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WFD&CE Kid and Teen Academy

Summer 2021 Community Education Kid and Teen Courses

All courses are offered online. For those courses that have them, supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus.

View a PDF of the Summer 2021 Course Book.
 

STEM Scholarship for Kids/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 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 "(STEM)" 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.

STEM Scholarship Application for Kids/Teans

 

Piano Lessons for Children and Teens

June 7 – August 13
By Appointment
CRN# 60941
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. Students must have a piano or keyboard at home. Register for Piano Lessons for Children and Teens.

 

Guitar Lessons for Kids

June 7 – August 13
By Appointment  
CRN# 60942
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 have their own guitars. Register for Guitar Lessons for Children and Teens.

 

Voice Lessons for Children and Teens

June 7 – August 13
By Appointment
CRN# 61394
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. Register for Voice Lessons for Children and Teens.

 

Modern/Contemporary Dance for Teens and Adults

Wednesdays, June 23 – August 25
7-8 p.m.
CRN# 61323  
CFP 742-51
Fee: $120

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 pony tail and be prepared to dance in socks or bare foot. Register for Modern/Contemporary Dance.

 

CSI: Forensic Science

SECTION #1 (STEM)
Monday-Friday, July 5 – July 9
1- 4 p.m. 
CRN# 61161
CFP 347-01 
Fee: $155

SECTION #2 (STEM)
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
1- 4 p.m. 
CRN# 61391
CFP 347-02 
Fee: $155

Students, ages 10-14, will learn to become crime scene investigators during actual crime scene setups. Students will learn how law enforcement professionals solve crimes and meet real professional Crime Scene Investigators. Students will use the tools used in the field to collect evidence and learn how a crime is actually solved. They will discover how and biology, chemistry, and physics play a major role in the investigation. Sample projects include: blood analysis as well as fiber, handwriting, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis. Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady campus. Register for CSI: Forensic Science.

 

-NEW- Art Academy

Monday-Friday, July 5 – July 9
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61386
CFP 841-01
Fee: $155

Students, ages 10-14, will focus on drawing and cartooning skills. The class will be using charcoal, flair pens, and alcohol-based markers. Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus. Register for Art Academy.


-NEW- Food Frenzy - Travel the World of Food

Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
1-4 p.m.
CRN# 61387
CFP 842-51  
Fee: $155

Students ages 6-12 will “travel” around the world of food. Come with us as we discover how to draw, paint, and sculpt all the food you love and some you’ve never heard of. Get your Food Passport stamped with desserts, pizza, and exotic dishes from around the world. Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus. Register for Food Frenzy.

 

Hands-on Archaeology for Kids

Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 60945
CFP 314-01
Fee: $125

In this online course, young archaeologists, ages 9-15, will learn about themes in archaeology, including local historical, prehistoric, and international archaeology, and the techniques and preservation methods that archaeologists use. Interactive sessions will include talks with archaeologists. Virtual tours of local and international sites are planned. Crafts related to each theme will be provided to each student. Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus. Register for Hands-on Archaeology for Kids.

 

Musical Theater for Children/Teens

Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 23
12-2:30 p.m.
CRN# 60967
CFP 341-01
Fee: $250

Do you love to act and sing? Have you ever wondered what it is like to be in a musical production? In this course, students, ages 8-14, will learn the basic techniques of acting, stage presence, proper singing techniques, and vocal independence, and understanding of the theater. As they audition for roles, work on costumes, and rehearse the selected musical, students will build self-confidence, cooperation, leadership, and teamwork skills. The class will use Zoom and end with an online performance of the musical play presented by the class. Register for Musical Theater for Children/Teens.

 

Baking for Kids and Teens

Monday-Friday, July 19 - 23
This class is asynchronous, follow along with the provided videos whenever is convenient for you!

CRN# 61450
CFP 308-01
Fee: $115

This course will focus on exposing young chefs (ages 10+) to basic, valuable kitchen skills while enjoying a fun, hands-on activity at home. Following a video created by the instructor, young chefs will stir up some confidence in their home kitchens while using the class-provided ingredients, recipes, and detailed video instruction to produce brownies, hand-tossed pizzas, mini quiches, and iced lemon blueberry loaves.  Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus. Register for Baking for Kids and Teens.

 

Camp Eureka

Monday-Friday, July 19– July 23 (STEM)
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61392
CFP 940-01
Fee: $175

Inspire the inventor and scientist in you. In this course, students ages 6-12 will investigate awesome inventions created before modern science really began. They will learn about Leonardo da Vinci and how his ideas predicted future inventions (e.g., catapults and trebuchets). Students will also explore the inventions of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison and Rube Goldberg in order to understand that we have no limitations. Each day they will test their resourcefulness through different scenarios in which they must solve problems and “invent” solutions. Students will also explore science fiction and where fiction meets science facts. Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus. Register for Campu Eureka.

 

Old Time Radio - Theater for Children/Teens

Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
12-2 p.m.
CRN# 61398
CFP 341-02
Fee: $125

Come join follow actors to re-create an old time Radio Show. Students, ages 8-15, will help create the story, the characters, the dialogue, the commercial jingles and the sound effects - just like an old time Radio Show! Students will also work on improvisation skills and team building. This class will use Zoom and will end in a Zoom presentation of the finished product. Register for Old Time Radio.

 

-NEW- Astro Explorers - NASA

Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30 (STEM)
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61389
CFP 845-01
Fee: $175

Are you ready to think and act like a NASA innovator? Students, ages 6-12, will be challenged to use creative and collaborative skills to design a mission patch, train like an astronaut, and solve real-world engineering problems. Armed with the spark of an idea, a design notebook, and physical and digital tools, teams will modify NASA technology into spinoff designs. Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus. Register for Astro Explorers - NASA.

 

-NEW- Passport to Paradise/Tropical Oasis

Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6 (STEM)
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61388
CFP 844-01
Fee: $155

Students, ages 6-12, will submerge themselves in a fun art experience as they explore some interesting properties of water. Build a model waterslide park, paint a killer whale on canvas, design a futuristic underwater vehicle, paint with ice and draw an underwater Fish Café. Supplies will be available for pick-up at a pre-arranged date and time on the SUNY Schenectady Campus. Register for Passport to Paradise/Tropical Oasis.

 

-NEW- Scratch Enrichment & Coding Fundamentals with Albany Can Code

Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13 (STEM)
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61399
CFP 872-01
Fee: $300

Using the educational block-coding tool, Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), students, ages 12-15, will learn fundamentals of computer science programming while creating small projects. Block-coding allows students to create programs using a LEGO-style approach or pre-built color-coded blocks that connect to form instructions, allowing students to focus on creating digital content. These projects will include games of different kids, interactive stories, animations, and even art. Students will be provided with step-by-step tutorials to create different products, but depending on comfort/skill can also create and modify on their own. In the process of creating those different kinds of projects, students will learn various fundamentals in programming such as variables, loops, conditionals, and events, which will transfer directly to any other form of programming. Register for Scratch Enrichment & Coding Fundamentals.

 

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! See a full listing of Blackrocket courses and register

Javascript Developer Jam

Learn programming tools so powerful they seem like magic! Start off by learning an array of core programming concepts with JavaScript by experimenting in a series of digital challenges. Start with programming your first animated memes, then tackle more advanced skills such as interactive 3D experiences and game creation. Projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS. Register for Javascript Developer Jam – scroll to find your course.

JavaScript Developer Jam Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 7 – June 11
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

JavaScript Developer Jam Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 7 – June 11
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

JavaScript Developer Jam Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

JavaScript Developer Jam Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9  
1:30-4:30 p.m. 
Fee: $135

JavaScript Developer Jam Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8- 11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

JavaScript Developer Jam Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Animators

Create the next popular animated Minecraft video on YouTube! Practice the same skills professionals at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios use. Discover the process of keyframing and tweening, how to use it to bring your own animated stories to life, and how to publish your content on YouTube. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Mac users can play their project at home, but will not be able to edit the project without a PC. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Compatible with Windows OS only. Register for Minecraft Animators – scroll to find your course.

Minecraft Animators Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 7 – June 11
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Animators Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 7 – June 11
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Animators Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Minecraft Animators Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

 

ROBLOX® Makers

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.

Roblox Makers Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 7 – June 11
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Makers Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 7 – June 11
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Makers Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Roblox Makers Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Roblox Makers Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Makers Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

eSports Apprentice - Streamers and Gamers

Whether you want to be the next pro gamer, streamer, or game caster 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 Gamers – scroll to find your course. 

eSports Apprentice Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 7– June 11
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

eSports Apprentice Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 7– June 11
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

eSports Apprentice Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

eSports Apprentice Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

eSports Apprentice Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

eSports Apprentice Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
Fee: $169

 

Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style Video Game

Fans of Fortnite - we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. Using a professional 3D game development software, build levels and assets inspired by popular battle royale games like Fortnite. Students can participate in eSports League matches against other schools across the country with a chance to have their levels featured in the Black Rocket master build of the game! This course includes cartoonish action and battle sequences. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. This course requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style Video Game – scroll to find your course.

Battle Royale Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 14 – June 18
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Battle Royale Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday- Friday, June 14 – June 18
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Battle Royale Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Battle Royale Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Battle Royale Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Battle Royale Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Make Your First Video Game

If you love playing video games, this is the class for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Make Your First Video Game – scroll to find your course.

Make Your First Video Game Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 14 – June 18
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Make Your First Video Game Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 14 – June 18
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Make Your First Video Game Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Make Your First Video Game Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Minecraft Redstone Engineers

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.

Minecraft Redstone Engineers Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 14 – June 18
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Redstone Engineers Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 14 – June 18
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Redstone Engineers Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Redstone Engineers Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Python Programmers

Want to learn the world’s fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, YouTube, and the CIA? Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish! Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. $10 license fee per student with this class. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Python Programmers – scroll to find your course.

Python Programmers Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 14 – June 18
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Python Programmers Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 14 – June 18
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Fee: $169

Python Programmers Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Python Programmers Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Python Programmers Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Python Programmers Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Code Breakers

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be a Silicon Valley CEO or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in her bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Code Breakers – scroll to find your course.

Code Breakers Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Breakers Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Breakers Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Breakers Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Breakers Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Breakers Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169


Inventor's League - Prototyping for the Future!

Become an inventor of the future! Learn ‘rapid prototyping’ and problem solving as you conceptualize and design a product to solve a critical global issue. Each day begins with inspirational profiles of young inventors, such as the eleven-year-old who coded a robot to find victims of natural disasters. Next, research a problem to tackle in medicine, architecture, the environment, or a topic of your choosing. Once your vision is complete, learn how to draft 2D designs, create 3D models, and develop a website to pitch your ideas to the class. Student 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 Inventor’s League - Prototyping for the Future – scroll to find your course.

Inventor’s League Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Inventor’s League Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Inventor’s League Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Inventor’s League Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

ROBLOX® Coders and Entrepreneurs!

Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate ROBLOX’s fast-growing marketplace to publish their games. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. $10 license fee per student with this class. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Roblox Coders and Entrepreneurs – scroll to find your course.

Roblox Coders Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Coders Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Coders Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Coders Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Coders Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Roblox Coders Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

YouTube Content Creators

Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Whether you are six or sixty, 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.

YouTube Content Creators Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube Content Creators Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube Content Creators Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube Content Creators Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube Content Creators Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube Content Creators Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years  
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Young Authors

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 – scroll to find your course.

Young Authors Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 7-9 years
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $209

Young Authors Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 10-13 years
Monday-Friday, June 21 – June 25
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $209

Young Authors Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 7-9 years
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $209

Young Authors Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 10-13 years
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $209


App Attack!

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. Students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take this class. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for App Attack! – scroll to find your course.

App Attack! Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 28 – July 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

App Attack! Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 28 – July 2
1:30-4:30 p.m. 
Fee: $169

App Attack! Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.                  
Fee: $169

App Attack! Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Minecraft Modders

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.

Minecraft Modders Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 28 – July 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Modders Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 28 – July 2
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Modders Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Modders Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 9 – August 13
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Rocket Kart Racers: Design a Mario Kart Style Game

On your marks, get set, create! Blast off in making your first 3D Mario Kart® and Crash Team Racing® style game! Design your own tracks and customize your karts and characters. Using a professional 3D game development software, students will combine their creations into their own kart racing game that they can play with friends and family at home. Students can participate in eSports League races against other schools across the country with a chance to have their tracks featured in the Black Rocket master build of the game! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. This requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Rocket Kart Racers – scroll to find your course.

Rocket Kart Racers Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 28 – July 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Rocket Kart Racers Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 28 – July 2
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Rocket Kart Racers Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Rocket Kart Racers Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

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 – scroll to find your course.

Virtual Reality Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 28– July 2
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Virtual Reality Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 28– July 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Virtual Reality Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Virtual Reality Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Virtual Reality Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 23 – August 27
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Virtual Reality Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years  
Monday-Friday, August 23 – August 27
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169


YouTube FX Masters 

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.

YouTube FX Masters Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 28– July 2
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube FX Masters Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 28– July 2
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube FX Masters Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube FX Masters Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube FX Masters Section #5 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 23 – August 27
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube FX Masters Section #6 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 23 – August 27
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169


3D Game Design with Unity

Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. This course requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for 3D Game Design with Unity – scroll to find your course.

3D Game Design Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

3D Game Design Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 6 – July 9
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

3D Game Design Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

3D Game Design Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 16 – August 20
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Minecraft Designers 

If you love the game Minecraft and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. 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 Designers – scroll to find your course.

Minecraft Designers Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Designers Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Designers Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 23 – August 27
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Minecraft Designers Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 23 – August 27
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Video Game Animation

Take your game design skills to the next level by creating and animating your own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a storyline. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in your very own game. Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Video Game Animation – scroll to find your course.

Video Game Animation Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Video Game Animation Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 12 – July 16
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Pokemon Masters: Designers and 3D Makers Unite!

Calling all boys and girls who want to be the designers of the future! In this class, if you can dream it, you can make it! Begin by creating your own digital Pokemon-style custom playing card game. Progress onto designing action figures, jewelry, and toys in professional-level modeling software. Learn how to prepare a model for 3D printing and create a design portfolio to showcase your work! No prior experience is necessary and 3D designs will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. This is a limited release only available for BR Instructor Creator Corps Schedules. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for Pokemon Masters: Designers and 3D Makers Unite! – scroll to find your course.

Pokemon Masters Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Pokemon Masters Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 19 – July 23
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Pokemon Masters Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Pokemon Masters Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 2 – August 6
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

APP.IO: Make Your First Multi-Player App!

The hottest new Apps are IO apps! If your child likes to play Agar.io or Slither.io they will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app! In this class, explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience and learn how to code your own app. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. Publishing to App Stores not included. Students do not need to own a smartphone to take this class. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Register for APP.IO: Make Your First Multi-Player App! – scroll to find your course.

APP.IO Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

APP.IO Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 26 – July 30
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

 

Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling

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! Interactive Storytelling – scroll to find your course.

Code Your Own Adventure Section #1 (STEM)
Ages: 8-14 years
Mondays-Friday, July 26 – July 30
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Your Own Adventure Section #2 (STEM)
Ages: 8-14 years
Mondays-Friday, July 26 – July 30
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Your Own Adventure Section #3 (STEM)
Ages: 8-14 years
Mondays-Friday, August 16 – August 20
1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Your Own Adventure Section #4 (STEM)
Ages: 8-14 years
Mondays-Friday, August 16 – August 20
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Fee: $169