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The NSA Is Funding Summer Camps to Teach Kids to Be Cyber Pros


Summarized by the Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published July 1, 2022

On the second day of summer camp, Ashley Wilsondebriano made a kill switch. The 17-year-old high school student maneuvered a virtual blue button labeled “emergency stop” from a menu bar to nestle inside a gray tab in the middle of her screen. A tap on her laptop’s space bar, and her drone would drop from the air.

When she wasn’t sending the drone plummeting to the ground, Wilsondebriano and a partner were making it “dance” to a hit electronica track from music producer Skrillex. “When the beat dropped, we coded the drone to flash lights and move in a circle,” says Wilsondebriano. “I wanted a robot at a rave.” Her team’s laptop screen froze during the drone freestyle competition, interrupting its moves, but the judges awarded them victory anyway, for their stylish coding and creative vision.

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