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Cyberjutsu Girls Academy Trains Future Cyber Leaders, But for Now They're Still in Middle School

Tuesday, April 29, 2014  
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, please contact Lisa Foreman at (703) 828-4507
or visit Cyberjutsu Girls Academy on the web at http://www.cyberjutsugirls.org.

Cyberjutsu Girls Academy Trains Future Cyber Leaders, But For Now They're Still In Middle School

Next weekend sixty DC Metro area girls will participate in a day of hands-on learning at the Cyberjutsu Girls Academy as part of a continuing program sponsored by McLean based Women's Society of Cyberjutsu. The girls, ages 10 – 17, will each try their
hand at mobile application development using a Massachusetts Institute of Technology tool called App Inventor. Previous sessions have focused on Computer Fundamentals, Information Security and Forensics, Programming, and Web Design. These
topics, often missing from school curriculum, are covered at the monthly weekend workshops held at University of Maryland, College Park and Teqcorner in McLean,
Virginia.

The Cyberjutsu Girls Academy is a STEM-based program that inspires exploration in the fields of technology, cybersecurity, and electronics. Says Women's Society of Cyberjutsu CEO and President Lisa Foreman, “It would have made my path into this field much
easier if this type of opportunity existed when I was growing up. That is why we decided to put this program together – it is really important that we help the younger generation build a foundation of success within a field that too few women currently pursue.”

“One of the main reasons girls shy away from STEM fields is they don't think it's the right fit for them, but we show them the creative and innovative opportunities in technology and cybersecurity fields and provide awesome role models they can aspire to be,” says Krysta Cox, Vice President of the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu.

Feedback from both parents and students has been very positive. Stacey Fox, the mother of participant Nyla Fox, says her daughter had fun learning about technology and making new friends. She also noted that her daughter felt more comfortable in an all-girls environment.

Volunteers Marcelle Lee and Garima Joshi noticed a high level of enthusiasm coming from the girls in each class. “The girls consistently participated in the workshops and showed a lot of interest and curiosity to learn,” said Joshi.

The Cyberjutsu Girls Academy, established January 2014, will hold two more workshops followed by a graduation for this year's participants. The final workshop will teach girls how to program light sensors to respond to audio with the help of local recording studio House Studio. Due to its success, the Cyberjutsu Girls Academy will be expanded to include additional topics and will begin a new workshop series in October 2014.

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About Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu:
The Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) is a Northern Virginia-based non-profit 501c3
organization passionate about helping and empowering women to succeed in the Cybersecurity field. WSC is a community of information security professionals, IT professionals, programmers, computer scientists/engineers as well as women wanting to explore and join the field. They collectively promote activities to advance women in information security. (http://womenscyberjutsu.org)

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