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GenCyber Teacher Camp 2017

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The Gencyber program allowed participants to understand security procedures, practices, and threats regardless of their knowledge level in IT/CS. The goal of this non-residential program was to help participants understand the dangers that come with using Internet, social media, and smart devices and increase their knowledge of system vulnerabilities, threats, attacks, and protections.


The GenCyber program at Boise State University was designed for secondary education teachers in Southwest Idaho and the Boise area to:

  • Create local cyber security awareness
  • Build a community of practice to promote cyber security for everyone
  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate lesson plans for teachers in the area of security and privacy
  • Provide cyber security resources and make them accessible to the community


Topics included password protection, phishing, cryptography, virus, Trojans, from which teachers were exposed to several first principles such as data hiding, process isolation, modularity, etc.

Class Form:

Team-Based Learning (TBL), an Evidence-Based Instructional Practice was used to create an engaged community of learners.


All hands-on activities were unplugged and only simple mathematical preliminary knowledge was needed, thus appropriate to all teachers with different backgrounds. In addition, pre-camp materials were posted here, allowing participants to gain some preliminary knowledge.

Stipend and Credits:

Teachers selected to participate in these workshops received a $900 stipend. In addition, two professional education credits were offered.

When & Where:

Two camps were offered in the Boise State Computer Science Department in downtown Boise (777 West Main St. Boise, ID 83702). Parking validations for the Capitol Terrace garage were provided to participants. Workshops were held from 9am-4pm, Monday through Thursday and 9am-7pm Friday. Breakfast and lunch was provided each day with a hosted dinner on the final day.

  • June 19, 2017 – June 23, 2017, 9am-4pm
  • June 26, 2017 – June 30, 2017, 9am-4pm