2018 Creative Tech Camps for Kids--


HCC's Lifelong Learning is partnering with Black Rocket Productions to offer a series of creative technology courses this summer. Registration options are below. Each one-week, five-day camp session is $150.00.The Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois is able to offer child care before and after classes for a fee that includes meals, and snacks for students. The YMCA is able to provide care from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.  See registration forms for more details.

The magic in every student comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were born to be! Black Rocket has over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.M. and Digital Arts fields. Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment. From concept to creation, students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! The programs mirror real-life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

For more information about Creative Tech Camps for Kids, call 815.599.3403 or email lifelonglearning@highland.edu.

Register online for Creative Tech Camps if paying by credit or debit card by clicking the Register Now button

Or complete this fillable and printable registration form. Print and enclose your personal check for payment and:

mail it to:

Highland Community College
c/o Admissions
2998 W. Pearl City Rd.
Freeport, IL, 61032

or fax it to 815.235.6130 and admissions staff will call you to process your payment via credit card over the phone.

or register by visiting the Admissions Office on the second floor of the Student/Conference Center on the Highland campus and make payment in person.

 

Summer 2018 Courses

Dates
Class
Ages
Class Time
 June 18 - June 22  Minecraft® Designers  8 to 11  8:30-11:30 a.m.
 June 18 - June 22  Minecraft® Designers  11 to 14  12:30-3:30 p.m.
 June 25 - June 29  Make Your First 3D Video Game!  8 to 11  8:30-11:30 a.m.
 June 25 -June 29 Make Your First 3D Video Game!  11 to 14  12:30-3:30 p.m.
 July 9 - July 13  Virtual Reality: The Future is Now  8 to 11  8:30-11:30 a.m.
 July 9 - July 13  Virtual Reality: The Future is Now  11 to 14  12:30-3:30 p.m.
 July 16 - July 20  Minecraft® Modders  8 to 11 8:30-11:30 a.m.
 July 16 - July 20  Minecraft® Modders  11 to 14  12:30-3:30 p.m.
 July 23 - July 27 App Attack!  8 to 11 8:30-11:30 a.m.
 July 23 - July 27 App Attack!  11 to 14 12:30-3:30 p.m.
 July 30 - August 3 Game Labs  8 to 11  8:30-11:30 a.m.
 July 30 - August 3 Game Labs  11 to 14  12:30-3:30 p.m.
 August 6 - August 10 ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs!  8 to 11  8:30-11:30 a.m.
 August 6 - August 10 ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs!  11 to 14  12:30-3:30 p.m.

 

Course Descriptions Listed Alphabetically

 

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. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous yearsAges 8-11 and 11-14.

 

Game Labs
For serious gamers only! Beyond 2D and 3D, now it's time to take it to another level by competing with the world! Students will develop games with a partner using a unique game engine. Students will learn advanced level editing, simple 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting and the impact of game play on user experience. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. System requirements for home experience: 2GB of RAM and 2.0GHZ processor. Ages 8-11 and 11-14

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 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

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. To access their project at home students, must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. 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

*If you have thin client computers please schedule a tech check before choosing this class.

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. To access their project at home students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. 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 yearsAges 8-11 and 11-14

 

ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs!

Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and desiging worlds in ROBLOX®, an online universe where you can create anything you can 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.

 

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, take home 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 sue 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. There is an additional $20 lab fee for the VR headset. Ages 8-11 and 11-14.