DISCOVER GC Offers Summer Camps for Teens

Summer Camp for Teens Starts June 22

Discover GC, a program presented by Gaston College, offers a wide range of options for local youths to explore this summer. This summer enrichment program gives students age 12 to 18 the opportunity to gain new life skills, discover career pathways, and experience a college campus while blending hands-on learning with fun.

The following programs will be offered:

  • 3D Game Design with Unity: Working with Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, and how to utilize scripts and variables. Student-created games will be available on a password-protected website to share with family and friends. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $121
    • Dates/Times/Locations: June 22 through 25, 1 to 4 p.m., on the Dallas Campus; July 20 through 23, 1 to 4 p.m., on the Kimbrell Campus
  • Rocket Kart Racers: Professional 3D game development software will enable students to make a 3D Mario Kart and Crash Team Racing-style game, design their own tracks, and customize their karts and characters. Students can participate in eSports League races against other schools across the country, with a chance to have their tracks featured in the Black Rocket master build of the game.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $121
    • Dates/Times/Locations: June 22 through 25, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Dallas Campus; July 20 through July 23, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Kimbrell Campus
  • First Aid and CPR: Participants will be trained in BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR, First Aid, and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) skills. On the last day of the three-day course, students will take a test to earn certification in these skills.
    • Ages: 14 to 18
    • Cost: $96
    • Dates/Time/Location: June 23 through 25, 8 a.m. to noon, on the Dallas Campus
  • Make Your First Video Game: Students will learn the keys to designing their first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sound, and simple coding are some of the concepts to be explored. Games compatible on PC computers only; Mac versions can be created after the program with a $15 conversion fee. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $121
    • Dates/Times/Locations: July 6 through 9, 1 to 4 p.m., on the Dallas Campus; July 13 through 16, 1 to 4 p.m., on the Kimbrell Campus
  • Make Your Own Tee Design: The course briefly introduces four types of printmaking: relief, intaglio, lithography, and silkscreen. Each student will create a design, then print it using photo emulsion, a screen-printing technique. Students must bring their own tees; other materials are provided.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $96
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 6 through 9, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Dallas Campus
  • Python Programmers: Students learn how to code engaging apps and games with Python, the world’s fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, YouTube, and the CIA. Each lesson follows a step-by-step programming path so students can create content from start to finish. Returning students can create more advanced projects that build on previous years.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $121
    • Dates/Times/Locations: July 6 through 9, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Dallas Campus; July 13 through 16, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Kimbrell Campus
  • Digital Photography: Whether using a DSLR Camera or an iPhone to take pictures, students will learn the foundations of good composition and editing, and how to transfer images to a computer and export them for printing or sharing digitally.
    • Ages: 12 to18
    • Cost: $96
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 13 through July 16, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Dallas Campus
  • Advanced Manufacturing A321: High school students will be exposed to the various career pathways offered through the Gaston College Apprenticeship 321 program. The course includes classroom instruction led by the Apprenticeship faculty and tours at companies participating in the program. This course is included in the Apprenticeship 321 Youth Apprenticeship program for those already registered with that program.
    • Age: 15, or entering sophomore year in high school
    • Cost: $160
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 20 through 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dallas Campus
  • Portraits Painting: This workshop is for students who want to learn to paint portraits. The group-based instruction starts with gesture painting for warm-up, and continues with how to paint the eyes, nose, and mouth. Each student will complete a self-portrait by the end of the course.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $96
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 13 through 16, 1 to 4 p.m., on the Dallas Campus
  • STEM Cosmetic and Fashion Camp: Students will learn to develop, formulate, and produce cosmetics and personal care products while exploring fashion technology and how to assess products’ safety, performance, and quality.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $100
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 13 through 16, 1 to 4 p.m., on the Dallas Campus
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI): Students learn the techniques behind evidence recovery, crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, suspect identification, and criminal investigation in this interactive course.
    • Ages: 14 to 18
    • Cost: $126
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 20 through 23, 8 a.m. to noon, on the Dallas Campus
  • Skin Care and Make-Up: This course will explain the characteristics of a professional image, cover the importance of proper hygiene, and discuss the importance of proper skin care and make-up. Students will practice how to take care of their skin properly and how to apply make-up. Course fee includes professional grade skin care and make-up products.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $121
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 27 through 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the Kimbrell Campus
  • Manners for a Lifetime: The course covers manners for all types of professional and personal situations. It includes a catered lunch.
    • Ages: 12 to 18
    • Cost: $156
    • Dates/Time/Location: July 28 through 30, 9 a.m. to noon, on the Dallas Campus

“We look forward to welcoming teens to our Dallas and Kimbrell campuses this summer for an enriching and fun experience,” said Jill Hendrix, Coordinator – Apprenticeship & Continuing Education Programs. “Discover GC presents a number of options from game design to CSI, photography to cosmetics. All of these courses are designed to be engaging, informative, and inspiring, and they are a great way for students to get to know Gaston College and all it has to offer.”

Courses will meet on the Dallas and Kimbrell (Belmont) campuses of Gaston College campuses during the summer of 2020. Registration for the summer courses is available now. For information, visit www.gaston.edu and click on Find A Program, then Summer Camp, or call 704.922.2244.

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