GenCyber: Adventure Zone Teacher Academy 2020

GenCyber: Adventure Zone Teacher Academy includes a one-week mandatory session and one-week voluntary session (1 + 1) summer camp that will assist teachers in developing and integrating cyber subjects into their courses at their home schools. Camp participants will engage in hands-on explorations of the many aspects of security including ethics, networks, phishing, social engineering, and robotics system. Camp participants will also develop lesson plans for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula. We are intending to train twenty high school teachers at Marshall University.

Camp participants will explore the world of cybersecurity with experts in the field through fun, real-world learning experiences enhanced by close teacher-student interaction. Camp activities include hands-on exercises, interactive lectures, games, career exploration, and campus tours. Funding of the camp will be provided jointly by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) through an award received by Marshall University. The GenCyber camp is contingent on funding availability.

The mandatory week of the camp is planned for June 15-19, 2020, and the voluntary week of the camp is planned for the following week.

Benefits to Teachers:
– Free to all participants
– The participants will receive a stipend ($175.00 per day) and three-graduate course credit. The participant must attend the mandatory week to receive stipend and course credit. The stipend and course credit will only be provided for the mandatory week.
– The participants will receive free materials, which will be used in the program.

How to Apply:
You can apply by visiting the application page at:

The application deadline is 5:00 pm, Friday, May 8, 2020. Late applications may be considered but this scholarship will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and with consideration for the strength of the application. Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is strongly recommended. To apply, please complete and submit this application form. It is recommended that first scan the questions, gather the required information in the question, and then fill the application form.

All camp activities are offered at no cost to all participants. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus, which may include travel expenses, parking fees, and other costs. Please see the residential program in the following section.

Residential Program:
Each teacher participant will have two options:
– Option 1: Ten teachers attending from outside a 50-mile radius will have the option to reside on campus in a single-occupancy dormitory.
– Option 2: Those teachers choosing to commute within a 50-mile radius will be reimbursed travel expenses at the GSA rate of $0.55 per mile to include parking (This option will be distributed to the teacher at the end of the mandatory week stipend).

Selection Criteria:
Open to High School STEM teachers, with preference given to teachers from the nearby regions and those who have not attended the GenCyber program previously. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Prior knowledge of computer and cybersecurity is not required. However, it’s helpful to have a strong interest in computer and cybersecurity. Women and underrepresented minority groups in STEM are strongly encouraged to apply.