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GenCyber

A FREE summer camp dedicated to teachers and students for the purpose of learning more about cyber security.

GenCyber 2017GenCyber Vision -- “Inspiring the next generation of cyber stars.” 

GenCyber Camp Logo Our vision is for the GenCyber program to be part of the solution to the Nation’s shortfall of skilled cyber security professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area is critical to the future of our country’s national and economic security as we become even more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of our daily lives. To ensure a level playing field, GenCyber camps are offered at no cost to all student and teacher participants.


What is GenCyber?

A FREE summer camp dedicated to increase the cybersecurity knowledge of high school students and help teachers prepare learning modules to take back to their respective classrooms to continue spreading cybersecurity knowledge after the summer camp.

 

Purpose

The primary purpose of the GenCyber camp is to educate students and teachers about cybersecurity principles and cybersecurity careers. Our teacher renewal credit class will help to prepare teachers to create interest in cybersecurity when they return to their classroom. All K-12 teachers are welcome to apply. The secondary purpose of the GenCyber camp is to prepare students to make well-informed choices about their future college plans and careers. It is our hope to recruit more students into this rapidly growing, and high-demand cybersecurity career field by partnering with the school systems in our service area.


Who should attend GENCYBER?

High school students interested in computers, networks, programming, web, and cybersecurity should attend this class. Teachers will all backgrounds and skill sets are welcome and encouraged to attend so the cybersecurity knowledge can be passed on to a vast group of students!

When will the class be held and who teaches it?
 

Teacher Course:

This camp will be held July 9th - July 20th.  Lunch and snacks will be provided. The first week of the class will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The second week teachers will have the option to pick 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM sessions. The class is free; space is limited to 24 teachers. Funding will allow CVCC to assist with child care and travel with a $1,000 stipend, so you need to register soon! This class contains 55 contact hours, which will give the teacher 5.5 teacher renewal credits towards their technology credit and/or a related CTE course. The class will be held at the Robert Paap Building at CVCC. The class is taught by our well-educated and trained information Technology instructors. You must attend both weeks--Week one is the teacher portion of the camp and week two will be the morning or afternoon sessions. The second week sessions are required in order to complete this class.

Week 1: Teachers will be taught and will have time to develop learning modules:

  • computer hardware
  • operating systems
  • networks
  • web pages
  • programming
  • drones
  • ozobots
  • encryption
  • steganography
  • cybersecuirty first principles
  • ethics
  • online safety
  • activities related to each topic
  • group competitions

Week 2: Teachers will have the option to pick 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM or 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM sessions (required):

  • test learning modules
  • test learning activities
  • test competitions


Student Course:

This camp will be held July 16 - July 20th (tentative on funding). Our five-day student camp will be activity based from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The camp will be held at the Robert Paap Building at CVCC. This is a day camp so participants must provide their own transportation to and from the camp. The class is taught by our well-educated and trained Information Technology instructors. The class is free; however, space is limited to 24 high school and 24 middle school students!

Returning students are welcome to attend as there will be more advanced coverage of topics for returning students.

The GenCyber @ CVCC summer camp will be focused on student learning:

  • building a computer
  • installing an operating system
  • creating a small network
  • developing a web page
  • writing simple programs
  • programming drones
  • programming ozobots
  • cracking a password
  • using steganography
  • cybersecurity first principles
  • ethics
  • online safety
  • activities related to each topic
  • group competitions

How do I register?

Teacher Registration: (tentative on funding)
Registration will be open from March 15, 2018 to June 18, 2018. You can go to teacher renewal and download a registration form. Please send it by e-mail to ctoney@cvcc.edu, OR you may fax it at (828) 322-5455 Attn: Cheri Toney, OR mail the form to CVCC, Attn: Cheri Toney, 2550 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602. If you have questions or need additional information please call (828) 327-7037 or e-mail Cheri Toney at ctoney@cvcc.edu

 

Student Registration: 
Registration will be open from March 15, 2018 to June 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM. You can go to Summerscapes and download a registration form. Please send it by e-mail to ctoney@cvcc.edu, OR you may fax it at (828) 322-5455 Attn: Cheri Toney, OR mail the form to CVCC, Attn: Cheri Toney, 2550 Highway 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602. If you have questions or need additional information please call (828) 327-7037 or e-mail Cheri Toney at ctoney@cvcc.edu

 

Do I have to know a lot about computers to attend?

NO! This camp is for all skill levels, the tech savvy as well as the person that knows very little about computers. This camp is for students to learn more about cybersecurity in a fun way! This class will also give the student information about national competitions and the knowledge to: build a computer, install an operating system, describe and create a network, write computer programs, create web pages, describe hacking and ethics, demonstrate online safety, describe encryption, and demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of cybersecurity.
 

Want to learn more about a career in Cyber Security?  Check out the Information System Security degree at Catawba Valley Community College.