GenCyber Camp Details

Description

The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior and how they can be good digital citizens, and improve teaching methods for delivery of cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula. Our vision is for the GenCyber program 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. To ensure a level playing field, GenCyber camps are open to all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Logistical Information

  • Dates:
    • GenCyber Cybersecurity Camp 1: June 17 - 21, 2019
    • GenCyber Cybersecurity Camp 2: June 24 - 28, 2019
    • GenCyber Computing For A Better Tomorrow: July 22 - 26, 2019
  • Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Location: Zachary Engineering Education Building (ZACH), Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Lunch will be provided on-site.
  • Application Site: Apply Here!
  • Fees: This camp is provided at $0 cost to participants!
  • Sponsorship Opportunities are available.

If you are under the age of 18, a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian will be REQUIRED for your participation in the Gencyber Summer Camps.

Activities Overview

  • A Raspberry Pi based project, to be taken home at the end of the week.
  • Daily activities geared towards enhancing problem-solving and debugging skills in Python.
  • A tour of campus, with spots relevant to Texas A&M history and culture.
  • A visit to the Teague data center to see two of the Texas A&M supercomputers, Ada and Terra.
  • A tour of the Engineering Innovation Center at Texas A&M University.
  • Lunch at the SBISA Dining Hall and MSC on campus.
  • Interactions with current and former students from Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.
  • Time for one-on-one sessions regarding advice on college preparation, acceptance, student life, career prospects, or almost anything else.

For a full schedule of events, please check our agenda page.

Important Information

If you have any questions on the information below, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Registration Fees and Payment

This year, our summer camps are being offered at no cost to you. With the exception of on-campus parking, participants will not have to pay any fees.

Meeting Location

Participants will meet each day prior to the start of the program on the Texas A&M University campus at Henderson Hall. The majority of the program will take place at the Zachary Engineering Education Complex. After meeting, we will walk as a group to Zachary.

Drop-Off and Pick-up

Drop-off time: 8:15 AM, Monday - Friday of the camp (15 minutes before camp activities begin)
Pick-up time: 4:45 PM, Monday - Friday of the camp (15 minutes after camp activities end)

Attendees can be dropped off and picked up on the Texas A&M campus at Henderson Hall within Lot 20 (off of 222 Jones St). We ask that parents/guardians have the student ready to go upon arrival to Lot 20 in order to avoid traffic congestion. Parents may use the Division of Research parking spot for 5 minutes.

Meals

Participants will be provided with lunch at the SBISA Dining Hall at Texas A&M. Please note that while we will try our utmost to accommodate all food allergies and/or dietary requirements, we may not be able to accommodate all requests for every meal.

Parking

Those who will drive and park themselves must purchase a temporary permit from Texas A&M Transportation Services and park within a designated lot. Lot 20, the lot surrounding Henderson Hall, is NOT a designated parking lot for temporary permits. However, Lot 30, a short walk away from Henderson Hall, is a designated parking lot for temporary/summer permits. Expect moderate-to-high occupancy of Lot 30 throughout the day.

Transportation and Housing

This program does not offer transportation or on-site housing at Texas A&M University. Each participant will need to be able to travel to Texas A&M University daily for the duration of the program. A listing of nearby hotels can be found here.

Participant Expectations

The majority of the program will take place inside the Zachary Engineering Education Complex. This building is home to many campus laboratories. As such, running and other horseplay in the building is strictly prohibited. Similarly, participants should not be wandering in the building unsupervised at any time.

Any distracting and/or potentially dangerous behavior throughout the duration of the camp will not be tolerated.

Participants of this camp are expected to adhere to the same principles of the Aggie Honor Code.
"An Aggie does not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate those who do."

All participant expectations are outlined on the Code of Conduct form which can be found on the forms page.

Instructors

Camp counsellors will be Texas A&M University employees. Instructors are selected from a pool of faculty and staff who have taught Texas A&M HPRC courses. Instructors will be accompanied by current Texas A&M HPRC student employees. All counsellors have successfully passed a criminal background check. Participants will be under the supervision of counsellors at all times.

Reception

Parents are invited to the post-camp reception on Friday afternoon at 3 PM. Certificates will be distributed. Refreshments will be served.

Tours

Texas A&M Campus - Monday
Texas A&M Engineering Innovation Center (EIC) (3D-Printing) - Thursday
Exploring Virtual Reality at the Immersive Visualization Center (IVC) - Thursday
The Teague Data Center - Friday
The Laboratory for Molecular Simulations with Dr. Lisa Perez - Friday