Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana and Purdue Northwest partner to host CyberCamp for 9-15-year-olds, July 18-22; 25-26
Youngsters ages 9 to 15 can learn about cybersecurity and cyber defense skills during an innovative camp hosted this summer by the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana in partnership with Purdue University Northwest.
The Air Force Academy (AFA) CyberCamp will take place at the Challenger Learning Center, located on the Purdue Northwest Calumet Campus in Hammond. Camp sessions are July 18-22 for 12-to-15-year-olds and July 25-26 for 9-to-11-year-olds.
The camp is designed to interest students about the topic of cybersecurity, while teaching them cyber defense skills through instruction and activities.
Computer safety & preventing hacking
“We are very proud to bring this exciting and relevant topic to this area through our summer camps,” Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana Executive Director Rebecca Manis said. “Cyberattacks are a very real threat to all of us; by helping kids see the importance of computer safety and teaching them how to prevent hacking, we will expose them to skills that are in high demand. We know that ultimately this experience could have a tremendous effect on their future and even our national security.”
Attendees of the July 18-22 session will learn how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats, as well as how to harden entire networks running Windows 7 and Ubuntu operating systems.
Simulation of cybersecurity situations
The camp concludes with a team competition that simulates real cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. The activity also mimics AFA’s CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.
The July 25-26 session will mirror several activities from the other session and include introductory game development and coding designed for youngsters just beginning their computer skills training.
The Air Force Association developed the CyberCamp Program through its CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program to generate student interest in cybersecurity and STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The AFA selected the Challenger Learning Center to participate in its camp program.
Camp cost for the July 18-22 session is $135. For the July 25-26 session, the fee is $95. Each camp session meets daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Purdue Northwest Calumet Campus. Register for either camp session or phone 219/989-3250 for more information.