GenCyber Summer Cybersecurity Camps

Teachers’ Camp: June 19–23, 2017 • Students’ Camp: July 17–21, 2017

Inver Hills Community College will be hosting a second round of GenCyber Summer Cybersecurity Camps in the summer of 2017 thanks to a $150,000 grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Inver Hills hosted two GenCyber camps in the summer of 2016, one for teachers and one for students. Eligible teachers for this summer’s Teachers’ Camp are in-service or pre-service teachers from all school districts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Students attending the Students’ Camp will be entering grades 9–12. The GenCyber Summer Cybersecurity Camps at Inver Hills are FREE for all participants.

What is the GenCyber program?

GenCyber’s mission is to grow the number of students studying cybersecurity in the United States. The program includes summer camps across the nation designed for elementary, middle, and high school students, and teachers. The camps focus on engaging the learners with sound cybersecurity principles and teaching techniques.

The GenCyber program operates on three primary goals:
  • Increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation
  • Help all students understand correct and safe online behavior
  • Improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for K–12 programs

GenCyber Summer Cybersecurity Camps at Inver Hills are FREE for all participants.

During the camps, participants will receive a Raspberry Pi computer, a powerful mini-PC they can use to continue their cybersecurity explorations after the camp experience concludes.

GenCyber Summer Cybersecurity Camp 2016 at Inver Hills

Inver IT legacy

Ben Franske, Ph.D., information technology faculty at Inver Hills, was instrumental in securing the NSA/NSF grant funds. Ben teaches two A.A.S. degree programs at the college, Network Technology and Security and Information Technology Support. He views the cybersecurity camps as a perfect fit for the IT Education department’s mission and resources.

GenCyber“In 2011, Inver Hills became the first community college in Minnesota designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance for Two-Year Colleges by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to recognize our department’s leading-edge cybersecurity curriculum,” Ben said. “The college’s Cisco Networking Academy trains instructors from other two-years as well as four-year colleges and universities. We hosted the Cyber Aces State Championship in 2014. Inver Hills has national name recognition in IT education.”

Ben reported that the GenCyber camps provide a series of hands-on labs as well as field trips to a data center at a local company or firm, where participants can confer with cybersecurity engineers in the field.

GenCyber Camp for TEACHERS

Eligible teachers: In-service and pre-service teachers from all school districts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin
Location:
Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Camp duration: June 19 to June 23, 2017
Daily schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

NOTE: Teachers get a $1,000 stipend for attending the full week camp and an additional $1,000 when they select optional participation as teaching assistants at the student camp.

Any photograph taken on college property or at a GenCyber camp-related event or activity requires a signed photo release from by each person recognizable in the photo. Submit your photo and video consent form.

GenCyber 2016

GenCyber 2016

GenCyber Camp for STUDENTS:

Eligible students: Students entering grades 9–12
Location:
Inver Hills Community College
2500 80th Street East
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Camp duration: July 17 to July 21, 2017
Daily schedule: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

NOTE: Teachers get a $1,000 stipend for attending the full week camp and an additional $1,000 when they select optional participation as teaching assistants at the student camp.

Any photograph taken on college property or at a GenCyber camp-related event or activity requires a signed photo release from by each person recognizable in the photo. If individuals are under 18, the release must be signed by a parent or guardian. Submit your photo and video consent form.

To learn more, visit GenCyber at Inver Hills or Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyberstars or contact:

Ben Franske, Ph.D.
Information Technology Faculty
651-450-3575

Meriem Aman
GenCyber Program Director
651-423-8612

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