John Wood Community College's JDUB Academy is teaming up with Black Rocket to offer exciting tech online classes for kids ages 8-14 this Summer! The fun S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math) classes will run for 10 weeks, from June 8th to August 14th. JDUB Academy will offer two classes each week! There are a total of 14 classes to choose from...check them out below!

Each online class runs for three hours each weekday for a total of 15 hours of class time. The cost of each class is $140. Please complete your registration online. 

Registrations must be submitted by noon the Wednesday before a class is scheduled to begin.

(If you need to cancel your registration, requests for full refunds must be made by the Wednesday prior to class session start.)

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After our staff receives your registration and enters it in our computer system, you can expect a phone call from our office to collect your payment over the phone. 

We realize that COVID-19 has affected us all in a variety of different ways. We don’t want cost to be a deterrent from having your child participate in this summer’s online course offerings. We have a limited number of reduced rate scholarships available to help offset the cost of tuition. If your family would benefit from a reduced rate of $25 per class, please let us know at the time of registration. We are so thankful to the John Wood Community College Foundation and their supporters  for making this reduced rate possible. 
*Interested families are eligible for one class per child at the $25 rate. 

 

Questions? Contact the Community Based Outreach office by phone at 217.641.4941 or by email at cbo@jwcc.edu.

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3D Game Design with Unity

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, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables. 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.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*This requires a 64-bit operating system.
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

battle-royale

Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game

Fans of Fortnite we need you! Instead of playing the game, design your own. Using a professional 3D game development software, 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. 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.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*This requires a 64-bit operating system.
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

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 a silicon valley CEO or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in her 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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.                                                        

NEW!  JavaScript Developer Jam

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. 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.

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.  

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, just a desire to have fun. Student projects 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. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with Windows OS only.      

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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 
Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

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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. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. 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.    

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 
Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

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 take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Ages 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.  
Purchase Minecraft Java Edition         

NEW!  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 and 3D designs 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.    

Ages 8-11 and 11-14
*This is a limited release only available for BR Instructor Creator Corps Schedules.
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.

Python Programmers

Want to learn the world's fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA?  ​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!​  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.  Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years​.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.  

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. 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.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.  

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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.   

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.  

NEW!  Rocket Kart Racers: Design A Mario Kart® Style Game

On your marks, 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.

Ages 8-11 and 11-14
*This requires a 64-bit operating system.
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. 

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 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. Student-created 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. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*Compatible with Windows OS only.     

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