Game Changers – Ages 11 to 14

Game Changers – Ages 11 to 14

Campers can enroll for one or multiple weeks of camp, as our curriculum is created to ensure that campers progress throughout camp, whether they attend for one week or more!

The Game Changers select one Major and one Minor each week from a wide range of course offerings listed below.  At camp, Game Changers are further separated by age and skill level (i.e. beginner, intermediate, advanced), and cutting-edge curriculum is created to challenge them and improve their skills in these subject areas.  Game Changers are provided the tools to progress within our curriculum, and are able to choose courses for one week or multiple weeks.

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

 

GAME CHANGERS MAJORS:

(Ages 11 to 14)

Select 1 Major Each Week!

 

3D Printing & 3D 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 several main projects such as a unique card key, a model spacecraft for NASA. or new animal or dragon for Minecraft™.

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Much More than just Printing:  We are not just printing objects… we are conceptualizing, designing, customizing, modding, and optimizing!

Make An Impact: Any design for 3D Printing could go viral and make a difference to millions of people one day! This summer, we are exploring 3D Modeling in the Auto Industry and Space Industry!

Stay at the Forefront: 3D Printing is a blue ocean of untapped opportunities, and you can jump right in!

Have a Blast Inventing: When creating 3D models and printing prototypes, you are inventing! What’s more fun than doing it with a group of friends at camp? In addition, we have a fun and creative project from Minecraft – design/print your favorite object/resource or create your own!

Showcase & Take Home:  Our Friday showcase is your time to shine – show off your prototype, discuss its benefits to society, and keep it – it’s yours!

 

Artificial Intelligence ~ Intelligent Robots & Computer Programs:

Artificial Intelligence is an exciting new forefront of technology that has the potential to push society forward in ways never seen before.  At AI Camp, we explore exciting AI topics while getting engaging and fun hands on experience with artificially intelligent robots, programs, and code!
Campers will Interact with and learn about Artificially intelligent programs, Meet Artificially Intelligent Robots CHiP and COZMO, experiment with easy to understand Scratch AI programs to gain a simple understanding of how AI programs are written and program their own virtual battle bot with Java! No programming experience required!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Learn How Artificial Intelligence Works: AI is interesting, challenging, and fun. Learning about AI will help you understand why your computer can beat you at chess, why Pandora knows what songs you want to listen to, and how cars will someday drive themselves!

Hands-On Experience: At camp, you are not just learning the concepts behind artificial intelligence, you will actually work with robots and computer programs that use Artificial Intelligence!

Real-World Applications: In as little as 10 years, AI could fundamentally change the way we live. There’s a reason big tech companies are in a race to come up with the next break through in artificial intelligence! The possibilities are endless, so bring your vision and creativity!

Gaining A Perspective on Artificial Intelligence: Learn about the history, present uses, and possibilities for AI in the future!

Give Yourself a Head Start in The Tech Industry:  It’s believed that there are over 1 Million jobs in the tech industry that will need to be filled.  Start building your skills early on and position yourself for a dream job in the future!

 

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:

Learn to Work with Unity: Learn to program and develop games with a powerful engine that has been used to make games such as Temple Run, Kerbal Space Program, and Hearthstone.

Be On The Cutting Edge: Augmented Reality is the newest of the new in technology. Campers will get to experiment with an endless world of possibilities that’s only beginning to be explored.

Making an Awesome App: Create and take home an amazing Android app and guess what – Unity is free! Continue developing your app at home!

The Big Picture: Learn how AR is going to change the world and what the future might hold.

Combine Real-World Environments with Gameplay:  Now gameplay exists in the real world, your world, and you can fuse the two together for an awesome experience!

Super Fun: AR Camp is about learning, but also having a blast – after all, it is camp!  Join us in a super fun environment where you can create awesome games that blow your family and friends away!

 

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? During 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

Critical Thinking Skills: As you learn how to code, you will improve your logic as a whole and start thinking like a professional programmer. You get to know the inside and outs of how computer software is created from step one to distribution.

Programming Terminology: By immersing yourself in computer programming, you will learn and pick up on terminology and computer lingo used by computer programmers.  You will also learn key words and phrases that help you to improve your coding skills and know how.

IDLEs & Text-based Programming: Do you know what IDLE stands for? By the end of this camp, not only will you learn the concept of how computers translate your codes into super cool programs, but also how this system is used in many other popular languages such as Java on an international scale.

Strengthen Math Skills: Programming can improve your math skills. By coding your favorite programs, you will be exposed to the concepts of Set, Range, List, Positive/Negative, Integers/Double Numbers, and more!

Implementing Graphics: Programming would not be as fun if it was missing shapes and colors. Campers enhance their projects by learning how to code graphical elements. Campers can create their own game using Pygame – a library used for Graphics in Python, which can then be distributed to family and friends!

 

Coding Apps with C++:

This computer programming camp immerses campers in C++, one of the most extensively used programming languages ever. C++ is used everywhere from video game engines and video editing software, to operating systems and and office applications. Google, Facebook, Youtube, and Amazon all make use of C++ in their back-end systems.
In addition to learning general programming concepts, you’ll also learn about memory management using pointers; compilers, linkers, and loaders; platform specific compiling; size of data types; and much more! During the camp week C++ campers get to create at least one mini project and one main project.

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Endless Opportunities: Development opportunities with C++ are endless. C++ has a very large database with support from professional coders and developers throughout the world. Lots of software being used today involves C++, partly or entirely. So, you will never run out of choices or worry about what to do with your C++ skills once you start learning it.

C++ has Longevity: What comes with its long history is a large database of tool sets and customization across many popular platforms. The C++ knowledge base is vast and many questions that arise about C++ can be answered.

C++ will teach you more about how computers work: When you learn C++, you don’t just learn programming, you learn things like how computers store variables in memory and the process of turning your code into a runnable program. Gain insight into how computers function!

A powerful language: C++ has been used to program things you use all the time like the Windows operating system, Microsoft Office, Google, and Adobe Photoshop. Even the Java Virtual Machine (that Java programs run on) is written in C++!

Developing a Mind for Programming: A mastery in C++ requires lots of patience and self-discipline. As you learn how to code in C++ at camp, you learn to adjust yourself to the mindset of professional programmers and thinkers.  However, this is camp, and there are always plenty of opportunities for socialization and fun!

Leading by Example:  C++ incorporates best practices in using object oriented programming. As you code in C++, you gain skills in this area which are transferable to other programming languages like Python and Java™!

 

Computer Building with Raspberry Pi & Pi-top:

This summer, don’t just get a new computer – build one! At computer building camp, you’ll put together, program, and take home your own laptop! Pi-top computers make use of an innovative sliding keyboard that allows you to work on the brain of the computer, then slide the keyboard over it when you are finished. Once the computer’s complete, you can show off all the hard work you did simply by sliding back the keyboard for easy access to the internal hardware!
Over the course of the week, you will learn how computers are put together, and how the hardware and software work. You’ll also get to see some of the cool programs and games you can make with your newly built computer! Best of all, you get to take it all home!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Be a Maker:  Make something awesome – your very own computer… and learn a lot throughout the process.

A Great Way To Get Started In Programming: Pi-Top uses drag and drop and python coding to allow for programming that is intuitive and easy to understand while still leaving tons of powerful options!

Improve Logical Thinking Skills:  At camp, not only do you learn to code and invent, you also improve your logical thinking and problem solving skills. These skills can be applied to many areas of life, and our campers definitely benefit from this training at school and in life!

Hands-On Engineering: Work with wires, circuits, nuts, bolts, and cables to build and engineer! Whenever you want to adjust something, simply slide the keyboard down and you have direct access to the internal hardware!

Take Home a Computer:  The ultimate take home project – your very own computer.  Use it during the year, in school, at home, or on the go.

Understand the World of Technology: We live in a world full of technology and computers. Become skilled in computer building a see the industry from a totally different angle.  Gain perspective that will help to build your repertoire of tech skills in today’s fast paced world.

 

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 2019 at camp? Some coding projects include → Mini projects may include A Coin Flipping Simulator, A Magic 8 Ball, Automatic Sentence Generator, a silly name generator, a pig latin translator, a pig dice game.
Main Camp Projects may include a tower defense, a tic tac toe game, a quiz game, superpong, a platformer game, a calculator, or a graphical choose your own adventure game!
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 Opportunities:

Endless Opportunities: Development opportunities with Java™ are endless. Java™ has a very large database with support from professional coders and developers throughout the world. Lots of software being used today involves Java™, partly or entirely. So, you will never run out of choices or worry about what to do with your Java™ skills once you start learning it.

Java™ has Longevity: What comes with its long history is a large database of tool sets and customization across many popular platforms. The Java™ knowledge base is vast and many questions that arise about Java™ can be answered.

Developing a Mind for Programming: A mastery in Java™ requires lots of patience and self-discipline. As you learn how to code in Java™ at camp, you learn to adjust yourself to the mindset of professional programmers and thinkers.  However, this is camp, and there are always plenty of opportunities for socialization and fun!

Leading by Example:  Java™ incorporates best practices in using object oriented programming. As you code in Java™, you gain skills in this area which are transferable to other programming languages like Python and C++!

Java™ is Universal and Cross-Platform: Java™ is running just about everywhere you can imagine. It’s how many large applications are programmed due to its scalability, stability, and maintainability. Examples of such applications include Minecraft™, Blu-ray technology and Gmail. By learning Java™ at camp, it will give you a greater understanding of other technology around you. Java™ is also cross-platform which means it will work on Mac, PC, and Linux as long as Java™ is installed.

Learn how Minecraft is coded in Java:  Minecraft, one of the world’s most popular games, is coded in Java.  With skills in Java, in the future, you can code mods for Minecraft or even create a game like Minecraft!

Create The Next ______:  By learning Java™, you can create the next great thing in technology!

 

Elite Skills in Minecraft™ with Java™ Coding:

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 Opportunities:

Programming Mods Using Java:  Campers learn and utilize Java™ to create mods that they can incorporate into their worlds.  Once mods are created, they can be installed, exported, and shared with friends!

Learn How To Code a Minecraft Style Engine Using Java:  Campers learn about 3D Graphics Programming and how to code the type of Engine that is used to power Minecraft™.  A Game Engine is a software framework that provides the core functionality of the game – graphics, movement, vision, textures and more!

Using Survival Skills: Use and improve survival skills in very difficult environments where terrain is challenging, hostile characters spawn, and items/tools must be scratch crafted to build systems and structures that allow YOU to thrive!

Advanced Redstone Lessons: Campers can learn advanced Redstone techniques for creating things like Fireworks shows, Vending machines, Automated Farms, Defense Systems, and more!

Scratch Craft Advanced and Obscure Items from Recipes:  To survive in our challenging worlds, campers will need to scratch craft the right items at the right times!

High Level Teamwork and Communication: Surviving in challenging worlds and difficult environments in Minecraft™ is exhilarating! Using our Multi-Player servers, campers will need to communicate well and work together to build and sustain a thriving community!

Friday Tournament Competitions ~  High level tournaments give campers the chance to test out their skills by participating in our events like Haunted House Survival with Solvable Mysteries, Redstone Powered Gauntlets, Cave Mining Challenges, and all NEW Parkour Courses!  Tournament events may be in single and/or multi-player.

 

Esports Academy – Fortnite with Unreal Engine Level Design:

Fortnite has taken the world by storm and it’s more than just a fun game. If you want to improve your skills, learn how it was created, and have endless fun with other kids your age who love the game as much as you do, then this is the place to be!
Our Fortnite camp has 4 major components:  Safe Practices: Sensitivity Training and Schedule Optimization,  Level design with Unreal Engine, Improving Skills and Strategy, And of course.. Action packed gameplay and competitions!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Safe Practices:  Through sensitivity training, educational awareness, schedule regimen, and stretches and exercises  learn how to take a healthy approach to gaming.

Game Design: Learn programming and how to work with the powerful tools in Unreal Engine through level design. Take home your own level and learn additional game design techniques.

Teamwork: When you are playing squads, how well you work together and share ideas can be the difference between winning and losing. Campers will learn that teamwork and communication can go a long way to achieving success and at camp, you have the opportunity to collaborate with your teammates live AND in person.  

The Value of Practice: See first hand how working to develop skills and practicing together as a team can improve your level of success in real games and competitions, and your overall skills as a player.

College Scholarship or Career:  Some colleges are now giving scholarships for esports.  Additionally, there are professional esports teams and leagues, and the industry is growing.  Will you be the next esports star or go to streamer? Get your start at the Lavner Camps Esports Academy!

Have Fun: Have a great time working with friends, competing for victories, and building your way to the top!

Please Note:

  • Fortnite is rated PEGI 12 (suitable for ages 12 and up) and T for Teen by the ESRB (suitable for ages 13 and up).
  • Your level cannot be imported into Fortnite for gameplay, however, in creating it, you can improve your game design skills
  • Campers must come to camp with a Fortnite Account and Login information

 

Esports Academy – League of Legends:

League of Legends has been one of the most iconic games for the last 10 years. With millions of players every day, complex strategy, and exciting gameplay, League of Legends remains one of the most popular and competitive video games today.  At our Esports Academy, learn how to play better, smarter, and collaboratively all while having a blast in a dynamic and social environment.
Our League of Legends Camp has 4 major components: Safe Practices – Sensitivity Training and Schedule Optimization,  Improving Skills and Knowledge, Strategy and Analysis, Action packed gameplay and competitions!

Valuable Learning Opportunities

Safe Practices:  Through sensitivity training, educational awareness, and schedule regimen, learn how to take a healthy approach to gaming.

Teamwork: Playing on a team can be a completely different experience than playing solo. Communication becomes key and learning callouts, coordination, and how to support your team members is vital to success. Having teammates that you can rely on and who can rely on you is an experience like no other. Campers will learn that teamwork, communication, and positivity can go a long way to achieving success – and you get to do this live and in person with other camp friends.

The Value of Practice: Campers will see first hand how working to develop skills, reviewing games, planning, and practicing together as a team can turn into success in real games and competitions.

Have Fun: Have a great time working with friends, trying out different champions and positions, winning lanes, and improving!

College Scholarship or Career:  Some colleges are now giving scholarships for Esports.  Additionally, there are professional Esports teams and league, and the industry is growing.  Will you be the next Esports star or Streamer? Get your start at the Lavner Camps Esports Academy!

Please Note:

  • League of Legends is rated T for Teen by the ESRB (content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up).
  • Campers must come to camp with a League of Legends Account and Login information

 

Esports Academy – Overwatch:

Take YOUR game to the next level! Whether Overwatch is a future career (yes, there are professional teams), a hobby, or a fun way to make friends, this is your chance to improve your Overwatch skills and build your gaming resume. At our Esports Academy, learn how to play better, smarter, and collaboratively all while having a blast in a dynamic and social environment.
Our Overwatch Camp has 4 major components: Safe Practices – Sensitivity Training and Schedule Optimization,  Improving Skills and Knowledge, Strategy and Analysis, Action packed gameplay and competitions!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Safe Practices:  Through sensitivity training, educational awareness, and schedule regimen, learn how to take a healthy approach to gaming.

Teamwork: Playing on a team can be a completely different experience than playing solo. Communication becomes key and learning callouts, coordination, and how to support your team members is vital to success. Having teammates that you can rely on and who can rely on you is an experience like no other. Campers will learn that teamwork, communication, and positivity can go a long way to achieving success.  

The Value of Practice: Campers will see first hand how working to develop skills, reviewing games, planning, and practicing together as a team can turn into success in real games and competitions.

Have Fun: Have a great time working with friends, trying out different heroes, capturing objectives, and improving!

A Different Kind of Game: If you’ve never played and practiced on a team before, it’ll be a great new experience and will change the way you look at Overwatch.

College Scholarship or Career:  Some colleges are now giving scholarships for Esports.  Additionally, there are professional Esports teams and league, and the industry is growing.  Will you be the next Esports star or Vlogger? Get your start at the Lavner Camps Esports Academy!

Please Note:

  • Overwatch is rated T for Teen by the ESRB (content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up).
  • Campers must come to camp with an Overwatch Account and Login information

 

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 Opportunities:

Graphics, Graphics, Graphics:  The graphics in GameMaker™ are exceptional.  Create beautiful games with an incredible look, feel, and appeal to many types of gamers.

Professional Level Software:  Use what the pros use!  This software is powerful, and can be complex.  That’s where we come in… Our curriculum is designed to teach you the software so you can create awesome games during the week but not feel overwhelmed.  With effort there is reward, and the camper projects created in our GameMaker™ camps are really incredible!

Valuable Coding Experience:  Whether it’s through drag and drop or by using the code writing tools in GameMaker™, you WILL gain lots of experience in coding.  This is an important factor in game design and a truly valuable add on to the camp experience.

The Game Design Industry:  If You are interested in the Game Design Industry, and may want to be a professional game designer or do it on the side as a hobby, this camp is a great place to get your start, see what game design is all about, and hone your skill set.

Impress Your Family and Friends:  You will leave with a copy of your work at the end of camp!  Just wait until your family and friends see the professional style games you’ve created!

 

National Minecraft™ Tournament Week:

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 Opportunities:

Building & Engineering: Campers will learn how to work together quickly and efficiently to make AWESOME structures and attempt to beat the clock!

Teamwork: When it’s all on the line in tournament competition, the most important aspect to a team’s success will be how well they can learn to work together throughout the week. Campers will learn that teamwork and communication can go a long way to achieving success.

Lessons in Redstone & Electrical Circuits: Improve your skills when creating electrical circuits using Redstone.  Redstone will be a vital part of some of the competitions and is lots of fun too!

The Value of Practice: Campers will see first hand how working to develop tournament skills and practicing together as a team in the morning can translate into success in the actual tournaments during the afternoon.

Have Fun: Have a great time working with friends, competing for victories, and mining, jumping, and building your way to the top!

Take YOUR Skills National:  Here’s your chance to compete in a national Minecraft™ tournament against lots of other Lavner Minecrafters!

 

National Roblox Tournament Week:

It’s time to take your Roblox Skills National!
This summer, we’ll be hosting two separate tournament weeks for Roblox where campers can compete in the following events:Ninja Obstacle Course, Epic Survival, Battle Blox, Freeze Tag.
Campers will work together throughout the week to compete against other Lavner Camps National Roblox Tournament Week camps across the country in over 20 locations throughout the United States! Campers learn teamwork, cooperation, and the importance of sharing and implementing ideas, as they compete in events. All competitions will be held on our own private VIP servers.
Although the style of the events will remain the same, we’ll be changing up the games the campers play from the first tournament week to the second, so campers are welcome to attend both weeks!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Play on our own private VIP Servers: Play exclusively on our camp-only private servers! It’s just you and other campers.

Games & Tournament Competitions: Compete in awesome events and fight your way to the top! Will you be one of our 2019 Roblox Tournament Week Champions?

Teamwork and Communication: Learn how to practice and compete as a team. Working together, planning, and relying on each other will be key to success!

Problem Solving: Work with your teammates to determine the best strategies for each event and practice overcoming the challenges of competition!

Gamer Sense: Practicing hard and learning from others pays off! You might be surprised at how much better you get over the course of a week!

 

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:

Work with VEX®: VEX® has taken over as the standard for middle and high school robotics competitions. At this camp, you will learn to build, program, and control the kinds of robots that are used at most middle and high school competitions.

Apply STEM: Put science, technology, engineering, and math to practical use in building, programming, and problem-solving cool robots. See how the concepts you’ve learned in the classroom (and new ones you will learn at camp) can change how fast and efficiently a robot runs, and have a blast doing it!

Work in a Team: Robots are built in teams at all levels from elementary to high school to companies. Our camp is no exception, and learning to work together, divide tasks, plan, and communicate is key to success in Robotics with VEX® IQ. Bring your ideas for a cool team name to camp!

Hands-on Learning: There is just no substitute for building a robot yourself and learning how to problem-solve, debug, and experiment with new ideas with a real robot and real results.

Participate in Challenges: Your week at Robotics Camp will build up to ROBOWARS on Friday afternoon, where you will compete with the other teams in events like programming tasks, navigating obstacle courses, moving or collecting items, and of course battling against other robots in an arena!

 

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: In technology, it is always great to be on the cutting edge.  By immersing yourself in the VR platform, you will learn the latest in game design!

Design & Aesthetics: Make your game more lifelike and beautiful by designing for Virtual Reality.

Explore other Features:  By utilizing VR for game design, you can also explore the many other benefits of producing a virtual experience.

Think BIG Picture:  How can Virtual Reality improve the lives of humans?  Whether it’s through exercise, simulated traveling experience, educational enrichment, sports training, or more, this is a wide open space, waiting for you to discover and take to the next level!

Complete an Awesome Project: Create and take home an impressive, NEXT GENERATION game!  So many of our campers say VR games are cool and interesting to make, and super fun to play!

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.


 

GAME CHANGERS MINORS:

(Ages 11 to 14)

Select 1 Minor Each Week!

 

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 Opportunities:

Learn A New Technology: Learn about cutting edge technology and how it could impact the future!

Work With Physics: Learn the basic principles behind alternative energies and how energy can be converted to power a car!

Identify Challenges, Create Solutions: Problem solve and invent to overcome modern societies challenges! How can we adapt?

Solve Real-World Problems: Deal with important challenges that we face today. These are problems that need to be solved.

Be An Innovator: Invent, create, and problem-solve! This is your chance to get creative and tackle important issues.

And Study A New Trend: Learn more about a rapidly growing industry that could change the future!

 

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: Learn the fundamentals of encryption and decryption to send secret messages. Take your cipher home with you at the end of the week and send coded messages to your friends!

Preventing Cyber Attacks And Hacks: Learn safe protocols and practices and how you can keep networks secure.

Password Security: Learn what makes a password safe and why? Learn methods to come up with secure, but easy to remember passwords!

 

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: With a computer and digital music, you have a whole orchestra and band at your fingertips. Blend sounds and melodies together to create something unique!

Explore Multiple Genres Of Music: Compose and remix in different genres to experiment, broaden your scope, and challenge yourself.

Learn Loops And Sound Customizations: Learn how to alter sounds electronically to create patterns or cool music.

Work On Songwriting, Collaborate In Jam Sessions, And Perform On Friday: Compose and write throughout the week, and then have the opportunity to share what you made with the group at the end of the week!

 

Esports Academy – Madden & FIFA:

Do you know the difference between a Base 4-3 and a Tampa-2 formation? Can you perfectly time your shots in FIFA to get extra power and accuracy? It’s time for boot camp.
At our Esports with FIFA & Madden minor, you can improve your skills, learn strategy, and play tournaments all while having a blast in a dynamic and social environment. At Camp you’ll work on 5 major areas: 1. Safe practices (stretches, exercises, mental breaks); 2. improving skills and knowledge; 3. practice gameplay; 4. Drafting, coaching, and designing plays; and 5. End of Week Tournaments.

Sports Knowledge: Learn everything from player names and positions, to formations and strategies. You’ll be set for sports trivia!

Safe Practices:  Through educational awareness and schedule regimen, learn how to take a healthy approach to gaming.

Teamwork: Just like playing a real sport, teamwork is extremely important in FIFA and Madden. The other campers will serve as training partners, friends, and even teammates in 2v2s. Working together makes the experience way more fun and sometimes helping others fix their mistakes will help you fix your own.

The Value of Practice: Campers will see first hand how working to develop skills, planning, and practicing together can turn into success in real games and competitions.

Learn about Frostbite: Learn about the awesome motion capture technology that is used to create the animations for players in FIFA and Madden

Have Fun: Have a blast working with friends, competing, analyzing plays, and learning! What could be better?

College Scholarship or Career:  Some colleges are now giving scholarships for Esports.  Additionally, there are professional Esports teams and league, and the industry is growing.  Will you be the next Esports star or Streamer? Get your start at the Lavner Camps Esports Academy!

 

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:

Create The NEXT Big Thing: You are in charge of creating your own characters, storylines, maps, and events throughout the entire game development process, and have the opportunity to express your creativity!  Will you create the NEXT big Epic Gaming Franchise? Don’t forget, you can export and share your game with all of your friends… and maybe it goes viral from there!

Professional Planning Skills: You get to develop your planning skills that will help you execute character interactions and plots within your RPG game. By using a flowchart as a tool, you present different scenarios and branch out your storylines according to various user choices throughout the games.

Organization and Programming Mindset: As you implement your ideas into the game, you get to improve your logical thinking skills to achieve strong organization, which is important in enhancing game quality. By utilizing programming concepts such as Variables, Loops, Conditional Statements, and more, you can improve your problem solving and organizational skills.

Be an Artist: Unlock your artistic potential and creativity when designing custom Maps and Worlds in your game. You can also add music and sound effects to further enhance the game playing experience!

RPG Lingo Master: As you progress throughout camp, you will become more familiarized with the keywords and phrases used in popular Role Playing Games. What is EXP? What is an NPC? How does the LVL Curve work? After camp, you should be able to explain these cool concepts and more to family and friends!

 

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 2-3 weeks)!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:  

Ideate A Brand Concept: You are the CEO and designer of your own brand! What will you make? How will you present it to the world?

Create A Look And Feel: Find a style and iterate on it. Create multiple designs that are unique, but fit together cohesively.

Learn Technical Design Skills: Learn how to use the right tools and techniques to design anything you can imagine!

Combine Art And Technology: The perfect blend of art and the modern age! Use modern tools and platforms to make amazing projects, while getting experience working with both art and technology!

Be A Project Manager By Setting Goals And Deadlines: Learn how to manage your time, set realistic goals, and accomplish things!

Create YOUR Very Own Clothing Line! Design and receive two of your very own shirts! Show them off to your friends and family!

 

Minecraft™ Video Production for YouTube®:

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: Bring home your own idea and videos to start your own youtube channel!

Production Meetings And Scripting, Acting, Filming: Gain experience in all the stages of video production and learn the process of creating a video.

Learn Editing And Screen Capture Software: Learn how to use free professional software, so that you can continue your videos at home.

Creating Special Effects: Learn how to edit your videos and add cool special effects and images!

Researching/Presenting Topics Of Interest: Learn how to choose a subject for a video, learn more about it, and organize it into a cohesive and planned video.

 

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 Opportunities:

Aerospace Engineering: Build your own rocket and learn about the challenges of flight and important forces and factors that need to be considered.

Building: Put together and stylize your very own model rocket and watch it soar!

Customization: Each rocket will be unique. It’s up to you to fully customize yours.

Trial & Error: Learn from successes and mistakes. Find out what works well and what doesn’t while overcoming obstacles!

And Launching Model Rockets: And of course you get to launch your rockets! Watch them take flight!

 

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:

Explore An Expanding Industry:  Sports analytics has exploded in recent years and there are tons of unexplored opportunities!  Get a head start in this industry… and maybe make it a career?

Make An Impact: Design your very own player efficiency model using Java™. Models are constantly expanding and improving. Can you be more accurate than the current experts?  Take your Java™ project home at the end of the week!

Have Fun With Other Sports Enthusiasts: Love sports? So do we! Have fun with other campers who love sports as much as you do.

Be Your Own GM: Build the best team you can and have even more fun watching games at home and rooting for your players!

Take Home Your PER Model:  Playing fantasy football this fall? You can design a PER Java™ program for use in your Fall Fantasy League!

 

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 Opportunities:

Informatics: With technology improving so rapidly and security concerns changing by the day, being knowledgeable in data management is a huge asset!

Logical Thinking Skills: Using spy technology to acquire information from a (sometimes protected) source requires a lot of thought and problem solving, and will stretch your logical thinking skills!

Scratch or Python Coding: Campers utilize scratch or python to create their own cipher, learning valuable coding skills that will be applicable during and after the mission!

High-tech Collaboration: Campers learn about collaboration for the 21st century by utilizing technology and secret codes to carry out missions with other agents. Working together as a team is always critical for a successful mission.

Experience in Morse Code:  Gain experience using Morse Code, an incredibly famous and proven method for covert communication.

Please Note: Drones will not be flown at locations where prohibited by law, university policy, or other restrictions. Instead, campers will use our professional drone controllers and simulators, which reproduce the experience of flying drones.

 

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: Learn how the Stock Market works and gain experience buying and selling stocks with “play money”.

Study Tech Stocks: Research stocks and choose which ones to invest in. Learn about the different factors that are important when choosing stocks.

Gain Understanding Of The Tech Industry: Learn what the tech field looks like on the market. Learn which companies are up and coming and try to predict where they’ll be in the future!

Learn Technical Trading Practices: Learn about technical terms like dividends and valuations and strategies for investing.

Track Your Own Stocks: Follow the stocks you invest in closely. Find out which were wise investments!

Simulate Real-World Experiences: See what the world of tech stocks is really like! How well will you do with the $1,000,000 of play money?

And Participate In Our Weekly Stock Challenge!: How much of a return will you get? Who will see the biggest increase? Which stocks come out ahead or on top? Come to camp and find out!

 

Women Leaders in Tech:

Follow the path of historic women leaders in tech and learn from their example. Work on code, encryption, game design, and more as you learn about women who changed technology forever. Work through projects based on historical female leaders in tech from the Bletchley Park Code Crackers who decrypted German codes in World War II; to Carol Shaw, the first female video game designer; to Radia Perlman, the “Mother of the internet.” Learn programming, history, and confidence and become inspired to be the next great female leader in tech!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Gain Programming Experience: Learn the fundamentals and logic of programming. This is an extremely useful skill to have, no matter what you want to do!

Learn Important History: Follow in the footsteps of great women in tech history. Learn and be proud of what they accomplished.

Gain Confidence: Gain confidence and be inspired seeing the kinds of things that you could accomplish!

Make Cool Programs, Games, and Codes: Work on awesome and fun projects and take them home with you at the end of the week!

 

YouTube Video Production:

In the YouTube Video Production Minor, campers will master the exciting process of creating a successful vlog! Campers will identify an audience, create a brand, brainstorm a creative format, produce engaging content, and tailor a video for YouTube. Valuable skills like optimizing SEO, managing online reviews, and embedding vlogs into websites and social platforms are also covered in this exciting program!
Utilizing the hands-on format of this course, campers will create everything they need to launch their own youtube channel. Sample topics include Minecraft Tutorials, Video Game Walkthroughs, Technology Unboxing, Product Reviews, How-To Videos, and so much more! Campers receive lots of guidance and tips from our knowledgeable instructors and also have the opportunity to collaborate with other passionate youtubers.

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Leave your Mark: YouTube gives you the ability to impact millions of people. Create amazing videos and inspire people! Change lives!

Have a Blast: Work with other soon-to-be content creators and have a great time helping each other, learning, and making videos!

Learn Communication and Public Speaking Skills: Recording and reviewing videos is a great way to learn how to communicate better, organize your thoughts, and get used to speaking in front of others.

Take Home Your Videos!: Of course you’ll take everything home at the end of the week! You’ll have everything you need to get your channel started!

 

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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