The University of Kansas (KU) will host the 2021 GenCyber Summer Camp for Teachers on July 26 - July 30, 2021. This teacher camp is sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Security Agency (NSA). It is part of the GenCyber Program. The general goals of the program are: (1) Increase interest in cybersecurity and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation; (2) Help all students understand correct and safe online behavior; and (3) Improve teaching methods and cybersecurity content for K-12 curricula.
The University of Kansas was honored to host the first and only GenCyber camp in Kansas in 2016. Since then, we have hosted GenCyber camps every summer. Due to the impact of COVID-19, we were not able to continue this tradition in 2020. We are very glad to bring back the GenCyber Teacher camp in 2021! The upcoming camp will be an in-person camp (following KU's COVID-19 Public Safety Guideline)
The camp will be open to all teachers at the K-12 level. We are planning to form a cohort of 25 teachers from schools in the Greater Kansas region, including but not limited to Lawrence, Topeka, the Kansas City metropolitan area, western Kansas, and the neighboring states. The goal of our camp is to enhance cybersecurity awareness in K-12 education and assist the professional development of K-12 teachers through (1) learning Cybersecurity Concepts and GenCyber First Principles; (2) developing cybersecurity activities for curriculum use in participants' schools; and (3) learning together as cybersecurity educators and establishing an ongoing collaborative effort to create lesson plans that will be available to other schools in the country.
The 2021 Camp
- Dates: July 26 - 30, 2021
- Schedule: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (detailed schedule TBD)
- Location: The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, 66045
- Cost: Free
- How to apply: Register here (The 2021 Summer Camp is now FULL. New registrations will be put on our wait list.)
- Camp flyer
Features of the 2021 Camp
- Lectures by cybersecurity faculty in the EECS department of the University of Kansas
- Hands-on labs and programming experience with Raspberry Pi
- Cybersecurity education panel and discussion sessions with academic, government, and industrial practitioners
- Curriculum and lesson plan design
- Online cybersecurity coin games for a fun learning experience
- Each participant will receive a 30-hour professional development certificate endorsed by NSF and NSA
- Each participant will receive a stipend to compensate their time and costs participating in the camp
Eligibility and Logistics
All camp participants must reside in the United States and be K-12 teachers at a school in the United States. Space is limited and when the camp is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified when a spot becomes available.
Lunches and snacks will be provided during the camp. The stipend is to compensate the time and travel costs of the participants for attending the camp: (1) Local participants will receive a $400 stipend; (2) Participants from Topeka and Kansas City metropolitan area will receive a $1,000 stipend; (3) Participants from western Kansas and other neighboring states will receive a $1,200 stipend; (4) Participants from other states (who need to fly in) will receive a $1,500 stipend.
If you have any questions about the 2021 Camp, please contact the program director Dr. Fengjun Li.