Summer Enrichment Program Youth

This summer, Sussex County Community College will be offering tech-focused Summer Youth Enrichment Programs focused on digital arts and creative science from Black Rocket. This company brings new learning opportunities for kids to immerse themselves in creative and fun classes. This series of workshops for ages 8-14 will run in July and August.

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  • The cost of each program is $200 for 5 days
  • For ages 8-14
  • Classes are held in the Performing Arts Center at Sussex

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Get a glimpse of some of the games and videos students can create.

Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game

  • July 6-July 10 from 9 am-12 pm

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.   

 eSports Apprentice - Streamers and Gamers

  • July 6-July 10 from 1 pm-4 pm

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.  

Minecraft® Modders

  • July 13-July 17 from 1 pm-4 pm

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 access their projects at home. 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.    

ROBLOX® Makers

  • July 13-July 17 from 9 am-12 pm

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.   

JavaScript Developer Jam

  • July 20-July 24, from 1 pm-4 pm

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. 

Make Your First 3D Video Game!

  • July 20-July 24, from 9 am-12 pm

In this Black Rocket classic, you will go well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2D game design classes and create an immersive 3D world. Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends, and family projects are only compatible with Windows devices. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.    

App Attack!

  • July 27-July 31, from 9 am-12 pm

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. 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 or tablet to take this class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Code Breakers

  • July 27-July 31, from 1 pm-4 pm

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.   

Minecraft® Redstone Engineers

  • August 3-August 7, from 9 am-12 pm

Take the next step beyond simply “playing” Minecraft and become a true Redstone engineer. Expand your Redstone knowledge by constructing your 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 access their projects at home. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

ROBLOX® Coders & Entrepreneurs!

  • August 3-August 7, from 1 pm-4 pm

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.  

Rocket Kart Racers: Design A Mario Kart® Style Game

  • August 10-August 14, from 1 pm-4 pm

On your marks, get set, create! Blast off in making your first 3D Mario Kart® and Crash Team Racing® style game! Design your 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. 

YouTube® Content Creators

  • August 10-August 14, from 9 am-12 pm

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 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.