excerpt from: “The Bright, Bright Future of Electronic Engineering: EE Journal Editors’ Choices for World Maker Faire 2017” by Kevin Morris
(The Electronic Engineering Journal. September 27, 2017) Read the full article.
Ever get booted by sandals? If high-schooler Becky Button walked into a coffee shop where you were using unsecured WiFi, you certainly might have. Becky came to Maker Faire to educate people about security vulnerabilities in older WiFi networks with some literally disruptive fashion.
Working with collaborator Naomi Wu, Button created 3D printed sandals that hold a Feather Huzzah WiFi development board and a battery pack. When she walks up to a network that is using unsecured 802.11 protocols, Button’s sandals launch a deauthentication attack, booting every other user off the network, so she can enjoy the WiFi all to herself – uh, oops, we mean – in order to highlight the security vulnerabilities so network owners will correct them.
How does one get from wanting to make some cool, custom, 3D printed sandals to exploiting unsecured WiFi network protocols? Let’s just say the mind of the brilliant budding engineer is an awesome place. Becky’s energy in explaining her project and her process are infectious. We left her booth wanting to design a black hat that could seek out Bluetooth, or some gloves that could handle… Wait, nevermind. The point, as with most maker projects, is learning. Becky built a thing that allowed her to solve challenging problems while learning new skills and disciplines. Inspired by Chinese maker Naomi Wu, Becky wanted to take a similar journey for herself, with her own creative twist. We think she’ll make an awesome engineer!
Button hopes her sandals will bring attention to the issue and encourage people to learn about network security and protect themselves from known weaknesses.
Join the Cavalier Nation on September 26th for:
- Parent/Teacher conferences (3 PM-7 PM)
- CTE Open House (3 PM-7 PM)
- College Application Boot Camp (3 PM-5 PM)
- AP/Dual Enrollment Information Session (6 PM-7 PM)
- FAFSA Information and Help (6 PM-7 PM)
The CTE Open House is at Caroline High School on September 26th, 2017 from 3 to 7 pm. This is the same night as Parent Teacher Conferences! Come out and meet our teachers while learning about the career and technical programs offered in Caroline County. Representatives from M.C. Dean and the Caroline County Fire Department will be there to discuss new partnerships with CHS and student opportunities for this upcoming school year.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Josh Just at email@example.com or call 804-633-9886.
Recent Caroline High School graduate, Victoria Holtzman, competed at the TSA (Technology Students Association) National Competition this past weekend in Orlando, FLA. Caroline High School CTE Teacher, Mr. Neil Black, also attended the event to support Victoria at the competition.
Congratulations to both Victoria and Mr. Black for making it to Nationals for TSA!
Good Luck to the following students competing in the District SkillsUSA competition on March 3rd, 2017 for our Caroline High School CTE Department:
Cosmetology (taught by Mrs. Tia Courtney)
Small Engines (taught by Mr. Chris Anderson)
Justin San Nicholas
The Caroline High School Career and Technical Education Department will be conducting an Open House for the community here at the High School from 5 pm – 6 pm this Monday (February 13th).
The goal of the open house is to show the community what our CTE programs have to offer.
Please check in at the new library when you arrive.
We look forward to seeing you there.
8th Grade Assembly at CMS
January 30th @ 8:30 am
CTE teachers and students will present a video prepared by Mr. Mike Moring to the 8th grade students that provides information about the CTE courses available at CHS. The video will be linked to the CTE website.
8th Grade Parent Meeting
February 6th @ 6 pm
The Administration will present information about the CTE programs during an evening meeting at Caroline High School to accommodate parent work schedules.