GenCyber Teacher Camp logoUniversity of Maryland University College is hosting the GenCyber 2019 Teacher Camp for high school teachers who are interested in incorporating cybersecurity into their curriculum. The goal of the weeklong intensive program, which takes place July 8–12, is to help teachers improve their methods of delivery for cybersecurity content in their high school curricula.

The application deadline for the 2019 camp is May 31 at 11:59 p.m.

About the GenCyber 2019 Teacher Camp

When: July 8–12, 2019, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each day
Where: UMUC's Academic Center at Largo, 1616 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD 20774

Teachers must be available to travel to camp classes each day for the entire week.

Camp participants will receive

  • Cybersecurity training relevant to grades 9–12
  • Cybersecurity curriculum development support
  • A $1,000 stipend for full program participation
  • Resources and tools to take back to the classroom
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack every day of the camp
  • Letter of completion

Before You Apply: Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for this program, you must

  • Currently be a teacher in a public, private, or charter high school
  • Able to participate for full camp week; no housing provided

How to Apply

Submit the GenCyber 2019 Teacher Camp application form and supporting documentation. Toward the end of the application form, you will be prompted to provide any supporting documents.

Required Essay

Essay (250–500 words, typed and double-spaced) or a video (1–2 minutes) containing responses to the following prompts:

  • Tell us why you should be chosen to receive this GenCyber opportunity and what makes you stand out from your peers?
  • Describe any contributions to the cybersecurity field i.e., volunteer work, articles, etc., and any other cyber-related hobbies or extracurricular activities you enjoy, and what they mean to you.
  • How would you incorporate cybersecurity concepts into the courses you teach?

Optional Supporting Documentation

  • Letters of recommendation from a school principal, assistant principal, department head, or a personal reference (could be from a student)
  • Latest school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable)

Submit all required information on the application form by the deadline of May 31, 2019.

How to Save Your File

Combine your files into one PDF. Name the file gencyber-application-lastname.pdf. The file should be no larger than 16 MB, because you will need to upload it to the GenCyber application form.

If you have chosen to use a video in place of the essay, please type the link to your video and include that in your PDF.

Please note: If accepted, you may be required to submit additional information.

Application Review Process

Once you submit the application, your complete application package will be reviewed by a committee from UMUC, including faculty from The Undergraduate School and The Graduate School. If you are selected for admission to the program, you will be notified within three weeks after the application deadline.

Additional Information About the Program

The GenCyber 2019 Teacher Camp at UMUC is hosted by the UMUC Center for Security Studies and sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

The program is designed to help meet the following student-focused goals:

  • Increase student interest in cybersecurity careers
  • Reach a large, diverse group of students
  • Teach safe online behaviors and strategies for good digital citizenship

Frequently Asked Questions: GenCyber

What is the GenCyber Program? +

GenCyber's mission is to grow the number of students studying cybersecurity in the United States. The National Security Agency's (NSA) summer camps are offered across the nation designed for elementary, middle, and high school students, and teachers. NSA granted funds to UMUC to hold a TEACHER camp only for 2019. Overall, the camps focus on engaging the learners with sound cybersecurity principles and teaching techniques.

The GenCyber program operates on 3 primary goals:

  • Increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation.
  • Help all students understand correct and safe online behavior.
  • Improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for grades 9-12

Who attends GenCyber camps? +

Camps are designed for either students or teachers. UMUC is holding a Teacher Camp only for 2019.

Who funds the program? +

To date, funding has been provided by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Why is NSA interested in the development of Cyber at the K-12 level? +

The supply of cybersecurity professionals has fallen far short of demand, with some studies estimating the gap being as large as 600,000 professionals needed to meet the Nation’s demand. NSA hopes to turn this around.

In addition, cybersecurity is rarely taught in schools even within computer science classes. NSA hopes to help change that by spurring best practices in cybersecurity pedagogy across content areas and development of curricula and lesson plans that can be used to infuse cybersecurity principles across many subject areas.

Cybersecurity is vital to the future of the United States, not just at the government level, but also at the industrial, economic, academic, and personal levels as well. It is critical that young students have a basic understanding of cybersecurity so that as they learn through their schooling and personal experiences, they can see how cybersecurity impacts all aspects of their lives, be it through social media, economic situations, or physical devices.

Our country is entering an era where it is likely that numerous household items, personal computing devices, and business systems will be connected to "The Internet of Things". In this rapidly evolving technology environment, everyone needs to be cognizant of cybersecurity. Whether you are a NSA analyst, an accountant, an electrician, or a stay-at-home mom or dad, these devices will become increasingly important in our lives. We need both broad awareness of cybersecurity in the general population and experts in the field who can identify and mitigate vulnerabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions: Teacher Camp 2019

What out of pocket expenses will the program require? +

Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend upon camp completion. In addition, the camp will offer snacks, breakfast and lunch. Participants will receive equipment and curriculum at no cost. Participants may pay out of pocket for all other expenses. Examples of out of pocket expenses include transportation and lodging. Limited funding may be available from the Maryland Center for Computing Education (MCCE) for Public School teachers accepted into the GenCyber program from the following counties: Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll, Baltimore County, Harford, Calvert or St. Mary's and Baltimore City. Such MCCE funding for accommodations are limited to 10 accepted participants and the participant must apply for the other expense funds through the recipient’s public school district office.

I am very interested in the GenCyber teacher camp, but I cannot attend on certain days. Can I still apply? +

Currently, we are accepting applications only for participants who can attend the entire camp.

How will the applications be reviewed? +

Applicants who do not send in a complete application package will not be considered until the application is completed. Please apply as soon as possible if interested. Space is limited to 25 participants. UMUC Undergraduate and Graduate Program Directors and Collegiate Professors will evaluate the applicants based on the merit of their essay question answers, full camp commitment, supporting documents and general ability to incorporate cybersecurity curriculum into their classes. Special consideration may be given in order to have appropriate representation from all Maryland counties. Decisions of the review committee are final.

At which UMUC campus will the camp be offered? +

The camp will be offered on the Largo Campus at 1616 McCormick Dr. Largo Md.

What is the camp schedule? +

The daily schedule is 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m., and classes start at 9 a.m. The camp runs on the following days: July 8, 2019 through July 12, 2019.

What is the application due date? +

See the application preparation instructions for details on the submission of applications. All teacher applications must be received by UMUC by Friday, May 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Applications submitted in the wrong format, using wrong forms, or missing required items will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered for participation in the camp. Applications received after May 31, 2019 11:59 p.m. EDT will not be considered.

What are the eligibility requirements? +

To be eligible to apply for the Teacher Camp program, you must

  • Currently be a teacher in a public, private, or charter high school
  • Be able to participate for the full week of camp
  • Make your own housing and transportation arrangements (some Maryland counties will provide eligible applicants with a hotel allowance)

What if I want to submit a video rather than the essay questions? +

You can submit your application with a .pdf file that includes the link to your video. Or, you can e-mail your video information to gencyber@umuc.edu prior to the deadline listed above.

What type of curriculum will UMUC offer at the camp? +

The GenCyber 2019 Camp at UMUC will focus on the six Cyber Concepts identified by the grant:

  1. Defense-in-Depth
  2. Confidentiality
  3. Integrity
  4. Availability
  5. Think Like an Adversary
  6. Keep it Simple

The curriculum is designed for high school teachers to take back to their classrooms and provide a fundamental understanding of Cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities, and controls that apply to all organizations and individuals. We will lecture and use hands-on lab exercises to address common topics, including Cryptography, Access Control and Authentication, Web Security, Cybersecurity Analytics, and Human Aspects of Cybersecurity.

Who can write reference letters on my behalf? +

The reference letters are optional to support your application. You can use any of the following:

A Letter of Reference from your current school principal or department head on official letterhead.

Or

A additional Letter of Reference from either a current or former employer, student or former supervisor who is fully knowledgeable of your potential for successful learning and applicability of what you learn in your future classes.

Letters should be on official letterhead and contain the full name and contact information of the principal, department head, or current/former supervisor (phone, email, and address). Student references should contain full contact information for the writer.

How will I submit my original Transcripts? +

If selected you will be instructed on transcript requirements.