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NJIT Exposes Young Learners to Hands-on Cybersecurity Camp

For the first time, NJIT offered a Real World Connections (RWC) Cybersecurity Summer Boot Camp to over 55 New Jersey middle and high school students.

The multidisciplinary, STEM-based program is funded by the National Science Foundation, sponsored by NJIT’s computer science department and GenCyber, a program dedicated to growing the number of cybersecurity students in the U.S.

Fun and hands-on, the four-day, three-night residential training camp uses expert coaching, multitier mentorship and project-based learning to promote safe online behavior and educate students about web, Android app and game development.

With an emphasis on CISCO network design, information security, ethical hacking and solving crimes using STEM in partnership with the NJIT police department, the students formed their own enterprise to build a cybersecurity awareness campaign to inspire peers across the state.

“The beauty of this program is not just in teaching hands-on cybersecurity skills and increasing its awareness among high school students, it also gives the students the ownership of building their own enterprise,” says camp director and senior university lecturer Osama Eljabiri. “This allows them to elect their own executives, unleash their potentials, match their interests across technology, science, business, art and engineering, and allows them to create their own products to inspire and empower others.”

On July 21, the students will present their cybersecurity awareness campaign to the public during the RWC Cybersecurity STEM Enterprise Showcase in the Campus Center Atrium at 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Four college teams from the Ying Wu College of Computing Sciences capstone program will also present their projects at the showcase.