Involving students in cybersecurity can extend beyond the school year. Summer camp programs, like Cyber Discovery and GenCyber, provide hands-on cybersecurity learning activities to middle-school and high-school students.
Cyber Discovery is a week-long immersion into cyber. It is a catalytic event for engaging students and teachers in the history of cyberspace, ethical and social issues, applications, and the need for and use of security in cyberspace. At its core, Cyber Discovery is a professional development program which allows high school teachers to build relationships with university faculty and dive deeper into today's cyber issues. After attending two workshops, teachers guide their team of rising high-school sophomores through a series of hands-on challenges covering disciplines such as engineering, computer science, English, history, mathematics, cryptography, and political science. The experience includes discussion sessions, hands-on engineering and computer science labs, a cryptographic treasure hunt, creative storytelling, and a final cyber challenge.