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Sacramento State 2021 GenCyber Summer Teacher Camp

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California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) is honored to host the 2021 GenCyber Summer Camp for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 6-12) on Aug 2 - Aug 6, 2021. It will be the first and only GenCyber teacher camp in Northern California. It is sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The general goals of the GenCyber program are: (1) Ignite, sustain, and increase awareness of K-12 cybersecurity content and cybersecurity postsecondary and career opportunities for participants through year-round engagement; (2) Increase student diversity in cybersecurity college and career readiness pathways at the K-12 level; and (3) Facilitate teacher readiness within a teacher learning community to learn, develop, and deliver cybersecurity content for the K-12 classroom in collaboration with other nationwide initiatives.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, this camp will take place fully online via distance learning tools such as Zoom and Google Classroom. Selected participants will get technical support and guidance on how to attend this virtual and online camp. The camp will be open to all middle school and high school teachers, preferably in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) discipline. We are planning to form a cohort of 30 teachers from schools in the Greater Sacramento region, including but not limited to Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yuba, and Nevada counties. Neighboring counties and states can also be considered if seats are available.

This camp provides secondary school teachers training and professional development in cybersecurity and its related pedagogy. Specifically, participants in this camp will be exposed to cybersecurity curriculum designed around the GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts (i.e., Defense in Depth, Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, Think Like an Adversary, Keep It Simple), as well as the K-12 pedagogical activities. Camp participants will be part of a teaching community to learn, develop and deliver security content in the K-12 classroom, and will learn how to encourage and support student interest in studying security and entering the field. Space is limited! Apply Now!

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  • Dates: Aug 2 - Aug 6, 2021
  • Schedule: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (detailed schedule here later)
  • Location: Online via Zoom Meetings (links will be sent to selected participants)
  • Cost: Free (each participant will receive a $500 stipend to compensate their time and costs of participating in the camp)
  • Applicants: Middle school and high school (i.e. grades 6-12) teachers
  • How to Apply: Registration for the 2021 Summer Camp is now OPEN. Please register using the 2021 Sacramento State GenCyber Teacher Camp Registration Form.
  • Application Deadline: June 15, 2021. The application will be open until all 30 seats are filled, and then applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a spot becomes available.
  • Camp Flyer: 2021 Sacramento State GenCyber Teacher Camp Flyer

Features of the 2021 Teacher Camp

  • Instruction by Computer Science and Education professors from Sacramento State
  • Integration of fundamental theory and hands-on practice (with fun)
  • Strong K-12 pedagogical education and support
  • Virtual instruction with strong in-camp support for class engagement
  • Post-camp support, advice and professional development
  • Each participant will receive a stipend to compensate their time and costs participating in the camp
  • Each participant will receive three Continuing Education Units (CEU) for participating in this camp

Eligibility and Logistics

All camp participants must reside in the United States and be teachers at a middle school or high school in the United States. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) teachers are preferred, but teachers in other disciplines are also considered. As this camp is fully online, participants will need to have access to a laptop/PC and Internet that is fast enough to support distance learning. Space is limited. When the camp is full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified when a spot becomes available. To compensate the time and costs for participating in this camp, each participant will receive a $500 stipend after completion of the camp activities.

If you have any questions regarding the camp, please contact the program director Dr. Jun Dai (cias@csus.edu).