The Bulldog Bytes team began taking the elementary camp program to local communities across Mississippi beginning in 2016 with a camp held in Columbus. This camp was funded by NCWIT’s AspireIT program. In 2017, day camps were hosted in Columbus and West Point for elementary girls with funding from GenCyber. The program was expanded to eight elementary camps throughout the state in the summer of 2018.
We offer residential camps on the campus of Mississippi State University.
We partner with businesses, schools, and non-profits to bring the introductory camp curriculum to local communities across Mississippi. In 2018, we held our first Bulldog Bytes camp at Choctaw Central High School in collaboration with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
MSU researchers CSE and the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education have developed a curriculum for training secondary education teachers to teach computer science, computer programming, and cybersecurity concepts in any content area. The curriculum was developed with funding from the National Security Agency’s GenCyber program. Teachers from a variety of disciplines participate in this summer professional development hosted at MSU. This curriculum led to the creation of a college credit course for pre-service teachers that is offered jointly between the Bagley College of Engineering and the College of Education at MSU. This course is offered with an online option for in-service teachers.
The first Cyber Seniors workshop was hosted in April 2018 and was staffed by student volunteers with the ACM-W chapter.The workshop, designed for persons aged 55 and older, covers the following topics:
· Maintaining personal safety in the online world
· How to create strong passwords.
· How to recognize email frauds and scams.
· How to use social media such as Facebook and Instagram
The GenCyber Program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for K12 students and teachers. Goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe online behavior, increase diversity and interest In cybersecurity careers, and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.
The program is part of the solution to the nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. GenCyber camps are open to all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding Is Provided Jointly By The National Security Agency And The National Science Foundation. (GenCyber, 2016)
The Bulldog Bytes program has been hosting GenCyber camps since 2014.