Indiana University of Pennsylvania is offering two cybersecurity camps free of charge to middle and high school students, as well as teachers this summer.

Pennsylvania College Offers Free Cybersecurity Camps this Summer

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is offering two cybersecurity camps free of charge to middle and high school students, as well as teachers this summer.

As part of a national initiative, IUP will be providing cybersecurity camps beginning in June, and is offered for free to middle school and high school students, and to teachers interested in the programs. Project directors received two grants in the amount of $120,000 from the National Security Agency for the program.

The first camp, offered to middle and high school students, will take place from June 12-16, and applications are due by May 21. The second camp is available for middle and high school students as well as teachers, and takes place from June 27 until July 3 – applications for this camp are due by May 28.

“The camp has two main goals for students,” Farag said. “First, to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation; second, to help students understand correct and safe online behavior, including learning hacking defense techniques.”

“For teachers, the program is designed to help improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for kindergarten through grade 12,” Farag said.

Teachers who attend the camp will receive a free Chromebook to take home, as well as Act 48 credits and mileage reimbursement for those traveling more than 10 miles to the camp. All students will receive a free Parrot Cargo Drone to take home.

The University also just received another grant from the National Science Foundation to support women and minorities in cybersecurity. IUP is currently ranked in the top 25 percent of all cybersecurity programs in the United States.