2016 Summer Camps for Teens

3D ANIMATION FOR VIDEO GAMES

14 - 17 years old                July 17 - 20 (Mon-Thurs)               8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300

Learn how to create 3D computer animations using the industry software, 3D Studio Max. Students will begin by learning the tools and the basics of animation, including creating key-framed animations set to audio using pre-made rigs. Last, they'll learn how to clean up the keys for smooth playback and render high resolution movie clips of their animations.


AMERICAN RED CROSS BABYSITTING

11 - 15 years old                June 26 - 29 (Mon-Thurs)             Northern Wake Campus               $200

Are you a current or future babysitter?  Do you enjoy playing with kids?  Do you see yourself as a future teacher or counselor?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, this camp is for you!  The American Red Cross Babysitting Camp will give you all the tools you need to safely and responsibly provide care for children and infants.  This camp will help you develop leadership skills, develop a babysitting business, keep yourself and others safe, help children behave, and learn about basic child care and first aid.  From changing diapers to feeding toddlers, to performing life-saving procedures, this camp is for YOU!  This camp is designed for students age 11-15. All campers will receive certification from the American Red Cross.


AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: BEGINNING

14 - 17 years old                June 19 - June 23 (Mon-Fri)         Western Wake Campus                $250

Have you always wanted to learn to sign and communicate with others who use sign language? In the America Sign Language Camp students will learn how to sign common vocabulary often seen in our daily lives. You will also learn how to apply vocabulary words in the ASL grammar and structures. Lastly you will learn about the general deaf culture. Experience learning sign language in a fun incorporated and engaging learning environment.


AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: INTERMEDIATE

14-17 years old  July 10-14 (Mon-Fri)        Western Wake Campus                $250

Do you want to expand your signing vocabulary words and signing skills? The Intermediate Sign Language Camp will introduce techniques to expand signing skills by learning additional vocabulary words. Students will also learn how to converse more as well as formulate ASL sentences. Lastly you will learn about fun deaf culture facts. Experience learning sign language in a fun incorporated and an engaging learning environment.


BASICS OF BIOTECH: CELLS AT WORK

13 - 16 years old                August 7-9 (Mon-Wed) NCSU Centennial Campus            $160

Explore the world of biotechnology! This course gives students a glimpse of the microscopic world as viewed through the eyes of a biotechnologist. Students will learn about the world of microbes (the smallest living things) and how they can be useful to us, why it is sometimes important to keep things scrupulously clean, and how it feels to work in an ultraclean environment while wearing a bunny suit.


CAKE DECORATING: BEGINNING

13 - 17 years old                June 12 - 15 (Mon-Thurs)             Beltline Education Center             $200
13 - 17 years old                July 17 - 20 (Mon-Thurs)               Western Wake Campus                $200

Learn to level, tort, frost, and fill.  This course will explore using all these techniques on cupcakes, round cakes, and square cakes. Campers will also gain experience using rolled fondant, buttercream frostings, creating different borders, and royal icing embroidery. **Campers must bake at home and bring the goods to class to be decorated.

Parents are responsible for purchasing the necessary items on the Cake Decorating Supply list. The list can be printed via the following link: http://tinyurl.com/z4urqgu


CREATING COOL WEBSITES

13 - 16 years old                June 19 - 23 (Mon-Fri)    Western Wake Campus                $250

Learn to create fantastic and inviting websites that will give you bragging rights. Learn how to use WordPress, open-source free software, to create beautiful sites and blogs - and how to link them to social sharing sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others.


DIGITAL SCULPTING FOR VIDEO GAMES

14 - 17 years old                June 19 - 22 (Mon-Thurs)             8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300

This camp introduces students to the process of creating detailed, 3-dimensional models like those found in video games. Students will hone their art skills by following the production pipeline from drawing a concept, to creating 3D models using the same software movie and video game professionals use, ZBrush. They'll assemble their work and place it in an online portfolio that they can show off any time!


DIGITAL VIDEOGRAPHY

13-17 years old  July 10-13 (Mon-Thurs) Northern Wake Campus               $200
13-17 years old  July 17-20 (Mon-Thurs) Western Wake Campus                $200

Tailored for teens and pre-teens, this fun class is for any skill level, using any digital video camera or digital stills camera (DSLR, mirrorless, Advanced Point & Shoot) with Shutter Priority (S or Tv) or Manual (M) mode and video capabilities. Students will gain the knowledge of setting proper exposure and frame rates, composition, how to do pedestal, reveal and rack focus shots, and use of a slide. Bring your camera with you to class.


DRONES, DRONES, DRONES!

13-17 years old  August 7-9 (Mon-Wed) Northern Wake Campus               $260

Want to get your teen off the couch and outside this summer? Learn the ups and downs of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle technology (UAV), otherwise known as DRONES! Discover the science and technology behind building, programming, test flying small Drones safely, and in compliance with current FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) rules and regulations. Campers will meet and learn from a FAA licensed and insured Drone instructor/operator.  Opportunities for future Drone operators include careers in search and rescue, aerial photography and cinematography, agriculture land surveying, construction DOC, surveying storm damage, and other natural disasters. All campers will receive their very own UAV micro Drone Ready to Fly.  The sky is the limit!!


ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

12 - 14 years old     June 12 - 15 (Mon-Thurs)             8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300

Students will design, construct, and test projects relating to various fields of engineering. This camp encourages the participants to use collaboration, communication, and critical thinking to solve problems. Projects and activities introduce the students to architectural, civil, chemical, industrial, mechanical, and electrical engineering.


GIRLS IN STEM

14-15 years old  July 17 – 20 (Mon-Thurs)              8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus                    $300

This hands-on, all-girls STEM camp introduces topics within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields.  Campers will explore concepts including the engineering of building BristleBots, the science behind Tie Dye t-shirts, statistical computer coding and the creation of movable 2D & 3D graphs, and 3D printing.  After designing an item using 3D software, campers will be able to print their creation to take home!

Due to the popularity of last year's Girls Raised in the Sciences (GRITS) camp, we decided to offer this camp for older girls. Great news for 2016 GRITS camp attendees: Most of the activities in this camp are different for 2017! Feel free to register for this camp to experience the fun!


GIRLS RAISED IN THE SCIENCES (G.R.I.T.S.)

12 - 13 years old                July 10 - 13 (Mon-Thurs)               8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300

This hands-on, all-girls STEM camp introduces topics and activities within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields. Campers will explore concepts including the engineering of building bridges, the science behind DNA analysis and Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), the background of the Golden Ratio, the science behind Tie Dye t-shirts, and 3D printing. After designing a 3D Lego brick using CAD software, campers will be able print their Lego to take home!

Great news for 2016 GRITS camp attendees: Most of the activities in this camp are different for 2017! Feel free to register for this camp again to experience the fun!


LEVEL DESIGN FOR VIDEO GAMES

14 - 17 years old                June 19 - 22 (Mon-Thurs)             8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300
14 - 17 years old                July 10 - 13 (Mon-Thurs)               8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300

In this camp, students will learn to create 3D virtual environments using the industry-leading software Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). They will also learn how to build interactive elements common in games, such as doors opening and closing, elevators moving up and down, fan blades moving around, and triggering for many other actions. With this knowledge campers will be able to build an interactive environment using all pre-made game assets.


PHOTOGRAPHY

13 - 17 years old                June 19 - 22 (Mon-Thurs)             Northern Wake Campus               $200
13 - 17 years old                June 26 - 29 (Mon-Thurs)             Western Wake Campus                $200

Tailored for teens and pre-teens, this fun class is for any skill level, using any camera from a basic point & shoot to a DSLR.  Campers will receive hands-on experience learning what your camera buttons and menus do; how to use scenic, macro program, aperture and shutter modes; and the best settings for Facebook and web images. Bring your camera, spare batteries and spare empty memory cards.


PHOTOSHOPPING

11 - 14 years old                July 10 - 14 (Mon-Fri)      Western Wake Campus                $250

Photoshopping is slang for the digital editing of photos. Students will learn to use Photoshop Elements to alter and enhance photos digitally - whether taken with their digital cameras, digitized using a scanner, or obtained from stock photography databases. Students will display their work on the last day of class and enter one of their images in a contest to be judged by peers, family, and friends.


PUBLIC SAFETY: CRIME SOLVERS IN ACTION

11 - 14 years old                July 24 - 27 (Mon-Thurs)               Public Safety Education Campus                $200

Explore the dynamics of various public safety career choices during this interactive camp while learning the valuable lesson of “Don’t Drive Distracted.”   Participate in scenario based training with guidance through an accident scene, EMS response, a police investigation, and ending with trial proceedings and incarceration. Campers will learn what it takes to be a paramedic by participating in a mock emergency situation. They will learn firefighting techniques by participating in simulated fire environments, and learning investigation skills by analyzing a mock crime scene. Concluding with and participating in the court process leading to incarceration.


RASPBERRY PI 3 TECHNOLOGY CAMP

14 - 17 years old                July 24 - 28 (Mon-Fri)                   Beltline Education Center             $350
14 - 17 years old                July 31 - August 4 (Mon-Fri)         Western Wake Campus                $350

This course, designed as a summer camp, is intended to introduce students between the ages of 14 and 17 to the rapidly innovating and exciting field of computer science through the medium of the Raspberry Pi 3 computer. The camp will provide students with an understanding of computer hardware and software. Students will learn to install and use the Raspbian operating system and develop a basic understanding of scripting through the use of the Scratch game development software. Students will be able to create a game and play it using a controller they will build themselves. This course is an excellent opportunity for aspiring programmers, software designers, or engineers to experience computer electronics first-hand. The students will leave the camp with a Raspberry Pi 3 with Power Supply which comprises a full computer.


ROBOTICS EXPLORATION

14 - 17 years old                June 26 - 29 (Mon-Thurs)             8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $325

This robotics camp for high schoolers takes students through the process of designing and creating a functional robotic arm. Campers will engage in activities such as using software to explore various designs, learn about servo motors and sensors, and learn how to program an Arduino Uno microcontroller using a C-based language. They’ll assemble the various components such as their 3D printed parts, motors, sensor, and wiring into a small robotic arm that they get to take home with them!

(No previous robotics experience required.)


ROBOTICS INTRODUCTION

12 - 14 years old                June 19 - 22 (Mon-Thurs)             8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300

Learn to build and program robots using an exciting robotics learning system called Roborobo! Students will be introduced to robot programming techniques with an easy to use graphical programming language. They'll learn about different sensors used with robots, and how robots are controlled with motors and servos. Throughout the camp, they'll assemble and program various types of robots, such as line following robots and object avoidance and detection robots.


VIDEO GAME DESIGN

14 - 17 years old                June 12 - 15 (Mon-Thurs)             8 AM - 5 PM*     Main Campus    $300
14 - 17 years old                June 26 - 29 (Mon-Thurs)             8 AM - 5 PM*     Main Campus    $300

Learn to design and create video games! Using drag-and-drop software, campers will create video games with 2D animations, backgrounds, music, graphics, and sound effects. Participants can later use the free software to continue making games at home.


VIDEO GAME ENGINE PROGRAMMING

15 - 17 years old                July 10 - 13 (Mon-Thurs)               8 AM - 5 PM       Main Campus    $300

This camp teaches students basic video game programming concepts using the Unity 3D game engine. Students will learn basic programming techniques along with basic game building techniques using real game creation software. Upon completion of this camp, students will have created their own level in a 3D adventure game that they built from the ground up.