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FBLA is the CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for Business and Computer Science students and we are happy to include under the umbrella of FBLA several specific interest clubs related to these areas. Students wishing to participate in these affiliated clubs must also be members of FBLA.
CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money. South Forsyth High School fields up to 5 teams of 6 members each. In 2019, one of our teams was 1 of only 3 teams in the state of Georgia to make it to the Semi-Finals level.
Game Development Club is a group of students interested in learning about and exploring various activities related to game development: writing the code, creating graphics, designing the back story, writing and recording the music, etc. Programs such as Unity, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, and Audition are available for use. Students can collaborate with other students to build games for personal interest or to enter into competitions with FBLA, TSA, or other competitive groups. Since members of this club must be members of FBLA, Game Dev members working on a game for the FBLA “Computer Game and Simulation Programming” event are given priority for getting their game entered into competition.
Girls Who Code was founded with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. We’re building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. South Forsyth High School hosts an after school club led by female students that are passionate about computer science and interested in passing that passion on to other girls. Tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17. Women and girls across the country are coming together to correct centuries-long power imbalances across lines of gender, race, sexuality, and more. Girls Who Code is proud to be a part of this movement, and even prouder because our girls – girls of all races and ethnicities and abilities and zip codes – are leading it. They are solving problems in their communities, empowering their friends, and defining the future of our world.