HELENA — A program aimed at helping high school girls learn cyber-security while competing for scholarships is now officially underway for second year in Montana.
Girls Go CyberStart is a national competition.
Last year, 70 girls from 11 different schools across Montana participated,
Over $2700 in cash prizes and scholarships were awarded to the girls.
The team from Capital High School won a $750 scholarship.
Registration for the program started Monday and will run until January 31st, 2020.
Any high school girl, in grades 9 through 12 can register to compete.
From their, the girls play a CyberStart game, which is designed to help them improve their cyber-security skills.
Last year, Sarah Heller from Capital High School competed in the game, and she's going to participate again this year as a junior.
"There's a lot of different things, there were some challenges where you're learning about python and binary coding, and others that were more broad, cyber-security in general, about websites and hacking, and then there was some binary stuff, and I love a good puzzle, I really do. It was really easy to access, and it was very interactive in a way that made me feel like I was succeeding, and not just stuck frustrated," Heller said.
To register head here: https://www.girlsgocyberstart.org/