Do I need to attend all five days of the camp?
Yes - students are required to attend all five days.
What is the time commitment?
When the camp is held in-person, classes are 9 am - 3 pm Monday-Friday. When held virtually, classes are held via Zoom from 9 am - 1 pm Monday-Friday. Office hours with instructors will be available 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after class.
Do I need my own computer?
When in-person, students do NOT need their own device. We utilize the Pitt Information Technology computing lab computers. When held virtually, yes, students must provide their own device in order to participate in the camp. See the technical specifications needed to run the required software.
Is there a cost?
No, the camp is free thanks to our generous sponsors and partners - AT&T, Grable Foundation, Microsoft, Pitt Information Technology, and UPMC Women in IT.
Do I need any previous computer or technical experience?
Standard camp students do not need to have any prior knowledge of cybersecurity to participate. Some basic knowledge of computer hardware (knowing how to use a mouse, browse the internet, identify common computer icons, etc.) is helpful.
Advanced camp students must possess some prior knowledge and participation requires successful completion of a previous AFA CyberCamp or verified participation in the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program. Most of the Advanced curriculum builds on material covered by our Standard camp and also draws from the activities/tasks in the CyberPatriot competition.
What will I learn?
We utilize curriculum provided by the Air Force Association's CyberPatriot Youth Program. The first two days of the standard camp will cover the basics of cyber ethics and systems security, with the following two days diving deeper into cybersecurity in Windows and Linux (Ubuntu). Friday is competition day - students compete to fix vulnerabilities on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16 images.