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TALK launches cyber camps; free to students in West Louisville

LOUISVILLE (May 10, 2017) – The Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky will launch its cyber camps program at no cost to participating middle and high school youth in West Louisville this summer with funding provided by United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS).

The summer program will have 4 week-long sessions that will explore robotics, programming, and electricity with a hands-on robot build of boe-bots. Sessions will be led by high school teachers and college leaders with interests in math and science who will be pre-trained by NICERC, the Cyber Innovation Center who has developed extensive cybersecurity curricula soon to be implemented statewide in Kentucky.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) defines over 30 specialty areas and 50 work roles that comprise cybersecurity work and provides a description of each on its website for those researching this field. (http://csrc.nist.gov/nice/workforce.html) There are more than 2,115 open jobs in the state at this time from all types of employers needing this career specialization. Earlier this year, Kentucky became the second state in the U.S. to adopt the federal cyber engineering pathway curricula designed by NICERC for 9-12th graders for use in its school districts.

“We need to educate the next generations about the importance of these career paths, and these cyber camp programs step up the conversation in our region,” said Dawn Marie Yankeelov, Executive Director of the Technology Association of Kentucky, and President of Aspectx, a communications firm.

Both Louisville Central Community Center and the Neighborhood House work with underprivileged youth and encourage career development that speaks to the future of workforce needs.

Confirmed Cyber Camp dates include the weeks of: June 12, at the Neighborhood House; June 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at LCCC; July 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at LCCC; July 24 at Neighborhood House. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Target Audience: Interested Middle and High Schoolers; 25 students per class. This is a rolling robot project with a BASIC Stamp 2 microcontroller brain. Students will learn to: write BASIC programs; build a robot; wire up circuits and make the robot do a number of activities.

To register a Louisville student in middle or high school in this program, contact either Deborah Grant at Lou. Central Community Center at 1300 W. Muhammed Ali Blvd., 502.583.8823 ([email protected]), or Julie Anderson at the Neighborhood House at 201 N. 25th Street, 502-774-2322, Ext. 232 ([email protected]). Lunch is included.