Kaskaskia College Offering Online Classes for Youth

May 12, 2020


Kaskaskia College is happy to announce that it is partnering with Black Rocket online learning company to offer online computer science summer camps for children from age 8 to 14. One-week sessions are available June 8 through Aug. 10 with three-hour classes offered during either the morning or afternoon.

The online offerings are designed to educate young people in an engaging and safe environment while also reducing isolation through interactive activities with live online teachers.  These classes are not compatible with any tablet or mobile device. Student created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with family and friends. Be sure to read the tech specifications before registering for any of these classes. More information, tech specifications, and registration is available at https://blackrocket.com/online/kas/  or kaskaskia.edu/pfk.  Be sure to use the Kaskaskia College discount code “KASK” for special pricing!   

Courses being offered are:

3D Game Design with Unity - Students who enroll will take their game design skills to another level as they learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables.

Adventures in Augmented Reality! - Students will work with cutting-edge software to create holographic scenes that are viewable with a smartphone and a magic futuristic cube. Get hands-on with your own digital creations in this one of a kind experience!

IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App! - If your child likes to play Agar.io or Slither.io they will love this class! In this class, students will explore the most popular .IO apps, design their own multiplayer experience and learn how to code in their own app. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer.

App Attack! – This class will allow students to take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customizing their own game app! Using a specialized app and 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, they will 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.

Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game - Using a professional 3D game development software, students will 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.

Code Breakers – Students will learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. 

Code Explorers - Student explorers will use their creativity to solve a series of web-based coding challenges. Each lesson builds fluency in essential digital skills needed for the future. At the end of the class, students will receive access to the interactive learning platform to continue their coding journey at home.  

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! Students will learn how to create a text-based adventure game with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

eSports Apprentice – Streamers and Gamers - This course will teach the basics of eSports which is the fastest-growing career for the next generation. 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.

Inventor’s League - Prototyping for the Future! – Students will become an inventor of the future as they learn ‘rapid prototyping’ and problem solving to 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.

JavaScript Developer Jam – Students will 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.

LEGO® Films and Stop Action!  - Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Students will need to bring in LEGOs and/or action figures from home, but all other equipment is provided.                                  

LEGO® Video Games - Students will create their own LEGO characters and adventures in an interactive 2D Video Game. At the end of the program, every student will have a finished LEGO Video Game that can be shared with friends and family through a password protected Black Rocket website. Games are only compatible on PC computers.

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.   

Make Your First 3D Video Game! - In this Black Rocket classic, students 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.

Maker Labs: Make Your First 3D Creation! - 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 - create your first action figure, design custom jewelry, make a new toy, learn how to prepare a model for 3D printing, and create a design portfolio to showcase your work! Using professional-level modeling software, kids will sculpt, texture, and render their own 3D creation. No prior experience is necessary.

Minecraft® Animators – Students will create the next popular animated Minecraft video on YouTube as they 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.

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.

Minecraft® Modders - Students will use their favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as they create their 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.

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.

Pokémon® 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.

Python Programmers  - Students will 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!  

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.

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. 

Rocket Kart Racers: Design A Mario Kart® Style Game – Students will learn to make their first 3D Mario Kart® and Crash Team Racing® style game as they design your own tracks and customize 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!

Video Game Animation - Students will take their game design skills to the next level by creating and animating 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.

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now - In this cutting-edge class, students will learn the foundations of VR design by creating their 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 use the VR headset a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device.

YouTube® Content Creators – This class will assist students 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

Each class will be $149 per class but students can use a discount code “KASK” that will save $20 per class.  For more information or to register, email crichardson@kaskaskia.edu.

 

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