K-64 brings education, business, and government together to connect people of all ages with the skills needed to fill jobs and build careers in Catawba County.

K-64 recently partnered with AnitaB.org and Catawba Valley Community College’s Systems Security and Network Management Faculty to host two summer camps for rising 6th-8th graders in Catawba County.  The first was Coding Fun and the second Ethical Hacking. Each camp averaged 21 campers for the week and included lunch.

Coding Fun Camp offered an opportunity for middle school students to learn about programming Ozobots, designing web pages, and programming Drones in a fun atmosphere. Hands-on practice with writing simple programs and developing websites was the main focus for the week. Each camper left with their own Ozobot Bit and a basic understanding of programming and web design.

Ethical Hacking Camp provided students with hands-on experience completing labs that are designed for the industry certification of Certified Ethical Hacker. Participants learned how information networks function and then had an opportunity to implement and break security in hands-on labs. Students were required to sign a waiver prior to the start of the camp stating skills learned would not be used for illegal purposes. Campers created a Linux Virtual Machine which they took home on a thumb drive provided by our sponsor, AnitaB.org.

During both camps, students learned how to protect their privacy online and social media safety, including the types of cyberbullying and what to do if they experience it.

The camps would not have been possible without the support of AnitaB.org, who sponsored 100% of the cost of the camp including lunch, or Catawba Valley Community College’s talented Systems Security and Network Management Faculty. Thank you both from our K-64 Team for collaborating with us to help us introduce Catawba County students to careers in technology.

To learn more about what the campers learned and experienced each day of camp, check out our posts on Facebook July 12-20, 2019.