RVCC Summer Youth Classes to Focus on Digital Storytelling, 3D Creation, Video Design

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg will offer a variety of computer and technology design classes this summer for children and teens ages 8-14. Classes range from learning about programming in Minecraft, to creating a graphic novel, to using technology for designing jewelry and fashion, and much more.

As an added convenience for parents, before- and after-care are available for youngsters.

For a complete listing of all summer youth courses, visit www.raritanval.edu/youth. Following are descriptions of new technology design courses being offered this summer at RVCC:

Digital Storytellers: Students ages 11-14 start with a concept, design the storyboard, add some dialogue, and watch as their original characters come to life in their first graphic novel. Projects will be available on a website to share with friends and family. The class will be held Monday through Wednesday, June 29-July 1, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $122.

Maker Lab: Students ages 8-14 create their first action figure, design custom jewelry, or make a new toy.Using a professional-level modeling software, kids will sculpt, texture, and render their own 3D creation. No prior experience is necessary, and 3D designs will be available on a password-protected website to share with friends and family. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 6-10, from 9 a.m.-noon for ages 11-14, and 1-4 p.m. for ages 8-10. The fee is $205.

Minecraft Modders: Students ages 8-14 use their favorite game—Minecraft—to learn the basics of modding and the foundations of programming. Youngsters learn about scripting and logic statements as they create their first mod. Introductory coding also will be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a website to share with friends and family. The one-week sessions will be held on the following dates and times: July 13-17, 9 a.m.-noon for ages 8-10, and 1-4 p.m. for ages 11-14; and repeated July 27-31, 9 a.m.-noon for ages 8-10, and 1-4 p.m. for ages 11-14. The fee per session is $205.

Fashion Electronics: Students ages 8-14 create several different projects including jewelry, headbands and scarves, combining fashion and electronics. Students are able to to link creativity with the latest technology such as circuit boards, LEDs and programming in this unique course. The class will be held Monday throughFriday, July 27-31, from 9 a.m.-noon.  The fee is $200.

Create Your Own Commercial: Students ages 8-14 become filmmakers and create their own videos. Students use cameras, editing tools and green screens while having fun with technology. The class will be heldMonday through Friday, July 27-31, from 1-4 p.m.  The fee is $200.

To register for Youth Program classes, visit www.raritanval.edu/youth. For information only, email youth@raritanval.edu or call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404. The Youth Program office is located in the lower level of RVCC’s College Center.

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