Voorhees hosted its CECOR Cyber Security Camp


Voorhees hosted its CECOR Cyber Security Camp

July 12, 2017

Voorhees College recently hosted local middle and high school students at the Consortium Enabling Cybersecurity Opportunities and Research (CECOR) Cyber Security Camp (CYBERPI).

The two-week overnight camp was designed for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) fields to research math and science related to cyber security.

The CECOR CYBERPI is a summer training academy that aims to improve problem-solving skills, increase interest in STEM majors, learn about preventable computer-hacking measures and provide academic enrichment as it relates to cyber security.

The first week was attended by high school students who worked in collaborative teams learning about computer programming and coding, using situations to create computer games and programming with Lego raspberry pi, a mini computer programming device. In addition, learned computer safety techniques to prevent hacking and safe internet use.

“This was my first experience involving a STEM related camp and I learned so much about cyber security and how important it is to stop hackers from invading people’s private information. I have now grown a new interest for cyber security and Voorhees provided an enriching experience,” said Daybreoana Robinson, Denmark Olar High School rising junior.

The last week of the program featured for the first time middle school students. The students worked on independent final projects handling drones, remote piloted cameras used as spyware within cyber security, scratch computer programming, and installing raspberry pi to program staged scenarios.

Jaylun Parker, rising freshman at Blackville Hilda High School, said that he gained STEM knowledge and would like to major in computer science when he gets to college. “I enjoyed working with the drones and meeting new people learning about programming and coding,” Parker said.

Each session concluded with an official Consortium Cyber Security Science Fair. During this science fair, students had the opportunity to display to their parents and the community their research projects that they worked on throughout the camp.

“This has been an educational journey for the students, interns, and staff and in the end the students proved they obtained academic enrichment within the STEM field. I believe that many students now will consider pursuing STEM majors and some enrolling in Voorhees College,” said Barbara Nimmons, CECOR STEMP camp director.

Emergency management, environmental science and cyber security are currently the top three highest paying jobs according to Nimmons. Currently, Voorhees offers programs in each area and is the only HBCU in the state of South Carolina to offer emergency management as a major.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or atmfreeman@voorhees.edu.