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Digital Arts

digital-arts

Arts and Science take new form in today’s digital world. Introduce your child to the many forms of expression and creativity Digital Arts encourage. Black Rocket programs are fueled by imagination and designed to inspire a new generation of ideas in a unique learning environment. 

All Black Rocket Productions’ camps mirror real life experiences and the collaborative nature of the creative process.  Work in pairs or teams for most of the design process, and end camp with a finished product to take home and show family and friends.

 


App Adventures! The Next Level

Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Whether you want to move past the basic techniques learned in App Attack or want to jump right in, we are ready for you! Choose from a selection of different web-based (HTML5) mobile apps and explore more in-depth programming concepts. Student projects will be accessible on a Black Rocket 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. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 209, $315
8/14-8/18, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9


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. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 173, $315
Section 1: 7/10-7/14, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7
Section 2: 7/24-7/28, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9


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 the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this camp has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 223, $315
Section 1: 7/10-7/14, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9
Section 2: 7/24-7/28, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7
Section 3: 8/14-8/18, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5


Creative Design And Robotics

The world of the future belongs to…robots! In this cutting-edge class, students 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 their robots function in a series of design challenges! Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 109, $315
Section 1: 6/26-6/30, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7
Section 2: 7/31-8/4, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5
Section 3: 8/7-8/11, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9


Game Labs: Collaborate–Create–Compete In The Ultimate Video Game Experience

For serious gamers only! Beyond 2D and 3D, now it’s time to advance to another level by competing with the world! Develop games with a partner using a unique game engine. Learn advanced-level editing, simple 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 243, $195
7/24-7/28, 2:30-5:30pm, Grades 4 & Up


LEGO Video Games

Combine your two favorite activities: LEGOs and Video Games! Create your own LEGO characters and adventures in an interactive 2D Video Game. Everyone is welcome in this one of a kind class. At the end of the program, everyone 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; Mac versions can be created after the program for a $15 conversion fee. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 147, $250 (4 day camp)
7/3-7/7, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5 


NEW! Lego© Comics: Design Your Own Adventure!

In this LEGO adventure YOU are the star! Pick your favorite LEGO genre or create an alternate universe to create a digital illustrated story or graphic novel. Whether you want to fight alongside Superheroes, create a Minecraft story, hang with the Nexo Knights, or go into space with Rey and Finn, the only requirement is that you put yourself in the story! End the camp with a digital comic book that can be shared with friends and family on a password-protected website! Work in teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 280, $195
8/7-8/11, 2:30pm-5:30pm, Grades 4 & Up


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. 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.  Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 087, $315
Section 1: 6/26-6/30, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5, $315
Section 2: 7/3-7/7, 9am-2pm. Grades 5-7, $250 (4 day camp)


Make Your First 3-D Video Game!

Try this new version of a Black Rocket classic! This camp allows you to develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and story telling. Games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 145, $315
Section 1: 7/24-7/28, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5
Section 2: 8/14-8/18, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7
Section 3: 8/21-8/25, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9


Maker Labs: Make Your First 3D Creation!

Calling all boys and girls who want to be the designers of the future! If you can dream it, you can make it – create your first action figure, design custom jewelry, or 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 and 3D designs will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.  (3D prints may be purchased separately through an online provider.) Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 242, $195
7/31-8/4, 2:30pm-5:30pm, Grades 4 & up


Minecraft Animators

Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film!  Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like Inside Out and Frozen using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models!  Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.  You do not need to own a Minecraft account to use the software in this class. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 262, $315
Section 1: 6/26-6/30, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9
Section 2: 8/7-8/11, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7
Section 3: 8/21-8/25, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5


Minecraft Designers

If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this camp 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 projects 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 3D modeling software. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 222
Section 1: 7/3-7/7, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9, $250 (4-day camp)
Section 2: 7/10-7/14, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5, $315
Section 3: 7/17-7/21, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7, $315 


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, campers must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning campers can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.
XCHLC 241, $315
Section 1: 7/17-7/21, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9
Section 2: 7/31-8/4, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7
Section 3: 8/7-8/11, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5


NEW! Star Wars© Stop Animation

Make your own Star Wars adventure come to life! Bring in your favorite Star Wars action figures and create a short film. 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 Star Wars action figures or vehicles from home, but all other equipment is provided. Films will be available on a password- protected website to share with friends and family. Work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
XCHLC 279, $195
7/10-7/14, 2:30-5:30pm, Grades 4 & Up


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 story line. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in your very own game. You do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. 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.
XCHLC 263, $195
7/17-7/21, 2:30pm-5:30pm, Grades 4 & up


New! Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting-edge camp, 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.
Work in pairs or teams and VR Games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
XCHLC 278, $325  (includes VR headset)
Section 1: 7/17-7/21, 9am-2pm, Grades 3-5
Section 2: 7/31-8/4, 9am-2pm, Grades 7-9
Section 3: 8/21-8/25, 9am-2pm, Grades 5-7


X-Games: The Ultimate Video Game Experience

Experience the ultimate in video game design. You’ve learned the basics, now it’s time to take it to another level – an UNREAL level! Work on powerful computers with the industry-grade software the pros use! This camp is not meant for amateurs, but will give any aspiring game designer an idea of how to break into the video game industry. Start with the basics of level editing, 3D modeling, event scripting and story writing. Although the program ends on Friday, your experience is just beginning! You are provided with the software to continue your project at home, will have access to online Black Rocket tutorials, receive an additional 7 hours of online instruction from one of our game designers, and participate in a unique online community of gamers. Software, online tutorial and website hosting are all included. System requirements for home experience include: PC computer with 2 GB of RAM, 2.0 GHZ processor and a ShaderModel3-compatible video card.
XCHLC 130, $575
7/24-7/28, 9am-2pm, Grades 6-9