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2021 UWF Teachers Camp: Guiding Cyber Mentors
June 7 - 11, 2021
Target Audience: K12 teachers
Format: 100% online
Cost: free
Registration: See below

2021 UWF Student Camp: Pathways to Cyber - Journey in Cybersecurity: A Girl Scouts Adventure
(in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council)
June 21 - 25, 2021
Target Audience: Girl Scouts in rising grades 6-8
Format: 100% online
Cost: free
Registration: See below
 

 

2019 GenCyber Teachers Camp

UWF GenCyber Guiding Cyber Mentors Camp

June 7-11, 2021

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity will host a week-long camp for educators in grades 1-12 this summer.

The camp will be for teachers of 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 online instruction. Teachers will develop lesson plans for their classrooms through experiential and role-playing activities.

Camp Highlights

      • Cybersecurity First Principles and tools
      • Explore cybersecurity careers and programs
      • Engaging curricula and hands-on activities
      • Access to Florida Cyber Range
      • Curricular resources for teachers
      • Instruction by UWF faculty and students
      • Lesson plans creation
      • Each participant will receive a stipend of $500 upon successful completion of the camp and lesson plan creation and presentation

Eligibility
Teachers must:

      • Be a high school/middle school/elementary school teacher in a school district in the USA
      • Have an interest in adding cybersecurity to classroom curricula
      • Have basic computer skills
      • Be able to attend each day
      • Be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the USA
      • Complete the program's application form.

Registration


 

 

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 GenCyber Journey in Cybersecurity: 

A Girl Scouts Adventure

GenCyber returns to the Center for Cybersecurity at the University of West Florida with an exciting way to increase diversity in the profession. The Center partnered with the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council for an interactive, online, cyber-themed summer program aimed at girls in grades 6-8. We connected GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts to the Cadette Cybersecurity Journey and created an opportunity for each Scout to earn all 3 journey badges by the end of the week.

June 21-25, 2021

100% online

Cost: Free!

Camp Highlights

Scouts can complete Cybersecurity Basics, Cybersecurity Safeguards, and Cybersecurity Investigator badge requirements.
Features hands-on, interactive curriculum.
Live online sessions via Zoom

 

Eligibility

Open only to Cadette Girl Scouts, please contact the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council for details.

 

Registration

Register here. Limited to 42 Scouts [Girl Scouts of Gateway Council]


 

2019 UWF Pathways to Cyber Camps

 

The UWF Pathways to Cyber Program offered a GenCyber camp for high school students on June 17-21. The camp 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. 

The camp was composed of high school students from 9th to 12th grade and 2019 high school graduates, who learned about Cybersecurity First Principles together through engaging curricula and hands-on activities in Cyber Operations And Security Training (COAST) Lab and the Florida Cyber Range. 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.

The University of West Florida also hosted Guiding Cyber Mentors, a five-day GenCyber teachers’ camp with 20 teachers targeted at grades 1-12. The non-residential camp was hosted at UWF facility during the week of June 10, 2019, and focused on three goals: (a) developing a community of mentors, (b)  developing a shared repository of lesson plans for grades 1-12 archived on the Florida Cyber Range (FCR) as a Cyber Guidebook for teachers used to train a future generation of Cyber Mentors, and (c) providing continuous year-long professional development opportunities. A mix of classroom instructions and hands-on and role-playing activities were used, with participants’ experience culminating in lesson plan development and presentation.

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

 

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

Local Teens Learning How to Combat Hackers