Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyber Stars

GenCyber

What's New?

Last updated on September 26, 2022: 

1) All 2022 summer camps were completed successfully. Thanks to our amazing students, teachers, and camp helpers.
We plan to host another GenCyber teacher camp during the week of July 24 - 28, 2023.
There is no plan to host a GenCyber student camp in 2023 due to lack of funding.
More details will follow soon.

2) GenCyber teacher camp:July 11 - July 15, 2022.
Participants: 34 middle and high school teachers.
Click here to view the Canvas page for the teacher camp.
GenCyber Teacher 2022
Camp map



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) GenCyber student camp:June 27 - July 1, 2022. 
Participants: 58 middle and high school students.
Click here to view the local TV6 news on the camp.
Click here to view the Canvas page for the student camp.
GenCyber Student 2022
Camp map

4) CyberPatriot Summer Camp: July 25 - July 29, 2022
The camp is open to local Cyber Husky Team members. 
Click here to view the Canvas Page for the CyberPatriot camp.
Group photo

 

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 help students understand safe on-line behavior, learn fundamental cybersecurity knowledge, increase interest in cybersecurity careers, and improve pedagogical methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula.

The GenCyber camps at Michigan Tech are live-in / commuting programs jointly managed by Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program (SYP) and faculty from the College of Computing. Live-in camp participants will stay overnight in the Michigan Tech residence halls during their time at GenCyber. Commuters will commute every day to participate in day-time activities. The GenCyber camps are offered at no cost to all participants. All selected participants will receive a scholarship valued at more than $1,000, which covers all tuition, classroom supplies, and room and board. Funding of the GenCyber camps will be provided jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) through awards received by Michigan Tech. The GenCyber camps are contingent on funding availability.

The GenCyber camps will 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. Camp activities include hands-on exercises, interactive lectures, games, career exploration, and campus tours. 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. 

The GenCyber 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 

Student Camp

Camp Title: GenCyber Student Camp at Michigan Tech - "Cybersecurity + AI"
Date: The week of June 27 - July 1, 2022
The camp is full and applications are now closed.
The application deadline is March 1st, 2022. Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended. 

Michigan Technological University plans to host a one-week, beginner-level, face-to-face GenCyber summer camp for fifty middle/high school students (entering grades 8 - 12) during the summer of 2022, with various pre-camp and post-camp activities during the school year. The theme of the camp is Cybersecurity + Artificial Intelligence (Cyber + AI), as AI is redefining every aspect of cybersecurity. The camp covers various fundamental knowledge in cybersecurity and AI, including ethics, phishing, python coding, AI intro, machine learning, applying AI to cybersecurity, and building robust and trustworthy AI. Camp activities include hands-on exercises, interactive lectures, discussions, games, career exploration, and campus tours.

The camp is offered at no cost to all participants. Camp participants can choose between the option of live-in (20 seats, mainly intended for non-local participants) or the option of commute (30 seats, mainly intended for local participants). For live-in participants, room and board is included. The room is standard Michigan Tech student dorm in Wadsworth Hall, managed and monitored by the Summer Youth Program (SYP) at Michigan Tech. For live-in campers, three meals are included per day. For commuter campers, breakfast and lunch are included each day. Click here to view SYP live-in and commute information.Camp participants from downstate may also be able to take the bus services provided by SYP (the cost of SYP charter bus is covered by the GenCyber program). Click here to view SYP travel information. 

Check-in is held on Sunday prior to the program. Camp daytime activities will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Live-in participants will be able to join the SYP evening activities. All camp activities are offered at no cost to all participants. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus, which may include travel expenses, parking fees, and other costs.

The GenCyber student camp is open to all middle/high school students (entering grades 8 - 12) in the U.S., with preference given to highly motivated students. Candidates must be a U.S. Citizen. Prior knowledge of computer and cybersecurity is not required. However, it’s helpful to have strong interest in computer and cybersecurity. Women and underrepresented minority groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

The camp also includes 8 hours of pre-camp activities and 8 hours of post-camp activities. All these activities will be hosted virtually during evenings or weekends (Date & Time TBD). Camp candidates are expected to participate in these activities as well.

Pre-Camp activities (8 hours) include:
1) GenCyber Kickstart Workshop: virtual, one hour
2) Introduction to Computing Systems: virtual, one hour
3) Introduction to Network and the Internet: virtual, one hour
4) Introduction to Programming and Algorithms: virtual, one hour
5) Introduction to Data and Analysis: virtual, one hour
6) Introduction to Impacts of Computing: virtual, one hour
7) Introduction to Cybersecurity: virtual, one hour
8) Introduction to AI: virtual, one hour

Post-Camp activities (8-10 hours) include:
1) Cybersecurity Awareness Month: one hour
2) Governor's High School Cyber Challenge: four hours
3) Winter Wonder Hack Cybersecurity Competition: four hours
4) Community outreach and Cyber Ambassadors: one hour

Click here to view Michigan Tech's Response to COVID-19. GenCyber participants are required to follow Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Programs COVID-19 guidelines.  

Teacher Camp

Camp Title: GenCyber Teacher Camp at Michigan Tech - "Cyber Ambassador"
Date: The week of July 11 - July 15, 2022
The Camp is full and applications are now closed.
The application deadline is March 1st, 2022. Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended. Teacher applicants should have a letter of support from his/her school administrator. This letter should be submitted via the GenCyber application link.

The GenCyber camp a one-week, beginner-level, residential summer program for thirty middle / high school teachers held on Michigan Tech campus in 2022, with various pre-camp and post-camp activities during the school year . The camp covers fundamental cyber hygiene and cybersecurity knowledge including ethics, phishing, PC architecture, Linux, networking, wireless, and ethical hacking. Four pedagogical principles are featured in this camp: 1) Learning through doing with hands-on applications and activities. 2) Learning through gaming in a fun and inspiring environment. 3) Learning through teaching by sharing cybersecurity knowledge with others. 4) Learning through case studies by infusing real-world cyber stories into curriculum modules. 

This is a live-in program (commuting optional), and is offered at no cost to all participants. Room and board is included. The room is a suite (Hillside) with 4 single bedrooms that share 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. For live-in campers, three meals are included per day. For commuter campers, breakfast and lunch are included each day. Click here to view Hillside information. Check-in is held on Sunday prior to the program. Camp daytime activities will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Evening activities are optional. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus, which may include travel expenses, parking fees, and other costs.

The GenCyber camp curriculum was built based upon the Michigan Computer Science K-12 Standards. Teacher participants will be able to use GenCyber activities to count for at least 24 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)

The GenCyber teacher camp is open to all middle / high school teachers in the U.S., with preference given to STEM teachers. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Prior knowledge of computer and cybersecurity is not required. However, it’s helpful to have strong interest in computer and cybersecurity. Women and underrepresented minority groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.

Each teacher participant will receive a stipend of $600 for attending and completing GenCyber activities. Teachers are expected to develop two lesson plans and implement them in classroom teaching. There will be dedicated time for lesson plan development during the camp, with help from K-12 experts. Teachers are encouraged to work in groups on lesson plan development. Potential lesson plan topics include cyber ethics, safe online behavior, career opportunities, email phishing, computer, coding, Linux, network, wireless, encryption, hacking, and many others. Previous camp participants include teachers of computer, technology, math, science, social studies, language arts, special education and others.

The camp also includes 8 hours of pre-camp activities and 8 hours of post-camp activities. All these activities will be hosted virtually during evenings or weekends (Date & Time TBD). Camp candidates are expected to participate in these activities.

Pre-Camp activities (8 hours) include:
1) GenCyber Kickstart Workshop: virtual, one hour
2) Introduction to Computing Systems: virtual, one hour
3) Introduction to Network and the Internet: virtual, one hour
4) Introduction to Programming: virtual, one hour
5) Introduction to Data and Analysis: virtual, one hour
6) Introduction to Impacts of Computing: virtual, one hour
7) Introduction to Cybersecurity: virtual, one hour
8) Introduction to Michigan K-12 Computer Science Standards: virtual, one hour

Post-Camp activities (8-10 hours) include:
1) Cybersecurity Awareness Month: one hour
2) Governor's High School Cyber Challenge: four hours
3) Winter Wonder Hack Cybersecurity Competition: four hours
4) Community outreach and Cyber Ambassadors: one hour

Click here to view Michigan Tech's Response to COVID-19. GenCyber participants are required to follow Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Programs COVID-19 guidelines.  

Resources

Past GenCyber camps:

Contact

The project PI is Prof. Yu Cai from the College of Computing at Michigan Tech. The lead instructor is Mr. Tim Van Wagner who is also from the College of Computing at Michigan Tech.

Steve Kass and Emily Gochis from the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) provide K-12 pedagogical expertise in curriculum development. Thomas Cogswell from the College of Computing is the project coordinator. The Summer Youth Program (SYP) Office at Michigan Tech offers tremendous help on registration and camp management. Other project personnel include undergraduate students, camp helpers, and SYP staff.

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