EDC Develops and Tests New Cybersecurity Curriculum Unit

Kristen Bjork

With funding from SAE International, EDC is developing a new middle school unit on cybersecurity that will meet the urgent need to give young students an "under-the-hood" understanding of cybersecurity risks and realities through the lens of automotive technology. An EDC instructional design team led by Kristen Bjork (at left) has developed the unit (view an early sample) and is working with middle school teachers as key collaborators in field-testing and refining the new cybersecurity unit.

As a class, students model how messages travel from one point to another and how those messages can be disrupted. They also learn about encryption and digital signatures through hands-on activities where they try to break codes, and then draw on what they've learned to create a marketing campaign for an imaginary car company to use to help them sell their self-driving cars to buyers concerned about the cybersecurity of those cars.

EDC's new unit on cybersecurity is part of the engaging, STEM-focused A World in Motion series developed by EDC for SAE International. Explore the following active, hands-on A World in Motion STEM learning experiences:

 Last Updated: January 2017