June 14 - 18, 2021

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Become the next GENeration of CYBER stars!  Explore distinct areas of cybersecurity including hacking, cryptography, social engineering, ethical hacking & penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment. Gain an understanding of networks and layering, ethical hacking, and social engineering.

There will be 3.5 million cybersecurity job openings in 2021. Students who are considering the next stage of their careers can learn more information with regards to the opportunities that exist within the areas of cybersecurity.

This collaboration with the National Integrated Cyber Education Resource Center provides hands-on opportunities to use a variety of cyber tool sets within a secured and monitored cyber range to explore cybersecurity fundamentals.


Introduce and cement knowledge of cybersecurity first principles & cyberethics
Increase participants’ curiosity in the field of cybersecurity
Encourage participants to seek further education in cybersecurity
Motivate participants to seek a career in cybersecurity

To apply, click register above


Important information for GenCyber Camp

  • Attending this camp is free of charge due to support from NSF and NSA.
  • There are only 35 spots open for applicants
  • Campers must be in 10th – 12th grade in the fall of 2021.
  • Campers must commit to the entire week of camp
  • All applicants must complete the application including the short essay questions.

What is the difference between Gencyber Camp and CyberCamp

GenCyber is funded by the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency. We only have 35 spaces available for this week of camp. CyberCamp is the same material however there is a cost to attend. Please note these two camps are on different weeks.

What if I am a very advanced 9th grader – can I still apply?
You may apply for the CyberCamp but not GenCyber. There are no exceptions to this.

What are you looking for in the short essay questions?

We are looking for students who think through their answers. It is important to be honest and answer all the questions in complete sentences. To help you prepare we have listed the questions here so you can think on them prior to starting the application.

  1. Please list any math or computer science classes you have taken in high school and the impact they have had on you, good or bad.
  2. Why do you want to participate in ASU's GenCyber or Cyber camp?
  3. How do you think new technologies solve human problems?
  4. Should someone who creates malicious software (virus, trojan, ransomware, etc.) face criminal charges, even if they don't distribute it?
  5. Tell us about a time that you struggled with a situation. What was the issue, how did you work through it, what was the outcome? This could be at school, clubs, other camps, or really any place?
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The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, help students ...

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." NSF is vital because we support basic research...

National Security Agency

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) leads the U.S. Government in cryptology that encompasses both Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Information Assurance (IA) products and services, and enables Computer Network Operations (CNO) ...

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Registration Deadline: Application Due midnight on 4/16/21/Decision by 4/21/21

When: June 14-18, 2021

Where: Virtual

Cost: $0.00 If selected


Grade enrolled in fall 2021: Grade 10th-12th

For program inquiries, contact: or 602-543-6695