Alexandria College hosts its GenCyber Camp.

Aug 1, 2023 | 10:27 AM
Alexandria College hosted 40 high school and middle school students for its GenCyber summer camp, July 17-21, 2023.

The camp led students through lessons and interactive activities focusing on cybersecurity and online safety, programming, networking, and careers in technology.

The 5-day camp was funded through a grant from the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation, making it free for participants. The camp was available in-person as well as virtually with 26 students on campus and 14 online, and, like a true summer camp, 18 students chose to stay in Foundation Hall, Alexandria College’s on-campus student housing, while attending the camp.

On the first day of the camp, the students participated in ice-breaker activities.

“They learned about each other's pets, favorite pizza topping, and how far they came from,” said Martha Gutierrez, an enrollment specialist and student success coach at ATCC who was a chaperone for the camp.

During the following days, the students spent their time in the classroom participating in lectures, listening to speakers, and performing hands-on team building activities. But once the classroom portion was over, the campers were able to explore Alexandria.

“After a day of learning, GenCyber campers were out on the town,” Gutierrez said. “The campers took advantage of the nice weather and played golf, rode the gocarts and boats at Casey's Amusement Park."

Throughout the week, after the classroom portion of the camp, the campers saw a movie, roasted marshmallows and made smores at Foundation Hall, and, on the last day, had a pizza party at Garden Center Lanes.

The GenCyber camp takes middle and high school students and expose them to the world of computer technologies. The camp welcomes student who are interested in the field, and want to learn more. It also welcomes students with no experience, but who want to learn more about computer sciences.

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