McAllen, Texas – LEAP For STEM and FIRST RGV, INC. continue to grow its catalog of premiere science, technology, engineering and math offerings by creating a very unique and professional cybersecurity summer camp program for high school students in the Rio Grande Valley. Coding, programming and cybersecurity programs are a key part of education in 2018.

It is commonly known that cybersecurity, hacking and data breaches are at the forefront of concern for those in datasecurity around the world. Industry leaders all agree that there is an immediate need to have professional education in cybersecurity for those that have the interest.

LEAP For STEM / FIRST RGV, INC. is proud to have the professionals on staff to execute a precise program such as the AFA Cyberpatriot Camp. We plan to have a regular and advance camp in June, 2018.

REGULAR –  CyberCamp week is organized as follows:

  • Monday – MODULE 1: Introduction to the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, cybersecurity career opportunities, cyber ethics, online safety, how computers work, and cyber threats.
  • Tuesday – MODULE 2: Cybersecurity principles, virtual machines, basic Windows security policies and tools and account management. Students will follow along and work with the Windows 10 demonstration image.
  • Wednesday – MODULE 3: Windows file protections, auditing and monitoring, and introduction to Linux.
  • Thursday – MODULE 4: Ubuntu 16 terminology and concepts, basic graphcial user interface security, basic command line security, and intermediate Ubuntu security. Students will follow along and work with the Ubuntu 16 demonstration image.
  • Friday – MODULE 5: Mini-CyberPatriot Competition. Students will compete against their fellow campers on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16 competition images. ​​

ADVANCED CyberCamp week is organized as follows:

  • Windows 10 Module (Windows Graphical Utilities, Windows Command Line, optional Sysinternals Suite)
  • Ubuntu 16 Module (Init Systems, Advanced Command Line, Processes and Scheduled Tasks, optional Security Policies and PAM, optional Networking)
  • Cisco NetAcad Networking Modules 1-3
ADVANCED CyberCamp Schedule
  • Monday – Cyber Ethics Module, Windows 10 Module 
  • Tuesday – Windows 10 Module, Ubtunu 16
  • Wednesday – Ubuntu 16 Module ​
  • Thursday – Cisco Networking Modules 1-3 
  • Friday – Mini-CyberPatriot Competition. Students will compete against their fellow campers on Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16 advanced Competition images


    • Operating Systems64-Bit Windows 7or later.  Must be capable of running VMWare Workstation Player 12.5.7 or later.  Other operating systems such as Apple Mac Operating Systems and Linux Operating Systems may be used at the team’s own risk, but issues resulting from their use (e.g., image does not open, image locks up, score checks do not work, etc.), are not grounds for appeal or special consideration. Teams with Mac and other non-Windows operating systems should have at least one Windows computer that meets technical specifications for the competition.
    • CyberPatriot Competition System (CCS) Connection Test
      • Used to check network connections to the scoring server without using an image.
    • WinMD5
      • Used for verifying the checksum of the images to ensure that they have been fully downloaded
      • Install guide
    • 7-Zip
      • Used for unzipping the images after they have been downloaded
      • Install guide
    • VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7 or later for Windows
      • Used to play the images after they have been unzipped
      • How to open a virtual machine image
      • VMware Workstation Player 12.5.7 is free software that runs on 64-bit host operating system. The official version of VMware Workstation Player will be announced before the competition season because updates made by VMware may provide better compatibility. Earlier versions of VMware Player are available, but issues stemming from the use of these versions are not grounds for appeal.
    • Cisco Packet Tracer 7.1
      • Used for the Cisco Networking Challenge.
      • Free to use for registered teams
      • Downloaded from user account at​

Make plans to join us for both of our upcoming summer camps in 2018.  Registration will open in February and will fill up fast so please make sure to check back again in February to reserve your seat in these amazing summer camps. Camps include lunch, program t-shirt and class materials. Students are expected to bring compatible laptop meeting software / hardware requirements for the program.