February 26, 2024

ATC hosts Junior Girl Scouts for cybersecurity education

Girl Scouts participate in activity at American Transmission Company

On Monday, Feb. 5, ATC hosted 17 fifth-grade students from Horizon Elementary School in Pewaukee, who are part of a Junior Girl Scout troop. The visit was more than just a field trip; it was an educational opportunity aimed at fostering awareness and skills in cybersecurity.

The girls were on a mission to earn three worthy badges: Cybersecurity Basics, Cybersecurity Safeguards and Cybersecurity Investigator badges. These badges signify not just an understanding of basic cybersecurity principles but also an ability to implement safeguards and investigate cyber threats.

ATC’s cybersecurity team took charge of the session by delivering an engaging and informative experience. During their visit, the girls learned about various cybersecurity concepts and had the opportunity to play educational games designed to reinforce these concepts.

The timing of the visit coincided appropriately with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (Feb. 11), highlighting the importance of encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“Feedback from both the girls and their parents was excellent,” said Elsa Natynski, Consultant HR Business Partner and the leader of the Girl Scout troop. “They were so grateful to get a unique inside look at cybersecurity in practice and further pique their interest in STEM.”

Partnering with community organizations like the Girl Scouts allows ATC to showcase our industry strengths in security and energy while also contributing to the development of future talent.