Skip to main contentSkip to main navigationSkip to footer content

Kid and Teen Academy

Summer 2022 Community Education Kid and Teen Courses

View a PDF of the Summer 2022 Course Book.

Guitar Lessons for Kids 

June 6 – August 12
By Appointment  
CRN# 61764
CFP 305-01  
Fee: $295

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. Register for Guitar Lessons for Kids.

LEGO Robotics

June 27 – July 1
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
CRN# 61770
CFP 345-01 
Fee: $245 

With LEGOS, the possibilities are endless. This class is designed to engage students, ages 6-9, in hands-on investigation of STEAM concepts using everyday themes. Young engineers will learn to build and code their own personal talking robot friend. They will code its behavior and complete fun activities. The robot will interact with them and respond with facial expressions that reflect its mood. Register for LEGO Robotics.

Astro Explorers - NASA

June 27 – July 1
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61772
CFP 845-01
Fee: $175

Are you ready to think and act like a NASA innovator? Students, ages 7-12, 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. Register for Astro Explorers - NASA.

Hands-on Archaeology for Kids

July 11 – July 15
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61783
CFP 314-01
Fee: $155

Young archaeologists, ages 9-15, will have the opportunity to participate in an actual excavation at a site in the Schenectady area. They will learn the methods and skills used by archaeologists, with an emphasis on observation and deductive reasoning. Activities include defining research goals, survey, excavation, data and artifact recording, artifact identification and analysis, and presenting results. Family and friends will be invited on Friday for student presentations. Students must wear closed toed shoes with socks and bring a bagged lunch and water bottle. Students should also wear sunscreen while working outside. Register for Hands-on Archaeology for Kids.

Albany Can Code logoGame Design in Python w/Albany Can Code

July 11 – July 14
Monday-Thursday, 1-4:45 p.m.
CRN#   61835
CFP 846-51
Fee: $350

In this course, students will learn basic Python and apply it to the design and creation of games. The class will start with an overview of the Python programming language, a popular and easily accessible language to learn. Students will then learn to create simple games and learn how to modify existing games. Through reading and developing some games, students will get familiar with programming principles and Python language specifics. Hands-on programming will be the hallmark of this class. Students completing the course will be able to work with existing code and start to work on developing their code to modify and create their games. Students will need to bring a laptop to the class capable of running a modern browser and internet connection. Albany CanCode has a laptop lending library (based on availability) for students who do not have one. There are a limited number of laptops. There are also a limited number of scholarships available. Please contact Albany CanCode at caro@albanycancode.org. Register for Game Design in Python w/Albany Can Code.

Baking/Cooking for Kids 

Section #1

July 11 – July 15
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
CRN# 61765
CFP 308-01   
Fee: $200

This course will focus on measurement, basic baking techniques, and following recipe instructions in a clean, safe, and efficient manner. Young chefs, ages 9-14, will be encouraged to embrace their creativity while learning to produce several baked goods including rainbow decorated meringue pops, hot fudge lava cakes, and hand tossed pizzas (dough made from scratch). Young chefs are asked to bring an apron, closed-toed shoes, and a water bottle. Register for Baking/Cooking for Kids Section #1.

Section #2

July 18 – 22
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
CRN# 61766
CFP 308-02  
Fee: $ 200

This course will introduce young chefs to savory cooking methods while building their confidence in the kitchen. Young chefs, ages 9-14, will learn the importance of “mis en place” and follow recipes to make hand-made mozzarella cheese, dumplings from around the world,  hand-cut pasta, and more. Young chefs are asked to bring an apron, closed-toed shoes, and a water bottle. Register for Baking/Cooking for Kids Section #2.

Musical Theater for Children/Teens

July 18 – July 29
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
CRN# 61769
CFP 341-01
Fee: $425

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/sets, and rehearse the selected musical, students will build self-confidence, cooperation, leadership, and teamwork skills. The course will end with a performance of the musical play You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown on Friday, July 29. Register for Musical Theater for Children/Teens.

Modern/Contemporary Dance for Teens and Adults 

July 27 – August 17
Wednesdays, 7-8 p.m.
CRN# 61595
CFP 742-51
Fee: $50

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 for Teens and Adults.

Advanced LEGO Robotics with SPIKE 

August 15 – August 19 
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
CRN# 61782
CFP 853-01 
Fee: $245  

Students, ages 9-12, will use the LEGO Education SPIKE coding language, which is based on Scratch. SPIKE Prime continuously engages students, through playful learning activities, to learn to think critically and solve complex problems. Students will learn the essential STEAM and 21st century skills needed to become the innovative minds of tomorrow. Students will have the option to explore text-based coding with Python. Register for Advanced LEGO Robotics with SPIKE.

Emergency Vet

August 15 – August 19
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
CRN# 61768
CFP 332-01
Fee: $245 

This class is a young person’s ticket to the world of veterinary medicine. Young vets, ages 10-14, will have an opportunity to look into the exciting careers of real veterinarians and allow them to be involved in related hands-on activities and experiments. Each student will receive his or her own medical kit. Register for Emergency Vet.

Video Games

August 15 – August 19
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
CRN# 61767
CFP 327-01
Fee: $245 

In this class, students, ages 10-14, will explore a variety of video gaming platforms. They will create multiple video games throughout the week. Students will build their own characters and game boards, and bring their designs to life. The class will also explore the power of Virtual Reality (VR). Students will learn to create their own virtual environments and build their own 3D creations. Using Merge VR viewers, they will then explore their creations in an immersive 360° and 3D virtual environment. Register for Video Games.

Red Hot Robots

August 15 – August 19
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61780
CFP 873-01
Fee: $175

Students, ages 7-12, will explore the fundamentals of robotics and discover how robots are used through activities and games. They will build their own Kingii Dragon Robot, which they will be able to take home at the end of the week. Students will explore the “nuts and bolts” of robots as they build simple circuits and test them, they will learn about Asimov’s Law of Robotics and how a neodymium magnet works, and build their very own circuit maze. Students will also test their robots in an obstacle course at the end of the course. Register for Red Hot Robots.

3…2…1…Blast Off! 

August 22 – August 26
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN# 61773
CFP 845-01
Fee: $175

Students, ages 7-12, will learn all about the Milky Way! Students will explore celestial navigation and space travel, they build a galactic mobile while discovering the wonders of our solar system, navigate the skies when building their own sextant, create their own nanorovers, take home a model of Saturn and build their own rockets, which they will launch! Register for 3...2...1... Blast Off!.

Becoming a Young Aviator

August 23 – August 26                      
Tuesday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
CRN#  61836
CFP 337-01
Fee: $175
Instructor: Empire State Aerosciences Museum

This course will be taught at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, located at 250 Rudy Chase Dr., Glenville, NY 12302.

Students, ages 10-17, will spend the week at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, located at the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville, learning about aviation and what real pilots do on the ground and in the air. In this hands-on class, students will learn about the history of aviation and aircraft design, the forces of flight – how airplanes fly (thrust, lift, drag and flight control), learn about the different parts of a plane, and learn about how helicopters fly. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with guest speakers and have a guided tour of the museum’s incredible exhibits and airpark, which features more than 20 historic military aircraft.  Students will be able to get into the cockpits of some of these legendary fighter and attack aircraft. Students will also have the opportunity to work with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 602 to become Junior EAA members, which includes a half-hour flight in an airplane. Register for Becoming a Young Aviator.

 

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! 

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. Register for Javascript Developer Jam - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.

Section #1

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
4:30-7 p.m. 
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #5

Ages 11-14 years  
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #7

Ages 11-14 years  
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #8

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
1-3:30 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.  Register for Minecraft Modders - scroll to find your course. Students must purchase Minecraft Java Edition. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1

Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

 Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #5

Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6

Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #7

Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #8

Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
4:30-7 p.m.
 Fee: $169

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. Register for ROBLOX® Makers - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #5

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
4:30-7 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. Register for YouTube FX Masters - scroll to find your course. A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 6 – June 10
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 8 – August 12
1-3:30 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. Register for Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite Style Video Game - scroll to find your course. This course requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 

Section #1

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169 

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #4

Ages 8-11 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #5 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169 

Section #6

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Breakers 

Calling all future coders, programmers, and 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. Register for Code Breakers - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 

Section #1

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
4:30-7 p.m.
 Fee: $135

Section #5

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #6 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #7

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #8

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $135

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. Register for Minecraft Redstone Engineers - scroll to find your course. Students must purchase Minecraft Java Edition. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1

Ages 11 -14 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3 

Ages 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #4 

Ages 8-11 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #5

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

YouTube Content Creators 

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. Register for YouTube Content Creators - scroll to find your course. A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 13 – June 17
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Tuesday-Friday, July 5 – July 8
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $135

Section #5 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
1-3:30 p.m.
 Fee: $169

Section #6

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #7

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #8

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 15 – August 19
1-3:30 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.  Register for 3D Game Design with Unity - scroll to find your course. This course requires a 64-bit operating system. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #5

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #7

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #8 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
4:30-7 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. Register for Minecraft Designers - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Students must purchase Minecraft Java Edition.

Section #1

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
1-3:30 p.m.
 Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #5 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #7

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #8 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
4:30-7 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. Register for Python Programmers - scroll to find your course. $10 license fee per student with this class. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 

Section #1

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #5

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #7

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #8

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
1-3:30 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. Register for Roblox Coders and Entrepreneurs - scroll to find your course. $10 license fee per student with this class. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 

Section #1 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 20 – June 24
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #5 

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #6 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 1 – August 5
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #7

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #8 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, August 22 – August 26
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Stortelling

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. Register for Code Your Own Adventure! - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.

Section #1

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4 

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
4:30-7 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. Register for Make Your First Video Game - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 

Section #1 

Ages 11-14 years  
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 18 – July 22
1-3:30 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. Register for YouTube FX Masters - scroll to find your course. A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1

Ages: 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2 

Ages: 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, June 27 – July 1
1-3:30 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. Register for Inventor’s League - Prototyping for the Future - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 

Section #1 

Ages 11-14 years  
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
4:30-7 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
4:30-7 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. Register for Video Game Animation - scroll to find your course. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Section #1 

Ages 11-14 years  
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #2

Ages 8-11 years
Monday-Friday, July 11 – July 15
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169

Section #3

Ages 8-11 years  
Monday-Friday, July 25 – July 29
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
 Fee: $169

Section #4

Ages 11-14 years
Monday-Friday,  July 25 – July 29
1-3:30 p.m.
Fee: $169