Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
CYBER AND STEM SUMMER CAMPS
The academic season is nearly over. There are those students (or parents) out there that put in applications for summer camps months ago. If your child was lucky enough to snag a place at the Naval Academy for the Summer STEM program, fantastic! Some of us did not plan as well. Now, with secondary schools winding up their 2018-2019 academic year, we are trying to figure out what the kids are going to do for the summer.
But wait, there are lots of summer opportunities for K-12 students to build on their cyber and STEM proficiencies. There are loads of cyber summer camps in the DC, MD, VA area. Google “Cyber Summer Camp Maryland” and you’ll get more leads than you can digest.
In the United States today, we have critical shortages in employees with cyber skills. So, when students ask me what they should study so they can be assured of getting a job, I say computer science, cyber security, and (of course) STEM. We need well educated individuals with all these skills for our future workforce. Our national security depends on it.
Below I’ve included a short list of Cyber Summer Camps in DC, MD, and VA. It is by no means exhaustive, nor is its inclusion an endorsement, but it should get you started. By all means, do your own Google searches and find something that fits your own schedule, budget, and the interests of your kids.
Air Force Association CyberPatriot
GenCyber (jointly sponsored by NSF and NSA in states across the U.S.)
US Cyber Challenge (sponsored by DHS through the Center for Internet Security)
Drone STEM Summer Camp Program
DC Summer Camps
Cyber Defense Training Camp, Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Cybersecurity Camp, Maryland Center for Women in Computing, University of MD
Cyber Boot Camp, Montgomery College, MD
GenCyber Summer Camp, Prince George’s Community College, MD https://www.pgcc.edu/gencybersummercamp/
Summer Enrichment Academy, UMBC
Summer Science Camps at University of Maryland for K-12 Students
Maryland Summer Programs and Camps
ODU GenCyber Summer Camp, Virginia Cyber Alliance
STEM Camps, NOVA, Northern Virginia Community College
GenCyber Summer Camp, Old Dominion University
US Cyber Challenge Easter Regional Cyber Camp
Camp Invention and Astrocamp, Virginia Summer Camps