All Courses – 2021

All Courses - 2021

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Interested in learning about cybersecurity?  This week-long summer course introduces students to cybersecurity and concludes with a national cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students.  The course is designed for students who have not previously participated in cybersecurity competitions and have not previously taken a cybersecurity course.  Some experience in computer science is helpful but not required.  The camp is based on the national CyberPatriot program. Topics will range from how and why to set passwords to setting security policies in both Windows and Unix.  By the conclusion of the course, you will be familiar with cybersecurity, be able to apply the concepts to both Windows and Unix operating systems, and will have the opportunity to test your skills against other beginning teams from around the country in a CyberPatriot competition.  

Questions? Contact Beth Cerrone (cerrone_elizabeth@svvsd.org) Details
  • -July 12-16, 2021 
  • - 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • - IN-PERSON 
  • - Open to middle and high school students
  • - No prior experience with cybersecurity or Cyberpatriot necessary
Cost - $150   - Maximum # of Students: 20
Advanced Cybersecurity

This week-long course is designed for high school students with cybersecurity experience.  Students who have taken a cybersecurity course or participated on a competitive cybersecurity team will be challenged to take their skills to the next level.  The course will challenge students to better understand cryptographic techniques, apply adversarial thinking to scenarios, identify and manage risk, and improve the cybersecurity of both traditional IT systems and the growing set of Internet of Things devices.  Participants will be practicing their skills using Capture the Flag activities.

Questions? Contact Randy Mills (rdmills@aurorak12.org) or Bill Heldman (Bill.Heldman@jeffco.k12.co.us) Details
  • -July 12-16, 2021
  • -9:00 am -3:30 pm
  • - IN-PERSON
  • - Open to only high school students
  • - Participants must have prior experience with Cybersecurity through the participation on a competitive CyberPatriot team, completion of a high cybersecurity course, or other documented experience in cybersecurity.
  • - Instruction by educators from Aurora Public Schools, Warren Tech, and St. Vrain Valley School District
Cost - $150   - Maximum # of Students: 20
Introduction to Machine Learning

According to jobs website LinkedIn, Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialist and Data Scientist are the top emerging jobs for 2020, and colleges are scrambling to add degree programs in these fields. What are AI, machine learning (ML), and data science? These are the ideas and algorithms that enable self-driving cars, and teach music apps like Pandora to predict what music you like.  Data scientists program computers to find patterns that humans themselves cannot find.  

The core techniques are based on statistics and computer programming. This class, taught by faculty and students from CU's Applied Mathematics and Computer Science departments (and part of CU's new Statistics and Data Science major), is a fast-paced introduction to statistics and ML algorithms, and involves hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, concluding with the development of a 20 Questions Game. Curriculum is geared toward advanced high school students, preferably with some prior experience programming.

Questions? Contact Dr. Stephen Becker (stephen.becker@colorado.edu, 303-492-0662)  Details
  • - July 13-17, 2021
  • - 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • - VIRTUAL
  • - Open to high school students
  • - Internet access and computer/chromebook required
  • - Participants should have prior experience with computer programming
Cost - $150   - Maximum # of Students: 20
Modeling Pandemics through Mathematics

How does the number of infections due to a contagious disease change over time?  Have you wanted to learn more about the R_0 “R naught” number you may have heard about on the news? This class introduces the famous SIR compartment model of Kermack and McKendrick. We will teach the basics of calculus and differential equations, and use Python to do programming. This will culminate in solving the SIR model via Python, and possibly investigating more complex models. This class is taught by CU students and faculty, and will include a talk and/or Q&A by CU professor David Bortz who is on the Colorado governor’s COVID-19 modeling team.

Questions? Contact Dr. Stephen Becker (stephen.becker@colorado.edu, 303-492-0662)

Details
  • - July 12-16, 2021
  • - 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • -.VIRTUAL
  • - Open to high school students from any Colorado school
  • - Participants should have prior experience with computer programming, as we will only spend one day going over programming in Python
  • - Participants should have taken Algebra 2.  Experience with pre-calculus and calculus is useful
Cost - $150   - Maximum # of Students: 20
Internet of Things with Micro:Bit

Our world is increasingly connected through all kinds of devices that connect and communicate with each other.  This is called the Internet of Things (IoT).  Participants will not only learn more about IoT, they will develop their own network of connected devices using the Micro:Bit, then they will code using either MakeCode or Micro-Python.  They will use various sensors and actuators to create a dynamic IoT project that interacts with its environment and other devices.  Some examples include bedroom burglar alarms or a smart garden.  Come be a creative problem solver with technology!

Questions? Contact Mai Vu (vu_mai@svvsd.org)

Details
  • - July 12-16, 2021
  • - 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • - IN-PERSON
  • - Open to middle school students from any Colorado school. 
  • - This class is geared towards students with some basic experience with either coding or robotics, but no expertise in either is required
Cost - $150   - Maximum # of Students: 20
Beep Beep, R2 - How Socially Assistive Robotics Improve our World.

Robots are magic. The opportunity for them to do useful things is large but has been limited to the world of roboticists. Now, with Misty II, students can learn how to unleash their potential by bringing the magic of social robots to life. 

Misty II provides a new world of opportunities with robots for business, personal, research and educational use. She has a lot of capabilities for students to explore: movement, speech, and even vision recognition. This camp will teach students the tools to start developing their own skills on the Misty II while learning about all the different ways social robots are being used in our society. 

Students will be able to code Misty either through Blockly, a block-based program, or text-based languages Python and Javascript. 

Questions? Contact Axel Reitzig (reitzig_axel@svvsd.org)

Details
  • - July 12-16, 2021
  • - 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • - IN-PERSON
  • - Open to middle and high school students from any Colorado school
  • - This class is geared towards students with some basic experience with either coding or robotics, but no expertise in either is required.
Cost - $150   - Maximum # of Students: 20