Summer Camps

USF K-12 Summer Camps

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K-12 Summer Camps through the University of South Florida provide parents and students with ongoing education and support when school isn’t in session. Our programs offer an ideal way for students to practice skills – and gain new ones – in an engaging and supportive environment that will help foster a love of learning.

Students who participate in our USF summer camp programs join a supportive and collaborative environment that allows them to develop their skills, discover new passions, and explore future career paths. Courses are led by dedicated instructors who have experience working with K-12 students.

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USF Summer K-8 Math Camp

Stop the summer slide. The USF Summer K-8 Math Camp will minimize learning loss and help students get ahead for the next grade. In this engaging and interactive course, students in kindergarten through grade 8 will review key concepts from the previous grade and prepare for the coming school year by exploring fun, relevant math topics.

Each summer math camp course is taught by a dedicated instructor who has experience working with elementary school students. Courses are divided by grade level (grades 1-8), and parents can select the appropriate one for their student. Each course consists of 12 50-minute sessions delivered in a live online format.

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C.A.G.E. Virtual CyberCamp

USF’s C.A.G.E. Virtual CyberCamp offers campers in grades 3-5 an exciting, interactive experience problem solving through hands-on learning with various technologies. Campers work up the ranks as secret agent recruits for the Cybersecurity Agency for Global Engagement (C.A.G.E.) by solving puzzles, taking virtual tours, and gathering information to expose a mole within the organization!

This immersive, high-energy simulation will give campers knowledge in foundational computing concepts, including skills associated with cybersecurity, computing architecture, and coding. In addition to the program’s curriculum, campers will develop knowledge and skills that can be applied to their own interactions within the digital world.

C.A.G.E. Virtual CyberCamp will be held completely online. To enroll, all students need is a computer, an internet connection and a secret agent mentality to immerse themselves in the world of C.A.G.E. Campers will receive a packet with all the necessary materials for the week, including an ID badge, a secret message pen, a C.A.G.E. t-shirt and much more. This camp is the same each week and we do not recommend enrolling one camper in more than one week of C.A.G.E. Virtual CyberCamp.

Format: Virtual, asynchronous

Recommended Grades: 3rd - 5th grade

Times: Campers can work on their own time throughout the week. Each day, a new section will appear. Counselors will be live and available to help between 9am - 3pm EST.

Requirements: Computer and internet connection.

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USF Middle School CyberCamp

The USF Middle School CyberCamp, held in-person at the University of South Florida Tampa campus, will give campers (grades 6 - 8) the opportunity to explore basic to intermediate cybersecurity concepts through interactive hands-on experiences.

Activities will be differentiated to match each individual campers' need. The curriculum will provide campers the opportunity to learn through a series of fun and immersive challenges while interacting and competing with other campers. Lessons throughout the week focus on various cybersecurity concepts including cryptography, web exploration, forensics, and social engineering interwoven with basic internet safety and ethics. Please see additional information below:

Format: Face-to-face

Location: USF Tampa Campus (Additional information provided in camp welcome email)

Recommended Grades: 6th - 8th grade

Requirements: Computer and internet connection. 

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USF High School CyberCamp

The USF High School CyberCamp encourages high school students (grades 9-12) from across the Tampa Bay area to pursue careers in the rapidly growing cybersecurity industry. The week-long program helps students learn what being an ethical hacker is all about.

Supported by local cybersecurity student groups and industry leaders, USF High School CyberCamp participants explore cybersecurity careers while networking with industry professionals within the Tampa-area cybersecurity community. Course curriculum is supported by Florida CyberHub resources and lesson plans from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Campers will work through hands-on cybersecurity exercises with experts virtually, engage with lectures from industry and community leaders, and network with cybersecurity students and professionals during this five-day camp.

The USF High School CyberCamp is being offered in two formats this year, virtual and in-person, to expand reach and to provide options suitable for all families. The in-person option will provide campers a conference-like experience where they will have the opportunity to select sessions presented by various experts and teachers, participate in hands-on activities, and network with peers and industry professionals. The virtual option will be similar to a virtual conference where campers will be given the opportunity to view and interact virtually with various presentations, participate in virtual experiences, and network through chat platforms. Both formats will run simultaneously and campers will be able to all interact regardless of the chosen format.

Format: Virtual, synchronous OR In-person depending on selection

Recommended Grades: 9th - 12th grade

Dates: July 25th, 2022 - July 29th, 2022

Times: 9am - 4pm EST

Requirements: Computer and internet connection needed for virtual format

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CodeBreakHERs

CodeBreakHERs is a cybersecurity Summer camp for young girls grade 8-12. Through hands-on activities, participants learn the fundamentals about internet security, hardware security, coding theory, and cryptography. Campers participate in fun activities to illustrate these concepts, such as deactivation of signal to intercept drones, QR 

codes with Legos, Cryptography with Rubrix Cubes, and our final escape room challenge! During the week, campers receive the visit of real-life CodeBreakHERS such as a former NSA cryptographers, an Air Force commander and NSF faculty.

Students will learn foundational cybersecurity concepts that will prepare them for future study and a career in this high-demand field:

  • Hardware security
  • Internet security
  • Information encoding and error correcting codes
  • Cryptography and blockchain

Students will also use the new concepts learned to participate in Capture the Flag Competitions (CTFs). During these challenges, teams of students will solve problems related to some of the concepts learned.

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Everyone Can Code

When you learn to code, you’re not only learning the language of technology — you’re learning new ways to think and bring your ideas to life. The USF Everyone Can Code summer camp helps campers identify code in their everyday lives and teaches the basic principles of coding using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds. 

Campers will have the opportunity to LEARN coding basics, PRACTICE their skills through various puzzles and activities, APPLY what they have learned as they create with code, and CONNECT the experiences from camp to the real-world through problem solving and critical thinking. At the end of the week, campers will even design and prototype their own app using the skills they have learned. 

USF Everyone Can Code is intended to not only introduce coding concepts, but to also inspire young learners to think about how code might apply to their own futures. This camp is intended for BEGINNERS with little to no experience in coding.

Times: 9am - 4pm EST

Recommended Camper Age: Grades 4 - 6 (Ages 9 - 12)

Requirements:  iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later installed, Swift Playground free app installed (Required for virtual camp ONLY)

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