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PNW GenCyber Summer Camp: Game based Cybersecurity Education for High School Students

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2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference


Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania

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October 6, 2017

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October 6, 2017

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October 7, 2017

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Mid Atlantic Papers

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Diversity and Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference

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Ge Jin Purdue University Northwest

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Dr. Ge Jin is currently an associate professor in the Department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics at the Purdue University Northwest. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University, China, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Seoul National University, South Korea. He earned his Doctor of Science degree in Computer Science with a concentration in computer graphics from the George Washington University. His research spans the fields of computer graphics, virtual reality, computer animation, medical visualization, and educational game development.

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Michael Tu Purdue University Northwest

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Michael Tu, Ph.D. in Computer Science, associate professor of Computer Information Technology, Director of the Center of Excellence for Cyber Security and Infrastructure Protection, and the Point of Contact of the NSA/DHS Designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education at Purdue University Northwest.
Dr. Tu’s areas of expertise are information assurance, digital forensics, cybersecurity education, and cloud computing. His research has been supported by NSA and NSF and published over 40 peer reviewed papers in prestigious journals and peer reviewed conference proceedings. Dr. Tu has over 11 years of college teaching and research experiences in cybersecurity and digital forensics. Dr. Tu is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Pen Tester (CPT), Certified Hacking and Forensics Investigator (CHFI), & AccessData Computer Examiner (ACE).

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Tae-Hoon Kim Purdue University Northwest Orcid 16x16

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Justin David Heffron Purdue University Northwest

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Jonathan Kakahiaka White

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Cybersecurity is critical to the national infrastructure, government, military and industry. To defend the U.S. against the cyber threats, a significant demand for skilled cybersecurity workforce is predicted in government and industrial sectors. To address this issue, Purdue University Northwest has successfully launched four GenCyber summer camps for 181 high school students in Chicago metropolitan area to stimulate the high school students’ interest in the cybersecurity field and raise their awareness of cybersecurity and safe online behavior. PNW GenCyber summer camp activities were delivered in the format of game based learning and hands-on labs. The use of game-based learning in the camp was an excellent platform to teach concepts of cyber security principles. Game based learning provided an immersive, learner-centered experience to high school students, which has been proven to be very effective on cybersecurity awareness training and practical skill acquisition for learners from diverse backgrounds.

Jin, G., & Tu, M., & Kim, T., & Heffron, J. D., & White, J. K. (2017, October), PNW GenCyber Summer Camp: Game based Cybersecurity Education for High School Students Paper presented at 2017 Mid-Atlantic Section Fall Conference, Penn State University - Berks Campus - Reading, Pennsylvania.

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