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Cyber Attack Online Game Helps High School Students Improve English & Math Skills

by: Judy Garvey
Posted: December 11, 2017

HUNTINGTON BEACH...Coastline Community College, a statewide and regional leader in Cybersecurity and nationally recognized and designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, recently debuted their Cyber Attack video games to designed to help high school students improve their skills in English and math. The idea to create the cybersecuritythemed games, where students could “brush up” on their math and English skills, was conceived after seeing a growing trend of poor placement test scores from high school students. Although many students were interested in the career of Cybersecurity, these students were often not placing well on the math and English portions of placement tests. With this need in mind, Coastline developed the games to help capture and maintain students’ interest with a fun and exciting cybersecurity theme that would help improve their basic skills with engaging instruction, gameplay, and review.

Coastline’s Extended Learning team, led by David Thompson and Judy Garvey, recently finished development and production of the online apps and games. They took it one step further and transformed the online games by building 8 arcade-style games. Last month, these arcarde-style games were loaned to local high schools. So far, there has been an excitement by the students who love playing the games. When a student answers a question correctly, they are able to stop the hacker from compromising the security of data; when the question is answered incorrectly, the data of the bank or business becomes compromised.

Dr. David Martinez, Principal of Early College High School, commented, "Our students like to be challenged and see the progress they are making when undertaking a task. This new Cyber Attack game is a great tool for our students to further enhance themselves in English and Mathematics. The arcade-like features allows a fun way for our students to master concepts they need to know not only for their college placement exams, but also the SBACs they take in these two areas as well as their SAT/ACT exams.”

High Schools currently using the games include, Fountain Valley High School, Marina High School, Estancia High School, Huntington Beach High School, Early College High School, Rancho Alamitos High School, and Santiago High School.

Through a grant funded by Orange County Pathways, Orange County Department of Education, Coastline College was able to produce these fun and educational games.

Loretta P. Adrian, President of Coastline remarked, “This grant has enabled Coastline to integrate innovative technology and instruction to help students succeed.”

The Cyber Attack game can be accessed by going to: Photos:Coastline


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