HAMMOND and WESTVILLE – Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) College of Technology will offer free cybersecurity summer camps for high school teachers and students from northwest Indiana, southwest Michigan and the Chicago metropolitan area through a $194,010 grant, jointly funded by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). This is the third consecutive year PNW has received the grant for the summer programs.
Two week-long sessions for high school students are slated for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., June 11 – 15 and June 18 – 22 at PNW’s Hammond Campus. One session for high school teachers is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 16 – 20 on the Westville Campus. Instruction will be led by PNW faculty in the Department of Computer Information Technology & Graphics, as well as the College of Technology and School of Education and Counseling.
Purdue Northwest is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA and the NSF. The GenCyber summer camps are geared for high school students and teachers interested in “STEM” subjects—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The hands-on experience will expose participants to cybersecurity fundamentals, robot game design, cyber forensics, ethical hacking and principles key to cybersecurity awareness. There will also be a team competition solving a simulated computer forensics case. Additionally, teachers will learn ways of integrating more computer science in the classroom.
For more information or to apply to these programs please call 219-989-2035 or visit https://centers.pnw.edu/cybersecurity/gencyber-camps/.