Inspiring the Next Generations of Cyber Stars

GenCyber@CSU is a FREE Camp for 8-12th Grade Teachers




Camp Dates: (August 7 – August 11), 2017


9:00AM – 5:00PM


To register, click here to fill out the application.


Camp Overview:


The 2017 GenCyber@CSU summer camp is to educate teachers of grades 8 through 12 from Chicagoland metropolitan areas about the first cybersecurity principles through different instructional techniques: hands-on exercises, mini-lectures and presentations, interactive games, and interactions with information and communication technology (ICT) and cyber security experts. Teachers will be introduced to practical cyber security scenarios using an Internet-of-Things (IoT) network topology. Additionally, teachers will be introduced to two additional cyber related terms: cyber-intelligence and cyber-crime. Teachers will be exposed to career opportunities in the cyber field. Teachers will be provided with instructional resources and strategies to teach cybersecurity to their students.  The camp will be concluded with a final project which will serve as a culminating product that summarizes what has been learned at the camp.


Camp Goals:


·        Teach teachers cybersecurity first principles through carefully designed educational activities.

·        Introduce teachers to the newly emerging field of Internet-of-Things (IoT) through structured hands-on activities that focus on networking fundamentals, information security, and interesting home-networking applications.

·        Improve teachers’ awareness about the career opportunities in the fields of information and communication technology (ICT), cybersecurity, cyber intelligence, and IoT.

·        Provide teachers with the knowledge and the tools to use in teaching cybersecurity in their classrooms.


Camp Requirements and Registration:


GenCyber@CSU summer camp activities are suitable for all 8-12 teachers and teacher candidates. Camp activities are designed to engage teachers regardless of their educational backgrounds. No cybersecurity background is required. Selected teachers are required to have an Android or Apple iOS phone. To apply for the camp, please click here and fill the application.



Camp Benefits to Teachers:


GenCyber@CSU is a 40-hour camp which is designed to offer participating an opportunity to learn about Cybersecurity First Principles in hands-on environment (learn-by-doing). Teachers will be:


·        Trained and educated by qualified cybersecurity educators

·        Introduced to basic and interesting cybersecurity concepts to be taken back to their classrooms

·        Offered up to 20 Continuing Professional Development Unit upon the completion all camp activities

·        Paid a stipend upon the successful completion of camp activities

·        Given access to cybersecurity curriculum materials to share with their students

·        Offered a follow up session during Fall 2017 (One Saturday (4-hours)) to return to CSU to strengthen the concepts they learned during the summer camp. During the follow up session, teachers will share the impact of what they learned with other teachers and camp team.


Light continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Camp participants will receive a GenCyber@CSU T-Shirt.


Camp Daily Schedule:


The daily schedule will include mini-lectures taught by cybersecurity experts and many learn-by doing activities to apply newly acquired knowledge. The camp is also supported by the resources offered by the Center for Information & Security Education and Research (CINSER) at CSU. Current CSU students will mentor teachers and discuss Information and Communication Technology (ICT) career pathways. Here is a quick summary of what will be covered during the camp:


Day 1 (August 7, 2017)

Fundamentals of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Day 2 (August 8, 2017)

Internet of Things Basics

Day 3 (August 9, 2017)

Introduction to Information Security

Day 4 (August 10, 2017)

Cyber: Security, Intelligence, Crime, and Opportunities

Day 5 (August 11, 2017)

Learning Showcase Demonstration and Field Trip


Camp Team:


·       Program Director: Dr. M. Ayyash

·       Lead Instructor: Mr. S. Alian

·       Assessment Coordinator: Dr. P. Boyles

·       Project Manager: Ms. D. Barefield

·       Teaching Assistant: F. Williams


To find out more about GenCyber click here.

Questions about the GenCyber@CSU:


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