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INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:
Misty Benjamin, 208-351-9900, misty.benjamin@inl.gov
Tabrie Cook, 208-360-6004, tabrie.cook@inl.gov

Students demonstrate their cyber skills

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Join us as students showcase their ability to “hack it” after taking part in the Cybercore Summer Camp. Idaho National Laboratory, in partnership with Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation, is hosting a three-day camp to introduce teenagers to the world of cybersecurity.

What:      Student robot demonstration

Where:   Center for Higher Education (CHE 1770) building, 1784 Science Center Drive, Idaho Falls, Idaho

When:     Thursday, July 20, 2 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, as the camp concludes, students will assemble and code their own robots. Their newly acquired programming skills will be put to a test through a series of tasks, and the team with the triumphant robot will win a prize.

Throughout the course of the camp, National & Homeland Security (N&HS) instructors are providing students with hands-on experience using various ethical hacking techniques and methods to better understand and improve security applications.

“These future innovators may someday protect our nation’s most critical infrastructure,” said Zachary Tudor, INL’s associate laboratory director for N&HS. “Learning side by side with nationally recognized cybersecurity professionals offers them a unique opportunity and perspective on cybersecurity.”

The participants are high school students with an interest in computer programming and cybersecurity, experience with computer programming (any language), and an enthusiasm for solving complex problems. This week, they learned about cybersecurity practices and real-life situations where professionals worked to thwart cyberattacks.

“This camp isn’t just a summer camp. It is preparing students to transform an interest into what could become a lifelong, passionate career,” said Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “I view these students as key to growing and developing a rich talent pipeline in our own backyard.”

The Cybercore Summer Camp is a first-of-its-kind activity offered by INL. The lab is committed to inspiring the researchers, scientists, technicians and engineers of the future through outreach opportunities to help them discover their passion.

INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.

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