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Jul 15

STEM Power, in collaboration with the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at UW-Platteville, is thrilled to present a unique opportunity for high school students aspiring to become the next generation of Cyber Security Specialists. Over an immersive experience, participants will dedicate approximately 30 hours in our state-of-the-art computer labs, learn the fundamentals about cybersecurity through instruction, games and hands on activities.

But it's not just about defending against hacking! Participants will also get a taste of college life by touring campus, residing in campus residence halls (residential option), and enjoying meals in our dining facilities. This comprehensive program is designed to inspire, educate, and provide a real-life glimpse into the college experience, all while fostering a passion for STEM fields.

Date: Monday, Jul. 15 - Friday, Jul. 19
Time: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
STEM Power! Cyber Defense

About Cyber Defense

Throughout the week, you will learn:

  • Key cybersecurity concepts through hands-on activities such as capture-the-flag games.
  • How hackers crack passwords and exploit vulnerabilities in various computer systems to steal valuable information.
  • Various cybersecurity defense strategies including how to protect yourself, your computers, and your network.

Open to students entering grades 9-12. 

  • There are no pre-requisite courses or experiences required for this workshop. If you can turn on a computer, you are ready for this workshop. Be prepared to invest time and energy as you learn how to code. You can expect to work collaboratively with others.
  • Participants may choose the residential option and stay in campus residence halls or the commuter option.

Daily Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of daily activities throughout the week.

  • 6:30–9 a.m. Morning routine and breakfast
  • 9–11:30 a.m. Morning workshop
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30–3:30 p.m. Afternoon workshop
  • 3:30–4:30 p.m. Supervised computer free time
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. Dinner
  • 5:30–7 p.m. Planned activities and events
  • 7–9:30 p.m. Supervised social, game and free time


Commuter: $100*

  • Daily drop-off time between 8:30–8:50 a.m. 
  • Daily pick-up time between 3–3:30 p.m. 
  • Lunch provided

Residential: $262*

  • Monday drop-off time between 7:30–8:30 a.m. (no breakfast provided first day)
  • Friday pick-up time between 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • Supervised as resident (with roommate) in an airconditioned residence hall on campus
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided (except no breakfast on Monday)
  • Evening programming/social activities provided (game systems and portable computing devices welcome)

*A $62 deposit is required at registration.

Registration closes on Monday, July 8.

Scholarships are available. For details, please contact Daniel Rhode, camp coordinator.

Cyber Defense is part of STEM Power, a program for high school students where they can experience science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at UW-Platteville through a variety of camps. Learn more about STEM Power.

Disability Statement

To request disability accommodations, contact Daniel Rhode at or 608.342.1651.