GenCyber Camps

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF CYBER STARS

GenCyber

What's New?

To help build a cybersecurity talent pipeline, Michigan Tech plans to offer two free, residential, and week-long GenCyber camps in summer 2020.
The first camp is designed for K-12 STEM teachers and will be held during the week of June 22 - 26, 2020. Click here for details.
The second camp is designed for middle school / high school students (grades 8-11) and will be held during the week of July 13 - 17, 2020. Click here for details.

If you are interested to view the past GenCyber camps in 2019, please click here for details. 

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. 

Student Camp

Michigan Tech plans to offer the following GenCyber camp for students who are currently enrolled in Grades 8 - 11 in the U.S., with preference given to students from the surrounding regions and those who have not attended the GenCyber program previously.

Middle School / High School Student Camp (30 seats)
Date: July 13 - 17, 2020
Location: Michigan Tech Campus (Houghton, MI)
Application deadline: April 10, 2020

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

Send your completed application, including the signed application form, a teacher recommendation, the required short responses to questions, and a copy of your unofficial school transcript. To submit, email these items to syp@mtu.edu or mail to the contact address listed in the application form. 

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 strong interest in computer and cybersecurity. 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 teacher-student interaction. Click here to view the tentative camp schedule and activities.

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 

Teacher Camp

Michigan Tech plans to offer the following GenCyber teacher camp for K-12 teachers in summer 2020.

K-12 Teacher Camp (20 seats)
Date: June 22 - 26, 2020
Location: Michigan Tech Campus (Houghton, MI)
Application deadline: April 10, 2020

Click here to download the application form for the GenCyber 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.

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

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 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 camp schedule and activities.

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. Amanda Jackson from the Summer Youth Program (SYP) Office at Michigan Tech offer tremendous help on student registration and camp management. 

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