UNCG is hosting Esports & Gaming Summer Camp for 8-14 year-olds! This summer, six one-week camps are being offered on campus in the beautiful Esports arena, a state-of-the-art 3,300 square feet facility, along with computer lab spaces on campus. Camps will be divided by ages with an 8-11 year-old group and an 11-14 year-old group. Eleven-year-olds can choose either group based on comfort level.
The arena includes a large number of gaming PCs, consoles, four large video walls, and eight large-screen video panels to facilitate shared experiences with areas for collaboration and academic instruction.
The summer camp content will include instruction from nationally-renowned gaming education company Black Rocket. Campers will have the opportunity to focus on two major subjects each week – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – and of course have plenty of time allotted for gameplay and friendly competitions.
Monday, July 3th – Friday, July 7th
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!
Virtual Reality: The Future is Now
Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting-edge class, learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, crafting 3D experiences, and learning basic programming concepts. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created.
COST: $365 (Camp price reduced due to July 4th holiday. There will be no camp on July 4th.)
Monday, July 10th – Friday, July 14th
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!
Racing Games with Unity
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 Unity, a 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!
Monday, July 17th – Friday, July 21st
Customize your own Minecraft world and mod the classic game in this one of a kind class. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods. Students will create a wide variety of new elements, gameplay mechanics, and world generating mods to change the way you play Minecraft. Projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
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.
Monday, July 24th – Friday, July 28th
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.
Cloud Gamers: Mobile App Development
Cloud gaming is the way of the future! Build games you can play everywhere and anywhere using a web-based development tool. Learn in-demand skills like programming events and coding controls for a touch screen or keyboard and mouse. Finish by personalizing levels and characters with your own design. Now you are ready to upload your games to the Black Rocket cloud arcade and play on any mobile device or computer. Games can easily be shared with friends and family!
Monday, July 31st – Friday, August 4th
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.
Smash Brawler: Make Your Own Platform Fighter Game!
If you love games like Super Smash Bros™, you will love this class! Using professional development software, customize your own 2D brawler game and configure your own characters. Learn how to balance multiplayer gameplay by modifying variables & editing scripts. Then challenge your classmates to compete on the platform level you designed. Smash Brawler games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.
Monday, August 7 – Friday, August 11
Beats and Jams: Digital Music Creators
Begin your rise to the top of the charts with digital music production! Just like today’s top artists, you can design your own beats or remix a mashup of your favorite songs to become a digital composer and sound engineer. In this course, students will learn to produce digital music, record sound, make sound effects, and mix their own tracks. No prior music experience is necessary. Student-created soundtracks will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family.
ROBLOX® Coders & Entrepreneurs!
Discover the Lua language through a visual block coding system while 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.
Drop-off and pick-up details and instructions will be provided prior to the start of camp.
We recommend campers do not bring valuables to camp. If a camper chooses to bring valuables to camp (e.g. a mobile device), UNCG is not responsible for it. All of our camp counselors will have a mobile phone and contact information for parents/guardians if the camper needs to get in touch with their family. If a camper does bring a mobile phone, we ask campers to not be on their device during instructional time.
Campers do NOT need to bring their own laptop or computer to camp. Computers will be available for them to use in our computer lab and Esports arena.
Between 12:00pm – 1:00pm, campers will eat with the counselors in our Food Court on-campus. Students are welcome to bring their own lunch or bring money for the Food Court. Due to allergies, we ask campers to avoid bringing nut products. We are unable to refrigerate any lunches, so please pack them in a lunchbox with an ice pack if necessary. To see a list of what is open at the Food Court and a menu, please check out Spartan Dining. The Food Court accepts cash and card. If the weather is nice, we may sometimes eat outside.
After signing up your child for our camp, you will receive an email prior to your camper’s start date to confirm your contact information, designated pick-up, opt out, and any medical needs we need to be aware of. The week prior to the start of your child’s camp session, you will receive a full camp agenda, classroom locations, and maps to classrooms and parking.
One of our top priorities at camp is the health and safety of all our campers. If your camper has a communicable illness, please keep them home for the day. If a camper is dropped off at camp and a communicable illness is suspected (fever, vomiting, pink eye, etc.), you will be expected to pick up your camper within 30 minutes of our notification. Campers may return to camp with a note from a physician approving their return. Please be aware that we do not give refunds for illnesses the week of camp.
We will honor a full refund if you cancel 14 days prior to the start of the camp session. After 14 days, no refunds will be made.