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.
Teacher Camp Application
There are 36 spots in each session of Teacher 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; duplicate entries will be deleted.
About GenCyber Teacher Camps
Teacher Camps will take place online:
There will be two virtual sessions:
- Morning session for teachers of grades 3-8: From 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Afternoon session for teachers of grades 7-12: From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Provide Students with the Tools They Need to be Safe Online
GenCyber Teacher Camp is designed for teachers who are passionate about promoting cybersecurity and online safety. The camps are taught by faculty from the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) Department and the Homeland Security Training Institute (HSTI).
Explore GenCyber First Principles and concepts of digital citizenship through hands-on activities and discussions. Through the camp, develop curriculum modules covering safe online behavior and cybersecurity concepts to share in your classroom.
The Benefits of GenCyber Camps for Teachers
- All sessions will take place online this year
- Grant-funded camps are presented at no cost to teachers
- Receive $300 stipend for completing the camp
- Get a Chromebook to take back to your classroom
- Gain access to all curriculum developed by camp teams
- Earn professional development hours
- 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 for teachers to attend the camp.
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.
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.