UNCG is hosting Esports & Gaming Summer Camp for 8-14 year-olds as well as a brand new camp for 13-17 year-olds! This summer, seven 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. And for the week of July 29th, UNCG will be offering it’s first ever Unreal Engine Gaming Academy for the 13-17 year-old game designers of the future!
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.
New dates for 2024 are here! Featuring seven exciting summer camps to choose from. All camps run
.Video Game Animation
Bring your animations to life with design tools used by real game developers! Create sophisticated sprite animations using simple-to-learn techniques that you can use in any 2D editor. Squash, stretch, and shade your creations to make your characters pop! Students do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Student-created games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
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!
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.
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 will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
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. VR projects can be viewed on a website or mobile device. VR projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
*Discounted price, as there will be no camp on July 4th.
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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Battle Royale Gamers
Fans of Fortnite and Rumbleverse, we need YOU! Instead of just playing a multiplayer game, develop your own with Unity, a professional 3D game development software. Design your own unique magical level, build 3D models, and cast spells with custom-created wands. At the end of the week, all student-created maps are combined into a master game where you will battle to become the last wizard standing. Compete against other schools across the country in our Esports League, with the possibility of having your map included in the live game. Student-created games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
A.I. Adventures – Intro to Machine Learning
Explore the world of artificial intelligence to design fully interactive games and experiences using cutting-edge technology. This program combines artificial intelligence with coding to create an unforgettable learning adventure. Students will construct machine learning models that use image and text recognition within block-based coding software to build a portfolio of projects. Student-created projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
YouTube® FX Shorts
Are you ready to have your creations go viral? Take your content creation skills to the next level through editing and visual effects! Learn end-to-end post-production skills while creating visual shorts worthy of your favorite social media site. The skills learned in this class can be applied to all types of video production, long or short! Topics cover video editing basics like energetic transitions, color grading for that visual pop, and creating advanced VFX composites. Student projects are available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
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.
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. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
NEW! UNREAL® Gaming Academy
Interested in a career in game design? Level up your tech skills with the Unreal Engine from Epic Games, the industry-grade software that built popular games like Fortnite and Rocket League. Learn how to use the engine’s innovative programming tools to craft player interactions and design your own scenes and levels with the built-in assets. Student projects are available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
Summer camp instructional time is from 9 am – 4 pm.
Drop-off time is 8:30 am – 9 am. Pick-up time is 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm.
Drop-off and pick-up details and instructions will be provided prior to the start of camp.
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
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.
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.
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