DROP-OFF TIME 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM (Social Science Building # 114)



PICK-UP TIME 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM



The GenCyber summer camp at Savannah State University has the objective to introduce cybersecurity concepts (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, Thinking like an Adversary, Defense in Depth, and Keeping it Simple) to middle school students from the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools System, Bryan County Schools System and surrounding areas. The summer camp is a five-day program that will allow students to learn different cybersecurity/computer science concepts through multiple comprehensive hands-on activities and simulations. The GenCyber curriculum at SSU is designed to provide students awareness, interest, and knowledge in the growing field of Cybersecurity and Computer Science. The summer camp is at NOT COST to all participants. One of our focus is to target the under-represented and female students in the Savannah, Richmond Hill and/or nearby towns. Students are not required to have any prior knowledge or experience in cybersecurity, computer science or computers. During the camp sessions, students will learn robotics, programming, cryptography, cyber ethics, social engineering, footprinting and many other interesting topics in today's technology.


Students attending the GenCyber summer camp will have the opportunity to program an Sphero bot and Ozobot Evo, a NAO robots, Raspberry pi, drones, and Arduino and Micro:bit microcontrollers by using block/text-based programming in C++/Java/Python. Participants will acquire awareness in GenCyber cybersecurity concepts and principles by completing a variety of hands-on activities. The keynote speakers for the summer camp are experts in the field of cybersecurity, social engineering, and other related cybersecurity’s professions. Overall, students attending the summer camp will gain knowledge in important concepts of cybersecurity and computer science from a highly qualify team of instructors and student assistants.


(U.S.) Middle school students who will be in 6, 7, or 8 grade. Students planning to attend must get parents approval and must register by April 12. The selection process/decision will be made by April 18 , an acceptance email will be sent to all admitted campers (acceptance package must be completed by April 19). We recommend students registering before the deadline since we usually have more than 50 applicants each summer and we only have availability for 50 students. ALL ADMITTED CAMPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A PRE-POST CAMP SESSIONS. THE PRE-CAMP SESSIONS WILL BE ON APRIL 27 AND MAY 11 AND THE POST-CAMP SESSIONS WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 14 AND 21, THESE SESSIONS WILL BE FROM 8 AM – 2:30 PM.


Program Director: Prof. Alberto De La Cruz
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Co-Program Director/Lead Instructor: Dr. Mir Hayder
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K12 Educators:
Ms. Theresa Luciano
Oglethorpe Charter School
Ms. Veronica De La Cruz
Richmond Hill Middle School




The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the GenCyber program are to: Ignite, sustain, and increase awareness of K12 cybersecurity content and cybersecurity postsecondary and career opportunities for participants through year-round engagement; Increase student diversity in cybersecurity college and career readiness pathways at the K-12 level; and Facilitate teacher readiness within a teacher learning community to learn, develop, and deliver cybersecurity content for the K-12 classroom in collaboration with other nationwide initiatives. The GenCyber program strives to be a part of the solution to the Nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to utilize their talents in cybersecurity 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 by the National Security Agency.

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