On Tuesday 20th June, the Institute of Technology Blanchardtown (ITB), the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and IBM will host a Cyber Security Summer Camp.
This camp is aimed at all second level students from ages 13 to 18 years. There are no special requirements for computing skills as this is a fully inclusive event that will give all participants the right level of coaching, training and guidance required to make the most of the camp activities.
The camp itself will be run in several computer labs at the ITB campus in Blanchardstown. Facilitators in the camp will be made up of volunteers from ITB and IBM staff. This co-operation between ITB’s cyber security academic staff and IBM’s cyber security experts will ensure that the students get the best of both academic and industry methods in training and learning.
Total participation in the camp is limited to 100 students. When students arrive to the camp they will be formed into teams. These teams will then be taken to their workstations. Workstations will have activities and puzzles covering Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber security challenges.
Students will all receive a goody bag upon arrival at the camp, this will contain t-shirts, USB sticks and other equipment necessary to carry out activities.
Students will not need to have a laptop as a computer will be provided that will be pre-configured and ready to start into the cyber challenges. This will enable students to focus on having fun learning from the get-go.
Students in the camp will compete to solve challenges and activities fastest. Points will be awarded to students that make the most progress or are the most inventive in their solution.
Lunch and snack breaks will be provided free of charge and will be available for all students at set times. These times will be communicated with the students on the day.
There will be several spot prizes on the day as well as prizes that recognise student ability, team work and performance.