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Virginia Department of Education announced the summer Virginia CyberCamp 2017
The summer Virginia CyberCamp 2017-This is a Word document. (Word) was announced to the challenged school divisions that participated in the CyberCamp Program last summer and responded to an earlier survey indicating an interest in participating in summer 2017. There will be a total of eight grants awarded in the amount of $10,000 each with preference given to one in each of the VDOE Superintendent’s Regions. Schedule for CyberCamp 2017-This is a Word document. (Word)
The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the CyberCamp 2017 program. From a field of eligible school divisions, 8 CyberCamp 2017 applications were accepted. With a grant of $10,000 each, the camps will provide classroom and extended classroom instruction and will include project-driven learning, field trips, guest speakers, and a culminating recognition program.
CyberCamp 2017 Profiles by Region
- Camp Location: Armstrong High School
- Contact Information: Shelita Hodges, Business & Information Technology Teacher
- Phone: 804-780-4449
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Camp Date: August 14 - 18, 2017, 8:30 - 2:30 p.m.
- Camp Description: The one week camp consists of 30 hours of instructional time for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Students are engaged in hands-on experiences, including problem-driven integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities utilizing robotics, artificial intelligence, and ethics to explore challenges related to cybersecurity. Students will culminate their experience with a field trip to a local business/industry with a guest speaker. Instruction expands on the cyber security curricula outlined by the national Cyber Innovation Center.
- Camp Location: Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy
- Contact Information: Chinell Callwood, CTE Program Administrator
- Phone: 757-928-6100
- Email: email@example.com
- Camp Date: September 11- 29, 2017, Weekly Wednesday and Thursday 2:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Camp Description: The camp targets 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are enrolled in the Governor’s STEM Academy. Students will learn about the fundamentals of cybersecurity; maintaining and securing Networks, exploring cyber careers; exploring ethical and legal issues in cyber security; and robotics technology and programming. The camp will use curricula by the national Cyber Innovation Center. Students will participate in Cyber Start Essentials where they will solve eight cyber challenges and the NSA Day of Cyber, an online cyber career exploration program. The camp offers approximately 20 hours of instruction and includes a job shadowing experience, college tour, and speakers’ panel.
- Camp Location: Richmond County/Northern Neck Technical Center Governor’s STEM Academy for Agriculture and Maritime Studies
Partners: Essex, Lancaster, Northumberland, Westmoreland Counties, Town of Colonial Beach
- Contact Information: Todd H. Davis, Assistant Principal
- Phone: 804-333-4940
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Camp Date: August 21 - 24, 2017, Daily 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
- Camp Description: The camp targets 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students from the counties of Richmond, Northumberland, Westmoreland, Essex, Lancaster and the Town of Colonial Beach. The camp draws from curricula outlined by the national Cyber Innovation Center. Students will be introduced to making a circuit and how batteries work, design a flashlight, interact with robotics, introduced to malware, and engage in debates that discuss relevant cybersecurity headlines. Students will examine the impact of technology on friendships and relationships, evaluate the nature and value of privacy as they understand the impact of technology on their privacy, and explore the relationship between advancements in technology and the trust or distrust that develops when social media exploits those advancements. Students will have the opportunity to engage with guest speakers and a field trip.
- Camp Location: Harrisonburg High School
- Contact Information: Perry Shank, IT Teacher
- Phone: 540-433-2651
- Email: email@example.com
- Camp Date: September 2 and September 16, 2-8 p.m.; September 29-30 (overnight) 5 p.m. - 10 a.m.
- Camp Description: The camp offers a hack-a-thon experience to students in grades 7-12. On September 2, twenty high school students will take part in a workshop led by the CyberCamp team where they will learn the rules of the hack-a-thon and begin building their knowledge in robotics, circuitry, programming, and other skills needed for the hack-a-thon. On September 16, twenty middle school students will join the high school students where high schoolers will take the lead in working with middle school students to prepare them for the Hack-a-thon. All students will have the chance to extend their skills under the direction of the CyberCamp teachers. The Junior Varsity (grades 7-9) Hack-a-thon will go from 5-9 pm while the Varsity (grades 10-12) Hack-a-thon will begin by revealing the theme and work will continue through the night. The next morning, a team of judges will use a rubric to score the projects and select a winner for each level.
- Camp Location: Nelson County High School
- Contact Information: Sandra McKenzie, CTE Director
- Phone: 434-260-7646
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Camp Date: September 19 - 23, 2017, Daily 3:30 – 6 p.m.; Field Trip September 22 or 23
- Camp Description: The camp is offered to students in grades 9-12 and will use curriculum from the national Cyber Innovation Center, the Cyber Start Essentials Program, and the Virginia Cyber Range, a cloud hosted virtual environment where students practice what they have learned using hands on laboratory activities. The camp will culminate with a field trip to Virginia Tech University for a presentation of its Cyber Security Program and Cyber Security Research and Education Center. The high school counselor and career coach will facilitate Life Journey and students will create a digital profile that summarizes their career interests and skills matched to possible cybersecurity jobs, career pathways and certifications.
- Camp Location: Pittsylvania County STEM Academy
- Contact Information: Charlie Hudson, CTE Teacher and Program Manager
- Phone: 434-709-9481
- Email: email@example.com
- Camp Date: August 12, 19, 26, 2017, Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Camp Description: The camp serves grades 9-12. Students will explore careers related to cyber security through Life Journey, NSA Day of Cyber and experience activities through NOVA Cybersecurity Labs. The camp’s curriculum draws from the national Cyber Innovation Center. Students age 16 and older will participate in the CyberStartUS challenge. Students to attend a site that houses business oriented computers. A guest speaker will engage students in a hands-on-activity using various drones. At the end of the camp, students and their parents will attend a recognition reception with their local school board.
- Camp Location: Pulaski County High School
- Contact Information: Lincoln Whitaker, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
- Phone: 540-643-0817; 540-643-0592
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Camp Date: August 30 - September 30, 2017, Weekly 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; Three Saturdays (TBD)
- Camp Description: The camp serves grades 9-12 with priority given to students who have attended previous cyber camps, students enrolled in Cyber Security Computer Science classes, and 9th graders that are interested in signing up for Cyber Security or Computer Science as an elective course. Students will receive instruction in Robot C, The Hour of Code, learn from guest speakers, and work with guidance counselors on career options using MajorClarity. Students will participate in Hour of Code Day. Field trips include visits to Radford University and Virginia Tech cybersecurity labs and Rack Space business/industry. Instruction will be provided by the county’s Governor’s STEM Academy.
- Camp Location: Cumberland High School
- Contact Information:
Dr. Chip Jones, Assistant Superintendent
- Phone: 804-492-4212 ext. 6201
- Email: email@example.com
- Camp Date: August 15 - August 31, 2017, August 15-17 , Three days weekly and two Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Camp Description: The camp serves middle and high school students and meets three afternoons for three weeks and two Saturday sessions. Students will participate in CyberSecurity Labs, a game designed on how to keep your digital lives safe, spotCyberscams, understand basic coding, and ways to defend against cyberattacks. Saturday events will include field trips to colleges/universities that offer cybersecurity programs.
Some scheduling adjustments may be needed; therefore, contact the onsite director/program manager for verification.