St. Vrain Valley district hosts summer classes on cybersecurity

By Amy Bounds, Times-Call

About 70 middle- and high-school students and 30 teachers are spending the week immersed in cybersecurity through camps and a professional development class at the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Innovation Center.

“We want to get teachers excited and students excited,” said Jennifer Peyrot, instructional cybersecurity and technology manager at the Innovation Center. “The students love this stuff. It’s such an engaging topic. It’s not just computer science. You have to be good at solving problems and persistence and teamwork.”

To offer the classes, St. Vrain Valley teamed up with the University of Colorado Boulder and the Northrop Grumman Corporation. The Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsors the CyberPatriot youth education program, which features an annual competition.

The summer program, which is in its second year, is part of a larger focus on teaching cybersecurity in St. Vrain.