Summer Camps | Thomas Nelson Community College

Summer Camps

This summer keep your kids engaged and safe with Virtual Summer Camps. Thomas Nelson has partnered with Black Rocket to offer your students camps in the STEAM fields. Learn more about each camp, register, and learn more about Black Rocket.

Camp Begins in July. Registration is now open! Browse Programs now. For additional information or questions contact wtce@tncc.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: 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.

 

 

eSports Apprentice - Streamers and 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.

 

NEW!  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.  Purchase Minecraft Java Edition

 

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

*$10 license fee per student with this class

*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

*$10 license fee per student with this class

*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. 

 

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now

Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting-edge class, 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 class, but to use the VR headset a camper will need access to an Android or Apple mobile device. Students will work in pairs or teams and VR projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

Ages 8-11 and 11-14

*There is an additional $11 lab fee per student for the VR Headset.

*Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.

 

 

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More about Black Rocket:

The magic in every camper comes to life as never before when they are empowered to be as creative as they were all born to be!  Black Rocket has twenty years of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields.  Every program is powered by the camper’s innate imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on learning environment.  From concept to creation students will demonstrate their masterpiece to the world at the end of each week! All Black Rocket programs mirror real-life experiences and the collaborative nature of the design process.  Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.