What do you think a cybersleuth is? How do you think you become one?
What do you want to do when you grow up? What are you learning now that could prepare you for that career?
What changes do you think should be made so it is possible for more women to enter and succeed in the cyber industry?
According to the article, 51 percent of women surveyed said they'd experienced everything from unexplained delays in advancement to tokenism or exaggerated highlighting of their mistakes, compared to just 15 percent of men. It is now the 21st century. Why do you think this type of discrimination is still happening? Do you think it will ever change? Why or why not?
- Invite volunteers who are members of groups such as the Girl Scouts to explain what a merit badge is and how it is earned. Help students who are new to this concept understand that earning a merit badge is a process. Many steps are involved and each step must be mastered before the badge is complete.
- Have students brainstorm ideas for a new merit badge based on emerging ideas and innovations that could prepare them for up-and-coming careers in the future.
- Instruct students to write a list of requirements needed to earn the new badge. Then encourage them to draw a picture showing what the badge would look like.
CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:
Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn the story of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.
This National Museum of American History website will introduce students to four American women who succeeded in business during the twentieth century. Students can read about their lives and accomplishments and learn about their careers through short biographies, timelines and interactive games.
Visit this site to explore a variety of Smithsonian resources celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
During the early 1920s, the not-for-profit news organization Science Service played an important role in the emerging field of science journalism. Invite students to review this Smithsonian Institution Archives exhibit to learn about the female staff members and contributing writers who were pioneers in that profession.
The location of major cables was once a secret, but now researchers hope knowledge of it will spark conversations on how to keep the system safe. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn how.
Financial institutions go to great lengths to protect themselves against cyber attacks, but very little stops these elite hackers. Watch this Smithsonian Channel video to learn about one of the biggest cyber heists to understand why more people are needed to fight cyber crimes.