Local educators can receive GenCyber training at no cost
Green Bay, Wis.—For the third year in a row, 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, the only of its kind in Wisconsin.
The Division was awarded $57,000 for a GenCyber teacher camp. This year’s camp will be held August 5-9, 2019. The vision of the GenCyber program is 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 especially as the country becomes more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of their daily lives.
The 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 teachers through hands-on activities using current technologies, introduce the concept of digital citizenship and providing online safety information to share in their classrooms. Participants learn cybersecurity curriculum that they can take back to their classrooms to help students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, and increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce.
Teachers will walk away from camp with a comprehensive set of teaching materials mapped to appropriate standards, including lesson plans, access to “Raspberry-Pi” starter kit and Cozmo robot lending library and project ideas for their classrooms. Bonus is a network of like-minded teachers to collaborate with and share ideas in the future. The camp curriculum will be covering 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 NSA 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 2019 semester. New this year, participants will have the opportunity to earn a CyberChip digital badge! 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/technology-camps/gencyber.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, Division I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.