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Gencyber Camp at Texas School for the Deaf

GenCyber Bus Making stops across the nation, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Regional STEM Center (NRSC) STEM Bus traveled from the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Alabama, to Austin bringing deaf and hard of hearing students more opportunities to learn about cybersecurity, engineering, and computer science. High school students, ages 14-19, are in town from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas for a week of GenCyber cybersecurity camp at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD).

The camp is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency (NSA) through a GenCyber grant provided to The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s (UAH) Center for Cybersecurity Research and Education (CCRE). This is the third year UAH is offering cybersecurity camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf Regional STEM Center (NRSC) is a partnership between the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in New York. The NRSC helps provide STEM based instruction and strategies for students who are deaf or hard of hearing throughout the Southeast. The NRSC also has national initiatives in Cyber Security, Robotics, and Coding.

GenCyber Camp Director, Jesse Hairston, said, “It’s definitely an underserved area. Cybersecurity isn’t taught at a lot of different schools right now, so we’re trying to make that more abundant. We want to make sure the deaf and hard of hearing schools don’t get left out either.”

Students will explore potential careers in cybersecurity through hands-on experiences in programming, digital forensics, cryptography, networking, and online safety.


ABOUT THE NTID REGIONAL STEM CENTER (NRSC)

The NTID Regional STEM Center (NRSC) is a partnership between the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. The NRSC helps provide STEM based instruction and strategies for students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing throughout the Southeast. The NRSC also has national initiatives in Cyber Security, Robotics, and Coding. To learn more, visit: https://www.aidb.org

ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)

The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas.  With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/