Degree Name

BS

Department

Technology

College

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology

Defense Date

2021-11-15

Publication Date

2021-12-15

First Faculty Advisor

Justin Giboney

First Faculty Reader

Amanda Hughes

Honors Coordinator

Derek Hansen

Keywords

cybersecurity, education, escape room, learning, simulation

Abstract

Many organizations including the United States government have identified a shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the workforce. This thesis explores the effectiveness of escape room/simulation based learning in an active participation and immersive education to motivate pursuing cybersecurity. A survey was administered to the participants of the 2021 BYU Cybersecurity Camp regarding their experience in the Interactive Cybersecurity Experience (ICE). The ICE is a simulator/escape room that challenges participants to complete a Star Trek themed mission by overcoming cybersecurity obstacles. The three demographics that were surveyed included a camp for educators, a camp for boys, and a camp for girls. A statistical analysis was performed to determine significant differences between the groups. Age seems to play a factor in how the simulator experience is perceived.

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