Safe and Sound: The Physics of Hacking
A-G Subject: Laboratory Science - Physics
CTE Sector: Information and Communication Technologies
Pathway(s): Networking & Software and Systems Development
This course is designed as an advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) class that integrates important physics concepts and principles with their use and necessity within the Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) sector and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Because cybersecurity courses at this level should focus on the fundamentals of computer science and ICT, the beginning of the course weaves programming basics with practical physics to introduce foundational knowledge that that will lead to an exploration and understanding of cybersecurity in later units. Students will be introduced to requisite high school physics topics such as: kinematics (motion), waves, energy, heat, and forces (mechanics), while learning to utilize key programming, computer science, and, ultimately, cybersecurity foundations and applications. The course is designed to specifically allow students to develop career awareness, skill acquisition, and preparation for postsecondary education and careers for the multiple professional pathways found within the ICT spectrum.