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CyberDiscovery Information for Educators

Cyber Discovery is a professional development program for high school teachers. The culmination of the program is a residential, week-long camp experience for the teachers who, together with partner university faculty, guide a team of high school students who will begin their sophomore year in Fall 2014 from their high school through challenges involving engineering, computer science, English, history, mathematics, cryptography, and political science. The camp includes movies, lectures, hands-on tasks, and lab and writing assignments that address the history, ethical/social issues, applications, and the technology of security in cyberspace.

What commitments must the high school make? A high school application must indicate a leadership team consisting of:

  • an administrator (principal or other designated person) who will support and facilitate the team, 
  • a teacher who teaches one or more STEM subjects, and
  • a teacher who teaches one or more topics in arts and humanities.

The leadership team must commit to the participation of the teachers in professional development activities and conduct the recruitment of six students to participate in the camp. It is important that high schools selected to participate in the CyberDiscovery Camp commit to fielding a complete team and participating fully in the activities of the camp. A letter of commitment from the school principale or vice-principal is required as part of the application from each school.

How should we recruit students? CyberDiscovery Camp is targeting students who have demonstrated aptitude in the arts and humanities as well as students who have demonstrated aptitude in STEM subjects. Students must be starting their sophomore year in high school in the Fall of 2014. The high school leadership team can decide on the best recruitment and enrollment procedures of their high school. 

When will the high school leadership team be engaged in CyberDiscovery Camp activities? The two teachers on the leadership team must attend our two, day-long Saturday, professional development workshops (likely April 5 and May 17) at Portland State University. These two workshops will cover the material from the first two days of CyberDiscovery Camp to help teachers be prepared. Teachers must live in campus housing (Ondine Hall at PSU) and work with their students in all camp activities. Students from your high school will also be living in campus housing and the two teachers are responsible for chaperoning their students during the camp. 

Will teachers receive a stipend? Yes. All teachers selected to participate in the camp will receive a stipend for participation in the two professional development workshops and the week-long CyberDiscovery Camp.

Are continuing education or professional development credits available to teachers? We are working on finalizing the details of professional development credits. 

How to apply. We are no longer accepting applications for 2014. Please stay tuned for details about the 2015 camp.

Want more information? Sign up for our mailing list. We’ll keep you posted on dates and details. You can also email contactcyberdiscovery@cecs.pdx.edu if you have any questions.