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Gen-Cyber Camps

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In 2019, with support from NSA and NSF (Award# 19-TN-TTUx-UV-S1, Tennessee Technological University), CEROC will conduct the 2019 Gen-Cyber Residential Camp at Tennessee Technological University for high school students. This is a nationwide program by NSA that supports cybersecurity education and training at the K-12 level.

The FREE camp for 40 selected high school students (rising 8th graders to rising 12th graders) will begin at 5:00 pm, Sunday, June 23, 2019 with welcome activities.  Daily camp activities will begin at 7:45 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. each day. Special events will be provided for entertainment each evening.  

Registration for the camp will close at 11:59 pm, April 7, 2019.  Notification of acceptance status will be sent out by 11:59 pm, April 19, 2019.  NOTE:  Due to the limited number of participant slots available, we cannot accept registrations from previous GenCyber camp participants.

The application period is now closed.

Transportation to and from the camp will be facilitated via two methods:

  • Parents can drop off / pIck up student directly to the campus.
  • Parents can drop off / pick up students at one of the three possible shuttle locations (Chattanooga, Knoxville, or Nashville).  Details about the shuttle locations will be via email and the camp Remind group.

Registration and other logistics information will be communicated via email and camp Remind channels.

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! Look below for more information on the Gencyber 2019 sign-up!

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!

The GenCyber Camp 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

The 2019 GenCyber Residential Camp will incorporate 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 does 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.

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

  • GenCyber Day at WiCyS  (Participants: ~100): We 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 a field trip (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)
    • continue the legacy of GenCyber Camps;
    • maintain interest in cybersecurity as a hopeful outcome of the camp;
    • facilitate an outlet for students to continue with their new interest;
    • encourage students to start Cyber Patriot clubs at their schools. 

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