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Cybersecurity Education, Research & Outreach Center

Gen-Cyber Camps

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CEROC has received funding our Gen-Cyber Student camp; however, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, ALL Gen-Cyber camps for 2020 have been suspended per the national program office. We will be hosting a Gen-Cyber camp in Spring 2021 in cooperation with Putnam County Schools. You will find that updated information here when it is available.   


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!

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 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.

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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