Ignite Student Clubs
The White Hat is the cyber security and hacking club at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Our mission is to provide the tools, knowledge, skills and resources to make the internet a safer place by protecting personal computers, private data and information systems. The ACM-W WSU Chapter focuses on bringing together women in computer science and engineering so as to help bridge the gender gap and give women the resources they need to succeed in computer science and engineering. They host educational talks, bring high school groups of girls to see WSU and EECS, and hold other social events that welcome everyone. Student groups and organizations provide community and a forum to share ideas. Participation in student clubs reinforces academic concepts and gives students a chance to be more immersed in the information.
Club membership demonstrates active participation in a chosen field, and can help create friendships and provide future networking opportunities. Information Science is one of the fastest growing and cutting edge majors offered at Cornell University. The Information Science Student Association is here to improve the student experience and spread the word about the major. The ISSA plans networking events, social events, corporate information sessions and tech talks with faculty. The club explores both computer architecture and new application software.
Since alphanumeric characters are somewhat passé, we instead had the words converted into binary. It was neat to have the students explain how the secret message on their shirts was actually ASCII. Shelby County Schools offers educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability. The majority of clubs meet on alternate Tuesday’s of each month during an activity period. CyWatch is the FBI’s 24/7 operations center and watch floor, providing around-the-clock support to track incidents and communicate with field offices across the country. The Internet Crime Complaint Center collects reports of Internet crime from the public.
I began hosting and advising my club about seven years ago when a student asked me. This student had taken web design and was enrolled in our robotics class. I just had to secure a spot and get the necessary approval from my administration. Last semester we continued work on our robot and assembled the computer for the lounge.
Tablets can also be used as an e-reader, so you do not have to carry both a book and a laptop. Sam’s Club has a wide selection of tablets that run on different types on operating systems, so you are sure to find the best fit for you. Our other project, S.O.C.K.S., was entered in the Environmental Awareness category but received only an honorable mention. So, I look for projects for the students to get involved with that have a fun component, or that involve parents and the community. I wanted my club shirts to be something special—and allow my students to learn a new skill, too. One year, our shirts had the words “Everett High School Computer Club” on the front.