Kids College :: Summer Camps

Summer Camps

Registration begins April 11, 2016
Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis, so register early to guarantee a fun summer for your child!

** EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS 5/30/16! **

For questions and registration details contact Paulette Parkhill, 540-857-6514, .

Hovercraft - Design Your Own Vehicle - Egg Drop Car (rising grades 4-6)
M-F 6/13-6/17, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $185
Like to design and build things that you create? Build and keep an air powered Hovercraft. You make it defy gravity. Once it’s up and moving using your creativity; control its direction. Build and take home your own super car powered by more than one source of energy. This can be one crazy looking vehicle. Also, build an Egg Drop Car. The purpose is to build a gravity vehicle that can cushion a raw egg as the car holding the egg is dropped from a high height. Be creative with the materials provided to cushion the egg from the fall. In three challenges within this workshop, you will learn about Laws of Motion, Energy, Air Pressure, Friction, Lift, Speed and Acceleration.

Horticulture — Reap What You Sow (rising grades 4-6)
M-F 6/13-6/17, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $99
Students will learn the vegetable gardening process from start to finish. Seed sowing, crop scheduling, soil preparation, transplanting, fertilization, watering, plant care, insect and disease control, garden clean up, composting, deer and rodent protection, harvesting and storing seeds, and sustainable vegetable gardening. Students should also learn about helping and serving others from a standpoint of gardening and sharing of the harvest.

Exploring Electronics (rising grades 9-12)
M-F 6/13-6/15, 9:00AM-2:30PM, cost before 5/30/16: $99
Exploring Electronics Camp is for High School students who are interested in exploring electronics and electrical engineering as a possible college and career path. This is a fun crash course in real electronics using equipment and resources from the college electronics lab. It is helpful but not required that students have some experience or knowledge in electronics. Students will be supplied with their own electronics kit and workbook, which they can keep at the end of the week. Topics of discussion will include careers in electronics, electronic math and physics, analog and digital signals and systems, electrical components, test equipment, ac and dc supplies, wiring, circuit boards, and electronic safety. Students will study and build a different circuit each day with the goal of completing a real audio amplifier by the end of the camp.

Discover Your Drawing Skills (rising grades 7-12)
M-F 6/20-6/24, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
Students will learn the skills to draw realistically. We will do guided drawings as a class and then work from a still life. You will learn concepts such as measuring shapes in space and linear perspective. Drawing is a skill everyone can learn. Amaze yourself with the super special skill to draw what you see! On your mark, get set, draw!

Fast and Furious Keyboarding (rising grades 4-6)
M-F 6/20-6/24, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $135
How fast can you go without looking at your hands!
Fast and furious keyboarding classes teach beginning keyboarders how to move from hunt and peck to coordinated touch typing. This class is for children who want to get the best performance from a keyboard. The goal in teaching keyboarding is to develop proper techniques without concern for typing speed. Typing speed will evolve from practicing good technique.

Health Professions (rising grades 6-8)
M-W 6/27-6/29, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $135
Health Care can be challenging. The more you know, the less you are frightened when things happen! In this three day camp students will learn about different health care specialist, training, and services. Some of the fun activities will include learning about CPR or First Aid, Emergency care, Simulations, and Exercise. Tours of labs with brief demonstrations of specialized equipment will round out the Health Professions Camp.

Digital Photography (rising grades 4-9)
M-F 6/27-7/1, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $99
The basic rules of composition and lighting will be explored as all great photographers should know. We will study about well-known photographers such as Ansel Adams and Steve McCurry. You will learn to use your digital cameras or smartphone's different settings and applications to create lasting images. After image is saved we will use photo editing software or multi-media to enhance or distort the images to make a finished art show worthy piece of artwork. Please bring your own digital camera or smartphone fully charged with your devices USB cord with a 4 GB memory card.

Imaginate! Where your imagination and creativity will collide with Mechatronics (rising grades 6-8)
M-W 7/11-7/13, 8:30AM-2:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $50
Students in this three day camp will explore the fundamentals of robotics, computer programming, electronics and mechanical processes through project based activities. Students will design, build and program unique projects as well as friendships in a fun-filled environment. The ultimate goal of the Mechatronics Camp is to inspire and educate students about engineering technology and the many exciting career opportunities available to them in a high-tech industry. In an engaging and exciting high-tech environment, this camp encourages: Innovation; Creative thinking; Initiative; Time Management; Teamwork and collaboration. Students please bring a non-perishable snack each day. Lunch will be provided.

Girls In Construction "MAGIC" - (Mentoring A Girl In Construction) (Girls, rising grades 7-12)
W-F 7/13-7/15, 9:00AM-3:30PM, cost: $75
Exploring new opportunities for women in construction, participants will enjoy hands-on projects and discussions with industry professionals; explore blueprint design and Autodesk Revit. Projects will include electricity, plumbing and carpentry. Girls will assist with Habitat for Humanity shed build. (Contributors: Branch & Associates, Inc.; Hughes Associates Architects & Engineers; MB Contractors, Inc.; Lionberger Construction; Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley; National Association of Women in Construction). We encourage young ladies to attend “Imaginate and MAGIC" this week. Lunch will be provided.

Kingii Dragon - Robotics Workshop - The Ultimate Experience (rising grades 4-6)
M-F 7/18-7/22, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $185
Make and take home the Kingii Dragon Robot. It is by far the wackiest lizard to ever have roamed the planet earth. It is a very smart lizard with artificial intelligence and true to life features which will make him an unusual pet to enjoy! Working in small groups, children will build different robotic creatures; vehicles and robots; test each for speed; strength; and endurance. The robots in this part of the workshop are not taken home. Tires, motors, gears, wires and controllers are used to move these robots across the floor. After making trial runs, you can modify your designs to increase your robots’ performance. Your robot will be tested in Sumo battles, tugs-of-war, and vehicle distance timings, etc.

Robotics (rising grades 7-9)
M-F 7/18-7/22, 8:30AM-12:30PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
This camp will be an exciting introduction to Science, Engineering and Technology through the assembly, and programming of an autonomous robot. Students attending the Robotics camp will receive hands-on experience with computer programming, electronics, computer-aided-design, and rapid prototype fabrication (3D printing). New this year, students will program robots using the engineering and industry standard C programming language. Current applications of autonomous robot technology are presented using state-of-the-art equipment and material. The faculty will involve students in discussion and activities that will expand their knowledge and understanding of engineering and advanced technology while encouraging future interest in these fields. The camp will promote an atmosphere of fun as well as the importance of good study habits and learning discipline that lead to both educational and career pathways. Students please bring a non-perishable snack each day.
*Earns Boy Scout merit badge.

Fast and Furious Keyboarding (rising grades 7-10)
M-F 7/25-7/29, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $135
How fast can you go without looking at your hands!
Fast and furious keyboarding classes teach beginning keyboarders how to move from hunt and peck to coordinated touch typing. This class is for children who want to get the best performance from a keyboard. The goal in teaching keyboarding is to develop proper techniques without concern for typing speed. Typing speed will evolve from practicing good technique.

Explore Graphic Design (rising grades 7-12)
M-F 7/25-7/29, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
Interested in drawing and design? Want to discover your talents and take them to the next level? Come learn about graphic design and the many career paths this skill has to offer. Activities will include creating special effects, character drawings, logos, posters and animated gifs using Illustrator and Photoshop.

It's My Future (rising grades 6-8)
M-T 7/25-7/26, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $99
It’s never too early to begin planning for your future career. Students will create their own walking billboards and introduce themselves with a 2 minute “elevator speech”. During this 2 day camp students will interact with business professionals and learn what they look for in a great employee. Students will explore career clusters, participate in a scavenger hunt to find clues about high-growth STEM careers using the latest technology and map their path to employment.
Program offered through collaboration with Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia.

Career Success (rising grades 9-12)
W-Th 7/27-7/28, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $99
What do critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration have to do with getting a job? Students will work together to practice getting their point over without words. Students will solve ethical dilemmas. Students will rate their own soft skills and hear from local business Human Resource Officers how to get, keep or lose a job! Students will be interviewed, develop their cover letters, resumes and digital profiles and shown how social media is used by employment agencies.
Program offered through collaboration with Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia.

BLACK ROCKET CAMPS
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 over a decade of experience designing camps in the S.T.E.A.M fields (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics). 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.

Minecraft Animators (rising grades 4-9)
M-F 6/13-6/17, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
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 through using techniques like keyframing, tweening, texturing, and animating rigged 3D models! Student projects will be available on a 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.

App Attack! Make Your First Game App (rising grades 4-7)
M-F 6/20-6/24, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own 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. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class.

LEGO YOUniverse: Make Your Own Adventure! (rising grades 4-9)
M-F 6/27-7/1, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
In this LEGO adventure YOU are the star! Pick your favorite LEGO genre or create an alternate universe to create a digital illustrated story. Whether you want to fight alongside Batman, be part of a Ninjago clan, hang with Ninja Turtles, or go into space with the Bionicles, the only requirement is that you put yourself in the story! All students will end the class with a digital comic book that can be shared with friends and family on a password protected website!

Minecraft Designers (rising grades 4-7)
M-F 7/11-7/15, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
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.

Minecraft Modders (rising grades 6-9)
M-F 7/18-7/22, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. 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.

Make Your First Video Game! (rising grades 4-9)
M-F 7/25-7/29, 9:00AM-12:00PM, cost before 5/30/16: $165
If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers, Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee.