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Keep your kids entertained this summer with STEM activities that are fun, productive and creative! Register now to save your spot
June 17-21, 2019
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.
Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting-edge camp, 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 camp, but to use 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. VR headset included in the tuition.
June 24-28, 2019
Cost: $199. Students with financial need may qualify for scholarships [pdf]. Call 319-296-4283 for information about scholarships.
The hottest new Apps are IO apps! If your child likes to play Agar.io or Slither.io, he or she will love this camp! Become the creator of the next viral web app! Explore the most popular .IO apps, design your own multiplayer experience, and learn how to code your own app. 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. Students do not need to own a smartphone and will work in pairs for most of the camp.
July 8-12, 2019
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 camp. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.
July 15-19, 2019
Instead of playing battle royale games, design your own! Using professional 3D game development software, build a cartoon-style game and fortress to protect your treasure with non-violent weapons like magic wands. Students will not be playing Fortnite in this camp. Student-created games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs for most of the camp.
July 22-26, 2019
July 29–August 2, 2019
This camp is for kids on the autism spectrum who need additional assistance. Children work in pairs and an assistant is matched with four kids for more individualized assistance. If you love the game Minecraft but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings for your games, this camp is for you! Learn the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, create skins for characters, and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software.
August 12–16, 2019