GenCyber @ Mississippi State
MSU was honored to host two elementary GenCyber camps, through the Bulldog Bytes program, in Mississippi in the summer of 2017.
Locations were Columbus MS and West Point MS. Plans are underway to expand the program to other towns in the state, including Louisville and Eupora.
GenCyber camps are offered at no charge to participants
Gencyber funding is made possible by the NSA and the NSF.
The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation, and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.
The vision for the GenCyber program to be part of the solution to the Nation's shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area 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 jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. (GenCyber, 2016)