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Cybersecurity Goes to Summer Camp


The most recent camp drew 25 teachers.

University of Virginia computer and security experts are teaching teachers how to teach cybersecurity to teenagers through the GenCyber Cyberwars Camp.

Credit: Dan Addison/University of Virginia Communications

University of Virginia (UVA) researchers are training educators on how to teach cybersecurity to adolescents through a summer camp program.

"We want to improve the teaching methods and empower high school students with cybersecurity," says UVA's Ahmed Ibrahim. "We want to get more students involved in cybersecurity because it is a growing field."

The GenCyber Cyberwars Camp, sponsored by the GenCyber Program underwritten by the U.S. National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, had high school teachers spend seven days in training, with follow-up support to be provided by program organizers during the coming school year.

Presenters highlighted the idea that cyberattacks are inevitable and unavoidable, citing many breaches into business and government websites that exposed sensitive records.

"We hope to give teachers some ideas and tools to get their students excited about learning about cryptography, privacy, and cybersecurity, and how these things can impact them," notes UVA's David Evans.

From UVA Today
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