April 3, 2018
Huntsville, Ala. – The U.S. Space & Rocket is holding its third U.S. Cyber Camp beta program this week, with 32 students from Madison, Mobile and Morgan county schools participating. This week’s program continues the camp’s development, with earlier beta tests taking place in July and November 2017.
On Tuesday, the Rocket Center and Dynetics held a joint news conference to announce Dynetics’ support of U.S. Cyber Camp. As the first founding partner, Dynetics is pledging $100,000 to support and grow the program as well as provide curriculum support, cyber expertise and speakers. The news conference took place in the NASA Educator Resource Center on the Rocket Center grounds.
Dynetics has signed on to support the program, citing the importance of building a base of future cyber security experts.
“Dynetics is proud to be a founding partner of the new U.S. Cyber Camp,” said David King, Dynetics’ chief executive officer. “Cybersecurity is a profession that is growing and changing every day. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center is making a pivotal move by educating our next generation in this field. We are looking forward to seeing this camp grow and thrive just like Space Camp.”
“The support of an industry leader such as Dynetics is critical to the development of U.S. Cyber Camp,” Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the Rocket Center. “We are proud to welcome Dynetics as our first industry partner in helping us stimulate young minds and inspire them to become a vital part of the cyber workforce.”
Dynetics’ support will help to refine the program to meet the goals set with Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement of a $10 million economic development grant to the Rocket Center in August 2017.
The state grant will enable the Rocket Center to expand its facilities for U.S. Cyber Camp as well as additional science exhibit space. The state support also allows the Rocket Center to seek matching funds and support to help with those efforts.
From the initial efforts in July 2017, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center team has worked with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Cyber Huntsville to develop and define how this program will look, building on the successful Space Camp model of leadership, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
About U.S. Space & Rocket Center
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is home to Space Camp® and Aviation Challenge®, the Apollo 16 capsule, the National Historic Landmark Saturn V rocket and world-class traveling exhibits. USSRC is the Official Visitor Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and a showcase for national defense technologies developed at the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal.
To learn more about the exciting programs and activities at the USSRC, go to www.rocketcenter.com.
Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific and IT solutions to the national security, cybersecurity, space and critical infrastructure sectors. Our portfolio features highly specialized technical services and a range of software and hardware products, including components, subsystems and complex end-to-end systems. The company of 1,500 employee/owners is based in Huntsville, Ala., and has offices throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.dynetics.com.