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Cybersecurity Inter-disciplinary Training Camp for Middle and High School Students

The Citadel is now offering an exciting, new summer camp for rising 8th - 12th-grade students! This summer opportunity introduces middle- and high-school students to the basics of cybersecurity, providing mentorship and diverse role models and will assist participants in forming communities of young cybersecurity experts.  The one-week camp will specifically focus on the basic concepts of cybersecurity, first principles of security, network security, cryptography, secure coding, cyber crime and cyber ethics. Faculty from the Citadel Computer Science, Mathematics, Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Science Education departments will teach the GenCyber Summer Camp courses.

Our nation’s leaders recognize cybersecurity as a national imperative. In 2010, President Obama established the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The NICE is a nationally coordinated effort focused on cybersecurity awareness, education, training, and professional development. It seeks to encourage and help build cybersecurity awareness and competence across the nation and to build an agile, highly skilled federal workforce capable of responding to a dynamic and rapidly developing array of threats.

The goal of the Citadel Cybersecurity camp is to train middle and high school students in principles and practices of cybersecurity with emphasis on first principles of security. This one-week intensive camp is being offered through a grant provided by GenCyber. GenCyber is a national initiative that is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA), and the vision for the GenCyber program is to be part of the solution to the Nation's shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area is critical to the future of our country's national and economic security as we become even more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of our daily lives.  

Participants are invited from a broad range of middle and high school students in STEM discipline across different geographic locations in South Carolina. Emphasis will be given to schools in counties where access to resources is limited. The duration of the camp will be five days, eight hours (including four hours of hands-on experiments) of instruction per day.

Hurry! This camp is only open to 20 enrollees, and spaces will fill quickly.

DATES: June 25 - June 29, 2018

TIME: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM each day

LOCATION: The Citadel in Charleston, SC 29409

Please complete the following FOUR steps to register:

1. Complete online registration:
Submit the electronic registration form https://tinyurl.com/CitadelGenCyberCamp or submit a paper registration form (you can request a paper registration form by contacting the STEM Center at 843-953-6091).

2. Complete the Pre-Camp Survey:
Every GenCyber Camp Participant is required to complete the camp pre-survey found at: https://tinyurl.com/CitadelGenCyberCampSurvey

Print and sign a hard copy (include signatures by both participant and parent/guardian) of the following required form here: https://tinyurl.com/Minor-Release-Form

4. Mail Minor Release Form:
Mail the completed and signed Minor Release Form to:

Dr. Jennifer Albert
Citadel STEM Center
Capers Room 301
171 Moultrie St.
Charleston, SC 29409

When all FOUR finished components of the application are submitted and received (online registration, pre-camp survey, signed minor release form, mailed minor release form), the STEM Center will email (if provided) or mail you a confirmation of the GenCyber Summer Camp registration.

Registration closes April 30, 2018. After the deadline for application is over, the program director and the instructors will review all the applications and select 20 participants

Questions? Contact Dr. Jennifer Albert, Director - STEM Center of Excellence at jalbert@citadel.edu or 843-953-6091.

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