In partnership with BlackRocket, the Community Education department is now offering online STEAM enrichment courses for youth ages 8 – 14.
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- Battle Royale: Make Your First Fortnite® Style Video Game
Fans of Fortnite we need you! 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.Ages: 8-11 and 11-14 *Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only and requires a 64-bit operating system.
- Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling
Watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in this unique course that blends classic storytelling with animation techniques and coding. Start with a concept, design the characters, and choose not just one ending, but many! Learn how to create your own text-based adventure games with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and Twine scripting syntax. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.Ages: 8-11 and 11-14 *Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS
- NEW! Cyber Spies
With the world’s increased reliance on digital data, cyber security is more important than ever! In this class you are all that stands between a group of international hackers launching cyber attacks and world peace. Through a series of challenges students will learn to apply tools used by professional digital forensics teams to crack codes and use encryption. Working in teams you will have to collect clues, recover lost data, and explore the tools of the trade and become the next great cyber spy!Ages: 8-11 and 11-14 *Limited to Comprehensive only for 2022
- NEW! Minecraft Club
Join kids around the country in our Creator Corps Community of Minecraft maniacs who play and create together. Each week have fun playing Minecraft and learning new tricks from our Minecraft Masters. Each Friday one of our Coaches will teach a new technique and challenge to the club and let you show off your skills. Clubs meet every Friday at 7pm EST for 6 weeks.
- UPDATED! Minecraft® Designers
If you love the game Minecraft and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, design structures to share between worlds, build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Ages: 8-11 and 11-14 *Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Purchase Minecraft Java Edition
- UPDATED! Minecraft® Redstone Engineers
Take the next step beyond simply “playing” Minecraft and become a true Redstone engineer. Expand your Redstone knowledge by constructing your own 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 take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible.Ages 8-11 and 11-14*Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Purchase Minecraft Java Edition
- NEW! Pokémon® Masters: Designers & 3D Makers Unite!
Calling all PokeMasters who want to be the designers of the future! Use your Pokemon imagination and bring your ideas to life. Begin by creating your own digital Pokemon-style custom playing card game. Progress onto designing action figures, jewelry, and toys in professional-level modeling software. Learn how to prepare a model for 3D printing and create a design portfolio to showcase your work! No prior experience is necessary and 3D designs will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.Ages 8-11 and 11-14 *Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
- Python Programmers
Want to learn the world's fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish! Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years. Ages: 8-11 and 11-14 *Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.
- NEW! Roblox Club
Are you an avid Roblox player and creator? Join us on Friday nights to collaborate and play mini games with one of our Roblox Coaches and make new friends in a safe and fun environment. Clubs meet every Friday at 7pm EST for 6 weeks.
- ROBLOX® Makers
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.Ages 8-11 and 11-14 *Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
- YouTube® Content Creators
Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Whether you are six or sixteen, 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 own 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. Ages 8-11 and 11-14 *A webcam is required for this course and it is compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
- NEW! YouTube® FX Masters
Do you love movies with exciting special effects, like The Avengers, Star Wars or Harry Potter? Amaze your friends by swinging a lightsaber or blasting fire from your hands and becoming a master of the illusions used by Hollywood artists to create visual effects magic. Whether you want to enhance your YouTube videos or create a cool scene to amaze your friends; this class teaches the tools you need. Experiment with visual effects as you learn the dynamics of camera angles, editing, graphic layering, and sound effects. Then watch as your new creations take your channel content to the next level! Student projects are available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.Ages 8-11 and 11-14 *A webcam is required, compatible with MAC and Windows OS only, and requires a 64-bit operating system.
- Young Authors
Children at this age have an unlimited supply of imagination and ideas. The goal is to show children just how much fun creative thinking can be if they let their imagination soar. Students will develop their own story from start to finish, ending with their own published soft cover book. Learn plot development, character creation, review literary techniques, and self-expression activities, including illustration, dialogue, and more. Typing support provided. At the end of the class all students will receive a soft cover book they created themselves!Ages 7 - 10 and 11 - 14 *Compatible with MAC, Windows and Chrome OS.
Enjoy Music by Learning Guitar
Learning to play the guitar is a great way to learn the basics of reading music. In this course, students will learn how to hold the instrument and pick, as well as tune a guitar with their phones. Using the required book, students will learn basic guitar instruction and review chords each week while also learning new songs to sing and play. Appropriate for ages 9 and up. Please make sure you have a full size acoustic guitar and picks, plus required text: Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book I, Second Edition by Will Schmid and Greg Koch.
Canton | C124 | 18017 | $139
Tuesday | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
9/28/2021 - 11/16/2021
Instructor: Jo Francine Manning-Souza
Welcome to Family Yoga, where families connect one pose and one breath at a time. Families are the union of beings that connect, love, and support one another and yoga is the union of mind, body, and soul. When families practice yoga together, each individual in that unit deepens self-love, self-understanding, and self-trust that in turn strengthens the unit not only physically but also energetically. This class will provide families with tools to decrease stress and anxiety, self-calm and self-regulate emotions, increase attention-span and focus, and cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves as individuals and as a family unit. Registration includes one parent and one child.
Brockton | FH122 | 18003 | $29
Wednesday | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
10/27/2021 - 11/17/2021
Instructor: Sherry Hayes
About Our Instructor
Sherry Hayes earned a Paralegal Certificate from Stonehill College, an A.S. from Massasoit Community College, and a B.A. in Management from Eastern Nazarene College. Sherry is a certified 500-hour yoga instructor with additional certifications in Yin Yoga, Balanced Athlete™ Certification Level 1, and CLI Restorative Yoga. Sherry has been teaching yoga since 2019 and has been working at Massasoit Community College since 2012.
Jo Francine Manning-Souza earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory of Music and an M.A. in Mental Health with a specialty in Music Therapy from Lesley University. She is certified to teach PreK-12 in music in the public schools, Levels I and II of Orff Schulwerk teaching method, and Suzuki Violin in books 1-10. She has received Outstanding Honors from Carnegie Hall as well as from the Amuse the World International Chamber Music competition.