Operation K12


Join us at the 11th annual STEMapalooza! Enjoy interactive activities while discovering new topics within science, technology, engineering, and math.

Every year, STEMapalooza brings the world of innovators to life, featuring workshops, exhibits, panel presentations with women in STEM, hands-on activities, giveaways and more!

Registration deadline is April 9, 2023 at 11:59 pm.

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2023-05-02T11:12:05-04:00March 28, 2023|

An Introduction to Suricata: Cyber Threat Hunters Open Source Network Monitoring Tool

Suricata is a high performance, open source network analysis and threat detection software used by many private and public organizations, and embedded in major vendor solutions, to protect enterprise assets.


  • Kelley Misata, Ph.D. – Outgoing President and Executive Director, Open Information Security Foundation
  • Juliana Fajardini Software Developer, Open Information Security Foundation

2023-03-28T09:50:46-04:00March 1, 2023|

Risky Business – A Free Risk Compliance Webinar

Join Cybersecuity Manager for the City of Lakeland Tim Emmons on Tuesday, 2/28 at 6:00 EST for a FREE risk compliance webinar!

This webinar welcomes students and attendees of all-ages who wish to do a deep dive into risk compliance and some risky business.

2023-03-28T09:50:14-04:00February 9, 2023|

You Said What On The Internet? – A Free Webinar For Students

2023-05-02T11:12:21-04:00January 24, 2023|

Halloween Hijinks: An Interactive Code Cracking Webinar for Students

This free webinar is open to all K-12 students wishing to learn some code-cracking skills! Join us for a spooky time!

2022-11-03T16:03:44-04:00October 20, 2022|

RING High School Cybersecurity Course Open for Enrollment

High school students: the RING program is now accepting student enrollment requests for its FREE online cybersecurity course!

RING (Regions Investing in the Next Generation) is an online high school cybersecurity course that offers interesting and engaging content specifically for students and schools without an existing cybersecurity program. RING aims to mentor students down their career path, instilling ethics and pride in their profession along the way. RING is more than a collection of labs and presentations–it’s forging the tools that will shape the next generation of cybersecurity experts.

  • Students can achieve high school credit for RING in participating states.
  • Students can engage with each other and network with cyber professionals through the RING student organization.
  • A pilot course is being offered August 2021 through May 2022. The RING curriculum will officially launch in summer 2022.
Who are the Partner Institutions?

RING is funded through NSA CAE-C K12 Pathway grants. The list of involved institutions are:

  • The University of Alabama in Huntsville coalition:
    • Coastline Community College
    • Dakota State University
    • Pace University
    • Purdue University Northwest
    • Dark Enterprises
  • Moraine Valley Community College coalition:
    • Forsyth Technical Community College
    • Brookdale Community College
    • Florida State College at Jacksonville
    • Cal Poly Pomona
    • Eastern New Mexico University Ruidoso
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Want more information?

Are you an Instructor that is interested in learning more about this program and would like to be involved?
Follow this link to fill out an interest form for Teachers and academia.

Are you a current or prospective student wanting to learn more about what this program has to offer?
Follow this link to fill out an interest form for Students, Parents, and Guardians.

2022-08-15T12:45:03-04:00August 15, 2022|

Cyber Educators: The UPDATED Cyber Citizenship Education Portal is Now Live!

Attention all K12 educators: The NEW AND UPDATED Cyber Citizenship Initiative site is now LIVE! The new site has over 1,000 resources for teaching K-12 students about misinformation and disinformation, as well as online communities for educators to join, collaborate, and curate content.

Available Resources:

  • Courses, lesson plans, and reading.
  • Assignments and case studies for independent work.
  • Games and interactive activities for engaged learning.
  • A curated catalog of trusted partners and resources to support media literacy, cybersecurity awareness, and digital civics education.
  • Groups to collaborate with peers within your school, library, or university. Create, evaluate, and share resources in a private or open environment.
  • And more!
Visit the Resources Portal
About the Cyber Citizenship Initiative

The Cyber Citizenship Initiative began as a platform to help resolve challenges with misinformation and online polarization occurring at the intersection of media literacy, digital civics and citizenship, and cybersecurity, with a special focus on aiding K-12 teachers. The ultimate goal of the project is to support educators seeking to build students’ resilience against the new challenges and threats of the digital world through an online portal consisting of a (1) repository of vetted resources from across the internet, (2) space to build an active virtual community of educators and resource reviewers, (3) and provide a series of live and pre-recorded online trainings.

Project partners for the initiative include Cyber Florida, the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT), National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and New America. Check out the new site at www.cybercitizenshipeducation.org

Want to get involved? Educators can create and upload learning modules, lessons, assignments, assessments, or activities to share with other educators within the portal. To learn more, visit: https://cybercitizenshipeducation.org/authoring-overview

2023-04-05T17:28:14-04:00July 20, 2022|

Cyber Florida and New America Launch Cyber Citizenship Hub for K-12 Educators

Cyber Florida and New America have launched CyberCitzenshipEducation.org, a free online portal that contains 100 resources for teaching K-12 students about misinformation, disinformation, social media platforms, and other related topics. The hub, which launched on August 16, offers lesson plans, games, instructional materials, and other resources to help not only K-12 teachers, but also librarians, instructional technologists, and others seeking instructional materials to help students develop resilience to misinformation and disinformation.

This new hub was created in part of the Cyber Citizenship Education Initiative, a partnership among Cyber Florida, the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, New America, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education to help educate and prepare future voters to be responsible, cyber-savvy citizens. Since its inception, the project has focused on supporting educators in PreK-12 schools to arm students with “cyber citizenship” skills, skills at the intersection of media literacy, civics and citizenship, and cybersecurity awareness. While the hub is currently hosted by OERCommons, a custom platform is under construction that will launch later this year.

Learn more about this initiative on our Cyber Citizenship Education page.

2022-01-04T19:08:53-05:00September 13, 2021|