GenCyber Camps

GenCyber

What is New?

For the GenCyber teacher camp (August 12 - 16, 2019),
1) Closed for 2019. Thanks to our amazing teachers! See you next year!
2) Click here to view the Canvas course for the teacher camp.
3) A short video for the GenCyber teacher camp 2019

4) A group photo for the GenCyber teacher camp 
GenCyber Group Photo


For the GenCyber student camp (June 17 - 21, 2019),

1) Closed for 2019. Thanks to our amazing students! See you next year!
2) A short video for the GenCyber student camp 2019

3) A GenCyber group photo
GenCyber Student Camp 2019 Group Photo

 4) Click here to view and download student camp materials on Canvas.

 

1. What is GenCyber?

The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior and how they can be good digital citizens, and improve teaching methods for delivery of cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula.

To help build a cybersecurity talent pipeline, Michigan Tech offers two non-residential, week-long GenCyber camps in summer 2019. The first camp is designed for local middle school / high school students and will be held during the week of June 17 - 21, 2019. The second camp is designed for local K-12 teachers and will be held during the week of August 12 - 16, 2019. Camp participants will not only learn cybersecurity knowledge during the camp, but also serve as Cyber Ambassadors to preach cybersecurity to others after the camp.

This is a commuter-only program offered at no cost to all participants. A typical camp day starts at 9 am and ends at 4:30 p.m. Breakfast (7 a.m. - 9 a.m.) and lunch (12 p.m. - 1 p.m.) will be provided to camp participants at no extra charge.

Funding of the camp is provided jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) through an award received by Michigan Tech. The GenCyber camps are contingent on funding availability.

2. Student Camp

Michigan Tech offers the following GenCyber student camp for local middle school / high school students (Currently in Grades 7 - 12) in summer 2019.

Middle School / High School Student Camp (30 seats)
June 17 - 21, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Click here to download the application form for the student camp.

Send your completed application, including the signed application form and the required short responses to questions. To submit, email these items to syp@mtu.edu or mail to the contact address listed in the application form. A teacher recommendation letter and an unofficial transcript are helpful, but not required for the application.

Application deadline: May 31, 2019 (Closed)

Late applications may be considered but this scholarship will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and with consideration for the strength of the application. Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended.

Prior knowledge of computer and cybersecurity is not required. It’s helpful to have a background in math and science and a strong interest in computing and cybersecurity. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The GenCyber student camp is co-managed by the Summer Youth Program (SYP) office at Michigan Tech. Want to explore other exciting SYP opportunities? please visit https://www.mtu.edu/syp/.

Summer Youth Program 

3. Teacher Camp

Michigan Tech offers the following GenCyber teacher camp for local K-12 teachers in summer 2019.

K - 12 Teacher Camp (20 seats)
August 12 - 16, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each teacher participant will receive a stipend of $500 for attending and completing camp activities.

Click here to download the application form for the teacher camp.

Send your completed application, including the signed registration form and the required short responses to questions. To submit, email these items to gencyber@mtu.edu or mail to the contact address listed in the registration form.

Application deadline: July 31, 2019 (Closed)

Late applications may be considered but this scholarship will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and with consideration for the strength of the application. Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended.

Prior knowledge of computer and cybersecurity is not required. It’s helpful to have a background in math and science and an interest in applying computing and cybersecurity technologies in K-12 classrooms. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

4. Camp Activities

The GenCyber camps cover various aspects of Cyber Hygiene and fundamental cybersecurity knowledge including security, privacy, cyber ethics, email phishing, social engineering, password management, coding, Linux, networking, common security vulnerabilities and attacks. Students and teachers will also learn GenCyber Cybersecurity First Principles and get information on cybersecurity job market, college education, and career options.

Camp participants will explore the world of cybersecurity with experts in the field through fun, real-world learning experiences enhanced by close teacher-student interaction. Camp activities include hands-on exercises, interactive lectures, games, career exploration, and campus tours.

Below is the schedule of a typical camp day.

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Breakfast / Registration
9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Learning activities, including lectures, games, and hands-on exercises
9:50 a.m. - 10 a.m. Break
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Learning activities, including lectures, games, and hands-on exercises
10:50 a.m. - 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Learning activities, including lectures, games, and hands-on exercises
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch break
1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Learning activities, including lectures, games, and hands-on exercises
1:50 p.m. - 2 p.m. Break
2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Learning activities, including lectures, games, and hands-on exercises
2:50 p.m. - 3 p.m. Break
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tour or game time

5. Contact

The project PI is Prof. Yu Cai from the Computer Network and System Administration program (CNSA) program at Michigan Tech. The lead instructor is Mr. Tim Van Wagner who is also from the CNSA program at Michigan Tech.

Steve Kass and Emily Gochis from the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) provide K-12 pedagogical expertise in curriculum development. Liz Fujita and Amanda Jackson from the Summer Youth Program (SYP) Office at Michigan Tech offer tremendous help on student registration and camp management. Other project participants include Guy Hembroff, Bo Chen, Yin-Yin Tan, and undergraduate students from Michigan Tech.

If you have questions and/or would like to be notified about future cybersecurity camps or similar offerings, please contact: gencyber@mtu.edu