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GenCyber Teacher Camp 2021

Group photo of GenCyber Teachers Camp participants
Jyh-haw Yeh
Dr. Jyh-haw Yeh
Program Director

The GenCyber Teacher Camp at Boise State University allows participants to understand security procedures, practices, and threats regardless of their knowledge level in IT/CS. The goal of this non-residential program is 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.

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When & Where:

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

  • June 14, 2021 – June 18, 2021, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • June 21, 2021 – June 25, 2021, 8:30am-4:30pm


Doug Twitchell
Dr. Doug Twitchell Lead Instructor

The GenCyber program at Boise State University is 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

Program Goals:

  • Maintain/expand the secondary teacher community for cybersecurity education we have built in 2017 and 2019.
  • Promote cybersecurity education to as many students as possible by delivering cybersecurity lessons in all subject areas in secondary schools.
  • Provide cybersecurity teaching/learning resources and follow-up opportunities to support teacher participants throughout the school year.


Topics include password protection, phishing, cryptography, virus, Trojans, wireless and network security, and Sphero SPRK+ robots are taught in class, from which participants are exposed to all ten cybersecurity first principles.

Class Form:

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


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

Stipend and Credits:

Teachers selected to participate in these workshops receive a $500 stipend. In addition, two professional education credits are offered and participants take home a Sphero BOLT.