The Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Maryland, College Park, and North Carolina State University is pleased to offer a Cybersecurity Summer Academy experience at both institutions.



SECURE IT is a one-week-long, non-residential Cybersecurity summer academy held at the University of Maryland-College Park, and at North Carolina State University. The camp will be offered to rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students will Master the Realm of Cybersecurity: In an age where digital threats abound, become a defender of the virtual realm. Learn the strategies and techniques to defeat cyber attacks, secure networks, and protect sensitive data. Delve into ethical hacking, encryption, and cybersecurity careers.


We are proud to present our SECURE IT Cybersecurity workshops series for middle schoolers to learn to think like a cyber detective and employ design thinking to protect the things that they interact with daily (smart technologies, wearables, internet sites). During this workshop, students will use creative problem-solving to design, code, and protect various systems designed to help people across many fields. 


SECURE IT Cybersecurity workshops are free private workshops hosted in person for rising 6th,7th, and 8th graders. Each student will attend once a month during the school year, and will present their project at Maryland Day this April 2024! Register for Fall 2023 workshops here:

Typical Camp Day

  • 9:00-12:00 pm Classroom Instruction
    12:15-1:15 pm Lunch
    1:30-3:45 pm Classroom Instruction
    3:45-4:00 pm Dismissal

*Field trips and guest speakers are scheduled during Classroom Instruction time blocks.

Typical Workshop Day

12:00 pm-2:00 pm Classroom Instruction
*Students will work on their projects during Classroom Instruction time blocks*

Cybersecurity Education

  • K-12 Cybersecurity education curriculum instruction by current UMD undergrad or graduate students
  • Guest Speakers by UMD professors and cybersecurity industry professionals
  • Field trip to cybersecurity industry leaders where students are introduced to people, topics, and career opportunities while exploring the facility

Personal Growth

  • Small group presentations with peers
  • Sharpen cyber skills and interactions with day-to-day technology
  • Social activities with peers

Hands-on Experience

  • Small-group research projects led by current undergraduate or graduate students; projects are security focused
  • Group presentations showcasing work at the end of the program

Applications for Summer 2024 will open January 2024!

Target Participants: Rising 6th - 8th Graders

  • Date: TBA
  • Cost: $450
  • Applicant must be able to attend the full week.
  • Applicant must be a rising 6th, 7th, or 8th grader.
  • Applicant will be required to submit family and student information.
  • Financial Assistance is available for those with displayed need by completing our Scholarship Application.
  • Must submit academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are welcome for application review).
  • Email addresses must be provided for teacher recommendation section of the application, this is required.


Dates & Links

Program Date and Quick Info

Dates: TBD 

1-week nonresidential program experience

Target Student: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (focus on the DC, MD, and VA areas)


2024 I4C Summer Academy applications will be live in January!


Scholarship Applications for Summer 2024 will open in February 2024

Need-based scholarships are available for eligible students living in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland


2023-2024 Fall Cybersecurity Workshops are live now!

Register for workshops here:

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2024 I4C Summer Academy applications are live in January 2024!


2023-2024 Cybersecurity Workshops are live now!

Register for workshops here: