Lofgren announces federal funding for San Jose Tech Museum

December 8, 2015
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose will receive $100,000 in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in a new grant announced by U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) today.

The grant, administered by the NSF, will support a new project focused on the topic of cybersecurity for middle school students at museums. The project is a joint effort between the University of Buffalo and the Tech Museum, and will involve the design, development, assessment and refinement of interactive and hands-on experiences in a museum setting, with follow-up workshops targeting middle school students.

"I'm pleased The Tech is helping to lead the way in cybersecurity education," said Lofgren. "Building a culture of strong cybersecurity is of utmost importance in today's digital economy. The federal government is right to support programs that instill strong cybersecurity practices early on in childhood education."

Given the widespread use of the Internet, cybercrime is on the rise and cybersecurity is a much needed component in any STEM curriculum. The project will span multiple disciplines ranging from computer science and information systems to forensics and law, and the participants will pay particular attention to a conceptual understanding of cybersecurity.

# # #