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Kids on Campus Courses With Black Rocket

Each summer, Kids on Campus (KOC) at Howard Community College partners with leading content experts on a variety of topics. This includes a partnership with Black Rocket to offer science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) courses that inspire creativity for students of ages 7-14. Every course is developed to bring your child's ideas to life in a fun, hands-on, learning environment.

From concept to creation, students will construct a new masterpiece at the end of each week. All Black Rocket courses mirror real-life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process. 

You can register for these courses just like you would for any other KOC course. Click below to register online or go here for additional registration information.

Courses for Elementary School Students (Ages 7-10)

App Attack! Make Your First Game App

Ages 8-10. Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app and game development tool, you 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 first-hand 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 you do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jun 25-Jun 29 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XKE-196 6572 #5443
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App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App! *NEW*

Ages 8-10. The hottest new apps are .IO apps! If you like to play Agar.io or Slither.io you will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app and share with family and friends! In this class you will explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience, and learn how to code your own app. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jul 09-Jul 13 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-197 6501 #8388
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Code Breakers

Ages 8-10. 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! If you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million for programming in his 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jul 30-Aug 03 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-279 6002 #5565
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-279 6309 #5566
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Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling *NEW!*

Ages 8-11. 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-147 6503 #8391
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Creative Design and Robotics

Ages 8-10. The world of the future belongs to robots! In this cutting-edge class, you will learn the fundamentals of motorized mechanisms, design principles, sensors, and sound activation. Separate fact from fantasy by designing and building prototypes of task oriented robots. Learn problem-solving to improve how your robots function in a series of design challenges! You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $219 (includes $89 in fees*)
Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri Jul 02-Jul 06 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-300 6074 #5588
(no class Jul 4)
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Minecraft Designers

Ages 8-10. If you love the game MinecraftTM, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3-D 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 your project at home, you 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 3-D modeling software. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jun 25-Jun 29 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-225 6576 #5408
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-225 6358 #5539
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Minecraft Modders

Ages 7-10. 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 MinecraftTM. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access your project at home you must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-295 6125 #5579
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ROBLOX Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs! *NEW*

Ages 8-11. 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri Jul 02-Jul 06 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-130 6504 #8392
$219 (includes $79 in fees*) (no class Jul 4)
Mon-Fri Aug 06-Aug 10 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-130 6505 #8393
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-130 6506 #8394
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Star Wars Stop Animation

Ages 8-10. Make your own Star Wars adventure come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a new world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. You will need to bring in action figures or vehicles 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jun 18-Jun 22 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-338 6579 #8472
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Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

Ages 8-10. 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. You do not need a mobile device to take the class, but to use the VR headset at home you will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $265 (includes $96 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jul 23-Jul 27 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-427 6934 #5673
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Courses for Middle School Students (Ages 11-14)

Advanced 3-D Video Game with Unity *NEW*

Ages 11-14. 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, 3-D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-606 6695 #8588
Register Now
App Attack! Make Your First Game App

Ages 11-14. Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app and game development tool, you 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 first-hand 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jun 25-Jun 29 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XKE-197 6582 #5444
Register Now
App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App! *NEW*

Ages 11-14. The hottest new Apps are .IO apps! If you like to play Agar.io or Slither.io then you will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web app and share with family and friends! Explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience, and learn how to code your own app. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jul 09-Jul 13 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-497 6507 #8396
Register Now
Code Breakers

Ages 11-14. 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 the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million for programming in his 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jul 30-Aug 03 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-283 6312 #5572
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-283 6206 #5571
Register Now
Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling *NEW*

Ages 11-14. 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-447 6508 #8397
Register Now
Creative Design and Robotics

Ages 11-14. The world of the future belongs to robots! In this cutting-edge class, you will learn the fundamentals of motorized mechanisms, design principles, sensors, and sound activation. Separate fact from fantasy by designing and building prototypes of task oriented robots. Apply problem-solving skills to improve how robots function in a series of design challenges! You will work in pairs or teams for most of the class. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $219 (includes $89 in fees*)
Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri Jul 02-Jul 06 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-302 6162 #5589
(no class Jul 4)
Register Now
Minecraft Designers

Ages 11-14. If you love the game MinecraftTM, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3-D 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 your project at home, you 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 3-D modeling software. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jun 25-Jun 29 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-226 6591 #5409
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-226 6149 #5540
Register Now
Minecraft Modders

Ages 11-14. 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 MinecraftTM. Your projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access your project at home, you must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Aug 13-Aug 17 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-297 6126 #5582
Register Now
Star Wars Stop Animation

Ages 11-14. Make your own Star Wars adventure come to life! Bring in your favorite Star Wars or action figures and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a new world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. You will need to bring in action figures or vehicles from home, but all other equipment is provided. Films you create will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $239 (includes $79 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jun 18-Jun 22 1PM-4:30PM Hickory Ridge XK-339 6594 #8473
Register Now
Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

Ages 11-14. Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting-edge class, you will learn the foundations of virtual reality (VR) design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3-D 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. You 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. You will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Offered in cooperation with Black Rocket Productions, LLC.

1 week.

Tuition: $265 (includes $96 in fees*)
Mon-Fri Jul 23-Jul 27 8:30AM-12PM Hickory Ridge XK-428 6933 #5674
Register Now
 
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