Children of the CornCon, Spring K-12 STEM Camp—April 9



Children of the CornCon is returning for its 8th Annual ‘K-12 Youth Hacker Camp,’ on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Scott Community College Urban Campus, 101 West 3rd Street, Davenport.

Regularly drawing more than 100 participants, Children of the CornCon is coordinated by the Docent Institute in partnership with the Quad Cities Cybersecurity Alliance, IEEE Computer Society and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Information Technology programs.

The Saturday-only event is open to students, grades K-12, looking to learn all things STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It includes an assortment of fun activities like puzzles, games, contests and prizes, which introduces them to coding, electronics, cryptography, privacy and the ethical use of technology.

“Kids are great with technology,” said John Johnson, CornCon Co-Founder and Conference Chair. “When you understand technology and how it can be vulnerable, you have a responsibility to use that knowledge to promote safety, privacy and security, and defend against cybercriminals. We show kids the benefits of technology and the risks. Making and breaking, hacking and learning, while instilling an ethical framework for the creation and use of technology.”

New activities have also been added to the agenda, including a Beat Saber tournament and Cybersecurity: Capture the Flag competitions.

“We’re excited to add the Cybersecurity: Capture the Flag competitions for beginning and intermediate students,” said Roberta Osmers, EICC Associate Professor of Information Technology and Department Coordinator. “This competition normally takes place only during high school day at the full CornCon fall conference, so we welcome high school students to compete in the spring as well!”

You can register in advance online at or at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. A guardian must remain with their child at all times. The cost to attend is $10 per student and $5 per additional student, with no extra charge for guardians. Food, drinks and snacks will be provided for all camp attendees.

Scholarships are also available to cover registration costs. Email to get started.

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