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Sacramento State GenCyber Summer 2022 Teacher Camp Program

California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) is honored to host the 2022 GenCyber Summer Camp for Secondary School Teachers (Grades 6-12) on July 25 -29, 2022. It is the 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.

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 professional teacher 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.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, this camp will take place virtually online via distance learning tools such as Zoom (a powerful computer with fast Internet, audio and video capabilities will be required for the camp). 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, from all disciplines such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. 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. Space is limited! Apply Now!

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  • Dates: July 25 - July 29, 2022
  • Schedule: 9:00 am - 5 pm (detailed schedule will be available to selected participants)
  • Format: Virtual Instruction via Zoom Online
  • Cost: Free (each participant will receive a $1,000 stipend to compensate their time and costs of participating in the camp as well as the pre-camp and post-camp events)
  • Applicants: Middle school and high school (i.e. grades 6-12) teachers (US citizen or permanent resident only). A letter of support is needed from school administrator. A letter draft is given here for your reference.
  • How to Apply: Please register using the Link to Apply for Sac State Summer 2022 Teacher Camp Program
  • Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted all the time now. The application window 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: Please use this link to download the Sac State GenCyber 2022 Teacher Camp Flyer
  • Advising Hours: If you have any question about our camp, welcome to email us (cias@csus.edu), or join our office hours (11am-12pm on every Friday before May 13, 2022), by clicking this Zoom Link for Office Hours.

Features of the 2022 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
  • Pre-camp and Post-camp activities, 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. Teachers from all disciplines, including but not limited to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, are welcome. The GenCyber program requires individuals supported by the grant to be U.S. citizens, or permanent residents admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. All teacher participants must have a letter of support from their school administrator. The camp is fully online, and a powerful computer with fast Internet, audio and video capabilities will be required for online instruction. 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 $1,000 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).