What is the CyberTech
CyberTech-ITEST is a strategic educational initiative based in the Computer Science & Information Systems Department at Kennesaw State University and is funded by the National Science Foundation under their Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. CyberTech is designed to attract under-represented students (African-American, Hispanic, women, 1st generation college students) as well as others into careers in the sciences, particularly computer science, and prepare them to succeed in a university degree program in the computing sciences.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge for the program. Those accepted will earn a full tuition-paid scholarship for CyberTech. The cost for CyberTech is underwritten by a major grant from The National Science Foundation and is sponsored by Georgia based corporations.
Who can apply for the
You must be a freshman, sophomore or junior student in a selected CyberTech school.
What are the requirements
for being selected?
We are looking for students who have good math skills and who would like to learn more about possible careers in technology. While we would like for our students to have GPA’s of 3.0 or higher we regularly accept students with lower GPA’s who show a strong interest. You must be able to get along with others, follow directions, be on-time and have a good attendance and discipline record. No previous high school classes are required to get into the program.
What is the procedure
for being accepted into the program?
First, talk to the counselor or teacher who is the CyberTech representative in your school. If you don’t know who that person is, check the CyberTech website, http://ct.kennesaw.edu and click on “How to Apply”. You will receive an application packet from that person. Set down with your parents or guardian and fill out the application packet material together.
After the material is completely filled out, take it back to school and turn it in to your CyberTech representative. At that time your application will be reviewed. If selected for an interview, the CyberTech representative from your school will schedule a time for you to meet with the CyberTech Director from Kennesaw State University for a brief interview. After the interview you and your parents will be notified by letter if you have been accepted into the program.
What programs and classes
are offered through the CyberTech program?
SummerTech and AP Computer Science. We’d prefer that you take AP Computer Science during your junior year if at all possible, but you may take it your senior year if necessary.
Is there homework?
Yes. There is limited amount of homework in SummerTech. Homework will be assigned as in any regular class for AP Computer Science.
If I'm accepted, what
There are a number of scenarios depending on your grade level, etc. You will be advised by your school’s CyberTech representative.
When does the SummerTech
program start in the summer of 2008?
The first day of SummerTech will be Monday, June 2, 2008. You will attend daily, Monday through Friday through June, 27, 2008. The SummerTech recognition program will be on Saturday, June 28, 2008 in the Convocation Center at KSU. MARK THESE DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW!
If I know I'm going
to miss time in SummerTech should I forget about applying?
Attendance in SummerTech is mandatory. We want you to be there everyday. We realize however that things occur, planned and unplanned. If you know there will be a conflict during the summer please bring it up during your interview and you can discuss it with the KSU representative.
In the meantime, go ahead and apply!
What classes will I
be taking during the program?
During the month of June you will be involved in the four week SummerTech program on the campus of Kennesaw State University. Bus transportation is provided from your high school to KSU and back to your high school. Visual Basic .NET, a professional programming language will be introduced. Visual Basic.NET will enable you to create exciting animations and develop your own computer/video games. This program also features speakers from major corporations, a campus tour, and other exciting opportunities. SummerTech is designed to prepare you to succeed in AP Computer Science.
AP Computer Science:
Immediately following your SummerTech experience you will be prepared to take and successfully complete the AP Computer Science course at your high school. Upon acceptance into SummerTech you are expected to enroll in AP Computer Science. AP Computer Science will be a team-taught on-line course delivered by faculty and staff from Kennesaw State University and facilitated by a teacher in your school.
Students successfully completing SummerTech and enrolling in AP Computer Science will be loaned a Dell “Retro” desktop for use during the AP Computer Science course.
Will my experience in
CyberTech be limited to interaction with students from my own school?
No. While in SummerTech, your class will consist of students from other schools as well as your own.
Which of these classes
provide me with high school credit?
AP Computer Science. In most cases AP Computer Science provides “quality” GPA points.
Is Joint Enrollment
available with KSU for AP Computer Science?
Yes it is, but you must meet certain criteria and have Joint Enrollment arranged the year before you plan to be involved. More information is available on the Kennesaw State University website, www.kennesaw.edu .
Is there a dress code?
If so, what is it? Why is there a dress code.
Yes there is a dress code anytime you’re on campus. The code is business casual. For males, dress shoes, khakis, and polo shirts. Shirts with ties are fine as well. For girls, slacks, modest length skirts, dress shoes, sweaters, blouses. No jeans, jean jackets, capri’s, tennis shoes, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, etc.
We feel that it’s extremely important to know what it feels like to be a young professional. This dress code provides you with the opportunity to know what it’s like to dress for success every day.
What about transportation
Transportation is provided from your school to Kennesaw State University and back to your school for SummerTech. AP Computer Science will take place at your school.
If I move or for some
other reason can't stay in the program is there any kind of penalty?
No. You simply won’t be able to continue in the program. If however you transfer to a high school that is involved in the CyberTech program you may continue to be in the program through that school.