AU camp immerses kids in cyber, coding

AU camp immerses kids in cyber, coding

An annual camp at Augusta University exposes high school students to various aspects of cybersecurity and coding while also having fun during a week of activities.

Members of Team Liquid sat around a table Monday in a lab at Augusta University sorting through metal plates, gears and tiny bolts that will become an autonomous robot car that will hopefully pilot itself around a racetrack Friday. All of the three high school students have an interest in cybersecurity and ending up in a related career.

Carson Jennings, 15, a rising junior at Evans High School, offered a compelling reason why.

“Because it’s a booming industry and we’re in the perfect spot,” he said.

They were among 36 high school students attending the weeklong GenCyber camp at AU through the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences that also involves learning programming basics, cybersecurity and how to stay safe and legally use what they learn in the camp. The camp will expose many of the kids for the first time to things such as soldering and give them a chance to learn coding but also to have fun, said camp director John Krautheim, an assistant professor in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences.

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