Choosing Your Path

What's available for me to do?

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Overview

Below is an overview of the skills you will learn and the technologies you will use in the Virginia STAR digital badging program.

Badge innovation

Innovation

Professional Certifications

Students fulfill requirements for technical certifications

Site Specific Activities

Each site has a unique curriculum

Robotics

Students gain skills relating robotics and artificial intelligence

Badge leadership

Leadership

Teamwork

Students demonstrate ability to work both alone and on a team

Bridging The Gap

Students participate & lead Bridging-The-Gap events

Virginia STAR Sessions

Students attend & lead free sessions hosted by Virginia STAR

Shadowing

Students can shadow more experienced students to learn new techniques or skills

Badge hardware

Hardware

Basic Hardware

Students learn to identify major components of computer internals

Assembly

Students disassemble and properly clean a computer in teams of 2 or 3 and then assemble a computer alone

Troubleshooting

Students learn to troubleshoot basic hardware issues

Servers

Students identify basic server components and how they differ from workstation components

Networking

Students learn basic networking constructs

Badge software

Software

Windows

Students learn to install & use Microsoft Windows and Office

Basic Software

Students learn to quickly install basic suites of software

Troubleshooting

Students troubleshoot issues on Microsoft Windows

Drivers

Students learn to install hardware drivers

Servers

Students learn a basic understanding of server platforms & deploy their own server

Badge cyber security

Cyber Security

Ethical Use

Students learn to use computer and network knowledge ethically

Risk Analysis

Students learn to identify security threats and how to protect against them

Passwords

Students learn to identify and create safe passwords

Safe and Malicious Software

Students learn to identify which software is safe and which may be malicious

Classic Cryptography

Students learn to identify classic cryptography methods and how they were used in the past