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Snap1A: Explore + Design = A Dive into Cybersecurity and Engineering Lessons

Location: W175c, Table 1

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Monday, June 25, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: W175c, Table 1

Dr. Trina Davis  
Learn about the backward curriculum design used in developing cybersecurity and engineering lessons, while getting an overview of the engineering design process. You'll leave with lesson templates that support the development of cybersecurity/engineering lessons. And you'll have the chance to explore/design K-12 standards-based engineering curricula that can make applied science and math come alive.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Math, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session, the participants will:
• Be introduced to lesson/unit frameworks and blueprints for curriculum mapping for designing cybersecurity & engineering lessons, that they can use to develop hands-on activities,
• Engage in exploring sample resources, and
• Explore rubrics for reviewing l cybersecurity and engineering lessons,
• Learn about a variety of sources for cybersecurity programs, activities, speakers and professional development (both nationally and regionally), and
• Learn about best practices, as well as, lessons learned in the SECURE Program designed to support teachers in developing cybersecurity lessons


This session introduces participants to backwards curriculum design strategies used in developing cybersecurity and engineering lessons for K-12 learners. The engineering design process, which is comprised of a series of steps that guide engineering teams as they solve problems, will be highlighted (TeachEngineering, 2017). The presenter will also share lesson templates that support the development of cybersecurity and engineering lessons.

During the second half of the session, participants will explore a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The collection of lessons and activities are reviewed by a cadre of volunteer teacher and engineer reviewers.

The presenter will highlight and explore resources from programs like TeachEngineering; and the SECURE Program (Secure teacher Education on Cybersecurity by Utilizing Research Experiences).

In TeachEngineering, most lessons employ one or more of the following approaches: 1. Design/Build Activity, 2. Design a Part of Something to Fit a Particular Application, 3. Reverse Engineer Something to Learn about What It Does and How It Works.

The SECURE Program empowers teachers to use the knowledge and insights gained to incorporate cybersecurity topics into their classroom curricula; encourage more students to explore cybersecurity careers; and Increase exposure to broad range of cybersecurity applications.

Usable lesson templates and a curriculum mapping blueprint will be shared with all participants in this session. Other national resources will also be highlighted.

Supporting research

"Children learn through experiences, and the earlier we create STEM-based hands-on learning experiences, the better. Engineering design, by its nature, is an inquiry-based pedagogical strategy that promotes learning across disciplines. Engineering curricula introduces K-12 students to everyday applications of science, mathematics, technology and engineering that match their values and view of the world. (Teach Engineering, 2017, para. 2)"

"Incorporating mathematical and scientific fundamentals via engineering—taught through a design-based methodology that infuses engineering habits of mind—has proven to be a highly effective model for STEM education. The National Academy of Engineering found that engineering in K-12 education has the power to improve learning and student achievement in science and math, as well as develop student interest in, and preparedness for, the STEM workforce. (Teach Engineering, 2017, para. 4)"

TeachEngineering (2017). Retrieved from

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Dr. Trina Davis, Texas A&M University

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