Arming the Next Generation of GenCyber Knights

The GenCyber Knights program at Bellarmine University is the result of an increased focus on STEM Education for pre-service and in-service teachers in the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education (AFTSE) as well as strategic collaborations between AFTSE faculty and Department of Computer Science faculty. Bellarmine University collaborators include Drs. Jessica Ivy, Rob Kelley, Kevin Thomas, and Kristin Cook.

The GenCyber Knights Teacher Workshop is funded through a grant from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. In this non-residential workshop, middle and high school teachers will explore cyber security concepts, cyber citizenship principles and topics, and programming first as learners, then as teachers. In the workshop, teachers will develop cyber experiences for their classrooms.

Workshop Dates

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 GenCyber Knights Program will be offered virtually instead of on campus. The workshop will be June 15 – 19.  Forty teachers will be invited to attend. Participating teachers are expected to engage in synchronously in the workshop between 8:30 am and 4 pm daily, with scheduled breaks for lunch and independent exploration and work times.  

Minimum Technology Requirements

Teachers who are accepted for the GenCyber Teacher’s Camp will be required to have access to the following technology: 

  • a device with a microphone/camera (iPad, Chromebooks, desktop computer, laptop computer, etc.)
  • a reliable internet connection


The priority registration deadline is Friday, April 24. No previous experience with cyber or programming is required. Teachers of any content area can apply. Space is limited and participants will be notified of their acceptance status by May 1. Beyond the forty teachers invited to attend, any additional teachers will be placed on a wait list and notified of acceptance if space becomes available.

Stipend & Materials

All participating teachers will receive a stipend of $115 per full day attended ($575 total) and a bundle of classroom resources aligned with workshop activities (Sphero robots, Microbit bundles, and electronic access to materials used throughout the workshop.) The classroom materials will be mailed to the participants after the conclusion of the workshop.


Instruction will be facilitated primarily by Dr. Eric Wong and Mr. Pat Burton (Mercy Academy) and Dr. Rob Kelley (Computer Science, Bellarmine University).