With Girls Go CyberStart registration open, it’s time to share some tips on how to set up your school club, sign up students and get ready to rock Girls Go CyberStart 2020!
Step 1: Before you start, consider one question that is KEY to a successful start with any online competition:
> What email address will you and your students use to register?
Most competitions, including Girls Go Cyberstart, require that participants be able to receive and reply to a verification email. This confirmed email address enables players to be uniquely identified, to reset their account password and to receive updates about the competition. However many school-issued email accounts have restrictions or blocks on emails from outside the school domain. Teachers and student can become frustrated waiting for the verification email, not realizing that a school filter has stopped receipt.
So as a Club Advisor, the first task before starting the registration process is to make sure that your Girls Go CyberStart students will be able to receive emails from firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are some options to consider:
- Ask the school IT department to whitelist the *.girlsgocyberstart.org domain.
- Use a private email address such as Gmail.
- Create a new email just for participation in Girls Go CyberStart (but then make sure you check it regularly!)
Step 2: Advisor Registration and Club Access Codes — A Club Advisor can be any teacher, administrator or adult associated with a school or organization. No tech skills are required from you, just a passion and enthusiasm for helping your students learn. When an Advisor registers, this automatically creates a club. Once registered, Advisors can distribute Club Access Codes to students so that they are automatically added to the club upon registration.
Video walkthrough for new Club Advisors registration
Video walkthrough for returning Club Advisors registration
Step 3: Student Recruiting and Registration — girls with many types of interests will enjoy Girls Go CyberStart! Definitely recruit the techie students but also reach out to girls who are good at math, languages, music or those who love solving puzzles. Distribute your club access code and registration instructions directly to interested girls PLUS hang posters with the info to recruit more broadly in your school.
Video walkthrough for Student registration
Resources — Club Advisors can download resources like posters, letters to parents, advisor guides, student flyers, or club sign-up sheets from resources.girlsgocyberstart.org
CyberStart Go is a great way to give girls a peek at how much fun it is to solve puzzles and cybersecurity challenges even if they have never taken a computer class!