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GenCyber Teacher Camp 2019

Group photo of GenCyber Teachers Camp participants

The Gencyber Teacher Camp at Boise State University 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.


Headshots of GenCyber facilitators Jyh-haw Yeh (director), Yantian Hou and Hoda Mehrpouyan

Dr. Jyh-haw Yew (Program Director), Dr. Yantian Hou, Dr. Hoda Mehrpouyan


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, wireless and network security, and Sphero SPRK+ robots were taught in class, from which participants were exposed to all ten cybersecurity first principles.

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 $450 stipend. In addition, two professional education credits were offered and participants took home a Sphero SPRK+.

When & Where:

Two camps were offered in the Boise State Computer Science Department in downtown Boise (777 West Main St. Boise, ID 83702). Breakfast and lunch was provided each day.

  • June 17, 2019 – June 21, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • June 24, 2019 – June 28, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm