We are excited to announce our Explore Computer Science Programs! We know your youth are anxious to connect with other youth and actively engage their minds this summer – all while having fun! To help you with this, we teamed up with Black Rocket to provide a series of opportunities for your kids to explore their computer science curiosity this summer. Here is what you need to know…

  1. Monday through Friday, one-week online programs.
  2. Morning and afternoon options.
  3. A variety of program options every week starting June 8 through August 28.
  4. Immersive activities guided by live, online instructors.
  5. Moderated Virtual Room for youth to engage with the instructor and interact with the other participants.

Details:

WHO: Any Youth 8 to 14
WHAT: Online, Live Educational Computer Science Programs
WHEN: Weekly starting June 8 through August 28 (See specific program dates and times in descriptions below.)
WHERE: Online!
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Overview technical requirements and more HERE.

Costs:

REGISTRATION FEE: $149 per Program
DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  Friday Prior to Each Program Start Date
SCHOLARSHIP: Scholarships for 20% off the Registration Fee are available to those with demonstrated financial need.

Complete the Scholarship Application now! Click here.


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Program Descriptions

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: This requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 15 – 19 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 29 – July 3 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 13 – 17 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 27 – 31 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 13 – 17 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 27 – 31 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer 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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.  Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 6 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 20 – 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: This requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 8 – 12 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 22 – 26 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 3 – 7 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 17 – 21 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 6 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 20 – 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.    

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 13 – 17 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 27 – 31 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

eSports Apprentice – Streamers and Gamers

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: A webcam is required for this course Software is compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 8 – 12 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 22 – 26 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 3 – 7 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 17 – 21 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. 

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 6 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 20 – 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. 

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.
Additional Fee: $10 license fee per student with this class

Date and Time Options:

  • June 15 – 19 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 29 – July 3 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 10 – 14 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 24 – 28 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

LEGO Films and Stop Action!

Make your LEGOs come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOs and/or action figures from home, but all other equipment is provided. Student-created films will be available on a password-protected website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: An external webcam or camera is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 6 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 17 – 21 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

Make Your First 3D Video Game!

In this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family projects are only compatible with Windows devices. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 20 – 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 3 – 7 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

Make Your First Video Game!

If you love playing video games, this is the camp 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.  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 8 – 12 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 22 – 26 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 10 – 14 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 24 – 28 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. 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.     

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 13 – 17 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 27 – 31 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 10 – 14 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 24 – 28 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
Additional Fee: Students must own a Java version of Minecraft. Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

Date and Time Options:

  • July 6 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 20 – 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 3 – 7 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 17 – 21 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.    

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
Additional Fee: Students must own a Java version of Minecraft. Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

Date and Time Options:

  • June 15 – 19 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 29 – July 3 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 13 – 17 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 27 – 31 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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 will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
Additional Fee: Students must own a Java version of Minecraft. Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

Date and Time Options:

  • June 8 – 12 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 22 – 26 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 10 – 14 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 24 – 28 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

Pokemon Masters: Designers & 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.  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.     

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 13 – 17 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 27 – 31 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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!​  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years​.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.
Additional Fee: $10 license fee per student with this class.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 8 – 12 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 22 – 26 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 3 – 7 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 17 – 21 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

ROBLOX Coders & 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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. 

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
Additional Fee: $10 license fee per student with this class.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 15 – 19 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 29 – July 3 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 27 – 31 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 8 – 12 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 22 – 26 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 6 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 20 – 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. 

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: This requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • July 6 – 10 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • July 20 – 24 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 10 – 14 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 24 – 28 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: Compatible with Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 15 – 19 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 29 – July 3 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 3 – 7 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 17 – 21 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST

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. Students work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
Technical Requirements: A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Date and Time Options:

  • June 15 – 19 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • June 29 – July 3 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 10 – 14 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST
  • August 24 – 28 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM CST or 12:30 – 3:30 PM CST