GenCyber Student Camps 2021:

Non-Residential Summer Camps for Underrepresented High School Students in Idaho

July 12 - July 16 (girls only)

July 19 - July 23 (boys & girls)

(will be held virtually)

GenCyber Student Camps :: Overview

The 2021 GenCyber Student Camp at Boise State University is a free, full-day, one-week program that introduces high school students in Boise and nearby to cybersecurity first principles and the rapidly developing field of cybersecurity. Using hands-on activities, students will engage with applied cryptography, Raspberry Pi 3 set up and security, threats, risks, network traffic analysis, penetrating testing, and virtualization practices.

GenCyber Student Camps :: Objectives

The GenCyber Student Camp at Boise State University is designed for high school students (entering grades 9-12) in Southwest Idaho and the Boise area to:

Introduce and cement knowledge of cybersecurity first principles

Increase the curiosity of the participants in the field of cybersecurity

Encourage participants to seek further education in cybersecurity

Motivate participants to seek a career in cybersecurity

GenCyber Student Camps :: Mentors

Dr. Gaby Dagher


Dr. Jidong Xiao

Lead Instructor

Matthew Thomas


Dr. Donald Winiecki

Ethics Instructor

Kelsey Wright

K-12 Pedagogical Expert

Kimberly Betty-Bannon

K-12 Pedagogical Expert

GenCyber Student Camps :: Modules

We have designed this camp to be team-based, interactive, and game-based. The curriculum of each camp is organized into four modules we will address in four 90-minute sessions over the course of each day. The modules are:

Cybersecurity First Principles, Ethics, and Online Safety

Raspberry Pi- based Information Security & Privacy Awareness

Raspberry Pi- based Network Security Awareness

Raspberry Pi- based Web Security and Penetration Test Awareness





Eligibility & How to Apply

Applicants must be high school students who reside in the U.S. and attend a U.S. school (or home


Application deadline is Sunday, May 9, 2021. Applications will be reviewed and assessed on a first come, first serve basis, until all positions are fulfilled. Due to the limited number of positions, you are encouraged to apply ASAP.

<<< Students from underrepresented groups and/or schools with limited STEM research capacity are highly encouraged to apply. >>>

To apply, please click on the "Apply now" button below and complete the application form.


If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact the Computer Science Department at or (208) 426-5766.

Project sponsored by the National Security Agency under Grant/Cooperative Agreement Boise State University GenCyber Grant. Any opinions findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Security Agency.