Southeastern’s College of Science and Technology, through the Department of Computer Science, is sponsoring the “Lion’s Code CyberCamp” this summer. Scheduled from July 18-21 in the new Innovation Hub at Sims Memorial Library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, the free camp is designed for students in grades 8 – 12. Campers have the option to attend in person or online; however, class size is limited for in-person campers.

Although the program is free, registration is required no later than 4 p.m., July 1, and early registration is encouraged due to limited space. Registration is available at southeastern.edu/lionscode.

Instructor of Computer Science and Camp Coordinator Bonnie Achee said the camp is a fun-filled, action-packed program that does not require prior coding or extensive experience with computers. It also satisfies all requirements for the Girl Scout Cadette Cyber Security patch and a large part of activities required for Senior and Ambassador Cyber Security patches.

Achee said the camp introduces students to cognitive analysis skills vital in computer science through CyberSociety analysis and investigation of cyber scenarios developed by Cyber.org.

“These scenarios drop the students into the role of Department of HomeLion Security teams using critical thinking skills to solve the crime,” Achee explained. “Teams will be briefed by the Director of HomeLion Security at the beginning of the experience as to the details of the incident. With HomeLion security agents leading each team, they will use cognitive analysis skills to piece together the details of the incident and report their findings back to the director at the conclusion of the mission.”

“All student campers will come away with greater personal knowledge and confidence, as well as take their computer skills to the next level,” Achee said. “This is a rare opportunity for students to work directly with Southeastern’s cutting-edge computer science faculty and industrial technology professional staff.”

Achee said campers will participate in a virtual Capture the Flag competition exploring data encryption algorithms, logic puzzles, cyber careers, and Southeastern’s offerings. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the camp.

Bonus activities include learning about the wide range of career opportunities in information technology and educational options to help students plan for the future. Southeastern is pleased to provide this free summer activity as a community service, Achee said.

For more information, email lionscodecamp@southeastern.edu

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