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Grok Cyber Pursuit

What is Cyber Pursuit?

Cyber Pursuit is a series of capture-the-flag problems solved online. It runs from July until September. The problems are designed to be challenging, for keen students who wish to expand their cyber security skills and understanding.

When does it start?

The first puzzle will be released on July 12. You register for Cyber Pursuit in Grok Learning, and can access the first puzzle here.

How long is it?

10 problems will be released over 10 weeks. The first problem is released on July 12, and the last problem is released on September 13. Students can submit entries until 5pm AEST on September 24.

Who can participate?

All Australian students in years 5 to 12 can participate, in teams of 1 to 5. While year 5 and 6 students may take part, please note the problems are designed to be challenging for high school students. Teachers can also participate: either make a team with your colleagues or compete with your students.

Why should students take part in Cyber Pursuit?

Pursuit is designed to provide interested students with challenging hands-on cyber security problems. Students will use encryption skills, explore HTML and CSS, hunt for hidden files and search for hidden information to solve the problems.

Registration

How do I register students?

Students will need to have an account on groklearning.com to take part. (Note that they do not require a paid subscription.) Once they have an account, students should enrol in Cyber Pursuit at [https://groklearning.com/course/cyber-pursuit-21/].

How do I register a team?

Teams can consist of between 1 and 5 students. All students taking part in Pursuit should enrol and submit their answers to each problem. When students submit their first answer, they are prompted to enter their team name. By submitting their answers individually, students will be able to see their progress in the Pursuit. It’s also possible for just one student to submit answers on behalf of a team. Teachers would then need to manually keep track of which students were part of each team.

Do all my students need to participate?

No, Pursuit is an optional activity for students who want to learn more about cyber security.

Can students take part in Pursuit if they haven’t taken part in Grok Cyber Comp?

Yes, students can participate in Pursuit if they didn’t compete in Grok Cyber Comp.

Is there a cost to take part?

No, Pursuit is free for Australian students (in years 5 to 12) and teachers in Australia. Access has been funded by support from our partners in the [Schools Cyber Security Challenges](https://aca.edu.au/cyber) project.

Are there prizes?

Schools with teams submitting correct answers to all problems will receive a Grok Academy Cyber Pack. We will not be providing certificates for this activity. Teachers will be able to access details of each team from their school’s final score in Pursuit.

Participation

How do students participate?

Problems will be released regularly at [get.gl/cyber-pursuit].

Students find a ‘flag’ when they solve the problem. This flag (a short code) is then submitted via Grok Learning.

Can students join part way through Pursuit?

Students aren’t required to answer and submit a flag for every problem, but the more problems they complete the better. Problems will stay live until the end of Pursuit (24 September).

I’m a teacher, can I take part?

Yes you can. Verified teachers can access the problems and submit answers too: compete with your students, and make a team with colleagues!

Information for Parents

Can my child compete without their school being involved?

Yes, student do not have to sign up through their school but they will require a free Grok Learning account. They will register like any other participant, by finding the first flag and submitting it to the Grok Learning platform along with a team name.

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Grok Cyber Comp

What is Cyber Comp?

Cyber Comp 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.

Who can participate?

All students in Australian from years 5-12 can participate for free in Cyber Comp.

Why should students take part in Grok Cyber Comp?

After taking part in Grok Cyber Comp students will:

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 22 November to 3 December 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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