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January 22 free
@ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Spotlight on STEM: Presented by Science is Fun and Cybersecurity.
Who else wants to make $150,000 – $380,000 a year in a STEM career you love, while making the world a safer place for everyone?
On January 22, 2020, The SciTech Institute will be sponsoring a Science is Fun event at Basha High School focused on cybersecurity.
And if you or your child has any interest at all in computer science…
Then here are the top 7 reasons you simply can’t miss this event:
- Cybersecurity is one of the best ways to secure your financial future, because even as far back as 2016, the average Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) salary in the top 6 cities in the United States was reported to be anywhere from $214,000 (Chicago, ILL) to $249,000 (San Francisco, CA), with top positions tipping $500,000!
- Cybersecurity is also one of the most stable careers of the future, with jobs projected to grow 37% through 2022!
- Cybersecurity is one of the most important issues facing the future of our society, and offers the chance to truly help people live better lives and stay safe. Which is amazing because having a purpose and mission you believe in has been shown time and time again to be one of the keys to living a happy, productive, healthy life.
- This event will be FUN!Basha High School’s Science is Fun Program and The SciTech Institute have been delivering amazing STEM experiences for students for years!But don’t take our word for it, look at what the participants had to say:From the teachers at Basha High School:“It was a life changing experience!”“Awesome, what a great group of interns you have!”“The students loved it! My students are just learning about electricity so they were very excited to know some of the answers BEFORE they were told too!!”
“It was the highlight of our science fair. The interns that represented Basha were extremely knowledgeable and engaging. This program is great for Basha and science alike.”
“Thanks for coming! You guys were great! NEXT year I’d really like to put you all on a stage… and promote CUSD.”
“Thank you for having them come. The students LOVED it and the girls were WONDERFUL!”
“The Basha interns were very respectful and enthusiastic. They were good role models for our students.”
“The students loved the presentations. They all want to be scientists now. The interns were wonderful, professional and fun.”
“Thanks… the kids LOVED it! They were on the edge of their seats and many of them are still talking about it! Thank you sooo much for providing this for our kids!”
“… it was fantastic! My students are still talking about it so it was well worth it!”
From the students:
“You guys are one of the coolest science groups ever!”
“You guys were really awesome!”
“I hope you can come again!”
“The science program sounds awesome. Where would I sign up?”
“I wish I could be part of you group!”
“My favorite part was when you threw liquid nitrogen on the floor and it sounded like fire!”
“That was the best science thing I’ve done from age 1-10!”
- STEM careers are in a crisis of opportunity, with 1.9 job postings for every 1 qualified professional (there are literally double the jobs as there are people to do them!), versus the average 3.6 unemployed individuals for every 1 job posting in other fields! The U.S. desperately needs more young people interested in STEM careers!
- Probably the most well-documented way to solve this crisis of undeserved STEM positions is encouraging children and adolescents to attend after-school STEM events and programs, just like this one!The After School Alliance has gathered overwhelming proof and documentation of the success of these programs, and how well young Americans respond (see statistics below!)
- If you simply want to understand your world better, cybersecurity is at the center of technology, and especially consumer technology.If you have a digital thermostat like a Nest, a Smart TV, a robot vacuum, a home security system, or even just a computer with wifi… or anything related to the Internet of Things (IoT) that you’re curious about, this event will help you understand what’s going on in your own home and life, and how to make it safe, today and in the future.
- At the very least, you will walk away having spent an evening learning amazing knowledge that can help everyone and spend time with the people you love doing it. You may even walk away with a friend or two who shares your passions.
For those who are interested in learning more, here’s what it’s all about:
In January of 2016, Steve Morgan reported in the Forbes Tech column the following numbers for cybersecurity careers:
“According to the IT job board DICE, the top IT security salaries go to lead software security engineers who earn an average of $233,333.
SilverBull, a full-service IT and cybersecurity recruiting and staffing company based in Manchester, Conn. recently published figures for chief information security officer (CISO) salaries.
They state that the average median CISO salary is $204,000. SilverBull lists the top six U.S. metros for CISO salaries as follows:
- San Francisco, Calif. where the average CISO salary is $249,000, and ranges from $154,000 up to $380,000.
- San Jose, Calif. where the average CISO salary is $240,000, and ranges from $149,000 to $368,000.
- New York City, N.Y. where the average CISO salary is $240,000, and ranges from $149,000 to $367,000.
- Washington, D.C. where the average CISO salary is $225,000, and ranges from $139,000 to $334,000.
- Los Angeles, Calif. where the average CISO salary is $233,000, and ranges from $138,000 to $341,000.
- Chicago, Ill. where the average CISO salary is $214,000, and ranges from $132,000 to $328,000.
Research firm IDC predicts that ‘by 2018, fully 75% of chief security officers (CSO) and chief information security officers (CISOs) will report directly to the CEO, not the CIO.’
When CISO positions elevate to the C-Suite alongside chief financial officers and chief operating officers, it will arguably move the salary needle into the half-million dollar range for some.”
And it’s not just about strong salaries,
because the job opportunities are expanding rapidly as well.
Taylor Armerding, another Forbes contributor writing for cybersecurity, reported in October of 2018 that”
“Cybersecurity is very obviously a job sector of the future.
Official estimates put job growth in the sector at 37% per year at least through 2022 – and that is probably conservative.
At the start of this year there were an estimated half million cybersecurity jobs unfilled in the U.S. alone.
Even entry-level pay is about $10,000 better than the national median salary, and those who reach the C suite are getting into the $500,000 range.”
Clearly, there is a huge and rewarding demand for cybersecurity professionals.
But it’s also true there is a waning interest in science and technology careers, as well as math and science skills, in schools across the nation.
Trevor English reports that for every one job listing in the United States there are an average of 3.6 unemployed individuals.
However, for STEM careers, the situation reverses completely.
In STEM job listings, there are an average of 1.9 job listings for every single qualified STEM professional.
There are literally double the jobs as there are people to fill them for STEM.
Further, Wharton University of Pennsylvania reports that “The proportion of STEM bachelor’s degrees has actually declined over the last several decades, from 24% in 1985 to just 18% in 2009.
Thus, despite the fact that our highest paying jobs are largely in STEM fields, the inability to staff those positions is a massive bottleneck for businesses.”
The situation has actually become so dramatic over the past decade that in 2012, the Executive Office of the President, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology addressed President Obama directly and called for one million new STEM workers.
But there IS hope!
Because it all starts in the schools.
And Arizona’s own SciTech Institute and Basha High School have both been working to turn the tide for STEM education at the 6th to 12th grade levels for years.
And the response has been overwhelmingly positive!
Which is why on January 22, the SciTech Institute and Basha High School’s Science is Fun program are joining forces to get young people interested and educated about cybersecurity.
Did you know students spend less than 20% of their waking hours in class?
When you account for recess, lunch breaks, weekends and holidays, as well as summer break, students only actually spend one out of five waking hours in class.
The opportunity to enrich their education and futures is in the other four hours!
Which is why the After School Alliance reports that the benefits of after-school STEM programs is not only proven, but incredibly well documented.
In fact, according to the STEM Learning in Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes published September of 2011, students who participate in after-school STEM events like the SciTech Institute – Science is Fun: Cybersecurity Signature event on January 22 can look forward to the following benefits:
- Improved attitudes toward STEM fields and careers
- a) Increased enrollment and interest in STEM‐related courses in school
- b) Continued participation in STEM programs
- c) Increased self‐confidence in tackling science classes and projects
- d) Shift in attitude about careers in STEM
- Increased STEM knowledge and skills
- a) Increased test scores as compared to non‐participants
- b) Gains in knowledge about STEM careers
- c) Gains in computer and technology skills
- d) Increased general knowledge of science
- e) Gains in 21st century skills, including communication, teamwork and analytical thinking
- Higher likelihood of graduation and pursuing a STEM career
- a) High rate of high school graduation among participants
- b) Pursuit of college and intention of majoring in STEM fields
With all that in mind…
If you would like to join us for an unforgettable event to educate about cybersecurity, and all the opportunity that comes with it, then click the button below to set a reminder on your calendar for January 22, 2020 from 05:00 – 08:00 PM at :
Basha High School
5990 S. Val Vista Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85249 United States + Google Map