This post features students who have taken part in the CyberStart America program.
We asked five of our users to share what they’ve learnt by playing CyberStart Game.
Hannah, Ethan, Mihir, Cindy, and Caroline tell us about their experiences.
Hannah - Princeton Day School, New Jersey
CyberStart is the most enjoyable way of learning about coding and cyber security that I’ve ever participated in.
I started using CyberStart even though I had no prior experience in the cyber security/coding fields. Despite this, it was a really great experience that let me jump in and start learning through action and experimentation. I’ve got many friends who don’t think coding is their “thing”, but CyberStart would allow them to try it out in an interactive, no-pressure sort of way.
It’s a game. Yes, it’s a learning experience, and yes, it’s challenging. But at the core of CyberStart, this platform lets you have fun experimenting and discovering exactly what you can do with a computer…and maybe some fake websites to hack.
CyberStart is the most enjoyable way of learning about coding and cyber security that I’ve ever participated in. It makes everything a challenge that requires you to think and apply knowledge, not just study and memorize.
Ethan - James Campbell High School, Hawaii
Due to playing CyberStart, I am now on track to win a scholarship!
CyberStart is a great platform because it allows you to learn and practice at the same time. The diverse challenges really can be completed without any prior knowledge of cyber security.
The best part about CyberStart is the wide variety of challenges and the informational “Field Guide” that walks you through them.
CyberStart was a great resource for me to learn new skills. Due to playing CyberStart, I am now on track to win a scholarship and free course from the National Cyber Scholarship Competition.
Cindy - Panther Creek High, North Carolina
CyberStart is a platform for people of all levels who maybe don’t know anything at all about cyber security to people who have experience.
Before joining CyberStart, I knew absolutely nothing about cyber security. However, thanks to this amazing platform, I was exposed to the world of cyber security in a challenging but fun manner.
I enjoyed being able to challenge myself a lot! If I didn’t know how to solve something, I would research and learn something new almost every time! I also love the community that has formed through helping each other solve levels.
CyberStart is a platform for people of all levels who maybe don’t know anything at all about cyber security to people who have experience. You can learn at your own pace and ask for help when you join the community. You solve challenges, and it’s a lot of fun.
Mihir - Northwest High, Maryland
I’ve learned about Viewing Page Source, Robots.txt, Cookies, Linux Commands, Python Commands, and much more.
CyberStart is a fun and engaging experience in which you can learn about the basics of cyber security and coding. No matter how inexperienced you may be, CyberStart will help you gain the skills needed for cyber security, and push you through their challenges so you can come out on top!
CyberStart has taught me a lot about cyber security. I know many people considering a career in cyber security, and I believe this will benefit them. I’ve learned about Viewing Page Source, Robots.txt, Cookies, Linux Commands, Python Commands, and much more. This program is very informative, and I believe everyone could gain something from it.
Caroline - Lake Braddock Secondary, Virginia
Earning badges as I completed more was fun, and the Community platform was inspiring and helpful.
CyberStart is an exciting and fun way to learn and challenge cyber security skills like web exploitation, programming, forensics, and cryptography. It plays like a game, with fun scenarios to beat as the challenges get harder and harder.
I’ve really enjoyed working through the HQ base and learning about new skills like SQL, SHH, cryptography, and XSS. Earning badges as I completed more was fun, and the Community platform was inspiring and helpful.
Like so many CyberStart players, you can gain valuable knowledge, achieve your goals and have fun by playing CyberStart. Find out more about what you can learn and how to get your licence!