it is not considered cheating for you to use team mates and search engines to try and find more information about a tool or technique. That is simply being a great security practitioner!  We have a Office Team and a Discord chat set up to help you collaborate and work together with others in our school.

Count me in! How do I get started?

Email me: bjohnson@linnmar.k12.ia.us  or talk to Mrs. Birely in the library /  Mr. Johnson in the Learning Center to get signed up. Linn-Mar already has a Cyberstart Online Club set up!  We will be utilizing Microsoft Teams and Discord to work through the problems.

Win Great Prizes

  1. Entry in a prize draw where 3 lucky schools will win $1,000
  2. Clubs with the highest numbers of girls registered will win:
    • 1st prize: $1,000
    • 2nd prize: $750
    • 3rd prize: $500
  3. The top-scoring Capture the Flag teams nationally and in each state will win cash prizes for students and their schools
  4. At least ten high-scoring high school juniors and/or seniors per state will win $500 college scholarships.

Game Timeline

Stage 1: Cyberstart Assess – Opens March 20th 2019 & Closes April 12th 2019

The journey begins with CyberStart Assess. This phase consists of a series of questions, each harder than the last, that measure existing knowledge, problem-solving skills, and potential for a career in cybersecurity. No prior computer science experience is required, and students from all educational backgrounds are encouraged to take part.

To be eligible for selection to the next stage, CyberStart Game, clubs need to have a minimum of 5 girls registered who have completed 6 CyberStart Assess challenges each.

Stage 2: Cyberstart Game – Opens April 22nd & Closes June 28, 2019

In CyberStart Game, students take on the role of a junior security agent. They are guided through a series of self-learning simulation exercises to gather information, crack codes, uncover security flaws, and dissect a cyber criminal’s digital trail. Participants use our in-tool resources, team collaboration, and research techniques to advance to the next challenge.

Stage 3: Cyberstart Compete

The top schools in each state will be invited to nominate a team of girls to participate in CyberStart Compete, a Capture the Flag competition. Teams will compete against other students from all over the country to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools!


Read more about it here: https://www.girlsgocyberstart.org/