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.
The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school juniors to apply for a place in our High School Visitation program, taking place Saturday, February 28th, 2015. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but we particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field but may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing an engineering career.
To apply, students should complete the HSV Spring 2015 Application. Though the program is geared towards high school juniors, sophomores are invited to apply as well. Another session of HSV will take place in the fall of 2015.
The application must be completed online by 11:59pm on Friday, February 13th, 2015.
The Radford University College of Science and Technology’s Summer Bridge program is a week-long residential experience for rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school girls interested in science, technology, and mathematics. The 2014 edition of the program will take place from Sunday, July 13 – Friday, July 18, 2014.
Thanks to many generous donors and sponsors of the program, full scholarships will be awarded competitively to participants. The scholarships cover all costs of the program for recipients.
Fees-Scholarships to Summer Bridge are awarded competitively and cover the full cost of the program. Scholarship recipients will be sent letters of acceptance by May 16, 2014. Students who do not receive scholarships and want to participate in Summer Bridge, may have the option of paying $400, the cost of tuition, room and board, to attend.
Accommodations-Participants are expected to share a room in on-campus housing (double occupancy). Roommates will be assigned.
Transportation-Participants or participants’ parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to the Radford University campus on Sunday, July 13, 2014and back home on Friday, July 18, 2014.
Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering invites rising high school junior and senior female students to participate in C-Tech2 – Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech from June 29 – July 12, 2014.
A primary focus of the program is to help develop and sustain the interests of women in engineering. Participants will spend the majority of their time involved in hands-on activities designed to increase interest in and knowledge of applications of engineering, math, and science to real world situations.
(includes all housing, meals and activities for the entire two week program). There are financial need scholarships available.