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What is Cybercore Youth Career Academy?

What is Cybercore Youth Career Academy?

The Cybercore Academy is a summer program designed in collaboration with the College of Eastern Idaho, Idaho National Laboratory, Cybercore Integration Center and STEM K-12 program, Idaho Falls District 91, additional industry partners, and area universities to introduce high school students and local Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers to cybersecurity and related topics. Students ages 12-17 with an interest in computer programming, networking and cybersecurity will participate in hands-on learning activities, gain access to industry mentors through demonstrations and lectures, and experience real-world exposure through facilities tours coordinated by local industry partners.

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What Will Your Students Experience?

What Will Your Students Experience?

Join us for a 5-day summer career academy and learn the basics of computing and cybersecurity. This program is designed for high school students to introduce them to the growing field of cybersecurity through hands-on activities and direct interaction with industry experts. Students will work on a Raspberry Pi and learn the basics of programming, circuit design, and cyber-physical systems.

They will also get to tour Idaho National Lab's world-class facilities where researchers tackle the nation's most pressing problems. Interact with peers and mentors and explore the possibilities of a challenging and rewarding career path. On the last day of camp, students will use their new skills to solve challenging puzzles and "capture the flag." No prior knowledge or skills are required.

You Will Learn:

  • Computing basics, using Windows and Linux
  • Programming with python
  • Circuit design
  • Binary, hex, encoding, and cryptography
  • Safe and secure online behavior
  • Cybersecurity "capture the flag"

Make new friends and great memories - can you hack it?

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. You can play games, create programs, control hardware like home automation, and a lot more. This is an awesome machine to experiment and with. With a Raspberry Pi you will learn Linux and open up a whole area of programming and computing you never knew existed.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NextGen Program.


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