Camp Details, Schedule and Registration

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Roblox and Virtual Reality Week 1:  ROBLOX & VIRTUAL REALITY

August 5 – 9 (see price & registration below)

Roblox is a massively multiplayer online game and and an online game creation system platform that allows users to design their own games and play a wide variety of different types of games created by other users. Similar to Minecraft, Roblox games are constructed of Lego-like virtual blocks.

Participants in this camp will use Roblox to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills while creatively expressing themselves through 3D artistry, design and architecture. With an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, during this week campers will work together to virtually re-create a site from the historic Boston Freedom Trail.

Using Roblox, and their very own Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) headset (see below), campers dive into Virtual Reality while they virtually tour famous places around the world, play immersive games, fly through space, join famous musicians on-stage during a concert, and more. Note that Week 2 of the camp is a different Virtual Reality experience than Week 1 and Week 3 (take all 3 weeks of the camp for the full Virtual Reality experience). For more information visit http://ImmersiveEducation.org/vr

  • CONSPICUOUS CONSUMERS! Campers will learn how to identify and avoid digital marketing and consumerism traps (e.g., purchasing in-game items for real world $$) commonly found in "free to play" games such as Roblox.
     
  • MINECRAFT: Campers who take this camp along with the corresponding Minecraft camp (see below) will learn how to compare and contrast complex systems through an in-depth analysis of both games that features virtual "build-off!" games and competitions.
     
  • VIRTUAL REALITY: During this week campers will also explore the fundamentals of Virtual Reality (VR), and will assemble their very own Immersive Education (iED) Google Cardboard Virtual Reality headset that is theirs to keep. Campers will use their new creation to virtually tour famous places around the world, play immersive games, fly through space, join famous musicians on-stage during a concert, and more.
     
  • KNOWLEDGE TOKENS: Campers earn Knowledge Token® (Knowken®) incentive and reward tokens during this camp that may be used to pay for future camps, conferences, training and certification programs, camps, clubs, Minecraft accounts & servers, Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, 360 degree VR cameras, VR and gaming graphics computers, graphics cards (GPUs), and more. For details see the Immersive Education Learn to Earn program.
     
  • SCHEDULE, PRICE, REGISTRATION: See the full camp schedule, price and registration below.

Note that Week 1 of the camp is a different Virtual Reality experience than Week 2 and Week 3 (take all 3 weeks of the camp for the full Virtual Reality experience). For more information visit http://ImmersiveEducation.org/vr

 

Virtual Reality headsetBRING IT HOME! A personal Immersive Education (iED) Google Cardboard VR headset is provided to all campers. Bring your iED VR headset home after the camp so that you can relive the memories that you capture in VR, and also so that you can enjoy thousands of new and emerging VR experiences free of charge once you get home.

 

Minecraft and Virtual RealityWeek 2: MINECRAFT & VIRTUAL REALITY

August 12 – 16 (see price & registration below)

Minecraft, one of the most popular video games in the world, is more than just a game. An official Immersive Education (iED) learning technology, Minecraft is used by iED teachers around the globe to teach learners of all ages about culture, history, science, technology, engineering, arts & architecture, and math (STEaM). Along the way campers also learn the fundamentals of team-based collaboration and 3D design. More information about Minecraft as an educational tool is online at http://ImmersiveEducation.org/minecraft

Participants in this camp will use Minecraft to develop logical thinking and problem solving skills while creatively expressing themselves through 3D artistry, design and architecture. With an emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, during this week campers will work together to virtually re-create a site from the historic Boston Freedom Trail.

Using Minecraft, and their very own Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) headset (see Week 1 above), campers dive into Virtual Reality while they virtually tour famous places around the world, play immersive games, fly through space, join famous musicians on-stage during a concert, and more. Note that Week 2 of the camp is a different Virtual Reality experience than Week 1 and Week 3 (take all 3 weeks of the camp for the full Virtual Reality experience). For more information visit http://ImmersiveEducation.org/vr

  • ROBLOX: Campers who take this camp along with the corresponding Roblox camp (see above) will learn how to compare and contrast complex systems through an in-depth analysis of both games that features virtual "build-off!" games and competitions.
     
  • VIRTUAL REALITY: During this week campers will also explore the fundamentals of Virtual Reality (VR), and will assemble their very own Immersive Education (iED) Google Cardboard Virtual Reality headset that is theirs to keep. Campers will use their new creation to virtually tour famous places around the world, play immersive games, fly through space, join famous musicians on-stage during a concert, and more.
     
  • KNOWLEDGE TOKENS: Campers earn Knowledge Token® (Knowken®) incentive and reward tokens during this camp that may be used to pay for future camps, conferences, training and certification programs, camps, clubs, Minecraft accounts & servers, Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, 360 degree VR cameras, VR and gaming graphics computers, graphics cards (GPUs), and more. For details see the Immersive Education Learn to Earn program.
     
  • SCHEDULE, PRICE, REGISTRATION: See the full camp schedule, price and registration below.

Note that Week 2 of the camp is a different Virtual Reality experience than Week 1 and Week 3 (take all 3 weeks of the camp for the full Virtual Reality experience). For more information visit http://ImmersiveEducation.org/vr

 

Virtual Reality headsetBRING IT HOME! A personal Immersive Education (iED) Google Cardboard VR headset is provided to all campers. Bring your iED VR headset home after the camp so that you can relive the memories that you capture in VR, and also so that you can enjoy thousands of new and emerging VR experiences free of charge once you get home.

Video Games and Virtual Reality Week 3: VIDEO GAMES & VIRTUAL REALITY

August 19 – 23 (see price & registration below)

Video games and Virtual Reality (VR) are turning the real world upside down, and in some cases inside out. Google, Facebook, Sony, Samsung, and Microsoft are just a few of the heavy-hitters that have recently made moves to push VR into the mainstream. By 2020 VR is projected to roar past Hollywood to become a $150 Billion industry.

This exciting week of camp introduces campers to the unreal world of video games and Virtual Reality not only from the consumer (user) perspective, but also starts them on the road to becoming a producer (creator) by teaching them to create their own VR experiences using their mobile phone, and create VR environments using their very own Immersive Education (iED) Google Cardboard VR headset that is theirs to keep after camp is over.

Skills learned and knowledge gained provide campers with an introduction to a variety of jobs and industries including: video game design and development; VR development; medical and military simulation; scientific visualization; Hollywood movie, film, television and music video production, and more.

Topics covered during this week of camp include:

  • Video games for entertainment; serious games (video games for education, scientific exploration, health care, emergency management, city planning, engineering, and more);
     
  • Digital citizenship in the Age of Immersion; tips and strategies to stay physically fit and mentally healthy as a gamer and VR user;
     
  • Video games as an emerging artform; professional gaming as a career (is it really possible, what does it take, and what are the real odds of success?); programming your own video games;
     
  • Comparing Virtual Worlds (VW); Virtual Reality (VR); Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MXR);
     
  • Creating your own VR objects and environments; 3D computer graphics;
     
  • Hollywood blockbuster movies; special effects; synthetic humans; brain interfaces; input devices and systems (headsets, haptics, gloves, suits, etc.), and more.
     
  • KNOWLEDGE TOKENS: Campers earn Knowledge Token® (Knowken®) incentive and reward tokens during this camp that may be used to pay for future camps, conferences, training and certification programs, camps, clubs, Minecraft accounts & servers, Virtual Reality (VR) headsets, 360 degree VR cameras, VR and gaming graphics computers, graphics cards (GPUs), and more. For details see the Immersive Education Learn to Earn program.
     
  • SCHEDULE, PRICE, REGISTRATION: See the full camp schedule, price and registration below.

Note that Week 3 of the camp is a different Virtual Reality experience than Week 1 and Week 2 (take all 3 weeks of the camp for the full Virtual Reality experience). For more information visit http://ImmersiveEducation.org/vr

 

Virtual Reality headsetBRING IT HOME! A personal Immersive Education (iED) Google Cardboard VR headset is provided to all campers. Bring your iED VR headset home after the camp so that you can relive the memories that you capture in VR, and also so that you can enjoy thousands of new and emerging VR experiences free of charge once you get home.

 

 


Schedule for all 3 weeks:

Dates: August 5th through August 23rd (Week 1, Week 2, Week 3)

Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm. Drop off at 8:45am.

9am - 12pm: Hands-on Learning at BC High School’s State of the Art Computer Lab. Technology topics taught includes, Roblox, Minecraft, Video Game design and development and Virtual Reality (VR).

12pm - 1pm: Lunch. Students must provide their own meals.

1pm - 4pm: Game time. This includes both physical activities as well as enjoying the results of the work they created in the morning session.

4pm: Pick-up at 4:00pm. Please note that there are no after-hours provisions. All campers must be picked up by 4pm each day.

Audience, Capacity, Location and Cost:

Hosted by Boston College High School, and taught by Boston College faculty, the "Creative Computing" summer camps are open to all boys and girls ages 9 to 13. Students from all schools, including home schools, are welcome!

Audience: Coed (boys and girls) ages 9 to 13.

Capacity: 20 students (maximum capacity; first-come-first-serve)

Location: Boston College High School (BCHS), 150 Morrissey Blvd, Boston MA 02125

Cost: $490 for 1 week, $880 for 2 weeks, $1,220 for 3 weeks (save $100 when attending two weeks, and save $250 when attending all three weeks)

Registration

Register now using the SECURE ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM [opens a new window or tab]

 

Do you have QUESTIONS or need HELP deciding? Call or email the camp instructor listed on the above REGISTRATION system.