GenCyber returns to UW-Green Bay but this year, it’s a camp for teachers

Green Bay, Wis. — For the second consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement was awarded a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for its GenCyber program. Last year, the Division received a $100,000 grant for a student camp that hosted 100 students for free, from the region. This year, NSA is providing $64,000 in funds for a GenCyber camp, free to teachers, July 23-27, 2018.

The GenCyber program is designed to be part of the solution to the nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area is critical to national and economic security as the nation and world become even more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of daily living.

The free GenCyber teacher camp targets teachers who are passionate about providing students with the tools they need to be safe and responsible online. A team of cybersecurity experts will guide them through hands-on activities using current technologies, introduce the concept of digital citizenship and give current online safety information to share in 9-12 classrooms. Participants will learn cybersercurity curriculum that they can take back to their classrooms to help students understand correct and safe online behavior, increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation.

Teachers will walk away from camp with a comprehensive set of teaching materials mapped to appropriate standards, including lesson plans, a Raspberry-Pi starter ki, project ideas for their classrooms and a network of like-minded teachers in their area to share ideas in the future. The camp curriculum will cover the following:

  • Secure Coding Elements, Defensive Programming Fundamentals (Software Security)
  • Programming using Raspberry Pi Linux Commands (basics, file permissions, networking)
  • Programming with Python
  • Cryptography and its applications (Information & Usable Security)
  • Networking Security Basics
  • Mobile Security
  • Cyber Intelligence: Privacy and Machine Learning (Human Security & Surveillance)
  • Database Security (including data-privacy and ethics)
  • System Security (including OS level security topics)
  • Cybersecurity Educational Software- Apps-Tools (Freeware)
  • Capture the Flag Models and Cyber-School Competition Programs

GenCyber camps are open to all participants at no cost. Funding is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. Teachers will be provided a $500 stipend for their participation. They will receive $250 of that after their completion of the camp week. The other $250 is contingent upon completion of implementing at least one camp lesson plan (or provided curricular module related to the GenCyber first-principles topic) or implement an instance of the Capture the Flag model in their classrooms/school during the Fall 2018 semester. Leading the effort will be the Division of Continuing Education’s Executive Director Joy Ruzek and Director of Camps and Conferences Jason Mathwig, along with Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Information and Computing Science). To apply for camp, visit the GenCyber Teacher Camp website: www.uwgb.edu/camps/technology/gencyber.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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