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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 the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his 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.   

Start date: 07/10/17

End date: 07/14/17

Tuition: $179.00



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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 the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his 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.   

Start date: 07/10/17

End date: 07/14/17

Tuition: $179.00



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There is more horsepower with Google than just finding information on the Internet. Learn about the different FREE tools offered by Google. We will focus on using tools to send emails, manage a calendar, create a document PLUS give a brief overview of what all the other tools can offer.

Start date: 04/25/17

End date: 04/25/17

Tuition: $35.00



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Learn about the cloud and how to use it. Expand your existing knowledge and get the most out of your iPad or tablet technology by learning some useful tips and tricks to make your life easier and even more enjoyable! Please bring your device to class.

Start date: 04/04/17

End date: 04/04/17

Tuition: $19.00



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Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film! Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like Inside Out and Frozen by using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. You do not need to own a Minecraft account to use the software in this class. 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.

Start date: 07/24/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition: $179.00



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Bring your favorite Minecraft characters to life in an animated short film! Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies like Inside Out and Frozen by using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models! Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. You do not need to own a Minecraft account to use the software in this class. 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.

Start date: 07/24/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition: $179.00



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If you love the game Minecraft but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings for your games, this class 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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. This camp is for students age 8 to 11 years old.  

Start date: 07/17/17

End date: 07/21/17

Tuition: $179.00



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Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You’ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas. Agenda Unit 1 What makes Google+ Unique -Why Use Google +? What makes it unique -How to Use Google + -Creating Posts and Messages -Sharing, and Google+ integration with other social media Unit 2 Bringing More Traffic to your site -How Google + will bring more traffic to your site -Developing relationships in Google + -How to get your content posted and reshared -Tips and tricks Unit 3 Connecting with Communities -Using Google+ Communities to connect with focused organizations, and highly interested and engaged users -Contributing to Communities to offer resources -Learning from Communities to gain additional knowledge and skills Unit 4 Stars: Advanced Tips -Using Google + as a conversation tool -Using Hangouts to broadcast your message -How to use Google + for all of your social media -What to Avoid: Google Negatives.

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You’ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas. Agenda Unit 1 What makes Google+ Unique -Why Use Google +? What makes it unique -How to Use Google + -Creating Posts and Messages -Sharing, and Google+ integration with other social media Unit 2 Bringing More Traffic to your site -How Google + will bring more traffic to your site -Developing relationships in Google + -How to get your content posted and reshared -Tips and tricks Unit 3 Connecting with Communities -Using Google+ Communities to connect with focused organizations, and highly interested and engaged users -Contributing to Communities to offer resources -Learning from Communities to gain additional knowledge and skills Unit 4 Stars: Advanced Tips -Using Google + as a conversation tool -Using Hangouts to broadcast your message -How to use Google + for all of your social media -What to Avoid: Google Negatives.

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 06/30/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Google+ has surpassed Twitter to become the second largest social network next to Facebook. Discover the best ways to use this popular and emerging social media platform to raise your online profile, and connect with current and potential new contacts. You’ll learn the advantages of using Google+, how it can help your organization to engage existing users and grow your base, and techniques for using the platform to create relationships, and expand your reach and knowledge in particular subject matter areas. Agenda Unit 1 What makes Google+ Unique -Why Use Google +? What makes it unique -How to Use Google + -Creating Posts and Messages -Sharing, and Google+ integration with other social media Unit 2 Bringing More Traffic to your site -How Google + will bring more traffic to your site -Developing relationships in Google + -How to get your content posted and reshared -Tips and tricks Unit 3 Connecting with Communities -Using Google+ Communities to connect with focused organizations, and highly interested and engaged users -Contributing to Communities to offer resources -Learning from Communities to gain additional knowledge and skills Unit 4 Stars: Advanced Tips -Using Google + as a conversation tool -Using Hangouts to broadcast your message -How to use Google + for all of your social media -What to Avoid: Google Negatives.

Start date: 08/07/17

End date: 09/01/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This course provides a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design, and how it can be applied in your field. Agenda Unit 1 What Makes a Game? - Practical Definition for Game -The Anatomy of a Game -Games and Play -Different Types of Games Unit 2 Essentials of Design -Getting Beyond a Game Idea -Game Verbs and Game Mechanics -Documentation -Test Early, Test Often Unit 3 Game Design: Solo and in Teams -Defining Development Needs -Roles in Game Design -Finding Design and Development Partners Unit 4 Serious Games & Gamification -Games Beyond Entertainment -Designing "Serious" Games -Gamification -Designing Gamification Systems

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $245.00



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Games are increasingly recognized as a tool that can serve many business purposes beyond entertainment. This course provides a general introduction to what goes into the design and development of both video and analog games, with a particular focus on the use of games outside of consumer entertainment. By completing this course, you can take the first steps into understanding game design, and how it can be applied in your field. Agenda Unit 1 What Makes a Game? - Practical Definition for Game -The Anatomy of a Game -Games and Play -Different Types of Games Unit 2 Essentials of Design -Getting Beyond a Game Idea -Game Verbs and Game Mechanics -Documentation -Test Early, Test Often Unit 3 Game Design: Solo and in Teams -Defining Development Needs -Roles in Game Design -Finding Design and Development Partners Unit 4 Serious Games & Gamification -Games Beyond Entertainment -Designing "Serious" Games -Gamification -Designing Gamification Systems

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 06/30/17

Tuition: $245.00



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