Programs

CodeBreakHERS

CodebreakHERS

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TYPE

  • Non Credit
  • Commuter Only

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Rising 9-12th grade female high school students
  • Designed for girls with an interest in computer science, cryptography and cybersecurity

AFFILIATES

  • Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC)
  • USF Computer Science Department

OVERVIEW

Code BreakHERs is a cybersecurity summer camp for rising 9-12th grade female students with an interest in computer science and cybersecurity. Students will participate in a range of activity pertaining to cybersecurity. The camp will be run with the help of the Whitehatters Computer Security Club (WCSC) to provide an opportunity for participants to work with current computer science students on activities. The camp is organized in collaboration with Attila Yavuz who is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department.

The instruction will be mostly hands-on with multiple challenges where students will compete in teams to solve concrete cybersecurity problems including activities in blockchain security, mining of cryptocurrency and authentication, and Unix-based computing.

Participants also will explore potential careers in cybersecurity. Participants will have opportunities to engage with current USF faculty, students and industry experts to learn about opportunities and pathways into computer science and cybersecurity careers.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Students will learn operating with Unix-based computers.
  • Students will learn basic cryptographic functions such as encryption, decryption, signature and hashing.
  • Students will learn basics of blockchaining and cryptocurrencies.
  • Students will learn about authentication and remote connection to servers.