KCC's Black Rocket Summer Camps Take Computer Skills to the Next Level

6/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
Klamath Community College is offering 10 five-day Black Rocket summer camps that will help youth take their computer skills to the next level.
 
KLAMATH FALLS – Klamath Community College is offering 10 five-day Black Rocket summer camps that will help youth take their computer skills to the next level.
           
The camps are a fun and exciting introduction to computer engineering, and are open to youth ages seven to 14 years old. Students can design video games, create Minecraft characters and buildings, create short films using their own action figures, design 3-D creations, and more.  
           
“Learning to code can and should be fun, and one of the best ways to learn coding is to start at an early age working with things or activities that are fun,” said KCC Computer Engineering Instructor Pete Brandsness. “Our camps are a combination of summer camp, computer games, and learning to code.”
           
The program’s six pillars of learning are creativity, technology, make it yourself, peer learning, 21st century skills, and project based camps, according to the Black Rocket website.
           
“These camps are always a huge success – students are excited about the skills they learn and the projects they make and then get to keep,” said KCC Community Education Coordinator Erica Dow.

Most student-created games and computer-based projects created at the camps will be available to students at home through a protected Black Rocket website.  
           
“Students currently in K-12 education are going to enter a workforce in which computer coding is considered a form of literacy, just like we consider reading and writing literacy today,” Brandsness said. “The camps will give students a fun and functional foundation for understanding how computer programs work in a world where more things are connected or controlled by computer software.”

Camps start June 26 and are $149 each.
           
For more information call KCC Community Education at 541-880-2243.

Klamath Community College is an AA/EEO/VET/ADA Institution