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UA Little Rock Accepting Applications for Free NSA GenCyber Cybersecurity Camp

Middle and high school students creating immersive games for the Meta Quest Virtual reality platform during a VR camp for youth at UA Little Rock.
Students create immersive games for the Meta Quest Virtual reality platform during a summer camp in the Emerging Analytics Center at UA Little Rock. Photo by Ben Krain.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will hold a prestigious, nationwide summer camp for up to 100 junior high and high school students who want to learn the latest skills in the high-demand field of cybersecurity.

The Arkansas GenCyber Strength Training Program is open to any rising students in grades 7-12. The two-week summer camp will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. June 19-22 and June 26-29.

The camp is offered at no-cost to students thanks to a generous grant from the National Security Agency. There will be both a virtual and in-person camp option so that students from across the state can participate even if they are unable to travel to Little Rock.

This two-week camp focuses on the GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts. Participants will hear from industry experts about career opportunities and will learn about cybersecurity with state-of-the art hands-on activities that allows the students to experience cyberattacks from both the victim and adversary side.

“Students will learn how to think like a hacker and stop cyber criminals in their tracks,” said Sandra Leiterman, managing director of the Cyber Arena at UA Little Rock. “Each day will feature a world-renowned expert speaker in cybersecurity and the top hands-on cybersecurity training in the region. This camp is an excellent opportunity for students to unlock their cybersecurity potential and join the next GENeration of CYBERsecurity leaders working to secure our digital future.”

Students will also participate in hands-on activities in cyber attacks and defense provided through UA Little Rock’s Cyber Arena, which already provides cloud-based cybersecurity labs to hundreds of students and educators in Arkansas.

Those interested in attending the Arkansas GenCyber Strength Training Program can apply by filling out this online form.