Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyber Stars


What's New?

Last updated on July 24, 2021: 

1) The 2021 GenCyber Teacher Camp was a huge success! Special thanks to the amazing group of teacher participants and camp helpers!

2) Click here to view photos and videos for the 2021 GenCyber Teacher Camp.

3) Click here to view the Canvas Course page for the 2021 GenCyber Teacher Camp.

4) A new GenCyber teacher camp and a new GenCyber student camp will be held in summer 2022. More details will follow soon.

5) If you have questions or would like to be notified about future offerings, please contact us by email:

6) Click here to view the past GenCyber camps.

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 programs (commuting optional) jointly managed by Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Program (SYP) and faculty from the College of Computing. Camp participants will stay overnight in the Michigan Tech residence halls during their time at GenCyber. 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

Summer Youth Program 

Student Camp

Unfortunately, no GenCyber student camp will be held in 2021 due to lack of funding support.

Click here to see other summer camps offered by Michigan Tech's Summer Youth Program..

Teacher Camp

Michigan Tech plans to offer the following free GenCyber teacher camp for K-12 teachers in summer 2021.

K-12 Teacher Camp (20 seats)
Date: July 19 - July 23, 2021
Location: Michigan Tech Campus (Houghton, MI)
Application deadline: May 1, 2021
The Camp is full. Registration is closed!

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

This is a residential camp (commuting optional), and is offered at NO COST to all participants. Room and board is included. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Michigan Tech campus.

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.

This camp is open to all K-12 teachers, with preference given to STEM teachers and those who have not attended the GenCyber program previously. Must be a U.S. Citizen and in-service K-12 teacher. 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 underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Camp participants will explore the world of cybersecurity with experts in the field through fun, real-world learning experiences enhanced by close interactions. Click here to view the tentative 2021 camp schedule and activities. 

Click here to view Michigan Tech's Response to COVID-19. GenCyber participants are strongly encouraged to take FDA-approved COVID-19 Vaccines. 


Click here to view resources for K-12 cybersecurity and computing education


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. Amanda Jackson from the Summer Youth Program (SYP) Office at Michigan Tech offers tremendous help on registration and camp management. Other project personnel include Dr. Bo Chen from CS, undergraduate students, 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: