EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - A team of four students from Haim Cohen’s AP Computer Science classes took home 1st place and a Raspberry Pi on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Studetns Rachel Ai, Archisa Bhattacharya, Michael Gorbunov, and Justin Yu, along with Danielle Nesci, EBHS "Girls Who Code" facilitator, attended the CyberEncounters workshop sponsored by the NSF, the SANS Institute, and GirlsGoCyberstart, which was hosted by Brookdale Community College.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. The SANS Institute is a private U.S. for-profit company founded in 1989 that specializes in information security and  cybersecurity training. GirlsGoCybersmart  is a fun and interactive online program composed of digital challenges to introduce high school girls to cybersecurity. 

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The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Brookdale as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

Students and teachers attended a half-day workshop, where they learned how to use command line Linux, digital forensics, and cryptography tools. After lunch, 25 teams from high schools all around NJ competed to decrypt coded messages, find hidden information in photos, and uncover secrets the way computer hackers do.

The competition was intense, but East Brunswick pulled out a win over Morristown High School by mere seconds.