Frequently Asked Questions
What is Grok Cyber?
Grok Cyber consists of 3 activities: Cyber Comp, Cyber Pursuit and Cyber Live.
Grok Cyber Comp is happening between 31 May and 25 June. It is a 45 minute online activity open to all Australian school students in years 5 -12. The comp consists of 12 interactive problems in which students explore how to be more secure online and discover common cyber security risks.
Grok Cyber Pursuit takes place between August and October in 2021. It consists of Capture the Flag style problems which can take between 10 and 30 minutes to solve. These are challenging problems for keen students. Students take part in teams of 2 to 5 students. It is aimed at students in year 7 and above.
Grok Cyber Live is a one day in-person event scheduled for November 2021. Invited teams will apply cyber security skills in a live dynamic setting, with industry professionals and challenging scenarios.
Who can participate in Grok Cyber?
All students in Australian from years 5-12 can participate for free in Grok Cyber Comp. Grok Cyber Pursuit and Grok Cyber Live are aimed at students in years 7 to 12.
Why should students take part in Grok Cyber Comp?
After taking part in Grok Cyber Comp students will:
- Have a greater understanding of why it is important to protect their personal information
- Know how to create stronger passwords
- Be able to evaluate emails and text messages to reduce the risk of falling victim to scams
- Understand what to do if they receive a scam email or message
When should students do Grok Cyber?
We recommend students take part in Grok Cyber Comp at school, during class time. The activity is suitable as a whole class activity during a pastoral care class, to address ICT Capabilities, as part of a Digital Technologies lesson or as part of a school's digital citizenship or digital literacy program.
How do students participate in Grok Cyber Comp?
The competition window will be open for 2 weeks from 31 May to 25 June 2021. Each student can attempt the competition for a 1 hour window anytime within that two week period. Students will only be able to participate once after their clock starts.
Teachers who register students will be given a link for their students to access Grok Cyber Comp.
What happens after the Cyber Comp is over?
After the competition window, Grok Cyber Comp will no longer be available to teachers and students.
Can students take part in Grok Cyber Pursuit if they haven’t taken part in Grok Cyber Comp?
Yes, students can take part in Grok Cyber Pursuit whether or not they’ve taken part in Grok Cyber Comp.
When do students and teachers get their results?
Teachers can view their students' results in their teacher dashboard in the week after Grok Cyber Comp finishes. Students will be able to view their Grok Cyber Comp results in the week after Grok Cyber Comp is completed. Schools will also receive a report outlining aggregated results for their school, with suggestions to improve their school's overall cyber security awareness at the start of term 3.
Is there a cost to take part?
Grok Cyber Comp and Grok Cyber Pursuit are free to take part in. Students and teachers invited to take part in Grok Cyber Live may need to cover some travel and accommodation costs.
Are there prizes?
All students taking part in Grok Cyber Comp receive a certificate recognising their achievement.
Information for teachers
How can my students prepare?
No preparation is required for your students to take part in Grok Cyber. It’s good if your students have a general awareness of how to stay secure online. The final questions in Grok Cyber Comp are designed to be challenging for students. All problems contain an explanation, and some hints are also provided.
Do my students need to have an understanding of cyber security to take part?
Students do not need any specific understanding of cyber security to take part in Grok Cyber Comp. Grok Cyber Pursuit and Live are more challenging events for students who show a particular interest or aptitude for cyber security.
Do students take part as individuals or in teams?
Students register individually on groklearning.com to take part in Grok Cyber Comp. We encourage students to discuss their answers with peers and and as a group when they receive their results and feedback. Grok Cyber Pursuit and Grok Cyber Live are team events.
How can students continue learning after they complete Grok Cyber Comp?
Students can continue learning about cyber security by completing the Schools Cyber Security Challenges. The Schools Cyber Security Challenges are online activities available year round, designed for Australian students.
Challenges cover information privacy and security, phishing, data encryption and transmission, wired and wireless network security and web application security. With up to 28 hours of content available across 5 Challenges, the Challenges are suitable for students in years 5 to 12 and cover many key areas in the Australian Curriculum (Digital Technologies and ICT Capability).
How do I register students if I am a teacher?
Access Grok Cyber Comp using the links below. From Grok Learning, teachers can visit their teacher dashboard
and assign students to the relevant comp for their year level.
Another way to get students into the Comp is to share the following links directly with students:
You can enrol your students at any time between now and when you want your students to complete Grok Cyber Comp (during the two week period starting 31 May 2021).
Is Grok Cyber aligned to the Australian Curriculum?
The learning students develop through participation in Grok Cyber Comp aligns with the Australian Curriculum. It exposes them to concepts from both the Digital Technologies subject and the ICT General Capability. Teachers will be provided with detailed curriculum information when results are provided to schools at the start of Term 3.
Information for parents
How do I register students if I am a parent?
Register using the link below. With your permission, we will contact your child’s school to provide them with all the details they need for the students at that school to get involved in Grok Cyber Comp. If the school wants to take part, your child’s teacher will enrol your student in Grok Cyber Comp.
Parents, register your child
Alternatively, you can register your child directly in Grok Cyber Comp as an individual participant. We’ll be in touch with parents who register their interest closer to the start of Grok Cyber Comp with all the details that you need for your child to take part.
Can students take part if their school isn’t participating?
Australian school students in years 5 to 12 are welcome to take part in Grok Cyber Comp, whether or not their school is also participating.
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