FULL - Roboscape Cybersecurity Camp

Camp is FULL for Summer 2024.
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Application is CLOSED for Summer 2024.
This is an INVITE-ONLY camp.
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Age Group: 11th - 12th


  • Residential: $1,000
  • Commuter: $600
  • Virtual:
  • Day Camp:

Category: 3-D Sessions


  • Jul 14 - 20

Residence Hall:

Scholarships: Yes, see details No

*IDEA camps are mission-driven camp sessions led by departments aiming to Increase Diversity, Equity, & Access in STEM majors and careers. These camps focus on support and empowerment of traditionally excluded populations in STEM including (but not limited to) the areas of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and ability. The absence of their talents is a detriment to the STEM fields. IDEA camps provide a safe environment to build a community of peers and mentors who empower one another to be confident in their exploration of STEM. All are welcome to apply.

Campers working in lab
2022 campers building robots

In this camp, students will:

  • Use networked robots and a visual programming language to learn about cybersecurity.
  • Reinforce programming concepts, such as control structures, variables, data types & functions, and write programs to control a robot.
  • Defend against cyberattacks from other robots on our network.
  • Learn about authentication and encryption as you make your robot less vulnerable.
  • Participate in robotics challenges.


  • A laptop is recommended for this camp.
  • Basic coding experience is recommended for this camp.

This camp is a collaboration of the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering program, the Office for Math, Science, and Technology Education, the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute, the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium, and the Information Trust Institute’s Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program.



Jana Sebestik is the Interim Director of the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has coordinated education and outreach for several projects including the NSF-funded GIC Hazard Prediction: From the Solar Wind to Power Systems Impacts Project and the DOE/DHS funded Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC). She helps engineers and research scientists connect their work to educators, consumers, and students. She is the author of curriculum modules in computer science, mathematics, and science.‚Äč

Michael McKelvey is the Coordinator of Engagement Technology and New Media at the Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has a particular interest in outreach and engagement work, especially when it involves helping researchers and educators communicate about math, science, and sustainability through web-based games, curriculum materials, and citizen-science initiatives. He has collaborated with researchers to develop a number of math and science educational activities, including BeeSpotter, a community-scientist site where members of the public can help track bee demographics across several states in the Midwest, DarkSky Investigations, an escape room inspired puzzle adventure to promote learning about electricity and cybersecurity, and Food Flows, a visualization system to map food flows between counties in the United States.

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