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Youth Programs

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

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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!


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  • 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 hours.
  • 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,  

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 the class.
  • 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 like HTML, CSS,  JavaScript and Python through introductory projects and design challenges. 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.


Summer Day Camps and Workshops

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Day camps and workshops provide opportunities for all ages to explore different areas of interest. Our pre-college camps allow middle and high school students to experience various degree options, reducing the number of degree changes once admitted to college.  Learn More


Dual Credit

Dual Credit opportunities are available for high school students during the school year and summer break. 


Extended Studies
Tel: (660) 543-4984


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