UWF GenCyber Program

Pathways to Cyber Camp

The UWF Pathways to Cyber Program is made possible by the National Security Agency (NSA)/National Science Foundation (NSF) GenCyber Program. 


Coming Soon — 2019 UWF GenCyber Camps

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity will host two week-long GenCyberr camps for middle and high school students and one camp for educators in the summer of 2019.

June 10-14: Guiding Cyber Mentors 

The camp will be for teachers in grades 1-12 and will serve as a foundation for developing a regional persistent community of cybersecurity mentors. Teachers will learn about cybersecurity concepts and cybersecurity ethics through hands-on activities via the UWF Cybersecurity Battle Lab and Florida Cyber Range. Teachers will develop lesson plans for their classrooms through experiential and role-playing activities.

June 17-21: Girls 

The camp will serve 35 female students in grades 7-12 and integrate standards-based curriculum with engaging hands-on activities and diverse speakers. The curriculum will focus on introductory-level cybersecurity awareness, ethics and First Principles. The camp will foster inclusiveness, collaboration, and teamwork using high-impact teaching practices and will include a Capture The Flag challenge as an end of the camp capstone project.

July 15-19: Underrepresented Minorities

The camp will serve 35 underrepresented minorities (ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc.) in grades 7-12 and integrate standards-based curriculum with engaging hands-on activities and diverse speakers. The curriculum will focus on introductory-level cybersecurity awareness, ethics and First Principles. The camp will foster inclusiveness, collaboration, and teamwork using high-impact teaching practices and will include a Capture The Flag challenge as an end of the camp capstone project.les.


2018 GenCyber Camp Highlights

The UWF Pathways to Cyber Program offered two GenCyber combination camps for high school students and teachers on June 25-29 and July 9-13. The camps served as a platform for a statewide program to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and workforce diversity, enhance cybersecurity awareness and improve cybersecurity content and teaching methods for high school curricula. 

Each camp included 24 high school students and 12 middle and high school teachers, who learned about Cybersecurity First Principles together through engaging curricula and hands-on activities in the UWF Cybersecurity Battle Lab. The five-day, fast-paced program served as an introduction to the Cybersecurity First principles, cybersecurity careers and how to utilize the Linux operating system and command line. Additionally, the program provided participants with a practical learning experience and perspective on the broader topic of cybersecurity.

Pensacola News Journal, Santa Rosa Press Gazette and WEAR-TV each covered the camp. Click the links below for their coverage.

PNJSanta Rosa Press GazetteWEAR-TVCenter for Cybersecurity Blog

 


UWF GenCyber Program

Gulf Breeze High School student Preston Parsley shot video from the 2017 University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity GenCyber Combination Camp. National Security Agency and National Science Foundation funded the GenCyber camps.


GenCyber Archive: 2017

The UWF Pathways to Cyber Program hosted two combination camps in July 2017 for high school students and teachers. The National Security Agency/National Science Foundation Program funded the GenCyber camps. The camps served as a platform for a statewide program to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and workforce diversity, enhance cybersecurity awareness and improve cybersecurity content and teaching methods for high school curricula.

Students and teachers learned about the Cybersecurity First Principles, career opportunities in the region and networked with cybersecurity experts through engaging curricula and hands-on activities such as a scavenger hunt, NSA Day of Cyber and a private-eye program.

Blog: GenCyber Camp Enhances Cybersecurity Awareness

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