Voorhees hosts its eSMART NNSA Consortium Cyber Security Camp


Voorhees hosts its eSMART NNSA Consortium Cyber Security Camp

June 23, 2015

Voorhees College is currently holding a 13-day Environmental Science, Mathematics and Related Technology (eSMART) overnight camp for local high school students to research math and science related to cyber security.
The overnight camp began on June 14 and will end June 27. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and is free to the 20 participants.

The purpose of the eSMART camp is to improve problem-solving skills, increase interest in science and math majors, learn about preventable computer-hacking measures and provide academic enrichment as it relates to cyber security. Program participants attend high schools in Charleston and Bamberg County and surrounding areas and  all the students have a 2.5 grade point average or higher.

“I like being a part of the program because I can use what I learn to protect my social media accounts from getting hacked,” said Kimani Perlote, 16-year-old junior from Barnwell High School.

The eSMART program has been around since 2010. There are academic classes in the morning, specifically in courses such as intro into cyber security, intro into computer science and introduction to the raspberry pi; speakers and workshops in the afternoon and enrichment activities in the evening.   Additionally, eSMART makes sure to include project planning and journal writing sessions daily. 

“Through participating in this program, it is our hope that students will continue their interest in these fields and possibly come to Voorhees to pursue these majors,” said Barbara Nimmons, eSMART program director. 

The camp ends with an official eSMART National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Consortium Cyber Security Science Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Massachusetts Hall on June 27. During this science fair, students will have a chance to display to their parents and the community their research projects that they have been working on throughout the duration of the camp.

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. 

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