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GenCyber Teacher Camp

Attention: GenCyber camps are contingent on funding from the National Security Agency (NSA). This camp was funded in Summer 2017.

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The Gencyber will allow participants to understand security procedures, practices, and threats regardless of their knowledge level in IT/CS. The goal of this non-residential program is to help participants understand the dangers that come with using Internet, social media, and smart devices and increase their knowledge of system vulnerabilities, threats, attacks, and protections.


The GenCyber program at Boise State University is designed for secondary education teachers in Southwest Idaho and the Boise area to:

  • create local cyber security awareness
  • build a community of practice to promote cyber security for everyone
  • design, develop, implement, and evaluate lesson plans for teachers in the area of security and privacy
  • provide cyber security resources and make them accessible to the community.


Topics including password protection, phishing, cryptography, virus, Trojans will be taught in class, from which students will be exposed to several first principles such as data hiding, process isolation, modularity, etc.

Class Form:

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


All hands-on activities are unplugged and only simple mathematical preliminary knowledge is needed, thus appropriate to all teachers with different backgrounds. In addition, pre-camp materials will be posted here, allowing participants gain some preliminary knowledge.

Stipend and Credits:

Teachers selected to participate in these workshops will receive a $900 stipend. In addition, two professional education credits are offered.

When & Where:

Two camps will be offered in the Boise State Computer Science Department in downtown Boise (777 West Main St. Boise, ID 83702). Parking validations for the Capitol Terrace garage will be provided to participants. Workshops will be held from 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am-7pm Friday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day with a hosted dinner on the final day.

  • June 19, 2017 – June 23, 2017, 9am-4pm
  • June 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017, 9am-4pm

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