Deadline to apply for the July camp is this Friday

Portland State University’s Department of Computer Science and Lincoln High School’s Coding Club are debuting the Portland CyberPatriot summer camp this July — and the deadline to apply is this Friday.

One of the organizers of the camp is Lake Oswego High School junior Zander Work, who says he got involved because of a cyber security internship at Portland University last summer. There he met Amelia Kawasaki, a Lincoln High sophomore and the daughter of Software Diligence Solutions CEO Charlie Kawasaki.

Work says he “built a professional relationship” with people including Kawasakis during the internship.

Work says this CyberPatriot camp is crucial for him and others because there is a dearth of computer science opportunities in the area — and it’s a growing field.

“The ability for students to learn about computer science and security is really going to be important in the future,” he says.

Charlie Kawasaki, whose business provides technical and professional staffing, says the idea for the camp came to him because there are few opportunities to learn more about cyber security, though there are some programming classes. He also discovered the vast array of young tech talent in the area who are hungry for more.

“I was blown away by the level of sophistication of these kids” at the internship last summer, Kawasaki says. “I’m not worried about making (the camp curriculum) accessible. Some of these kids were absolutely knock-your-socks-off bright with their understanding of computers.”

The core curriculum and program design for the camp is based on the Air Force Association CyberPatriot Camp Program, and the materials will be supplemented with industry-expert presentations such as a guest speaker from Lockheed Martin. Prerequisites for the camp include a demonstrated interest in computers, such as participation in programming classes or a hands-on computer camp.

The week-long camp will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22, at Lincoln High School, 1600 S.W. Salmon St., Portland.

The camp costs $150, and scholarships are available based on financial need. Lunches are provided.

The camp facility supports a maximum of 30 students. To apply, visit The deadline for applications is May 13.

By Jillian Daley
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