Georgia Junior Hackers

When you think of a hacker do you imagine a masked man in a black hoodie? Well, since the 1990s ethical hacking has been a popular and viable career for many creatives and coders alike. If you love tablets, smartphones, gaming devices, and computers, this camp might just channel that passion into a digital career you didn’t even know existed. You’ll get a blast out of creating technology instead of just using it! In this virtual camp, you will learn the basics of hardware and software hacking from cryptography and security to basic electronics and Arduino functions. We will take a look at several different hacking techniques and foundations while also taking an in-depth look at the history and appeal of ethical hacking as well as learning the foundations of Arduino, a powerful device perfect for digital projects. By the end of this course, you will be well on your way to becoming a white hat hacker and boasting an Arduino project to be proud of.

Ages: 11-14

Course Date Info:

Online camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day


Camp - $400

This course is appropriate for both beginners and students with some previous coding experience. Students must have access to an Arduino for this camp. See the section below titled “What you need for camp” for further details.


Kylie Anderson is going into her fourth year at UGA with a double major in Computer Science and Sculpture along with the sustainability certificate. She has been mentoring and leading robotics teams for four years. Her academic interests include agro robotics, kinetic sculpture, and machine learning. This is Kylie’s second year as a Summer Academy instructor.

Clay McElheny is from Byron, Georgia. He earned his B.A. from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, his M.A.T. from Georgia College and State University, and EdS in Science Education from the University of Georgia. He currently teaches at North Oconee High School where he runs the Engineering pathway. He believes in hands-on learning as well as community-based projects. He loves spending time with his wife Mariharden and two daughters Mariclay and Luciella. This is Clay’s first year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

For this camp you will need to purchase an Arduino Starter Kit; it can be purchased on Amazon, Arduino, or several other places. This link is to the Arduino website:

Before camp, you will also need to download the Arduino IDE here (not the web editor): We will share more about this software in your pre-camp e-mail.

Our staff takes great care to provide everything your child needs for their camp’s specific needs. Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent four weeks before your camp.