Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyber Stars

This summer Marquette University hosted a GenCyber Camp for teachers and students. We anticipate offering this again next year. Here is information about this year's offering:

2018 GenCyber Combination Camp at Marquette University
Monday July 30, 2018 through Friday, August 3, 2018
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Cudahy Hall, 1313 W. Wisconsin Avenue

GenCyber responds to a recognized need to develop cybersecurity awareness and teach sound cybersecurity fundamentals at the K-12 levels. The GenCyber program works to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity by providing grants to universities, public or private schools or schools systems, not-for-profit institutions, or non-profit institutions to conduct GenCyber camps. 

Each teacher that participated in camp activities received a stipend to help cover costs. Each student that participated in camp activities also recieved support to cover expenses of attendance. Lunches were provided to participants at no charge.

This was a combination camp, which means that students and teachers had many opportunities to interact with each other. Teachers received and created materials for classroom use, while they were also able to practice.

The camp allowed participants to:

  1. have fun!
  2. interact with social robots,
  3. learn the cybersecurity principles,
  4. program wearable devices and small robots,
  5. find out about careers in cybersecurity,
  6. engage with guest speakers working in cybersecurity

More Information

Who Participated?

Students: We are focused on student campers coming from the Metropolitan Milwaukee area. This will be a day camp for the students. Our target for students is high school students, but middle school students are welcome to apply.

Teachers: While no prior experience is required we will give preference to teachers who are likely to offer the AP CS Principles course during the 2018-19 school year, However, all interested K-12 teachers are encouraged to apply.

Format

 

We supplied all of the resources required for the camp. We used two instructional labs, that were equipped with desktop work stations for students and teachers and several social robots available in our lab.

Sessions in the camp were interactive and included activities, exercises and lectures. Some sessions focused on students, others for teachers, and some combined. We drew on materials and exercises freely available from leading cybersecurity and technology organizations.