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Kid and Teen Academy

Spring 2021 Community Education Kid and Teen Academy Courses

All courses will be held online.

View a PDF of the Spring 2021 Course Book.

STEM Scholarship for Kids and Teen

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 students interested in attending 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. 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 students wishing to take STEM courses.

STEM Scholarships Application for Kids/Teens

 

Piano Lessons for Children and Teens

February 8 – May 7
By Appointment
No lessons the week of March 15
CRN# 10455
CFP 300-51 
Fee: $235
Instructor: Iida Nyman

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. Students must have a piano or keyboard at home. Register for Piano Lessons for Children and Teens.

 

Guitar Lessons for Kids

February 8 – May 7
By Appointment  
No lessons the week of March 15
CRN# 10456
CFP 305-01 
Fee: $275
Instructor: Paul Quigley

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 have their own guitars. Register for Guitar Lessons for Kids.

 

Voice Lessons for Children and Teens

February 8 – May 7
By Appointment
No lessons the week of March 15
CRN# 10457
CFP 306-51 
Fee: $235
Instructors: Michaela Lucas or Peter Waite

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. Register for Voice Lessons for Children and Teens.


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! 

Young Authors

SECTION #1:
Ages: 7-10 years
Saturdays, January 9 – February 13
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $159

SECTION #2: 
Ages: 11-14 years
Saturdays, January 9 – February 13
1-3 p.m.
Fee: $159

SECTION #3: 
Ages: 7-10 years
Mondays & Wednesdays, January 11 – February 3
4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $159

SECTION #4: 
Ages: 11-14 years
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 12 – February 4
4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $159

Instructor: Black Rocket

Children at this age have an unlimited supply of imagination and ideas. The goal is to show children just how much fun creative thinking can be if they let their imagination soar. Students will develop their own story from start to finish, ending with their own published soft cover book. Learn plot development, character creation, review literary techniques, and self-expression activities, including illustration, dialogue, and more. Typing support provided. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Young Authors.

 

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

SECTION #1: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Saturdays, January 23 – February 27
9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $109

SECTION #2: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Saturdays, January 23 – February 27
12-2 p.m.
Fee: $109

SECTION #3: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Mondays & Wednesdays, January 25 – February 22
4-5:30 p.m.
No class on February 15
Fee: $109

SECTION #4: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 26 – February 18
4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $109

Instructor: Black Rocket

Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting-edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, you will have your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. VR projects can be viewed on a website or a mobile device. Students do not need a mobile device to take the class, but to use the VR headset at home a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. Students will work in pairs or teams and VR Games 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 Virtual Reality: The Future is Now.

 

Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling

SECTION #1: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Mondays & Wednesdays, March 1 – March 24
4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $109

SECTION #2: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 2 – March 25
4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $109

Instructor: Black Rocket

Watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in this unique course that blends classic storytelling with animation techniques and coding. Start with a concept, design the characters, and choose not just one ending, but many! Learn how to create your own text-based adventure games with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS. Register for Code Your Own Adventure!

 

Roblox Makers

SECTION #1: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Saturdays, March 6 – April 10
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Fee: $109

SECTION #2: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Saturdays, March 6 – April 10
12-2 p.m.
Fee: $109

Instructor: Black Rocket

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.

 

YouTube FX Masters

SECTION #1: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Monday-Thursday, March 29 – April 1
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $109

SECTION #2:
Ages: 8-14 years
Monday-Thursday, April 5 – April 8
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $109

Instructor: Black Rocket

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.


Minecraft Modders 

SECTION #1: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Monday-Thursday, March 29 – April 1
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $109

SECTION #2: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Monday-Thursday, April 5 – April 8
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Fee: $109

SECTION #3: 
Ages: 8-14 years
Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 13 – May 6
4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $109

Instructor: Black Rocket

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.

 

ESports Apprentice: Streamers and Gamers

Ages: 8-14 years
Mondays & Wednesdays, April 12 – May 5
4-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $109
Instructor: Black Rocket

Whether you want to be the next pro gamer, streamer, or gamecaster this course will teach you the basics to get started! No longer just a hobby, eSports is the fastest-growing career for the next generation. Over 400 million people watched YouTube videos and Twitch streams of video game competitions this year alone! In this course, students will develop game-play skills and compete using Black Rocket’s eSports games and apps, learn how to produce commentary for live tournaments, use professional streaming software, and most importantly practice online safety. Student recordings will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class. A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for ESports Apprentice: Streamers and Games.