TNCC offers virtual summer camps – WYDaily


Thomas Nelson Community College is offering virtual summer camps starting in July. (WYDaily/Pixabay)

Camps this summer are going to look a little different at Thomas Nelson Community College.

Regular summer camps have been converted into virtual experiences for camp-goers due to the coronavirus pandemic. TNCC has partnered with Black Rocket, a virtual camp programming company, to create programs that mirror real-life expereinces, according to the TNCC website.

Summer camps will be available starting July 13 for children ages 8 to 14. All camps are science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) oriented and will teach students to work in pairs or teams.

Camps will cover various topics such as coding, programming, 3D modeling, game design, animation and website design.

Campers can choose from the following programs:

  • 3D Game Design with Utility, ages 8 to 14, campers learn to use industry-grade design software to create impactful gameplay projects. Participates must have a 64-bit operating MAC or Windows operating system.
  • Battle Royale: Make your first “Fortnite” Style Video Game, ages 8 to 14, campers will learn to use 3D game development software and participate in eSports League matches against other schools across the country. Participates must have a 64-bit operating MAC or Windows operating system.
  • eSports Apprentice, ages 8 to 14, campers will learn the basics of eSports, such as producing commentary for tournaments and using professional streaming software. Participants must have a webcam.
  • Inventor’s League, ages 8 to 14, campers learn rapid prototyping and problem solving to create and design a problem that solves a critical global issue. Participants must have a MAC or Windows operating system.
  • Minecraft Designers, ages 8 to 14, campers will learn to create a custom map through the basics of 3D modeling. Participants must own a Java version of Minecraft to be in the program.
  • Minecraft Modders, 8 eight to 14, campers will use game basics to learn scripting and logic statements to create their own models. Participants must own a Java version of Minecraft to be in the program.
  • Minecraft Redstone Engineers, ages 8 to 14, participants become a Redstone engineer by constructing their own carnival with a variety of mini-games, roller coasters and other attractions. Participants must own a Java version of Minecraft to be in the program.
  • Pokemon Masters, ages 8 to 14, campers create their own digital Pokemon-style custom playing card game, action figures and jewelry by learning to use professional-level modeling software.
  • Python Programmers, ages 8 to 14, campers learn how to code with Python to create apps and games. This program requires an additional $10 licensing fee.
  • Roblox Coders and Entrepreneurs, ages 8 to 14, campers learn to code in the Lua language while creating their own online universe. This program requires an additional $10 licensing fee.
  • Rocket Kart Racers, ages 8 to 14, campers have the opportunity to make their own 3D game similar to Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing. Participants will use professional development software and combing their creations to create a game they can play with friends and family. This program requires a 64-bit operating system.
  • Virtual Reality, ages 8 to 14, campers will learn the foundations of Virtual Reality design by creating their own virtual worlds. This program requires an additional $11 lab fee.

Registration for camps is now open and requires a $124 registration fee. To learn more about registration and various camp offerings, visit Thomas Nelson Community College online.

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