Juniors from Ascension Christian High School and their teachers recently took part in a weeklong cybersecurity program at Louisiana Tech University.

The program, called Analysis and Investigation through Cyber-Based Scenarios, was supported by the Cyber Innovation Center and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant, a news release said.

Activities included mock scenarios, engineering and computer science labs, film sessions, interactive discussions on history, ethical issues and theory and a presentation by Daniel Stein, program director of the National Cybersecurity Training and Education Program for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.

The program culminated with a realistic 24-hour simulation of a national emergency. Teams watched news briefings, searched for clues and chased down leads as new information arrived throughout the day. Afterward, the teams presented their findings and recommendations to a panel and answered questions.

Participating teachers also attended a professional development workshop prior to the program.