GenCyber@TACC

July 6 – July 16, 2021

GenCyber@TACC is an innovative and exciting summer program that increases high school students' interest in cybersecurity careers and online safety. Students participate in fun, exploratory lessons and learn about online personal safety, computer networking, mobile security, cryptography, cloud computing, cyber crime and ethics.

All current 10th and 11th grade (rising 11th and 12th grade) high school students are welcome to apply. Students from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Selected students will be accepted to participate in the virtual program.

Students are expected to participate in GenCyber@TACC until the conclusion of the program. All students will be invited to participate in quarterly Back@TACC STEM workshops upon completion of the program.

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Dates July 6 – July 16, 2021

Application Apply Here

Cost FREE

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PROSPECTIVE ACTIVITIES

  • Use a project based-learning approach to foster creativity and problem solving skills
  • Use hands-on technology to learn the basics of cybersecurity
  • Learn how a cybersecurity professional would apply software security to their code and data sets
  • Get a private virtual tour at the TACC Visualization Laboratory (Vislab) and data center
  • Interact with TACC's cutting-edge technology systems
  • Collaborate with peers, college students, scientists, researchers and engineers

Program Information

WHAT TO KNOW

PROGRAM FORMS

  • Required forms will be available soon.

CAMP PROGRAM

  • Communication plan will be available soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: July 6 – July 16, 2021. Sessions will be Monday - Friday. No sessions will be held over the weekend.
A: This program will take place over the internet, virtually.
A: During the summer program, participants are rising juniors and seniors in high school.
A: Parents are encouraged to attend final presentations, virtually, on the last day of the program.
A: There is no cost.
A: Please email our office at outreach@tacc.utexas.edu or call english: 512-232-0831, español: 512-368-7890.
A: Students will be supervised on the calls by college counselors. Counselors have been background checked (also checked through the national sex offender registry) and have received child protection training
A: Participants who notify TACC will have an opportunity to receive a hotspot. Hotspots are limited and will be given out on a first request basis.
A: Participants will be provided the necessary electronic and sensor components to complete the program. Additionally, participants can use a windows or mac computer. If participants do not have the necessary equipment such as laptops, they can be loaned out from TACC.
A: Participants are expected to continue until the end of the program.

TACC Dress Policy

Participants have the right to dress as they choose as long as their dress meets the approved dress and grooming regulations, does not disrupt activities, is not obscene or defamatory, and does not endanger the physical health or safety of themselves or others.

Participants have the responsibility to dress and groom in such a manner so as to reflect cleanliness, modesty, safety and good taste; become familiar with and adhere to approved dress and grooming expectations of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).

TACC's summer participant dress code standards are designed to promote an appropriate environment for individuals who are preparing themselves for life. We ask that students not wear the following:

  • Any clothing that reveals undergarments including boxer shorts.
  • Skirts/Shorts that are not within 1 inch of the student's fingertips when their arms are extended by their side.
  • Any clothing that reveals a student's stomach, torso, chest, breasts or cleavage.
  • Halter tops, tube tops, half shirts, see through blouses or backless apron garments.
  • Clothing, accessories, or tattoos with references to alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, vulgar language, violence, gang related affiliations or other symbols that distract from the learning environment.
  • Clothing, jewelry, shoes, chains, or other accessories that would endanger student's safety or distract from the learning environment are not acceptable.
  • Any bedroom attire is prohibited outside of the dorms; pajama tops or bottoms, slippers, etc...

If a student's personal appearance or form of dress violates these standards, the student will be allowed to correct the problem. Many details and styles of clothing cannot be covered in the dress code; therefore, the administration (including counselors) of TACC reserves the right to make to final determination concerning appropriateness of a student's attire.

Funding

The camp was funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.