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Summer Youth Programs

While COVID-19 has changed our summer plans for face-to-face fun and learning, HCC has teamed up with Black Rocket, Cape Cod Community College, Middlesex Community College, and Mount Wachusett Community College to offer an exciting, engaging array of project-based summer programs for kids and teens! Connecting remotely, kids work in teams and pairs with an emphasis on creativity, collaboration and critical thinking. Check out all our options, below.

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Questions? Call 413.552.2123 or email vsemyrog@hcc.edu.

*Please note: Registration for Black Rocket programs closes one week before program start date.


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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

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

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

Youth Dungeons & Dragons Adventurer's Campaign
Challenge your imagination, solve puzzles, and navigate epic quests. Dungeons & Dragons is a structured game of make-believe set in a fantasy world. Led by the Game Master, the players explore vast worlds and meet interesting people. During each three-hour session, players are heroes in a world they help shape. This will be an online, live session that can be played over a smartphone, Chrome Book, laptop, or desktop computer. Access to the internet is required. Only six participants allowed per game; please sign up for only one day/time per session.

Ages: 12-14 and 15-16

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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

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 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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eSports Apprentice: Streamers & Gamers
Whether you want to be the next pro gamer, streamer, or gamecaster this course will teach you the basics to get started! No longer just a hobby, eSports is the fastest-growing career for the next generation. Over 400 million people watched YouTube videos and Twitch streams of video game competitions this year alone! In this course, students will develop game-play skills and compete using Black Rocket's eSports games and apps, learn how to produce commentary for live tournaments, use professional streaming software, and most importantly practice online safety. Student recordings will be available on a password-protected website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*A webcam is required for this course Software is compatible with MAC and Windows OS only

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 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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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

YouTube Content Creators
Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Whether you are six or sixty, it's time to start a career as the next YouTube star. Explore the variety of content and personalities that exist on YouTube and how to find your own niche. Learn the Dos and Don'ts of the platform and how to practice good digital citizenship. Develop your on-camera presence, your own channel branding, and professional editing skills. Take home a plan for launching your own channel with the content created in class! Student projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Ages 8-11 and 11-14
*A webcam is required for this course
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only

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Code Breakers
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 a silicon valley CEO or the high school student who just made $1 million for programming done at home, 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

Inventor's League: Prototyping for the Future!
Become an inventor of the future! Learn 'rapid prototyping' and problem solving as you conceptualize and design a product to solve a critical global issue. Each day begins with inspirational profiles of young inventors, such as the eleven-year-old who coded a robot to find victims of natural disasters. Next, research a problem to tackle in medicine, architecture, the environment, or a topic of your choosing. Once your vision is complete, learn how to draft 2D designs, create 3D models, and develop a website to pitch your ideas to the class. 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

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

tech requirements

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

Minecraft Animators
Create the next popular animated Minecraft video on YouTube! Practice the same skills professionals at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios use. Discover the process of keyframing and tweening, how to use it to bring your own animated stories to life, and how to publish your content on YouTube. 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. Mac users can play their project at home, but will not be able to edit the project without a PC. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

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

Pokémon Masters: Designers & 3D Makers Unite!
Calling all kids 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 Pokémon-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

tech requirements

Inventor's League: Prototyping for the Future!
Become an inventor of the future! Learn 'rapid prototyping' and problem solving as you conceptualize and design a product to solve a critical global issue. Each day begins with inspirational profiles of young inventors, such as the eleven-year-old who coded a robot to find victims of natural disasters. Next, research a problem to tackle in medicine, architecture, the environment, or a topic of your choosing. Once your vision is complete, learn how to draft 2D designs, create 3D models, and develop a website to pitch your ideas to the class. 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
*Compatible with MAC and 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

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

Youth Dungeons & Dragons: Adventurer's Campaign
Challenge your imagination, solve puzzles, and navigate epic quests. Dungeons & Dragons is a structured game of make-believe set in a fantasy world. Led by the Game Master, the players explore vast worlds and meet interesting people. During each three-hour session, players are heroes in a world they help shape. This will be an online, live session that can be played over a smartphone, Chrome Book, laptop, or desktop computer. Access to the internet is required. Only six participants allowed per game; please sign up for only one day/time per session.

Ages: 12-14 and 15-16

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Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling
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. 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
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only

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

tech requirements

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

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 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

tech requirements

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

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

YouTube Content Creators
Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Whether you are six or sixty, it's time to start a career as the next YouTube star. Explore the variety of content and personalities that exist on YouTube and how to find your own niche. Learn the Dos and Don'ts of the platform and how to practice good digital citizenship. Develop your on-camera presence, your own channel branding, and professional editing skills. Take home a plan for launching your own channel with the content created in class! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Ages 8-11 and 11-14
*A webcam is required for this course
*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only

tech requirements

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

eSports Apprentice: Streamers & Gamers
Whether you want to be the next pro gamer, streamer, or gamecaster this course will teach you the basics to get started! No longer just a hobby, eSports is the fastest-growing career for the next generation. Over 400 million people watched YouTube videos and Twitch streams of video game competitions this year alone! In this course, students will develop game-play skills and compete using Black Rocket's eSports games and apps, learn how to produce commentary for live tournaments, use professional streaming software, and most importantly practice online safety. Student recordings will be available on a password-protected website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class.  

Ages: 8-11 and 11-14
*A webcam is required for this course
*Software is compatible with MAC and Windows OS only

tech requirements

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 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 Animators
Create the next popular animated Minecraft video on YouTube! Practice the same skills professionals at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios use. Discover the process of keyframing and tweening, how to use it to bring your own animated stories to life, and how to publish your content on YouTube. 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. Mac users can play their project at home, but will not be able to edit the project without a PC. 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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