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GenCyber Beginning Student Camp

COVID-19 Update

COD is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Teacher Camp, Beginning Student Camp and Advanced Student Camp in Summer 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all camps will be held in a virtual format. Applications are now open, please use the links in the site navigation to visit the appropriate page to apply. Camp participants are chosen using a random lottery system; applications will be accepted through April 15, 2021 and participants will be notified of selection status by April 23, 2021.


Beginning Student Camp Application

There are 36 spots in each session of Beginning Student Camp, and participants will be selected through a random lottery process. Applications for the lottery will be accepted until Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm. All applicants will be notified whether they are selected for camp via email by Friday, April 23, 2021. To ensure you receive all relevant emails, please add the domain @cod.edu to your whitelist; particularly if you use Hotmail or Yahoo. If you have not received notification by Friday, April 23, please check your spam or junk mail folder. Please submit only one entry for each student; duplicate entries will be deleted.

GenCyber Beginning Student Camp Application Form

About GenCyber Beginning Student Camp

Student Basic Camps will take place: 

June 21 – July 2

There will be two sessions, both online: 

  • Morning session, for students entering 6th to 9th grade: From 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
  • Afternoon session, students entering 7th to 10th grade: From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Explore the Field of Cybersecurity

GenCyber Beginning Student Camp is designed for students who are interested in exploring the field of cybersecurity through interactive, hands-on activities and discussions. The camp is taught by teachers who have attended GenCyber Teacher Camp with assistance from COD faculty in the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) department.

What Can I Expect at GenCyber Beginning Student Camp?

  • Camp will be virtual this year
  • Activities and discussions of digital citizenship and online safety
  • Guest speakers from the cybersecurity industry
  • Take-home bag: An Arduino and camp-related items

Camp Funding

GenCyber Camps have been generously funded by a grant from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. There is no cost to a student to attend. 

Contact Us

Email contact: StudentCamp@cod.edu

Phone: (630) 942-2490

About GenCyber

The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe online behavior, increase interest in cybersecurity careers and increase diversity in the cybersecurity workforce in the U.S., and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.

GenCyber's mission is to grow the number of students studying cybersecurity in the United States. The program includes summer camps across the nation designed for elementary, middle and high school students and teachers. The camps focus on engaging the learners with sound cybersecurity principles and teaching techniques.

GenCyber camps are open to all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding is provided jointly by the NSA and the NSF.

National Security Agency logo   NSF logo

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NSF: www.nsf.gov

NSA: www.nsa.gov

GenCyber: www.gen-cyber.com

The Computer and Information Technology (CIT) program at College of DuPage offers a variety of degrees and certificates that allow graduates to pursue a career in a wide range of information technology fields. In addition, CIT offers a variety of certification training programs through its Cisco Networking Academy and the CompTIA Academy. These training courses are for individuals interested in advancing their careers or for students who want to specialize in a particular area of study and receive certification training prior to graduation.