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Gen-Cyber Camp at Tennessee Tech

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The NSA and NSF funded GenCyber Camp provides cybersecurity engagement experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level and has the following goals:

  • Increase cybersecurity awareness among high school students
    Increase interest in cybersecurity among diverse body of students
    Help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior
    Provide training for students with instructional activities based upon the GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts
CEROC is hosting a Gen-Cyber camp from May 24-29, 2021 in cooperation with Putnam County Schools.  See camp announcement below:

 

There are half a million unfilled cyber jobs in the USA right now and more than five thousand in Tennessee that can NOT be filled! 
 
How about a FREE fun and interactive camp to explore more about cybersecurity? 
• Want to know what careers in cyber look like? 
• Want to get a taste of activities related to cybersecurity?
 
This is a great opportunity for you to get to know about valuable skills and techniques applicable to real world cybersecurity challenges. 
 
The camp will include opportunities to ask questions of current cyber professionals and students, as well as  to compete and earn prizes 
 
Spend a week with us to get to know about one of the fastest growing careers in the world. 

Participants will not require any prior knowledge or experience with cybersecurity and will receive a Raspberry Pi kit for successful completion of the camp.
 
Apply by April 15th to get a spot in our May Gen-Cyber Camp. 
 
The camp will run from May 24th to May 29th lasting from 8:30am to 2:30pm each day (except 29th, which will be shorter) on Tennessee Tech campus. 
 
Due to limited slots and pandemic consideration, we ask that ONLY students from Cookeville High, Upperman High and Monterey High apply here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GenCyberTNTech21 
 
Questions? Contact: ceroc@tntech.edu

In addition to this core camp, our outreach plan includes:

GenCyber Day at WiCyS 2021 (Participants: ~100): We will organize a GenCyber Day workshop for area high school students one day before the Annual WiCyS conference. 
GenCyber on Wheels (Expected participants: 300): There will be multiple field trips (one week long, 1/2 cybersecurity, 1/2 STEM) to a regional high school on a STEM mobile truck provided by the TnTech STEM Center. Each trip will involve stationing the STEM Mobile to allow high school students to board the vehicle and discover cybersecurity-related, hands-on exercises using Raspberry PIs and laptops.
Middle School Site Visit (Expected participants: 500): We will visit two local middle schools for a Cyber Conscious Citizen session about Online Safety.
Seed Fund to Start CyberPatriot Clubs (Expected seed fund to be awarded: 2)
To continue the legacy of GenCyber Camp, maintain interest in cybersecurity as a hopeful outcome of the camp and facilitate an outlet for students to continue with their new interest, encourage and support students to start Cyber Patriot clubs at their schools. 

Cybersecurity Activities

A group of students working on an activity from the 2018 Gencyber Camp! Students enjoy a wide range of cyber-related activities that will teach them the core fundamentals of the cybersecurity field!

Individual Capability

A group of students working on an activity learn some tips from the Tennessee Tech Camp Chaperones! Our chaperones are majors in Tennessee Tech's Computer Science program focusing in cybersecurity and help bridge a personal connection to the students of GenCyber! By getting a first-hand glimpse into this field from the camp and connecting with TTU students and faculty, students gain a strong understanding of what they and the field of cybersecurity have to offer! Check below for Gencyber 2019 sign-up information!

 

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Our past 2019 GenCyber Residential Camp (2020 camp has been moved to May, 2021 due to pandemic)  incorporated basic cybersecurity concepts through hands-on exercises and games involving technologies like the Raspberry Pi, and opportunities to practice soft skills (ethical decisions and presentations). The camp did not require the participants to have any prior knowledge or experience with cybersecurity.  All activities in the camp curriculum were conducted with the assumption that the participants come from different backgrounds and experiences. Activities were self-paced and supported by relevant background information. Regionally appropriate speakers also provided an overview of regional and national cybersecurity needs.