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GenCyber Camp

GenCyber at PVMS is scheduled for June 21st - July 2nd, 2021! Interested? Fill out your application here
 

Do you like a challenge?

Can you read this message? vkrimtgterlbl bl yng tgw xqvbmbgz. vhfinmxkl ftdx bm xoxg uxmmxk!
Come to GenCyber Camp at PVMS and you will be able to crack this code! Maybe you can do it already??
 

Are you interested in working with computers, robots, and drones?

Learning to code is fun! Whether it is with a visual language like Blockly or Scratch, or a text based language like Ruby or Python, learning to code opens up worlds of possibilities.
 
Using code to control robots and drones? Yes please!

Would you like to learn more about online safety and ethics?

There's a lot more to Gen Cyber camp than computer programming, network security, and encryption. We will talk about social networks, online ethics and safety along with other interesting topics. Check out the Schedule tab on this page.
 

Gen Cyber

The primary purpose of the GenCyber program is to support the growth of the next generation of cybersecurity experts for the nation. Currently, there is a shortfall in skilled cybersecurity professionals in our Nation. As such it is critical that we meet this shortfall head on by inspiring young people to work in this area as it is critical to our country’s national and economic security as we increasingly become more reliant on cyber-based technology in our daily lives. The Gen- Cyber camps is focused on leveling the playing field through the offering of camps free of charge to all student and teacher participants. Students in elementary, middle and high school have limited exposure to cybersecurity topics. As such GenCyber’s mission is to build a pipeline of cybersecurity professionals for the nation.

 

Approach

The PVMS GenCyber Camp will utilize the First Concepts framework and the following corresponding first concepts that will be included are: defense in depth, confidentiality, integrity, availability, think like an adversary, and keep it simple. Additionally, the following first principles will be used: data hiding, layering, least privilege, domain separation and simplicity. The proposed framework was chosen because the students being targeted for the program are in middle school (6-8), are computer literate, participate in various technology programs, have varied backgrounds, are racially diverse, and have shown interests in similar programs. Students will have a variety of methods to learn the materials, including many hands on activities to augment live demonstrations and will have the opportunity to be inspired by guest speakers that are subject matter experts in the field. The topics will cover a breadth of Cyber security principles, giving the students a holistic view of the subject. The curriculum will go well beyond the teaching of technology by addressing the more human aspects including ethics and human/ computer interaction. For example, students will learn how the strengths of human thinking and automation can be used to detect and exploit weak encryption and other cyber defenses. The students will leave the program with a broad sense of the subject and will be equipped to find the areas that interest them the most to help guide them in their future education.

 

Application

If you would like to apply to be a participant, fill out the application
 

Schedule

Week 1, June 21 - 25

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Opening of the Program; Guest Speaker
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8:35 - 9:35
First Concepts of Security
8:35 - 9:35
Kids and Online Behavior
8:35 - 9:35
Safety quiz & review
8:35 - 9:35
Student Discussions and Presentations on cyber security games
8:35 - 9:35
Network Security Demonstration
9:35 - 10:35
Ethics of Cybersecurity
9:35 - 10:35
Safety First; Guest Speaker
9:35 - 10:35
What is cyber security; Attacks and Defenses Demonstration
9:35 - 10:35
Guest Speaker
9:35 - 10:35
Hands on Activities – Network Security
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:50 - 11:50
Hands on Activities and student presentations – ethical issues
10:50 - 11:50
Hands on Activities – drafting an online bill to protect kids
10:50 - 11:50
Hands on Activities – Designing a cyber security game
10:50 - 11:50
Network Security
10:50 - 11:50
Student Presentations on Network Security
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal

Week 2, June 28 - July 2

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8am - 8:30
Breakfast & Announcements
8:35 - 9:35
Principles of Computer Programming and Automation
8:35 - 9:35
Guest Speaker – Cryptanalyst. What is Cryptography? Case Studies
8:35 - 9:35
Browser Cookies
8:35 - 9:35
Attacks and Defenses Demonstrations
8:35 - 9:35
Overview of Cyber Security & Question and answer session
9:35 - 10:35
Hands on Activities – Device programming
9:35 - 10:35
Hands on Activities – Breaking substitution ciphers
9:35 - 10:35
Drone Talk
9:35 - 10:35
Directed Drone Activity
9:35 - 10:35
Hands on Activities
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:35 - 10:50
Break
10:50 - 11:50
Sphero Morse Code Activity
10:50 - 11:50
Guest Speaker Online Safety Expert
10:50 - 11:50
Hands on Activities – Online privacy
10:50 - 11:50
Cyber Security Quiz & review
10:50 - 11:50
Assessment & Feedback on GenCyber program
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal
11:50 - 12:00
Break and Dismissal