Inspiring the Next Generations of Cyber Stars

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




Camp Dates: (July 23 – July 27), 2018


9:00AM – 5:00PM


To register, click here to fill out the application.

[Registration for 2018 GenCyber@CSU has ended]


Camp Overview:


The 2018 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 cyber security experts. Teachers will be introduced to practical cyber security scenarios using Robotics and Game Design scenarios. Additionally, teachers will be introduced to two additional cyber related terms: cyber-intelligence and cyber-crime. Teachers will be exposed to topics related to safe online behavior and 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:


·        Introduce teachers to cybersecurity first principles and safe online behavior through carefully designed educational activities.

·        Expose teachers to the role of robotics engineering and game design in cybersecurity training through structured hands-on activities.

·        Provide teachers with the teaching methods and resources to use in teaching cybersecurity in the classrooms.

·        Improve teachers' awareness about the career opportunities in the fields of computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. 


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. Teachers from STEM fields are highly encouraged to apply. Selected teachers are required to have an Android or Apple iOS phone. To apply for the camp, please click here and fill the application  [Registration for 2018 GenCyber@CSU has ended]. 



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 40 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) upon the completion all camp activities

·        Paid a stipend upon the successful completion of camp activities (to be paid by December 15, 2018)

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

·        Offered a follow up face-to-face or online session during Fall 2018 (One Saturday (4-hours)) to review the concepts 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 on 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. Here is a quick summary of what will be covered during the camp:


Day 1 (July 23, 2018)

Overview of Cybersecurity First Principles and Information Security 

Day 2 (July 24, 2018) 

Fundamentals of Game Design 

Day 3 (July 25, 2018)

Fundamentals of Robotics 

Day 4 (July 26, 2018)

Robotics, Game Design, and Cybersecurity  

Day 5 (July 27, 2018)

Teaching Resources and Conclusion  


Camp Team:


·       Program Director: Dr. M. Ayyash

·       Lead Instructor: Mr. W. Nash 

·       Assessment and Pedagogy Consultant: Dr. P. Boyles

·       Project Manager: Ms. D. Barefield

·       Teaching Assistant: F. Williams


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Questions about the GenCyber@CSU:


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