The Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics at Purdue University Northwest offers a five-day free GenCyber Summer Camp for High School Students and a five-day GenCyber Teacher Camp for High School Teachers.

About the Camp

GenCyber Summer Camp will immerse you in learner-centered, hands-on labs and game play activities, including cyber security awareness education game play, robot game design, security practices in wireless network, cryptography, ethical hacking labs and cyber forensics cases.

Let’s have fun with this five-day summer camp and learn GenCyber Six (6) Cybersecurity Concepts, cyber security awareness, and discover if a higher education and a career in cyber security is right for you.

During the summer camp, high school students will be asked to participate in two voluntarily surveys. However, the decision to participate in those surveys will not impact the students’ eligibility to attend the summer camp.


Your registration confirmation will be emailed in late April or early May, 2023.


June 12 – 16, 2023 or June 19 – 23, 2023 ~ 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (5 days).

  • Day 1: Cyber security awareness training 6 cybersecurity concepts training via educational games and cybersecurity games developed for CAE RING project.
  • Day 2: Play Wi-Fi scavenger hunt game using Raspberry Pi to allow students apply 6 Cybersecurity Concepts and network security concepts.
  • Day 3: Introduce a Sparki based robot game programming, 2) Apply robot game programming via a robot game team competition.
  • Day 4: Ethical hacking and digital forensics practice.
  • Day 5: Team competition to solve a simulated computer forensics case.

Participants Receive

  • Free Lunch during each day of the summer camp
  • Free GenCyber T-Shirt and USB drive
  • A certificate will been awarded upon successful completion of the camp

About the Camp

The Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics at Purdue University Northwest offering of face-to-face, 5-day GenCyber Teacher Camp for high school teachers for 2022 have concluded. 2023 offerings will be announced in May 2023.

There are 25 spots available in the camp and these spots come with a $1,000 stipend for each teacher. The full-time GenCyber Teacher camp in July will be preceded by an online pre-camp in June with five daily, 1 ½ hour synchronous Zoom lectures to help teachers familiarize themselves with terminology, some cybersecurity concepts, and provide confirmation of attendance for the face-to-face summer camp. There will be post-camp activities during the following year after the summer camp which include ten, 1-hour Zoom follow-up sessions.

Some of the areas that will be covered in the summer camp will introduce high school teachers to cybersecurity concepts using the 10 Cybersecurity Principles framework, cyber safety and awareness related to passwords, networks, social engineering, and hands-on lab activities that include C language programming using a Sparki robot and IoT hacking and security using a Raspberry Pi including Python object-oriented programming to improve software security. Additionally, there will be hands-on labs for cryptography, encryption, ethical hacking and cyber forensics. Teachers will develop cybersecurity course modules that they can use in their classroom.


Purdue University Northwest, Hammond Campus, Anderson Building


GenCyber Online Pre-Camp – TBD (daily 1.5 hr. Zooms at 9 a.m. CST).
GenCyber Camp for High School Teachers – TBD (Daily 8:30 to 4:30).
GenCyber Post-Camp Follow-up – 10 TBD 1-hour sessions.

  • Day 1: Cybersecurity fundamentals including the 10 GenCyber Cybersecurity First Principles, and cyber safety.
  • Day 2: Network, mobile firewall security, social engineering and security, cyberbullying, ethics, guest speakers on cybercrime, protection measures, and digital citizenship.
  • Day 3-4: C programming and game creation using a Sparki robot, practice of IoT device hacking and cybersecurity using a Raspberry Pi and Python programming including object-oriented concepts that improve security of software applications.
  • Day 5: Ethical hacking and digital forensics practice.