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Youth Programs at Oakton Community College

More than just fun and games, our programs provide engaging learning opportunities while connecting youth to a college campus. Don’t miss out on our diverse academic, fun-based learning opportunities. Register today.

Spring 2015 Offerings

Introduction to Robotics and Robotics Take II for Girls        
Fee: $50 (per workshop)

Calling all girls (ages 8 -13) for these special two-session workshops. Work in teams to build amazing machines, have a blast exploring automation and robotic technology, and take your math and science skills to a new level!

Introduction to Robotics
Saturday, February 21 and Saturday, February 28
9 a.m. - 12 p.m, Room 1550, Des Plaines
Click Here to Enroll in Introduction to Robotics

Robotics Take II
Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 14
9 a.m. - 12 p.m, Room 1550, Des Plaines
Click Here to Enroll in Robotics Take II

Summer 2015 Offerings

June Courses

Lego Films and Stop Action!            Fee: $119
Make your LEGOs come to life! Bring in your favorite action figures or LEGOs and create a short film with your friends. Whether you want to recreate a scene from Star Wars or design a world of your own, this class brings your dreams to the screen. Students will need to bring in LEGOs or action figures from home, but all other equipment provided. Student-created films will be available on a password protected website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
KID U01-31, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/8, 9 am-12 pm, Ages 8-10
CRN 50115
KID U01-32, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/8, 1-4 pm, Ages 11-14     
CRN 50116

APP ATTACK!                                          Fee: $119
Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app & game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. Student-created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smartphone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.
KID U02-31, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/8, 9 am-12 pm, Ages 11-14
CRN 50117
KID U02-32, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/8, 1-4 pm, Ages 8-10         
CRN 50118

Minecraft Designers                                    Fee: $119
If you love the game Minecraft, but always wanted to design your own characters and buildings for your games this class is for you! Learn the basics of creating 3-D models using new software to design your very own objects, create skins for characters, and import them into your favorite Minecraft games. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Parent email address is required to use 3D modeling software. Students will work in teams for most of the program.
KID U03-31, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/15, 9 am-12 pm, Ages 11-14
CRN 50119
KID U03-32, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/15, 1-4 pm, Ages 8-10         
CRN 50120

Make your First Video Game!                     Fee: $119
If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2-D game. Conceptualization, play experience, challenge levels, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. No prior experience necessary, just a desire to have fun. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Games are only compatible on PC computers; Mac versions can be created after the program for $15.00 conversion fee. Students will work in teams for most of the program.
KID U04-31, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/15, 9 am-12 pm, Ages 8-10
CRN 50121
KID U04-32, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/15, 1-4 pm, Ages 11-14      
CRN 50122

App Adventures: The Next Level!             Fee: $119
Continue your quest to make the next viral app! Whether you want to move past the basic techniques learned in App Attack or want to jump right in, we are ready for you! All students will choose from a selection of different mobile app types and explore more in depth programming concepts. Student created apps will be accessible on a private site and can be played on any mobile device or computer. No prior experience is necessary and students do not need to own a smart phone or tablet to take the class. Students will work in teams for most of the program.
KID U05-31, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/22, 9 am-12 pm, Ages 11-14 
CRN 50123
KID U05-32, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/22, 1-4 pm, Ages 8-10          
CRN 50124

Minecraft Modders                         Fee: $119
Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mod! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Student projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. To access their project at home, students must own a PC/MAC version of Minecraft. Tablet, phone, and game console version of Minecraft are not compatible. Students will work in teams for most of the program.
KID U06-31, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/22, 9 am-12 pm, Ages 11-14
CRN 50125
KID U06-32, OC/SK, 1 Mon.-Thu., 6/22, 1-4 pm, Ages 8-10         
CRN 50126

July Courses

Robotics Level I                  
Fee: $300 or Early Bird $225 by 6/1/15
Calling all young builders and engineers! Learn about structure and design by building with LEGO®s. Create your own robot using LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robotic programming. Course includes field trip to a robotics company as well as mini competitions and challenges throughout the week!
KDE S03-31, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 7/13, 9 am-3 pm                
CRN 50152
KDE S03-32, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 7/13, 9 am-3 pm, Early Bird 
CRN 50153

Robotics Level II                 
Fee: $300 or Early Bird $225 by 6/1/15
Learn about structure and design by building with LEGO®s. Use LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robotic programming to create your own robot able to perform complex maneuvers and react to a multitude of sensors. Course includes field trip to a robotics company as well as mini competitions and challenges throughout the week!
KDE S04-31, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 7/20, 9 am-3 pm               
CRN 50154
KDE S04-32, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 7/20, 9 am-3 pm, Early Bird
CRN 50155

WATERBOTICS                      
Fee: $300 or Early Bird $225 by
6/1/15
Learn about motions and forces, particularly as they relate to water, with LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robotic programming. Develop technological design skills as you work with a team to build a robotic creation. Course includes field trip to a robotics company as well as mini competitions and challenges throughout the week!
KDE S01-31, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 7/27, 9 am-3 pm               
CRN 50141
KDE S01-32, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 7/27, 9 am-3 pm, Early Bird
CRN 50147

August Courses

Advanced Waterbotics        
Fee: $300 or
Early Bird $225 by 6/1/15
Apply laws of motions and forces, and strengthen technological design skills as you build your own robotic creation using LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robotic programming. Course includes field trip to a robotics company as well as mini competitions and challenges throughout the week!
KDE S02-31, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 8/3, 9 am-3 pm                
CRN 50148
KDE S02-32, OC/DP, 1 Mon.-Thu., 8/3, 9 am-3 pm, Early Bird 
CRN 50149

Registration Opens March 23rd.

For more information, contact Karra Wells at kwells@oakton.edu or 847.635.1425!

Online Flexible Registration System
Register using our online Flexible Registration system with its shopping cart functionality. The online registration system serves as a convenient method to search, register, and pay for classes. Visit our How to Register page and find out more.

Introduction to Robotics and
Robotics Take II for Girls

Starting in February. Visit our Youth Programming page and find out more.