Cyber Technologies Academy

Cyber Technologies Academy

Training the next generation of cybersecurity experts

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About the Program

Classes for High School Students

The Cyber Technologies Academy (CTA) is an entry-level program for high school students intrigued by computer science and cybersecurity. Offering fun, interactive lessons and exercises, the CTA can be your first step toward becoming part of the next generation of cybersecurity experts. Plan to participate in our next CTA session. You'll learn from our cybersecurity professionals, meet other students with similar interests, and supplement your college applications with an impressive technical skill set. Learn more about the program and the classes being offered.

Training and Resources for Teachers

A second component of the CTA is aimed at teachers interested in supplementing an existing computer science curriculum. Join us for free summer training classes and gain knowledge and resources you can use at home or in the classroom. If you are a teacher or school administrator and want to become involved with the CTA or take our summer training classes, email us at cta@sandia.gov. Please include your name, school, class(es) of interest, and some background information (such as on existing cyber classes at your school). Learn more about the program and the classes being offered.

Announcements

Teacher Bootcamps, Summer 2015

March 23, 2015

Short update here: We're updating the website and opening registration for our teacher bootcamp this summer, June 22 through June 26. Student classes for the summer will run on our compressed 5-week summer schedule (two classes per week) starting on July 6 and ending August 6. We are still putting together our Instructor roster for this summer's classes and once that is done, we'll open registration for student classes as well. Right now, we're looking at offering Programming I, Intro to Cyber Tech, Wireless Pen Testing/Cryptography, and a new Overview of Computer Security (working title) course we're trying to put together in time for summer. The actual class offerings may change around a bit in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.

Looking forward to seeing you all here this summer.

Spring Session, 2015

January 19, 2015

Once again, we're gearing up for another exciting summer session. We've continued to learn from you all and have taken some of your suggestions (read: grumbles) into account with some of the new changes we're making to our application process.

To start, we've realized that asking for six free-response questions was simply way too much to ask. Some people would write multiple pages of answers. Some people would write a sentence. We found a strong correlation between the length of the response and our percieved level of motivation for that student, and we would like to find a way to remove that unfair perception. After all, we wouldn't want to have to write multiple pages just to stay competitive, and we feel you guys shouldn't have to either. Consequently, one of our changes to the application process will be to ask for a single 200-300 word response to some combination of the application questions. Hopefully this will save you guys some time writing, save us some time reading, and give us a better benchmark for evaluating applicants.

Another change we're making this time is to allow former CTA students to identify themselves as such. We had a few students last session get initially placed in classes they had already taken, and we had to make some last-minute adjustments to keep everyone happy. This time, we'll be checking former student records to try to make sure that doesn't happen.

Also, we're going to finally include a comment box in the application. This is where you guys can mention any considerations we should take into account with your application. For instance, that you would like to be evaluated in tandem with another applicant so that you both end up in the same class (for carpooling, etc.). While we will not be able to guarantee that things will work out ideally in all cases, at least now we can proactively try to head off some of these inconveniences for you guys.

Now, what are you waiting for? New classes are posted!

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Contact Us

  • Email: cta@sandia.gov
  • Classroom phone: (925) 294-2571

Upcoming Sessions

  • 1-Week Teacher Bootcamp:
    June 22 - June 26

    Registration for this summer's Teacher Bootcamp is now open.

  • 5-week Summer Session:
    July 6 - August 6

    Registration for Summer Session will open shortly. Stay tuned.

Location

Livermore Valley Open Campus
Sandia National Laboratories
7011 East Avenue, Livermore, California 94550

Current Class Offerings