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 High School Teacher Workshop is funded through a grant from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. In this non-residential workshop, 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

Two weeks of workshops will be offered: June 17 - 21 and June 24 - 28 at Bellarmine University. Twenty teachers will be invited to attend each week.


The priority registration deadline is Friday, April 26. 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 twenty teachers invited to attend each week, any additional teachers will be placed on a wait list and notified of acceptance if space becomes available.


All participating teachers will receive a stipend of $100 per full day attended ($500 total) and a bundle of classroom resources aligned with workshop activities (Sphero robots, Microbit bundles, classroom texts, and electronic access to materials used throughout the workshop.)


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