GenCyber Summer Teacher Camp 2019

Inver Hills hosts cybersecurity training for K–12 instructors

Inver Hills Community College received a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) to host a GenCyber Summer Cybersecurity Camp for K–12 Teachers. The camp was held June 24–28, 2019, in the Business building on the college’s campus in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

GenCyber camps are open to participants at no cost. During the camp, the K–12 teachers received a Raspberry Pi computer, a powerful mini-PC they can use to continue their cybersecurity explorations after the camp experience concluded. The teachers also went on two off-campus field trips, Lock & Key Escape Rooms and Minnesota IT Services (MNIT).

Ben Franske, PhD
Ben Franske, PhD

Ben Franske, PhD, Inver Hills IT faculty, taught the camp. Ben was 26 when he earned his Ph.D. in Technology/Engineering Education from the University of Minnesota. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Telecommunications Systems from the University of Wisconsin, Stout, specializing in Training & Human Resource Development. He started teaching at Inver Hills in 2009.

“Our goal is to increase student interest and diversity in the field of cybersecurity,” Ben said. “We also wish to help K–12 teachers provide the best possible cybersecurity education to their students.”

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GenCyber Summer Cybersecurity Teacher Camp 2019

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:

  1. Increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation
  2. Help all students understand correct and safe online behavior
  3. Improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for K–12 programs
Learn more about Information Technology & Careers at Inver Hills by contacting:

Ben Franske, PhD
Information Technology Faculty

Learn more about GenCyber at Inver Hills by contacting:

Mary Jo Gardner
GenCyber Program Director

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