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Cyber competition enriches UCA campus

Posted: July 1, 2014 - 12:51pm
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Homeland Security official, Robin “Montana” Williams visited UCA last week to instruct and empower students in a week-long robotic competition.

High school students from throughout Arkansas came to compete.

Branch Chief, Williams, National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness, Department of Homeland Security, visited UCA’s Cyber Discovery Camp, hosted by the College of Natural Science and Mathematics. The week-long residency camp provides students from across the state the opportunity to construct and operate robots and use cryptography to solve mysteries through treasure hunts, as well as liberal arts lessons and college life. The camp is funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security, which was originally implemented at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La.

“We are the third school in the nation to have this new program, and the first school that does not have developers of the program on its faculty,” said Dr. Stephen Addison, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “We are being aided by the originators of the program Louisiana Tech.”

Williams visited the UCA Cyber Discovery Camp on Friday and Saturday to observe student activities and student competitions. Six high schools took part in the camp.

Six students and two teachers from Calico Rock, Mount Vernon-Enola, Pottsville, Little Rock Central, Little Rock Parkview, and Pine Bluff are participating in the camp. UCA faculty Nancy Austin, Dr. Bernard Chen, Dr. Mark Mullenbach, Dr. Vamsi Paruchuri, Dr. Mary Sullivan, and Dr. William Slaton serve the camp as teachers.

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