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WFD&CE Kid and Teen Academy

Fall 2021 Community Education Kid and Teen Courses

All in-person students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a face mask when on campus. Read the full COVID-19 response, which further details this information.

View the Fall 2021 Community Education Course Book as a PDF.

STEM Scholarship for Economically Disadvantaged Kids/Teens

This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholarship was established in 2017 by SIM (Society for Information Management) Albany. As part of its efforts to give back to the local community, SIM looks for opportunities to collaborate and work with academic institutions and non-profit organizations that promote STEM through their programs. The STEM scholarship will be awarded to economically disadvantaged students interested in attending STEM classes through the SUNY Schenectady Workforce Development and Community Education’s Kid and Teen Academy. The intention of the scholarship is to make it possible for economically disadvantaged students to take STEM classes by funding some or all of the cost of a class. The number of awards and award amount may vary based on the number of applicants and the type of class. Look for the STEM icon to identify STEM offerings. If you are interested in applying for the STEM scholarship for your child, please contact Maria C. Kotary at 518-595-1101, ext. 4 or kotarymc@sunysccc.edu with any questions or concerns. This scholarship is only for economically disadvantaged students wishing to take STEM courses.

STEM Scholarship Application for Kids/Teens

Beginner Ukulele

Saturdays, September 11 – October 16
9:30-10:30 a.m.
CRN# 90422
CFP 608-51
Fee: $155

Students, ages 10 and older, of all skill levels are welcome. Bring your uke and your love of music and creativity to learn ukulele, the most accessible of fretted instruments. By learning the basics of rhythm, chords, and melody on the uke, you will quickly have fun and be able to put together these building blocks to create your own sound. We will learn songs from many eras of the American Songbook to apply the techniques. Handouts provided and a recording device is recommended. Students must bring their own ukuleles. 

 

Piano Lessons for Children and Teens

September 13 – December 3
By Appointment
CRN# 90387
CFP 300-51 
Fee: $235

This course, designed especially for beginners ages 6-16, will include fundamental instruction in note reading, rhythm recognition, proper hand position, and chords. Instruction will consist of ten (10), half-hour individual lessons. 


Guitar Lessons for Kids

September 13 – December 3
By Appointment
CRN# 90418
CFP 305-01  
Fee: $275

This course, designed especially for beginners ages 6-16, will include fundamental instruction in reading notes, strumming chords to songs, and technical development. Instruction will consist of ten (10), half-hour individual lessons. Students must bring their own guitars.

 

Voice Lessons for Children and Teens

September 13 – December 3
By Appointment
CRN# 90419
CFP 306-51 
Fee: $235

Students will learn proper singing technique and vocal independence through solo work. Students should be 6-16 years of age. Instruction will consist of ten (10), half-hour individual lessons. 

 

Modern/Contemporary Dance for Teens and Adults

Wednesdays, September 15 – November 17
7-8 p.m.
CRN# 90535 
CFP 742-51   
Fee: $100

Weekly class will move from stretching thru a blended style incorporating elements of: classical ballet, classical modern dance (Horton, Lemon, Graham…) with a healthy dose of post-modern dance (generally a mix of theater and dance) and jazz; think earth bound ballet with some leaps and some moves lying on the ground. Please wear stretchy clothing, have long hair pulled up in a ponytail, and be prepared to dance in socks or bare foot.


SUNY Schenectady Courses with Black Rocket

SUNY Schenectady has partnered with Black Rocket to deliver high-quality and fun online tech education to students ages 8-14 years. Students can choose from any of the great cutting-edge courses in coding, game design, eSports, virtual reality and more. Jump-start your future in creative tech with SUNY Schenectady and Black Rocket!

 

Coding Academy

Section #1 (STEM)

Mondays and Wednesdays, September 20 – October 13
4-5:30 p.m.
Ages 8-14 years
Fee: $169 

Section #2 (STEM)

Mondays and Wednesdays, September 20 – October 13
6:30-8 p.m.
Ages 8-14 years 
Fee: $169 

Section #3 (STEM)

Saturdays, September 18 – October 23
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Ages 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Calling all future coders, programmers, and designers! Explore a series of coding languages like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python through introductory projects and design challenges. Get started on your coding journey and become the next coding prodigy. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome. $10 license fee per student with this class. Register for Coding Academy. Scroll to find your course.

 

YouTube FX Masters 

Section #1(STEM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 21 – October 14
4-5:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years 
Fee: $169

Section #2 (STEM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 21 – October 14
6:30-8 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years 
Fee: $169

Section #3 (STEM)

Saturdays, September 18 – October 23
12-2 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Explore the variety of content and personalities that exist on YouTube and how to find your own niche. Learn the dos and don’ts of the platform and how to practice good digital citizenship. Develop your on-camera presence, your own channel branding, and professional editing skills. Take home a plan for launching your own channel with the content created in class. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for YouTube FX Masters. Scroll to find your course.


Mincraft Modders 

Section #1 (STEM)

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 25 – November 17
4-5:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years 
Fee: $169

Section #2 (STEM)

Mondays and Wednesdays, October 25 – November 17
6:30-8 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Section #3 (STEM)

Saturdays, October 30 – December 4
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Ages: 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Students must purchase Minecraft Java Edition. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Minecraft Modders. Scroll to find your course.

 

Roblox Makers

Section #1 (STEM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 26 – November 18
4-5:30 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Section #2 (STEM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 26 – November 18
6:30-8 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Section #3 (STEM)

Saturdays, October 30 – December 4
12-2 p.m.
Ages: 8-14 years
Fee: $169


Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX® developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design. Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Roblox Makers. Scroll to find your course.


YouTube Content Creators

Section #1 (STEM)

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 29 – December 22
4-5:30 p.m.
Ages 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Section #2 (STEM)

Mondays and Wednesdays, November 29 – December 22
6:30-8 p.m.
Ages 8-14 years 
Fee: $169

Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Whether you are 6 or 60, it’s time to start a career as the next YouTube star. Explore the variety of content and personalities that exist on YouTube and how to find your own niche. Learn the Dos and Don’ts of the platform and how to practice good digital citizenship. Develop your on-camera presence, your own channel branding, and professional editing skills. Take home a plan for launching your own channel with the content created in class! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for YouTube Content Creators. Scroll to find your course.

 

Minecraft Redstone Engineers

Section #1 (STEM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 30 – December 23
4-5:30 p.m.
Ages 8-14 years 
Fee: $169

Section #2 (STEM)

Tuesdays and Thursdays,  November 30 – December 23
6:30-8 p.m.
Ages 8-14 years
Fee: $169

Take the next step beyond simply “playing” Minecraft and become a true Redstone engineer. Expand your Redstone knowledge by constructing your own carnival with a variety of mini-games, roller coasters, and attractions powered by Redstone. Learn how to use Command and Structure blocks to incorporate them into your builds. Activate your skills and take your Minecraft structures to the next level! Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students must purchase Minecraft Java Edition. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Minecraft Redstone Engineers. Scroll to find your course.


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