UCM hosts several youth programs in many different forms some of which may be eligible
for dual credit. In addition to our athletic camps and in-resident leadership programs at the Warrensburg campus, UCM Lee's Summit offers programming for youth that include summer day camps and workshops.
Explore our Black Rocket Computer Science Online Programs
Registration opens Sept. 1
The University of Central Missouri is continuing its partnership with Black Rocket
to offer a Explore Computer Science program for kids from age 8 to 14. Designed as an online STEM (Science Technology Engineering
and Math) enrichment program, each class is offered as either a Monday/Wednesday,
Tuesday/Thursday or Saturday program. Children and teens have the opportunity to learn
about topics such as video game design and animation, inventing, programming, coding
and YouTube content creation. Registration opens Sept. 1!
Combining education, learning and engagement in a fun, online environment
- Sept. 28 through Dec. 10 with various sessions beginning throughout the fall.
- Registration opens Sept. 1.
- Weekday classes: Either Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday and including five weeks
of 90-minute courses offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Central Standard Time). Totaling
15 instructional hours.
- Saturday classes: Offered during two-hour sessions over six Saturdays from either
8:30 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Central Standard Time). Totaling 12 instructional
- Designed for young people from 8 to 14.
- Course listing sign-ups here with course descriptions listed below.
- Engaging, interactive activities guided by live, online instructors. Instructor-to-student
ratio is 1:10 or less!
- Moderated virtual room for youth to engage with the instructor and interact with other
participants. Safety is our top priority, and students are not able to communicate
directly with other students. In addition, students’ computer cameras are not turned
on although students are able to see their instructors.
- Technical requirements.
- NOTE: For information about special accommodations, please contact Amber Georgieff
of Black Rocket, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Rocket cost and registration information
- Courses range from $149 to $169, depending on the offering.
- Registration deadline for cancellations is five business days prior to the start of
- REGISTER HERE (Beginning Sept. 1, 2020)
Black Rocket online courses and descriptions
Minecraft Redstone Engineers (ages 8-11 and ages 11-14)
Take the next step beyond simply “playing” Minecraft and become a true Redstone engineer.
Expand your Redstone knowledge by constructing your own carnival with a variety of
mini-games, roller coasters, and attractions powered by Redstone. Learn how to use
Command and Structure blocks to incorporate them into your builds. Activate your skills
and take your Minecraft structures to the next level! Students must own a Java version
of Minecraft to take this class. Tablet, phone, and game console versions of Minecraft
are not compatible. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only. Purchase Minecraft Java Edition.
ROBLOX Makers (ages 8-11 and ages 11-14)
Unlock the power of ROBLOX® Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX®
developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX® world.
Bring characters to life with unique animations you design. Student-created projects
will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends
and family. Compatible with MAC and Windows OS only.
YouTube Content Creators (ages 8-11 and ages 11-14)
Find your voice and leave your mark on the world! Whether you are six or sixty, it’s
time to start a career as the next YouTube star. Explore the variety of content and
personalities that exist on YouTube and how to find your own niche. Learn the Dos
and Don’ts of the platform and how to practice good digital citizenship. Develop your
on-camera presence, your own channel branding, and professional editing skills. Take
home a plan for launching your own channel with the content created in class! Student
projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with
friends and family. A webcam is required for this course. Compatible with MAC and
Windows OS only.
Coding Academy (ages 8-11 and ages 11-14)
Calling all future coders, programmers and designers! Explore a series of coding languages
Get started on your coding journey and become the next coding prodigy! Projects will
be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Compatible
with MAC, Windows and Chromebook. $10 license fee per student with this class.