LAUSD Beyond the Bell (BTB) after school programs have been at the forefront of CyberPatriot competitions for the last seven years.
||Each year the Air Force Association, supported by tech industry firms Northrop Grumman, Cisco, Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T, and also by the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, sponsors the CyberPatriot competition. This year 5,400 teams have registered to compete. Teams will manage virtual networks and defend computer systems in an effort to make them secure. It’s a grueling series of challenges. The competition rounds are six hours long, and at the end of four rounds only twenty-eight teams will be invited to participate in the national finals on the east coast.
|BTB was the first program in the nation to be awarded the status of Center of Excellence in 2012, and the program received the Vandenberg Award for excellence in science education two years later. BTB teams swept the 2017 California State Championship and have won three national medals. At least one BTB team has been invited to the national finals every year for seven years. Hopes are high for a repeat trip this year.
Two rounds of competition have been played and right now thirty-three BTB teams have advanced to the top-ranked Platinum tier. Only Platinum tier teams can qualify for the nationals. Though the teams from BTB represent only 2% of the total of teams from around the US they currently hold 8% of the Platinum tier slots.
Among the thirty-three BTB teams hoping for a seat to the finals is Team “Togo” from North Hollywood High School, who just set the highest score in the nation. They are the defending national champions, and their goal is to return to the nationals and score an unprecedented back-to-back championship. Round 3 will be held on January 20th, and all eyes around the country will be looking to see how the North Hollywood Togo Huskies are doing. Go Togo Huskies, Go!