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Note: Decisions are still being made regarding Codebreakers 2022. Please check back periodically for more information.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Grade Level: Young women entering 10th or 11th grade at a school in the greater Boston area in fall 2022. Must live in and attend school in Massachusetts.
  • Registration Fee: $100

Codebreakers is a program for young women who are currently freshmen or sophomores in high school who are interested in learning about computer security.

Undergraduate coordinators teach participants about basic cyber security concepts through lessons in programming, cryptography, and network security. Students learn to code in Python in order to later gain experience with programming games, ciphering, and looking at system vulnerabilities. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to analyze the role of cyberethics in technology.

Program participants also investigate exciting careers by visiting a local facility and hearing guest speakers from state, local, and federal agencies and professionals. Lunch is included each day. There is no tuition, but a nonrefundable registration fee of $100 is required of all participants once accepted into the program.

For more information and to apply, visit the Codebreakers website.