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Course Offerings & Descriptions

Course Offerings & Descriptions

***PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE WHEN EACH MAJOR & MINOR IS OFFERED AT EACH LOCATION*** 

 

INNOVATORS MAJORS:

(Ages 7 to 10)

Robotics & Technology with LEGO® EV3®:

Welcome to the NOW and the FUTURE!  Robotics offers a great mix of experiential, hands-on learning through building, coding, participating in challenges, and more!  Utilizing the latest LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology, campers configure, program, and control their very own robots. The EV3® platform allows for hundreds of designs while our instructors provide limitless learning. Campers put their technical and creative skills to use by not only building and programming their own robots, but also competing in challenges and our ROBOWARS tournament! Open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced robotics campers.
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Hands-On Building, Learning & Refining Coding Skills, Working In A Team, Testing Your Skills In Challenges, Creative Builds, And ROBOWARS!

Robotics with Artificial Intelligence:

Welcome to the NEW and Exciting World of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence!  In our Robotics with Artificial Intelligence Major, we utilize pre-built robots in order to maximize our time (1) coding actions, tendencies, and behaviors, (2) building intelligence through hands-on training with the robots, (3) experimenting with voice commands and communication, and (4) testing our robots in numerous fun and exciting challenges! Campers will meet and work with our amazing robots Cozmo® and CHiP™, and also explore numerous computer programs with AI, like computer chess games that learn and adapt to your behavior.
Products Used: Cozmo, CHiP, Computer Programs using AI
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Learn How AI Works, Interact With Intelligent Robots, Discover Real-World Applications, Gain A Perspective On Artificial Intelligence, Train A Robot, And Work In A Team And Participate In Action-Packed Challenges!

Next Generation Minecraft™:

Set the stage for a challenging quest, a fast paced adventure, a legendary tale, and more when creating your own 3D world using Minecraft™! Campers team up to customize their own Adventure Maps and shape their own gameplay experience. Campers strategically tailor unique biomes that provide players with challenges and rewards, utilize Redstone to create secret tunnels, traps, and security features, build safe havens with resources that help players move successfully throughout the game, and learn how to install mods that allow campers to create distinct qualities within their Minecraft™ game. Campers can beta test and play each other’s games in single/multi-player mode where teamwork, constructive feedback and collaboration from the group inspires our game creators to improve and push their limits! Competitions take place throughout the camp week, and a major Friday Tournament takes place each week! Take your Minecraft™ Skills to the NEXT level in this awesome Tech R3volution® Major!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesBuilding & Engineering, Installing Mods, Customizing Maps, Survival & Scratch Crafting Recipes, Improving Your Skills With Lessons in Redstone, Game Designing, Playing In Multi-Player Servers And Tournament Competitions!

National Minecraft™ Tournament Week:

Offered exclusively the week of August 6-10, this major gives campers the opportunity to learn and develop Minecraft™ skills for event and tournament play, with tournaments taking place each day.  Each morning, campers work on skills, followed by tournaments and events.  Events include Building Competitions (create detailed structures, utilize redstone), Arena Competitions (PVP (player vs. player) and TVT (team vs. team) – conquer the arena), Mini-Games (parkour, spleef, capture the flag and more…), and Survival Challenges (survive, gather resources, build a colony)!  

On Monday through Wednesday, local tournaments are held within camp, and National tournaments take place on Thursday and Friday.  
***Please Note: Innovators will compete in our tournament divisions according to age.

Valuable Learning Opportunities: Skill Development For Competitions, Building & Engineering, Working In A Team To Achieve Success, Exciting Redstone Projects, Action-Packed Events And Tournaments, And Compete Locally And Nationally!

Computer Programming with Python™:

Did you know that sites like YouTube®, Instagram™, and Dropbox™ are coded in Python™? In this major, campers learn how to program in Python™ and create awesome projects. During the week, campers create at least one smaller project like A Coin Flipping Simulator, A Magic 8 Ball, An Automatic Sentence Generator, A Weather Predictor App, or A Code Breaking Wizard, and one large project like a text based Escape Game, RPG Game or Adventure Game! Campers also learn how to program graphics and may learn about computer programs that use Artificial Intelligence! Campers learn how to think like professional programmers and Python™ helps them improve their logical thinking skills along the way.
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesCode With A Professional Programming Language, Develop Critical Thinking Skills, Create Two Or More Awesome Projects, Explore Programs Using Artificial Intelligence, Learn Text Based And Graphical Programming, And Showcase YOUR Projects At Camp!

Digital Movie Making for YouTube® ~ Create Your Own Minecraft™ Channel:

Do you want to be a YouTube® caster, have your own Minecraft™ YouTube® Channel, and vlog like a pro?! If so, this major will help you take your skills to the next level!  Learn many aspects of the digital movie production industry: ideating and creating content, researching, scripting, filming, screen captures, using special effects, promoting your channel, gaining likes and shares, and lots more!  Gain experience with Windows Story Remix and OBS Studio software – we’ll even provide you with a headset for your show! Some project ideas include Let’s Plays, Walkthroughs, Mod Reviews, PvP tips, and How To’s! You can also collaborate on projects with other aspiring YouTubers.  Sound cool?  Not only is this major super fun, you will gets lots of learning in too!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesConcept Creation For A Minecraft™ YouTube® Channel, Production Meetings And Scripting, Acting, Filming, Learn Editing And Screen Capture Software, Creating Special Effects,  Researching/Presenting Topics Of Interest, And Collaborating With Other VLOG Enthusiasts At Camp!

Game Design:

Using the powerful and wildly popular Fusion 2.5 program from Clickteam.com, campers can learn programming logic and design skills, and create a variety of different games – Brick Breaker, Space Invaders, and Platform Adventure Games (Space Adventures, Jungle Escapes, Race Cars, Snowboarding Sports, Laser Domes) and many more! Skillful instructors work with campers throughout the entire learning process, ensuring an educational and engaging experience. At the end of the week campers take home their finished products on a CD with a cool cover design and may choose to add marketable descriptions of each game. For beginners, intermediates, and advanced campers.
Program: ©Clickteam Fusion 2.5
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Get Your Start In Game Design Or Improve Existing Skills, Design Beautiful Games, Code Actions And Interactions, Use Creativity, Beta Test Projects, And Don’t Just Play Games – Create Them!

3D Printing & Modeling:

Welcome to the exciting world of 3D Printing! You can change the world with 3D Printing technology and get YOUR start at Tech R3volution!  In this major, you will use Autodesk 123D Design and cutting-edge 3D printers to create model prototypes that can change society, with a focus on impact and scalability. With this in mind, we ask campers to design two main projects: (1) A Model Vehicle – the car industry is already starting to 3D Model and Print Cars, and (2) a Tool or Gadget for Astronauts – an item astronauts can print at zero gravity (just in case they forget something!).  As a bonus, campers can also 3D print a favorite item or resource from Minecraft™!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Make An Impact, Understand Scalability, Explore 3D Modeling, Learn The 3D Printing Processes, Care For The 3D Printer, Create Cool Prototypes That Have Societal Value, Showcase And Present Your Projects To The Camp!

Graphic Design ~ Apparel & Customized T-Shirts:

YOU can create the NEXT BIG BRAND!

This is your chance to design your own clothing brand and produce two customized T-Shirts.  Learn the technical skills needed to create designs that communicate messages and leave lasting visual impressions.  Learn about typography, use pure design elements like colors, shapes, and images, and use design skills to create clean and effective work products.  Each week, create a logo and designs that can be placed on hats, t-shirts, hoodies, socks and more.  On Friday, showcase your portfolio to the camp!
Once your designs are complete on Friday, your instructor will upload them to our Central Office and you will receive two of your printed t-shirts in the mail (please allow 10-14 business days)!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Ideate A Brand Concept, Create A Look And Feel, Learn Technical Design Skills, Combine Art And Technology, Be a Project Manager By Setting Goals And Deadlines, Create YOUR Very Own Clothing Line!

Web Design 101:

Create YOUR Very Own Website! Learn skills in web design and HTML coding to build the website of your dreams…  First, create a concept for your website – e.g. small business, tech forum, gaming site, food blog, portfolio website, hobby website and more. Then, Select a template, customize it, and add text. Next, learn HTML code and use it to build your site.  There’s more… learn how to use plugins to add the “bells and whistles” to your site. At the end of camp, you will participate in a a website showcase where others campers and staff can beta test the offline versions and enjoy your website!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesDevelop Your Outlining Skills In The Planning Process, Use Visual Design, Learn HTML Code, Work With Plugins, Research Content, And Create Your Own Site!
Please Note: If registering for Web Design 101, you agree to the following: Campers are required to come to camp with a verified WordPress.com account and the login information for this account. Once the URL is selected for the website and it is initiated, campers will make their website private but will be able to edit/build their site during the week. Once the website is private, campers must keep their website private during the entire camp week. Once a camper establishes his/her website, the website is owned/managed completely by the camper and his/her legal guardian, and is unaffiliated with Lavner Camps. If the camper would like to make his/her website live when the camp week ends, it is at the camper/legal guardian’s option to publish/manage the site only after camp is over. By registering for this camp, you agree to the above terms & conditions.

 

INNOVATORS MINORS:

Spy Tech:

Are you ready for your next mission? This high energy course teaches campers about the history of international spies, their tactics, and how modern-day technology has transformed the industry. Campers learn spy tactics and work with spy technology using drones/drone simulators, spy bots, Surveillance and traps in Minecraft™ using Redstone, Encryption/Decryption with Ciphers via Python™ or Scratch, and Morse Code. On Friday, campers engage in Spy Competitions! Fascinating, challenging, and fun… your mission awaits!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesSpy History, Drones, Spy Capabilities Via Robotics, Spy Simulations In Minecraft™, Encryption/Decryption, And Spy Challenges Incorporating Many Spy Skills!
Please Note: At UCLA, we only use digital drone simulators due to campus restrictions. 

Model Rocketry:

In this minor, YOU get to build and design model rockets and engage in exciting launches!  Learn aspects of Aerospace Engineering that factor into the build of a rocket, the launch, and the aerodynamics of flight. Build your own rockets and customize them for optimal flight. Experience learning and fun to the max!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Aerospace Engineering, Building, Customization, Trial & Error, And Launching Model Rockets!

Please Note:  For Campers at UCLA – Due to restrictions on UCLA’s campus and off campus, campers will learn how to build a model rocket but will not launch the rocket at camp.  These campers will also get to do an additional activity of 3D Modeling and Printing a small replica of a rocket in place of the launch.

Digital Animation & Coding:

Do you want to learn how to create cool animated projects? If so, minor with us in Digital Animation to let your ideas and inspirations come to life on screen! Using Scratch, campers script a short animated film, design characters and backgrounds, and learn coding to bring it all together. Campers complete one animated film and a Film Screening Event will take place on Friday. Campers also leave with their projects at the end of the week!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Coding, Animation, Storyboard Ideas, Create And Customize Characters, Add Music, And Create YOUR Own Animated Film!

Game Design ~ Heroic RPG Games:

Welcome to theexciting world of game design in the Role Playing Game genre! When creating an RPG game, YOU can customize a detailed landscape, creating an awesome backdrop for adventure and exploration with impressive graphics. You can also create characters like heroes, neutral civilians, enemies, as well as items for survival and trade, elements of magic, random environmental events, a fantastic storyline, and do all this while learning programming logic along the way! Beta test your work with other campers and take your game to new heights! Leave camp with your NEW RPG GAME and impress family and friends!
Program: RPG Maker® VX Ace
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Outline & Storyboard Concepts, Create An Enchanting Fantasy World, Customize Characters And StoryLines, Utilize Design, And Try A Niche!

Digital Music Production:

Do YOU want to make your own digital music tracks?  Learn and develop the skills to create incredible music using Music Maker Jam and Pro Tools® First.  Work with hundreds of musical options in an innovative experience where you can drop tracks like a pro.  Create, Mix, and produce songs in a variety of genres – house, country, hip hop, classical and more… and yes, you can be a songwriter too!  Can’t fit six different large instruments in the car on the way to camp?  We’ve got you covered.  For this minor, let’s go digital, and do BIG things!  Studio jam sessions take place during the week, and campers drop their final tracks on Friday at our Music R3volution Showcase!  Leave camp with your work and continue to create music at home!
Programs: Music Maker Jam and Pro Tools First
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesCreate Music Digitally, Explore Multiple Genres Of Music, Learn Loops And Sound Customizations, Work On Songwriting, Collaborate In Jam Sessions, And Perform On Friday!

Super Sports:

Do You want to excel in a technology major, but have an athletic option as a minor?  If so, sign up for our super sports minor!  The goal of Super Sports is to play a variety of sports, have fun, and get in some good exercise!  Although campers get outdoor time during recess each day, this is a way to add to the fun!  Some example of the sports we may instruct and play include Soccer, Basketball, Spikeball, Frisbee Golf, Capture the Flag, Badminton, Croquet, Wiffle Ball, and Run the Bases!  In the event of rain, campers change gears for the day and learn about the use of advanced analytics in professional sports while drafting fantasy baseball teams and implementing their own statistical strategies!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Sports Instruction, Great Mix Of Tech & Exercise, Teamwork, Skill Building, And Fun!

Green Tech:

Green living is a lifestyle that tries in as many ways as it can to bring into balance the conservation and preservation of the Earth’s natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity with human culture and communities.  How can we use technology to enhance green living and improve our environment here on Earth?  What technologies can we use or invent to reduce our footprint?  These are all topics that you will explore in this minor.  In addition, the main project of the camp week is to produce and film a PSA (Public Service Announcement) focusing on a technological invention that you want to create to improve green living on Earth.  Script, Film, Produce, Edit, Add Special Effects, and more. All PSAs are presented at our Friday PSA Showcase.  Let’s make the world a better place!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesLearn How Tech Can Help The Environment, Ideate An Invention, Create A PSA, Present At A Friday Showcase, And Possibly Discover The Next Big Idea!

Cyber Security and Cryptography:

With the amazing advances of technology and the world becoming more digital, there is a greater need for cyber security and digital protection. With a Cyber Security and Cryptography minor, you can learn how to keep information and websites secure. Learn about encryption and decryption and program your own cipher in Scratch! Find out what makes passwords, websites, and networks secure. At the end of the week take home your own cipher program so you can send and receive secret messages to and from your family and friends!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Encryption/Decryption With Ciphers, Preventing Cyber Attacks And Hacks, Password Security!


 

GAME CHANGERS MAJORS:

(Ages 11 to 14)

Artificial Intelligence ~ Intelligent Robots & Computer Programs:

Artificial Intelligence is the NOW and the FUTURE – Be at the forefront of this new and evolving technology!  In this major, You have the chance to work with intelligent robots and computer programs.  With our robots, YOU can choose to use Python as your programming language and write more complex programs.  We explore the Voice Command Program, Conversational Speech program, Intelligence Quiz program and many more.  For even more AI fun and exploration, learn the Vertical Programming approach with 3D visualization and increased complexity and customization.  Work with, train, and customize your robot, and complete tasks and challenges!  Additionally, you will also learn about various computer programs that use AI, like the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” program that learns your tendencies and can improve its performance against you over time!
Products Used: Cozmo, Chip, Computer Programs using AI
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Discover Artificial Intelligence, Train Robots, Work On Conversational Speech With Robots, Code With Python To Enhance Your Robot’s Capabilities, Learn Computer Programs Using AI, Work In A Team And Participate In Action-Packed Challenges, And Discover How You Can Change The World With AI!

Robotics & Engineering with VEX® IQ:

VEX® IQ offers the NEXT LEVEL of HANDS-ON LEARNING in Robotics! VEX® IQ allows campers to build more complex robots with more motors (12 ports!), advanced gears and pulley systems, better sensors, and enhanced controllability. These robots also make use of both a vertical programing language similar to Scratch, and RobotC, the standard for educational robotics and competitions. Some important concepts learned through hands-on experience are force and motion, design and problem solving, mechanical advantage, gear ratios, circumference and arcs, pulley systems, and teamwork! Campers are divided into teams and complete numerous projects such as the Clawbot IQ, Armbot IQ, V-Rex, Ike, Linq, Slick, Allie, Stretch, Kiwi Drive Bot, Quadruped, Speed Build Bot and more! Campers utilize their robots to complete assigned challenges, and compete in a camp-held Robotics Tournament at the end of each week!
Product Used:  VEX® IQ
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Learn To Use VEX®, Apply STEM Principles, High-Level Programming, Hands-On Learning, Fun And Exciting Challenges!

Elite Skills in Minecraft™ with Java™ Programming:

Take your Minecraft™ Skills to the MAX by learning how to code mods using Java™ and create a Minecraft™ Engine using 3D Graphics Programming.  For mods, make sure to bring NEW cool ideas for food, tools, and recipes!  Time to Rev up a Minecraft™ Style Engine… By using 3D Graphics Programming via Java, learn how to create a 3D environment, control player movement and vision, and place blocks with customizable textures around your world.  With this coding project, you will learn how to create the same type of Engine that powers Minecraft™!  Additionally, and throughout the week, test your survival skills where you are tasked with the mission to build a sustainable community on a deserted island – difficult terrain and conditions, advanced Redstone needed, and collaborate with teammates to succeed in game play! Tournament events take place every Friday!  This major is for intermediate and advanced minecrafters!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesProgramming Mods Using Java, Learn How To Code A Minecraft Style Engine Using Java, Advanced Survival Skills, Multi-Player And Team Play, And Tournament Competitions On Friday!

National Minecraft™ Tournament Week:

Offered exclusively the week of August 6-10, this major gives campers the opportunity to learn and develop Minecraft skills for event and tournament play, with tournaments taking place each day.  Each morning, campers practice skill development, followed by tournaments and events.  Events include Building Competitions (create detailed structures, utilize redstone), Arena Competitions (PVP (player vs. player) and TVT (team vs. team) – conquer the arena), Mini-Games (parkour, spleef, capture the flag and more…), and Survival Challenges (survive, gather resources, build a colony)!
On Monday through Wednesday, local tournaments are held within camp, and National tournaments take place on Thursday and Friday.
***Please Note: Game Changers will compete in our older age division, which includes more challenging tournament events.

Valuable Learning OpportunitiesSkills Development For Competitions, Building & Engineering, Working In A Team To Achieve Success, Exciting Redstone Projects, Action-Packed Events And Tournaments, And Compete Locally And Nationally!

Coding & Apps with Python™:

For beginners and intermediates.
As you may know, awesome sites like YouTube®, Instagram™, and Dropbox™ are coded in Python™…  Now is YOUR chance to learn how to code in Python™… with a focus on cool apps and projects!
So what can you create? D
uring the week, you will code at least one smaller project like a Fortune Telling Genie, Gaming Tips Provider, Virtual Calendar, Baby Namer, Spy Decoder, Mini Calculator, or a Homework Helper, and one larger project like a text based Choose Your Own Adventure Game with graphical features! Additionally, learn about Artificial Intelligence in Coding, Graphical Programming, and Much More! At the end of the week, leave with two cool projects to show family and friends!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Code With A Professional Programming Language, Develop Critical Thinking Skills, Create Two Awesome Projects, Use Multi-Layered Planning, Explore Programs Using Artificial Intelligence, Learn Text Based And Graphical Programming, And  Showcase YOUR Projects At Camp!

Computer Programming with Java™:

Java Programmers Needed! The Tech Industry has millions of amazing jobs waiting for computer programmers… Get YOUR start and hone your skills at Tech R3volution!  You will learn about the logic, planning, and calculations that go into building Java™ programs.  By the end of the session, the goal is to have an understanding of the Java™ language and a better grasp of computer languages as a whole.
So, what are the HOT NEW PROJECTS FOR 2018 at camp? Some coding projects include → 
A Code Writing App, A Code Breaking App, A Silly Name Generator, A Pong Game with Artificial Intelligence, Choose Your Own Adventure Game with graphics and dialogue, A Homework Helper, A Fortune Telling Genie App, A Scratch Crafting Reference Guide for Minecraft™, and lots More!  Also, add graphical programming for beautifully stylized projects!
At our Java major, learn valuable skills in Java, and maybe parlay it into an awesome job as a computer programmer, game developer, engineer, and more!

Valuable Learning OpportunitiesGain Industry Skills, Learn Transferable Coding Logic, Think In Complex Terms, Explore Artificial Intelligence, Create Cool Projects, And Set Yourself Up For Your Future!

Advanced Game Design with GameMaker™:

In this high-level Video Game Design major, YOU can create at least two games using the uber-powerful GameMaker™ Platform!  GameMaker™ Studio software caters to everyone from entry-level novices to game development professionals. You will incorporate professional looking graphics and learn how to write code to power your game.  Some games may include Veggie Chops, Dash Games, Off Road Trucking, Fantasy Adventures, Spaces Battles… or your own game!  At the end of the week, leave with two beautiful, action-packed games to play and enjoy during the year!  Campers beta test games throughout the week and present at a Friday Showcase!
Programs: GameMaker™ Studio
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesWork with Amazing Graphics, Gain Valuable Coding Experience, Use Professional Level Software, Make Beautiful Final Projects, And Present At A Friday Showcase!

Virtual Reality Game Design:

Learn one of the most cutting-edge technologies to hit the market: Game Design and Virtual Experiences! This major focuses on developing VR Games meant for use on Oculus and VR Cardboard/Phone. You will use Unity to create a cinematically beautiful game focusing on one of the following genres of YOUR choice: (1) A Flying Game –  Fly through space around aliens and asteroids to get to the next planet, (2) A Maze Game – an incredible top-down-view game that uses a combination of head tracking and button input to guide your hero to safety, without being destroyed by the obstacles and bosses it may face, or (3) A 360 Arena Game – Create an arena full of challenges and events that test your speed, skill, and hand-eye coordination!  Learn many features in Unity that make VR Game creation complex, challenging, and fun. Also, examine through hands-on practice how VR can change the world, and how you can contribute to the advancement of VR use and enjoyment! Showcase Your work at the end of week!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Stay Ahead Of The Curve, Use Cutting-Edge VR Technology, Gain Hands-On Learning, Design Aesthetic Environments And Games, Have Fun With New Technology, Ideate Life Changing Inventions Powered By VR, And Present At Our Gaming Party!
Please note, only campers ages 13 and up may use the Oculus headset. For campers younger than 13, other VR options are available through our VR Cardboard/Phone system.
Due to the fast paced changes in VR technology, this camp description is subject to change.

Augmented Reality Game Design:

Make the next Pokémon GO!
Just think, what happens when you fuse Game Design and your own real world environment? How will you react when the main character you created in your video game is running on top of your kitchen table and jumping for gold coins floating in the air? Sign up for our Augmented Reality Game Design major and learn how to use Unity with Vuforia to make these incredible games and apps.
The games are awesome, and you can make apps too… Apps where you can (1) be a Magician and make options appear/disappear out of thin air, (2) be an interior designer and create and stage actual rooms with digital furniture, (3) detect the difference between counterfeit money and real money!  The options are limitless… bring your imagination, vision, and talents to create the NEXT great app powered by Augmented Reality! Beta test throughout the week, and present them at our end of week showcase!  
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Discover The Fundamentals Of Augmented Reality, Combine Game Play & Real-World Environments, Learn Coding, Work with Games/Apps, Be Creative – Execute On Your Vision, Immerse In Cutting-Edge Technology, Be An Inventor, Beta Test And Showcase Your Work!

3D Printing, Modeling & Space Inventions:

How can 3D Printing change the world?  In this Major, campers explore the scalability and impact 3D Printing can have, and hone in on designing a product that can create positive change! Using Autodesk 123D, campers learn how to design 3D models for print, and invent a tool for astronauts in space.  In addition, working with pre-designed models, campers learn how to modify them for their unique specifications.  Campers leave camp with at least two printed projects and all design files!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Be An Inventor, Explore Scalability, Work With 3D Modeling, Learn 3D Printing Processes, Design For Astronauts, Learn The Process of Refining Prototypes, Showcase And Present To The Camp!

 

GAME CHANGERS MINORS:

Spy Technology & Surveillance:

Agent 007… You Next Mission is here… This action-packed course teaches YOU about the history of international spies, their tactics, and how modern-day technology has transformed the industry. Learn spy tactics and work with spy technology using drones/drone simulators, spy bots, Surveillance and Redstone traps in Minecraft™, Encryption/Decryption with Ciphers via Python, and Morse Code.  On Friday, campers engage in Spy Competitions! Fast-Paced, Exciting, and Fun, combine many different areas of technology to improve your Spy skills and accomplish Your Mission!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesSpy History, Drones, Spy Capabilities Via Robotics, Spy Simulations In Minecraft™, Encryption/Decryption, And Spy Challenges.
Please Note: At UCLA, we only use digital drone simulators due to campus restrictions. 

Model Rocketry:

All systems ready for Take Off… In this minor, YOU get to build and design model rockets and engage in exciting launches!  Learn aspects of Aerospace Engineering that factor into the build of a rocket, the launch, and the aerodynamics of flight. Build your own rockets, customize them for optimal flight, and work with trial and error. Take your learning to NEW heights, and have a blast!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesAerospace Engineering, Building, Customization, Trial & Error, And Launching Model Rockets.

Please Note:  For Campers at UCLA – Due to restrictions on UCLA’s campus and off campus, campers will learn how to build a model rocket but will not launch the rocket at camp.  These campers will also get to do an additional activity of 3D Modeling and Printing a small replica of a rocket in place of the launch.

Digital Music Production:  

Do YOU want to make your own digital music tracks? Learn and develop the skills to create incredible music using Music Maker Jam and Pro Tools® First. Work with hundreds of musical options in an innovative experience where you can drop tracks like a pro. Create, Mix, and produce songs in a variety of genres – house, country, hip hop, classical and more… and yes, you can be a songwriter too! Can’t fit six different large instruments in the car on the way to camp? We’ve got you covered. For this minor, let’s go digital, and do BIG things! Studio jam sessions take place during the week, and campers drop their final tracks on Friday at our Music R3volution Showcase! Leave camp with your work and continue to create music at home!
Programs: Music Maker Jam and Pro Tools First
Valuable Learning Opportunities:  Create Music Digitally, Explore Multiple Genres Of Music, Learn Loops And Sound Customizations, Work On Songwriting, Collaborate In Jam Sessions, And Perform On Friday!

Digital Movie Making for YouTube® ~ Create Your Own Minecraft™ Channel:

Do you want to be a YouTube® caster, have your own Minecraft™ YouTube® Channel, and vlog like a pro?! If so, this minor will help you take your skills to the next level!  Learn many aspects of the digital movie production industry – ideating and creating content, researching, scripting, filming, screen captures, special effects, strategies to promote your channel, gaining likes and shares, and lots more!  Gain experience with Windows Story Remix and OBS Studio software – we’ll even provide them with a headset for their show! Some project ideas include Let’s Plays, Walkthroughs, Mod Reviews, PvP tips, and How To’s! You can also collaborate on projects with other aspiring YouTubers.  Sound cool?  Not only is this minor super fun, you will gets lots of learning in too!
Valuable Learning Opportunities:  Concept Creation For A Minecraft™ YouTube® Channel, Production Meetings And Scripting, Acting, Filming, Learn Editing And Screen Capture Software, Create Special Effects,  Research/Present Topics Of Interest, And Collaborate With Other VLOG Enthusiasts At Camp!

Biotech & New Age Cars:

Studying the development of electric cars, campers learn how they are produced, how they work, and how they can benefit society.  Learning about cars that drive themselves, campers investigate concepts that may potentially change society as we know it!  At the end of the week, campers design the dimensions and functionality of a new type of car that is energy efficient, cost effective to build, and has curb appeal!
Valuable Learning OpportunitiesLearn A New Technology, Work With Physics, Identify Challenges – Create Solutions, Solve Real-World Problems, Be An Innovator, And Study A New Trend!

Graphic Design ~ Apparel & Customized T-Shirts:

YOU can create the NEXT BIG BRAND!

This is your chance to create your own clothing brand and produce two customized T-Shirts.  Learn the technical skills needed to create designs that communicate messages and leave lasting visual impressions.  Learn about typography, use pure design elements like colors, shapes, and images, and create clean and effective products.  Each week, create a logo and designs that can be placed on hats, t-shirts, hoodies, socks and more.  On Friday, showcase your portfolio to the camp!
Once your designs are complete on Friday, your instructor will upload them to our Central office and you will receive two of your printed t-shirts in the mail (please allow 10-14 business days)!
Valuable Learning Opportunities:  Ideate A Brand Concept, Create A Look And Feel, Learn Technical Design Skills, Combine Art And Technology, Be A Project Manager By Setting Goals And Deadlines, And Create YOUR Very Own Clothing Line!

Tech Stocks: The High Flyers:

Campers Learn about some of the most exciting tech stocks on the market like Snapchat, Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, and more.  Campers learn how to analyze a company’s financials, study historical performance, and calculate P/E ratios, earnings per share, dividends, and valuations.  Campers also receive $1,000,000.00 of “play money” on Monday for stock purchases throughout the week at our “R3VOLUTION Exchange,” with the goal of selling for a profit on Friday!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Learn About The Stock Market, Study Tech Stocks, Gain Understanding Of The Tech Industry, Learn Technical Trading Practices, Track Your Own Stocks, Simulate Real-World Experiences, And Participate In Our Weekly Stock Challenge!

Game Design ~ Heroic RPG Games:

Welcome to the exciting world of game design in the Role Playing Game genre!  When creating an RPG game, YOU can customize a detailed landscape, creating an awesome backdrop for adventure and exploration with impressive graphics.  You can also create characters like heroes, neutral civilians, enemies, as well as items for survival and trade, elements of magic, random environmental events, a fantastic story line, and do all this while learning programming logic along the way!  Beta test your work with other campers and take your game to new heights!  Leave camp with your NEW RPG GAME and impress family and friends!
Program: RPG Maker® VX Ace
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Outline & Storyboard Concepts, Create An Enchanting Fantasy World, Customize Characters And StoryLines, Utilize Design, And Try A Niche!

Cyber Security and Cryptography:

With the amazing advances of technology and the world becoming more digital, there is a greater need for cyber security and digital protection. With a Cyber Security and Cryptography minor, you can learn how to keep information and websites secure. Learn about encryption and decryption and program your own cipher in Python or Scratch! Find out what makes passwords, websites, and networks secure. Campers will learn about topics such as firewalls, RSA encryption, and recent breaches. At the end of the week take home your own cipher program so you can send and receive secret messages to and from your family and friends!
Valuable Learning Opportunities: Encryption/Decryption With Ciphers, Preventing Cyber Attacks And Hacks, Password Security!

Sports Analytics with Java™ Coding:

Which player should be drafted in the first round? How much does home-field advantage really matter? Is it worth going for a touchdown on fourth and goal?  Why are so many teams increasing the amount of 3 pointers they shoot in a game? At our Sports Analytics Minor you will learn how to answer these kinds of questions and what it’s like to organize a team and evaluate players.
In addition, you will learn how to use the power of computer programming to code a Java™ program that assigns a Player Efficiency Rating using a model that you create yourself.  And yes, you can decide how to weight each statistical category based on your research and use of sports analytics! At least one week of prior experience in Java™ or Python™ is recommended.
Along with learning how to analyze stats and make theories and assertions, campers will participate in an All-Camp Fantasy Baseball League and put their skills to work!

Valuable Learning Opportunities: Be Your Own GM, Take Your PER Model Home, Compete In Fantasy Baseball, Improve Your Programming Skills, Have Fun With Other Sports Enthusiasts, And Take Home Your PER Model For Use All Year!

Please Note:  Although rare, some of the activities in the course descriptions above may be subject to change at the option of Lavner Camps due to various factors.

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