Summer Tech Camps

Keep your kids entertained this summer with STEM activities that are fun, productive and creative!

We are excited to offer both in-person and virtual options this year.

Register for face-to-face options below or browse our online/virtual options. 

Students with financial need may qualify for scholarships [pdf]. Call 319-296-4283 for information about scholarships.

NEW! Rocket Kart Racers

On your mark, get set, create! Blast off in making your first 3D Mario Kart® and Crash Team Racing® style game! Design your own tracks and customize your 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! Student projects 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.

June 28–July 2, 2021

Location: Hawkeye's Main Campus—Buchanan Hall

Cost: $179. Students with financial need may qualify for scholarships [pdf]. Call 319-296-4283 for information about scholarships.

Rocket Kart Racers Video

Curriculum by Black Rocket: Launch Your Creativity

NEW! 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 access their projects at home. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

July 12–16, 2021

Location: Hawkeye's Main Campus—Buchanan Hall

Cost: $179. Students with financial need may qualify for scholarships [pdf]. Call 319-296-4283 for information about scholarships.

Minecraft Redstone Engineers Video

Curriculum by Black Rocket: Launch Your Creativity

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 years.

July 19–23, 2021

Location: Hawkeye's Main Campus—Buchanan Hall

Cost: $179. Students with financial need may qualify for scholarships [pdf]. Call 319-296-4283 for information about scholarships.

Minecraft Modders Video

Curriculum by Black Rocket: Launch Your Creativity

NEW! 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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

July 26–30, 2021

Location: Hawkeye's Main Campus—Buchanan Hall

Cost: $179. Students with financial need may qualify for scholarships [pdf]. Call 319-296-4283 for information about scholarships.

Roblox Makers Video

Curriculum by Black Rocket: Launch Your Creativity

Make Your First 3D 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 and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and story telling. 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. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

August 2–6, 2021

Location: Hawkeye's Main Campus—Buchanan Hall

Cost: $179. Students with financial need may qualify for scholarships [pdf]. Call 319-296-4283 for information about scholarships.

Make Your Own 3D Video Game Video

Curriculum by Black Rocket: Launch Your Creativity

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