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2023 GenCyber Teacher Camp

At University of Maryland Global Campus, we know that cybersecurity has practical applications across a wide range of fields, even outside of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). That's why the 2023 GenCyber Infusion and Immersion Teacher Camp at UMGC will look a little different than in years past. The GenCyber camp is still designed to help high school teachers deliver cybersecurity content into their curricula more effectively. But this year, the program will focus on training non-technical high school teachers to infuse cybersecurity concepts into their existing courses. This is designed to introduce more students to cybersecurity fundamentals, concepts, and ethics. 

The targeted subject areas that will be included in the camp are English, social studies, history, math, foreign language, health and physical education, library science, history, music, and fine arts.

About the 2023 GenCyber Teacher Camp

UMGC is currently accepting applications for the summer 2023 camp. The program has a cap of 20 high school teachers to allow for compelling discussions and hands-on experiences. The application deadline is March 31, 2023.

If you are selected to participate in the 2023 camp, you will not pay any cost or fee for the program. Plus, the 20 selected program participants will be provided with the following:

  • Certificate of participation upon the completion of the summer camp
  • $1,000 stipend upon the completion of all pre-and post-camp activities, camp activities, and necessary surveys
  • Meta Quest 2 VR headset
  • Breakfast and lunch provided on in-person camp days (in-person schedule TBD)

The camp is open to teachers nationally, but keep in mind that housing and transportation are not provided.

Complete Dates, Times, & Locations for the 2023 GenCyber Teacher Camp

  • When: The camp will take place July 17–21, 2023 and consist of a hybrid, week-long program.
    • Required pre-camp online preparatory sessions start April 6, 2023.
    • Required post-camp online follow-up sessions take September 9 and October 7, 2023.
  • Where: In-person meetings will be held at UMGC's Dorsey Station location. Virtual meetings will be held via Zoom or Virtual Reality (VR).

Pre-Camp Dates & Times

  • Thursday, April 6 (5–6 p.m. ET)
  • Thursday, April 27 (5–6 p.m. ET)
  • Thursday, May 18 (5–6 p.m. ET)
  • Thursday, June 15 (5–6 p.m. ET)
  • Thursday, June 29 (5–6 p.m. ET)
  • Thursday, July 13 (5–6 p.m. ET)

Please note: All pre-camp activities will be recorded and then delivered synchronously and remotely via Zoom or VR.

Camp Dates & Times

  • Camp Begins: Monday, July 17 (8:30 a.m. ET)
  • Camp Ends: Friday, July 21 (3 p.m. ET)

Post-Camp Dates & Times

  • Saturday,  September 9 (exact time TBD)
  • Saturday, October 7 (exact time TBD)

View a GenCyber Info Session

Want to learn what a GenCyber teacher camp is all about? Get more information about this summer's schedule by registering for an informative online Zoom session on February 22, 2023, 12–1 p.m. Or, watch our previous GenCyber info session.

Apply for the GenCyber Camp

Ready to get started? First, submit a completed GenCyber 2023 application form. After submitting the form, you will need to send UMGC additional required documentation, including an essay or video, as outlined below. The complete application package is due March 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Submit Additional Application Materials

After you complete and submit the GenCyber application form, you must submit additional required documentation to gencyber@umgc.edu.

Required: Essay or Video

You will need to submit an essay (250–500 words) or video (1–2 minutes) containing responses to all of the following prompts:

  • Why should you be chosen to receive this GenCyber opportunity?
  • What makes you stand out from your peers?
  • Describe any experience you have in the cybersecurity field (volunteer work, articles, etc.) and any other cyber-related hobbies or extracurricular activities you enjoy.
  • How would you incorporate cybersecurity concepts into the non-STEM courses you teach?
  • Describe your interests and/or experiences in virtual reality and/or immersive technologies and how they could be used in today's classrooms.

Optional (Recommended): Reference Letter

You may also submit one optional reference letter to support your application. While optional, a recommendation letter will strengthen your application. Specifically, you may submit a reference letter from the following sources:

  • Your current school principal or department head
  • A current or former employer, student, or former supervisor who can write to your ability to learn and apply knowledge in your classroom

Your reference letter should be on official letterhead and contain the full name and contact information (phone, email, and address) of the writer.

How to Submit Your Application Materials

  • Combine your supporting documentation (essay question responses and optional recommendation letter) into one PDF file.
    • If you have chosen to submit a video in place of the essay, type the link to your video and include that in your PDF file.
  • Name the file gencyber-lastname-firstname.pdf (e.g. gencyber-smith-john).
  • Send your single PDF to gencyber@umgc.edu before the application deadline date.
    • In your email subject line, type GenCyber 2023 App: Lastname Firstname (e.g. .GenCyber 2023 App: John Smith).

If you are selected for the camp, you will be instructed to submit your latest college transcript.

Please note: Incomplete applications and applications without the required supplemental documentation will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Need More Information?

If you have any further questions about the program, please email css@umgc.edu. Be sure to include GenCyber 2023 in the subject line.

 

We're Hiring for the 2023 Camp!

UMGC is seeking to hire a group of independent contractors in the following temporary roles to assist in the preparation and administration of the camp.  If you are interested, please send an e-mail to loyce.pailen@umgc.edu along with your resume and area of interest. ​We look forward to hearing from you!

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