Moore Norman Technology Center was awarded a piece of the pie – the technology pi, that is! MNTC is one of 28 schools across the state awarded Raspberry Pi kits from the Oklahoma Information Sharing and Analysis Center (OK-ISAC).
One of OK-ISAC’s missions is to combat the cybersecurity workforce shortage by assisting in the improvement and advancement of a well-trained cybersecurity labor pool in Oklahoma. They encourage pursuit of cybersecurity careers by helping create hands-on learning opportunities for K-12 and higher education students.
"I was delighted Mrs. Millican was awarded the grant for 10 Raspberry PI kits. These kits will be incorporated into hands on project where student can apply the skills they are learning in the classroom." Robyn Castleberry, Director of Business and Information Technology Programs.
Stephanie Millican, Cyber Defense program instructor applied for the Raspberry Pi kits in April and was awarded 10 kits.
“We are excited for the opportunity to fill a technology need for students across the state,” said Amber Mangham, OMES Oklahoma Cyber Command watch officer and OK-ISAC lead. “Getting Raspberry Pis into the hands of educators in charge of the state’s STEM programs will enhance training opportunities and develop the technical skills our students need to become the IT and cybersecurity professionals of the future.”
A Raspberry Pi is a credit card-sized mini-computer used for baking up creative, hands-on lessons for coding and a variety of digital maker projects, from music machines and motion detectors to weather stations and robots with infrared cameras. Each kit includes a Raspberry Pi 4, with 4GB of RAM; one 4K60P Micro HDMI to HDMI cable; a CanaKit 3.5A USB-C power supply (UL listed); one case; three Aluminum Heat Sinks; and a CanaKit low-noise fan to help keep the Pi 4 running cool.
This program was made possible by funding from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security via the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).
OK-ISAC is a multi-agency effort led and coordinated by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) Oklahoma Cyber Command. Oklahoma Cyber Command is charged with protecting state users and their devices, networks, data and applications from malicious intent.
OMES is state government’s backbone providing technology, property, human resources and finance services to state agencies.
For more information on OK-ISAC programs and membership, visit okisac.ok.gov.
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