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GenCyber Teacher Camp 2023

Group photo of GenCyber Teachers Camp participants
Jyh-haw Yeh

Dr. Jyh-haw Yeh

Program Director



Doug Twitchell

Dr. Doug Twitchell

Lead Instructor



GenCyber Teachers 2023 Flyer

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.

Information Night:

We have hosted an information night with dinner served on April 4th (5:30 – 8:30) in Boise State Computer Science Department in downtown Boise (777 West Main St. Boise, ID 83702). The information night gave an overview of the camps. About 30 teachers attended this event.

Summer Camps: Apply Summer Camp here

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.

  • 1st camp: July 10, 2023 – July 14, 2023, 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • 2nd camp: July 17, 2023 – July 21, 2023, 8:30am – 4:30pm


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 since 2017.
  • 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 BOLT 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 will receive a $750 stipend:

  • $500 (summer camp) + $50 (parking support)
  • $100 (post-camp activity 1 in Fall 2023)
  • $100 (post-camp activity 2 in Spring 2024)
  • Participants from outside of Boise area will be provided housing, and their traveling (driving) and parking costs will be covered by up to $150.

In addition, two professional education credits are offered and participants take home a Sphero BOLT.