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GenCyber Student Camp 2019

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Dr. Gaby Dagher
Program Director

The GenCyber Student Camp at Boise State University is a free, full-day, one-week program that introduces high school students in Boise and nearby to cybersecurity first principles and the rapidly developing field of cybersecurity. Using hands-on activities, students will engage with applied cryptography, Raspberry Pi 3 set up and security, threats, risks, network traffic analysis, penetrating testing, and virtualization practices.

When & Where:

Two camps will be offered in the Boise State Computer Science Department in downtown Boise (777 West Main St. Boise, ID 83702). The first camp will be held June 17, 2019 – June 21, 2019 (Girls only) and the second camp will be held June 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019 (Girls and Boys) with camp starting at 8:30am and ending at 4:30pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The priority application deadline is Wednesday, May 17th, 2019 after which new applications will continue to be considered until spots are filled. [GenCyber Student Camp Flyer .pdf]

Dr. Jidong Xiao
Lead Instructor


The GenCyber Student Camp at Boise State University is designed for high school students (entering grades 9-12) in Southwest Idaho and the Boise area to:

  • introduce and cement knowledge of cybersecurity first principles
  • increase the curiosity of the participants in the field of cybersecurity
  • encourage participants to seek further education in cybersecurity
  • motivate participants to seek a career in cybersecurity


Topics include online cybersecurity awareness, cryptography, device security, device and network privacy, wireshark, iptables, sqlmap and Raspberry Pi 3 will be taught in class, from which students will be exposed to several cyberesecurity first principles.

Class Form:

Team-Based Learning (TBL), an Evidence-Based Instructional Practice, will be used to create an engaged community of learners.


No cybersecurity or computer programming background or experience is needed to apply. At camp onset, students will complete a survey to assess their cybersecurity knowledge. Based on survey results, facilitators will put student in groups that best help them progress toward a stronger understanding of computer science principles. Additional staff will engage with novice-level learners.


If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the Computer Science Department at or (208) 426-5766

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Project sponsored by the National Security Agency under Grant/Cooperative Agreement Boise State University GenCyber Grant. Any opinions findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Security Agency.