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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 residential student camp from June 19-24, 2022 for high school students across the state of Tennessee. 
 

Registration is now closed and all spots have been filled.  Our thanks to all of those that applied to attend.  Final communications to selected students will be sent via email by Friday, March 11, 2022.
 
The camp will run from Sunday, June 19th to Friday, June 24th on Tennessee Tech campus.   Orientation will begin at 6pm Sunday with activities throughout the week concluding with a closing ceremony on Friday afternoon.  More details regarding the schedule will be sent to participating students.

CEROC has been approved to host a 2023 camp.

For those interested in attending next year's camp, please be on the lookout for more information on this page after this year's camp has concluded.
 
Questions? Contact: ceroc@tntech.edu

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

GenCyber Day at WiCyS 2022 (Participants: ~75): We will be conducting 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 TN Tech 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.