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Highland offers Summer Creative Tech Camps for Kids

FREEPORT — The first Creative Tech Camp for Kids kicked off on Monday, June 19, with a Minecraft® Animators class offered through Highland Community College’s Lifelong Learning program. During the week-long class, students ages 8 to 11 and 11 to 14 will learn how to bring their favorite Minecraft® characters to life in an animated short film.  

Highland President Tim Hood welcomed the students to the class, speaking to them about the importance of learning that will carry them through their life.

Tim Hood welcoming the students to the class










HCC President Tim Hood welcomes the students.

Maddux Thomas of Pecatonica is one of the students in the first class. She said she enjoyed her first day of class, and can’t wait to be able to build on the program with her home computer.

“It is a safe and fun thing to do with Minecraft, and I learned how to move the characters on my first day, and it was so much fun. It has such great animation with this program,” Thomas said.

Students and instructor in class










Instructor Doug Meyers works with students in the Minecraft Animators class.

HCC’s Lifelong Learning is partnering with Black Rocket Productions to offer the series of creative technology courses. Each one-week, five-day camp session is $150.00.The Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois is offering child care before and after classes for a fee that includes meals and snacks for students. The YMCA can provide care from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There is still time to sign up for other Creative Tech Camp for Kids classes offered this summer. The following camps are scheduled:

  • App Attack – June 26 – June 30
  • Make Your First Video Game – July 10 – July 14
  • Minecraft® Modders – July 17 – July 21
  • Lego® Games – July 24 – July 28
  • Code Breakers – July 31 – August 4
  • Minecraft® Designers – August 7 – August 11

For more information about the Creative Tech Camps for Kids, and to register for upcoming classes, call 815.599.3403.



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