HAMMOND and WESTVILLE – Purdue University Northwest, a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education designated by National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has received a Scholarship for Services Capacity Building Grant awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) for $482,926.
This grant will enable a three-year project to develop course curriculum modules, including virtual reality 3-dimensional games, robotic programming games, and practical labs based on simulated cases, for cybersecurity teaching in high school classrooms and extracurricular activities.
Purdue Northwest Associate Professors of Computer Information Technology and Graphics Michael Tu, Ge Jin and Tae-Hoon Kim and Clinical Associate Professor of Instructional Technology Anastasia Trekles led the grant investigation.
The goal is to broaden the participation in the cybersecurity workforce and give high school students the awareness of future education pathways. Through innovative teaching methods, coupled with developmentally appropriate curriculum, opportunities will become more accessible to students of varying ability levels. This project will expand cybersecurity education and practices, which will greatly help address the crucial need of the future workforce.
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two Northwest Indiana campuses in Hammond and Westville. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.