2022 GenCyber Camps for High School Students

Sponsored by the NSA GenCyber program, UMKC will offer two 1-week non-residential camps during Summer 2022 for rising 9-12th graders. The participants will learn cybersecurity concepts, ethical hacking, digital forensics, and ethics through instruction and lab activities. No previous cybersecurity experience or knowledge is required.

Learning cybersecurity will keep you safe from hackers and cybercriminals. Cybersecurity is an exciting career prospect and a massive opportunity to stay engaged and challenged. Its real impacts extend beyond the digital world.

Applications for the 2022 camps are no longer accepted. We will offer the camps again in Summer 2023. 

DATES: July 25-29 (Camp 1) or August 1-5 (Camp 2)

TIME: 8:30 am-5:00 pm. Complimentary breakfast, lunch, and parking.

LOCATION: UMKC Volker Campus (no housing will be provided)

COST: Free

AGES and ELIGIBILITY: Rising 9-12th graders

CONTACT: dxu@umkc.edu

Camp Flyer

Pre-camp Q/A via Zoom

  • TBD

Summer Camp: Topics (subject to minor changes)

  • Days 1 and 2: Cybersecurity concepts, Internet safety, ethics, laws, cryptography, password security
  • Day 3: Steganography, Google hacking, network scanning, and scripting,
  • Days 4 and 5: Blockchain, DeepFake, Minecraft programming, game building, and competition

Summer camp: daily schedule (tentative)

  • 8:30am-9:00am: Breakfast/check-in
  • 9:00am-12:30pm: Morning Sessions
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm: Lunch
  • 1:15pm-4:50pm: Afternoon Sessions
  • 4:50pm-5:00pm: Wrap-up/check-out
  • Morning/afternoon sessions: four 45-minute sessions with a 5-minute break between sessions. Each session consists of a short lecture and a group discussion or hands-on lab

Camp Safety

Camp safety is our highest priority. All camp activities will take place in one building on the UMKC Volker campus. All students are required to check-in and check out each camp day. Students are not allowed to leave the building without approval from the camp staff. The building and parking information will be provided once available.

The University of Missouri System requires that all camp staff, including the faculty, teachers, and graduate assistants, pass the background check and the training course for working with youth under age 18.

Post-camp events

Camp Staff

Dr. Dianxiang Xu

Dr. Dianxiang Xu

Program Director

Dr. Xu is a professor of computer science at UMKC. His areas of expertise include cybersecurity, software engineering, and data analytics. He has published more than 140 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, He has offered summer programs for high school teachers and students to gain research experiences in cybersecurity. .

Dr. Yugyung Lee

Dr. Yugyung Lee

Lead Instructor

Dr. Lee is a professor of computer science, associate department chair, and co-director of NSF IUCRC Center for Big Learning. Her research interests include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics. She has published over 130 refereed papers and led numerous projects funded by NSF, NIH, IBM, etc. She has won the N.T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity in 2016, the IBM Smarter Planet Faculty Innovation Award, and Google’s CS4HS Faculty Award in 2015. She has organized many STEM programs to provide access and opportunity for K-12 students and teachers. Examples include an AI workshop for 15 De La Salle high school students in 2019 and a one-week programming workshop for 20 high school students in 2013. Recently, she received the 2019 STEMMy Award by the Central Exchange Women in STEM initiative.

Dr. Farid Nait-Abdesselam

Dr. Farid Nait-Abdesselam

Co-Lead Instructor

Dr. Nait-Abdesselam is a professor of computer science and the lead of the Security and Optimization of X-Systems (SOXS) lab at UMKC. He had experiences working with high school teachers and students. He has given multiple seminars to high school students in STEM areas, such as "Fundamentals of Internet and its Services," "Hacking and Internet Security," and "From Mathematics to Algorithmics." He has served in multiple orientation forums for high school students, conferencing and discussing STEM fields as professional careers and highlighting job descriptions and opportunities.

Mrs. Carol Birnbaum

Mrs. Carol Birnbaum

K-12 Pedagogical Expert

Mrs. Birnbaum is a computer science teacher at Blue Valley West High School, KS. She has taught high school level Computer Science courses for ten years and middle school level computer classes for an additional nine years. She primarily teaches AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles. She also has experience teaching web design, video production, databases, and general computer skills. She earned a Master‘s Degree in Information and Learning Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

Mrs. Deanna Soukup

Mrs. Deanna Soukup

K-12 Pedagogical Expert

Deanna Soukup is a computer science teacher at Lee’s Summit West High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has been teaching STEM classes for 21 years, and she has taught high school Computer Science courses for the past 7 years, including PLTW Computer Science Essentials, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Computer Science A, and Computer Hardware and Operating Systems I and II. She sponsors the Lee’s Summit Girls Who Code club for all girls grades 3-12 in the Lee’s Summit School District, and she also sponsors the Lee’s Summit West Coding Club. She was recently recognized by the National Center for Women and Information Technology with the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award. She earned a Master‘s Degree in Instructional and Learning Technologies and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

Dr. Ye Wang


Dr. Wang is an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Communication Study at UMKC. Her research focuses on interactivity and engagement on websites and social media.