ToyNetLectureVirtue

Our lab tool, ToyNet, eliminates common learning hurdles in studying computer networks. Topics such as construction and the provisioning of devices are covered in virtualized scenarios and made more comprehensible by abstracting away many details and then exposing more details to the user as the modules progress. Through this hands-on learning, ToyNet lowers the barrier to entering the field of technology and computer systems.

Industry experts write and review our entire curriculum. Once complete, we will open-source and host both ToyNet and the computer networking curriculum on the public internet so that all active and former service members can utilize it for free.

As we explore protocols and governing bodies constituting the foundation of the Internet’s design and operation, it’s easy to get lost in the associated jargon. We distill topics such as the OSI model, Virtualization, and Domain Name Servers, into step-by-step, visual explanations.

For every device or program involved in network communication, we introduce personable characters with defined jobs and tasks including, if applicable, addressing data corruption over the wire or errors on the receiving host!

Every branch of the U.S. Military has unique values they seek to instill in their personnel. Our modules begin with a self-reflection exercise on our virtues, which are pulled from our different service branches:

Courage, Duty, Commitment, Service, Loyalty,
Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Honor

Project Reclass incorporates all nine of these values, and introduces a tenth value: Grit.

Grit is the combination of passion and perseverance towards long-term goals. A longitudinal study following more than 11,000 West Point cadets found that while cognitive ability was a strong predictor of academic grades, cadets falling one standard deviation higher on the grit scale over 50% increased likelihood of completing the rigorous initiation period, Cadet Basic Training. In terms of graduating the four year program, grit and physical ability were each better predictors of success than cognitive ability. By inculcating grit, we both reinforce an implicit military virtue and develop skills that directly contribute to success regardless of endeavor.