Think Like a Hacker
Shared by: UT Austin Graduate Engineering Council
Recommended grades: 4th, 5th, 6th
The challenge: Use any website to gather the following information about the people mentioned below.
Let's begin with a famous person!
Governor Greg Abbott - go online and try to get as much information you can about his recent works, people he's met, policies he's introduced, and so on.
Next, let's look up a less well-known person.
Julia Lamb, who is a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin. Try and get information such as her address, cities/places she's lived before, any available information about her relatives, and even more if you can.
And finally, is there any friend or family member you can look up online and get interesting information about ;-) ? (Hint: For instance, I once looked up my uncle because I couldn't remember his address correctly and guess what? I could even find how much dollars he had spent on buying his first house :-o)
Required Materials: A computer with an internet connection.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics?
This activity is meant to encourage students to be selective about what they share online. Especially in today's world of social media, any information we post stays in the web forever. Just like we are taught not to divulge personal information to strangers, we need to be wary of hackers online. Hackers uses their computer skills to solve a problem with technology. While some hackers use their expertise to protect and fix weaknesses in system, there are others that will use this skill to find out information about someone and use it against them.
Watch the video to learn more about the activity and understand how to be safe online.
The purpose of the Graduate Engineering Council (GEC), a registered student organization officially sponsored by the Cockrell School of Engineering, is to serve the needs of engineering graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. The GEC organizes many events that support students including the annual Graduate And Industry Networking (GAIN) Conference, Academic Seminar series, and Emerging Tech Talks. We also provide travel grants which support a portion of students’ conference travel costs. Besides these academic activities, GEC also hosts various social events such as taco/pizza breaks, mixers, the super bowl party, and the semesterly pub crawl/happy hour. GEC is an important voice of Cockrell School graduate students, so if you have any questions, concerns, or issues, we encourage you to contact us at UTexasGEC@gmail.com.
We hope the activity introduced you to the importance of cybersecurity. For more resources, visit https://www.cisa.gov/publication/stopthinkconnect-student-resources.