Success Story - AFA Cyber Patriot

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Inspiring Students to Explore Science and Technology

The Air Force Association is a nonprofit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association that promotes public awareness of aerospace power and the role it plays in national security.


CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program designed to inspire high school and middle school students to pursue careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). CyberPatriot has three main components, the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and an Elementary School Cyber Education Program. The competition, presented by the Air Force Association (AFA), attracts thousands of students each year and continues to grow, making it difficult for the original website to meet increasingly demanding performance requirements.


AFA selected RDA to rebuild and redesign the CyberPatriot website used for registration and administration of the competition. The project ultimately impacted two sites: the public-facing internet site, and an associated extranet site used for registration and communication to coaches and volunteers.


The success of the project was defined by two critical success factors. The user experience was greatly improved with registrants now having the ability to update their profiles and the registration process itself is smoother and more reliable. As the AFA CyberCamps program grew, AFA once again chose RDA to design a registration system to accommodate the growing program.


“The RDA team is wonderful to work with. They listen to our needs and offer various ideas about how we can implement them in our website. They understood that we were a growing program and designed the website so that it would grow with us. The team is responsive when we need assistance and the work is done quickly and efficiently. We are happy with our decision to choose RDA and look forward to a long partnership.”

Rachel Zimmerman, Senior Manager

Program Administration, CyberPatriot

Technical Chops

Skill sets

  • Governance
  • Security
  • Technical architecture
  • Training
  • Information architecture


  • SharePoint
  • JavaScript
  • AngularJs
  • HTML5

Business Drivers

  • Process automation
  • Workflow control
  • Team collaboration
  • Online payment features
  • Scalability for future growth
  • Graphic appeal