We are excited to announce the MCDS Online Summer Tech Camp. We know your kids are eager to connect with other kids and actively engage their minds this summer—all while having fun!

To help you with this, we teamed up with Black Rocket to provide a series of opportunities for your kids to explore their tech curiosity this summer.

Learn more below!

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Weekly Courses

Monday through Friday, one‑week online programs, with morning and afternoon options

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Immersive activities

 guided by live, online instructors.

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Lots of options!

A variety of course options every week, June 22 through July 31.

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Moderated Virtual Room

for kids to engage with the instructor and interact with the other participants

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Details

Who: Ages 8–14
What: Online, live educational tech courses
When: Weekly courses, June 2 through July 31 (See specific program dates and times in descriptions below.)
Where: Online!
Technical Requirements: Overview of technical requirements is in this pdf and at the bottom of each course listing.

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Dates & Rates

Cost: $149 / course

Deadline to Register: The Friday before each course’s start date

Course Descriptions

Week 1

June 22-26

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​ 

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

June 22-26
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

June 22-26
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

Available on Chrome OS.

Additional requirements

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License Fee

$10 license fee per student with this class

 

 

eSports Apprentice: Streamers and Gamers

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.  Videos will not be broadcast publicly but will be shared with all students in the class.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

June 22-26
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

June 22-26
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

Additional requirements

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Webcam

REQUIRED for this course

Week 2

June 29-July 3

JavaScript Developer Jam

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 b.

Projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

June 29–July 3
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

June 29–July 3
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

Available on Chrome OS.

Additional requirements

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License Fee

$10 license fee per student with this class

YouTube Content Creators

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 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.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

June 29–July 3
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

June 29–July 3
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

Additional requirements

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Webcam

REQUIRED for this course

Week 3

July 6-10

Code Breakers

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 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. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.   

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 6–10
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 6–10
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

Available on Chrome OS.

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.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 6–10
8:30–11:30 a.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 6–10
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

Week 4

July 13-17

3D Game Design with Unity

Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables.

Student-created games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 13–17
8:30–11:30 a.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 13–17
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

Additional requirements

64-bit OS

A 64-bit operating system is required for this course.

Pokemon Masters: Designers & 3D Makers Unite!

Calling all boys and girls who want to be the designers of the future! In this class, if you can dream it, you can make it! 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. 

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 13–17
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 13–17
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

Week 5

July 20-24

Inventor’s League - Prototyping for the Future!

Become an inventor of the future! Learn ‘rapid prototyping’ and problem solving as you conceptualize and design a product to solve a critical global issue.

Each day begins with inspirational profiles of young inventors, such as the eleven-year-old who coded a robot to find victims of natural disasters. Next, research a problem to tackle in medicine, architecture, the environment, or a topic of your choosing. Once your vision is complete, learn how to draft 2D designs, create 3D models, and develop a website to pitch your ideas to the class.

Student projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 20–24
8:30–11:30 a.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 20–24
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

Rocket Kart Racers: Design A Mario Kart Style Game

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

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 20–24
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 20–24
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

Additional requirements

64-bit OS

A 64-bit operating system is required for this course.

Week 6

July 27-31

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 JavaScript.

Student projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 27–31
8:30–11:30 a.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 27–31
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

NOT AVAILABLE on Chrome OS.

ROBLOX Coders & Entrepreneurs!

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.

Schedule

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Ages 8–11

July 27–31
12:30–3:30 p.m.

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Ages 11–14

July 27–31
8:30–11:30 a.m.

Compatibility

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Mac

Available on Mac OS.

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Windows

Available on Windows OS.

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Chrome

Available on Chrome OS.

Additional requirements

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License Fee

$10 license fee per student with this class