Maple Woods Non-Credit

How to Get Started
Office Location

MCC-Maple Woods
Learning Resources Building 
First Floor, LR 102
2601 N.E. Barry Road
Kansas City, MO 64156

Phone: 816.604.3011
Fax: 816.437.3484


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These noncredit online classes offer flexibility and convenience. Classes run for six weeks, and consist of 12 lessons.

 

College for Kids

College for Kids offers enrichment opportunities for kids and teens ages 5-17. Classes are designed to develop new interests, teach meaningful skills and excite students about learning. Scroll down to see all of the classes we are offering this summer in June and July or to download a PDF of the schedule click here.

 

Enrollment Information

2015 summer camp enrollment is now open. To register, click the red register online button to the right. For questions, email marti.adams@mcckc.edu or call 816.604.3011.  Registration works best from a computer and not a mobile device.

Student I.D. Number

Our accounting system requires a student I.D. number. The last four digits of your Social Security number are used for this purpose. Please have this information available when you enroll. If you are enrolling for a child, you must have their information to enroll.

Refund Policy

We must guarantee a minimum enrollment to hold a camp. If you need to withdraw, please contact the Community Education office, 816.604.3011 at least five (5) business days prior to the camp start date. You may request a full refund – minus a $5 processing fee. No refund will be given for camps canceled fewer than five business days prior to the start of the camp.

 2015 College for Kids camp schedule

 

June 8-11

Code Breakers
Ages 8-11
 

Calling all future coders, programmers and designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Date: June 8-11, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
NASA - Journey into Outer Space
Ages 7-12
 

From Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program for children ages 7-12 sends them on a quest for exploration! Comets, planets, stars and more are all waiting to be discovered. Learn about the four forces of flight, the challenges of space travel and participate in a rocket launch!

Date: June 8-11, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $105.00, Mad Science
 
Be a Parrot: Biomimicry – Girls only
Ages 8-13
 

Biomimicry is a science that studies nature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. For example, solar cells were inspired by plant leaves (photosynthesis, capturing energy from sunlight) and swimsuits worn by Olympic athletes were inspired by dolphin and shark skin membranes. You will get involved in the biomimicry design process. Through your observations of nature, the task will be to turn your idea(s) into reality by designing a simple prototype or representation of a new product.

Date: June 8-11, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $125.00, Seeing yourself in Science
 
Minecraft Designers
Ages 8-11
 

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 a 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.

Date: June 8-11, 2015
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Introductory Motorcycle Experience
Ages: 15 ½-17
 

This 3-hour Motorcycle Safety Foundation approved course is designed for the true novice rider and provides a safe, low-stress environment for asking questions and getting extra time on the basics of motorcycle operation.  Using our motorcycles, students will sit astride and manipulate the controls of the motorcycle.  This first-touch experience with a motorcycle is not designed to teach a person to ride, but rather, it helps a potential rider determine whether motorcycling is a good personal choice.  Some of the skills that will be addressed are; understanding the principles of shifting gears, clutch control through friction-zone practice, smooth braking skills and awareness of surroundings while operating a motorcycle. Class size is limited to three students with one MSF certified RiderCoach.  All students must be at least 15 ½ years of age to participate.  The first six to register are free, must call 816.604.3011 to register.

Date: June 11
Time 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $45.00 – Special; the first 6 students to enroll are free, must call 816-604-3011 to register.
 

June 15-18

Minecraft Designers
Ages 12-14
 

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 a 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.

Date: June 15-18, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Super Summer Science Lab
Ages 11-14
 

Let Mad Science get you moving with this great four-day camp. Do you love to build, design, and fix things? Put on your engineer's hat to see how science is used to build skyscrapers, bridges, and tunnels. Use simple machines to help lift weights. Spend a day being a true Mad Scientist as you learn about chemical reactions that you might encounter in your daily life. Ever wonder how a camera works? See how cameras capture light to store images and how movie makers make images move and create 3-D effects during "Shutterbugs" day. Finally, take a walk on the wild side as you explore the nature of birds, beasts, and bugs.

Date: June 15-18, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $185.00, Mad Science
Each student must bring a snack & sack lunch.
 
Code Breakers
Ages 12-14
 

Calling all future coders, programmers, & designers! Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges each day and be on your way to becoming the next tech star! Whether you want to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or the high school student who just made $1 million dollars for programming in his bedroom, this course has the essentials you need to begin your journey. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Date: June 15-18, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Maple Woods Chess Camp
Ages 5-16
 

The Maple Woods Chess Camp is designed to challenge players with new material while reinforcing a solid chess foundation and encouraging the growth of positive life skills in every individual. Our daily schedule will consist of check-in and casual play, chess lesson and training exercises, a short break, competition games, and Bughouse Chess, puzzle contests, Fischer Random and Give-Away Chess. There will be medals, Chess books, prizes, and a Chess Camp T-Shirt for all players!  Fun for both girls and boys, all skill levels welcome.  Boy Scouts can earn their Chess merit badge and Cub Scout can earn their belt loop and pin while having fun!  All instructors are from The Kansas City Chess Club for more information visit our website www.kansascitychessclub.com.

Date: June 15-18, 2015
Time 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $125.00, KC Chess Club
 

June 22-25

Make Your First 3-D Video Game!
Ages 8-11
 

Try this new version of a Black Rocket classic! By popular demand, we redesigned our 3-D game design class from beginning to end. This new class allows you to develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2-D game design classes.  Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in teams for most of the program.

Date: June 22-25, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Eureka!  The Inventor's Camp
Ages 7-12
 

Creative Contraption Warning!  This is a camp designed by you-the Inventor! Each day you'll be given a series of challenges which must be overcome using basic materials, simple machines, tips from world famous inventors and the most important thing of all - your mind. With a little bit of ingenuity you'll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate a winning Egg Drop design, construct a dancing robot and assemble a working light saber to take home. While Thomas Edison said invention is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration, this camp is 100% fun!

Date: June 22-25, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $185.00
Each student must bring a snack & sack lunch.
 
Grinning Planet
Ages 8-13


Whether you're involved in developing containers that are better for the environment, green racers or wind energy devices, you'll be minds-on and hands-on. The learning and activities are related to natural and human-made environments, as well as renewable and non-renewable natural resources.  You and your teammates will create, design and test different devices while thinking about their impact on the environment.

Date: June 22-25, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $185.00. Seeing Yourself in Science
Each student must bring a snack and sack lunch. 
 
App Attack!
Ages 8-11
 

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 andstudents 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.

Date: June 22-25, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Introductory Motorcycle Experience
Ages 15 ½-17
 

This 3-hour Motorcycle Safety Foundation approved course is designed for the true novice rider and provides a safe, low-stress environment for asking questions and getting extra time on the basics of motorcycle operation.  Using our motorcycles, students will sit astride and manipulate the controls of the motorcycle.  This first-touch experience with a motorcycle is not designed to teach a person to ride, but rather, it helps a potential rider determine whether motorcycling is a good personal choice.  Some of the skills that will be addressed are; understanding the principles of shifting gears, clutch control through friction-zone practice, smooth braking skills and awareness of surroundings while operating a motorcycle.  Class size is limited to 3 students with one MSF certified RiderCoach.  All students must be at least 15 ½ years of age to participate.  The first 6 to register are free, must call 816-604-3011 to register.

Date: June 22
Time 9 a.m.-noon or 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $45.00 – Special; the first 6 students to enroll are free, must call 816-604-3011 to register.
 

June 29-July 2

Make Your First 3-D Video Game!
Ages 12-14
 

Try this new version of a Black Rocket classic! By popular demand, we redesigned our 3-D game design class from beginning to end. This new class allows you to develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of the traditional 2-D game design classes.  Students will learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of gameplay, and storytelling. Student-created games will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in teams for most of the program.

Date: June 29- July 2, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Rockin’ Robots
Ages 7-12
 

Learn about the history of robot design, how robots sense, decide and carry out tasks, program a robot to do a series of maneuvers and participate in robot relays.  Build a working robot to take home.

Date: June 29- July 2, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $125.00, Mad Science
 
App Attack!
Ages 12-14
 

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 andstudents 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.

Date: June 29- July 2, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Don't Runoff:  Environmental Science and Engineering for Cities
Ages 11-14
       

Runoff, water that flows over the surface of the landscape during and after a rainstorm, can be very harmful to a city. You will work on a team just as environmental scientists, engineers, city planners, and civil engineers do to develop a real-world solution to the environmental challenge of reducing storm water runoff for a city model.  You've got to be creative about how to absorb the water and reduce the transfer of pollutants into the environment.

Date: June 29- July 2, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Seeing Yourself in Science
 

July 6-9

G2 - The Girl Gamers Club
Ages 8-11
 

Hang out with friends, have fun, and learn key S.T.E.M. skills in this one of a kind class! Candy Crush, Facebook, and Instagram were all built by people who understand the foundations of design and technology. In this class learn the basic elements of 2-D Game Design. Each day will have a tech challenge and a profile of the female stars of the tech world. Student games will be available on a 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.

Date: July 6-9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
You to the Rescue!
Ages 8-13


Have you ever seen video of "aid drops" from airplanes in the news? Sometimes the only way to get people and/or animals what they need in an emergency is by dropping aid drop packages out of planes.  You will engineer “aid drop packages” that must be designed to protect what’s inside and that are easy to find once they reach the ground.  Other rescues will be closer to the ground as you continue working on a team designing and building rescue devices out of everyday items.

Date: July 6-9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $125.00, Seeing Yourself in Science
 
Put your Knitting Wits to Work
Ages 8-14
 

In this class you will learn how to cast on and become comfortable with the knit and purl stitches.  These three easy steps are the basic foundation for all knitting projects, no matter how advanced.  To get started, sign up and learn the basics while working on a simple sampler project.  All supplies are included in the price of the class.  To see examples for simple to advanced knit and crochet projects, check out Sonia’s Pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/sspotts1/- then click on the Knit Wit board.

Date: July 6-9, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $105.00
 
Minecraft Modders
Ages 8-11
 

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.

Date: July 6-9, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 

July13-16

Minecraft Modder's
Ages 12-14
 

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.

Date: July 13-16, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Advanced Robotics
Ages 10-14
 

Robots are not just science fiction anymore! Join us for a week of fun with robots and learn all about the science of robotics. Discover the science behind gears and how robots use sensors to explore things around them. Learn about artificial intelligence and how it is revolutionizing our world. Put all this knowledge to use when you build your very own robot as you join us this summer in the Mad Science robot world.

Date: July 13-16, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $170.00, Mad Science
 
Get Your Game On!
Ages 8-13
 

How are engineers and scientists involved in sports? You'll see how through different experiments, demonstrations, simulations, and designs of devices related to sports.  The learning and action include kicking and pop-fly machines and designing a helmet with safety in mind. Balls will fly outside, inside (Don't tell!), and even virtually, as simulations are used.

Date: July 13-16, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $130.00, Seeing Yourself in Science
 
Make Your First Video Game!
Ages 12-14
 

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.                 

Date: July 13-16, 2015 
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m. 
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 

July 20-23

Digital Storytellers
Ages 8-11
 

From the Hunger Games to Harry Potter we all love a great story. Whether you want to rewrite the ending to Star Wars, add yourself to a Divergent tale, or create a new adventure about your friends - any topic is possible in this class! Start with a concept, design the storyboard, add some dialogue, and watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in your first graphic novel!  Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Date: July 20-23, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Clues, Crimes and Culprits
Ages 5-7
 

The Case of the Missing Monkey - Oh NO! The Mad Science monkey is missing! Will you help us figure out where the monkey is? How he got out? And, what he is up to? Join the Mad Science crew as we gather the evidence from the crime scene, and take it back to the lab to analyze it. As the week goes on we will use chemistry, forensics science, physics, and biology to solve the crime. Blood typing, DNA examination, and pH testing are only a few of the scientific tests our young sleuths will get to participate in. Each Jr. Mad Scientist will get a lab coat, magnifying glass, and a case notebook to keep at the end of the week.

Date: July 20-23, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $125.00, Mad Science
 
Carnival Engineer
Ages 8-13
 

We all love a carnival! Do you think you could make a “Lego Carnival”? Students enrolled in this class will create a different carnival ride/activity each day using a special Lego kit and Lego sensors. Each class will include creating a video animation on the computer that you will download to your Lego creation. Will your Lego creation move after the download? Students will be working in pairs, so enroll with a friend or make a new friend in class.

Date: July 20-23, 2015
Time: 9:00a.m.-noon
Cost: $110.00
 
Hey Softie!
Ages 8-14
 

If you haven’t heard of a softie, think of a modern day stuffed animal with more attitude. Some softies are animals, some are monsters, robots and zombies, all softies are made with fabric and an active imagination.  Discover the fundamentals of how to make expressive softies. From concept and construction to finishing details each student will design and hand make their own original softie to take home. To see examples and inspirations of critters and softies, check out Sonia’s Pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/sspotts1/ - then click on the Critters and Softies board.  All supplies are included in the price of the class.

Date: July 20-23, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $105.00
 
Minecraft Designers
Ages 8-11
 

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.

Date: July 20-23, 2015
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Animating in 3D
Ages 10+, must have Scratch experience
 

During this class, students will learn 3 dimensional programming skills to create their own animated movie or video game. We will use 3D objects like people, animals or vehicles and program them to move in the virtual world of our computer screen. Please bring an USB stick to class to save projects to take home!

Date: July 20-23, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $110.00
 
Protection from Disease: Fresh Water – Girls only
Ages 11-14
 

Help the world become a better place. In this project-based session, you will learn and apply the basic principles of fluid dynamics to improve society by designing an irrigation system and a prototype system to pipe water from a storage tank to a simple hand-washing station called a Tippy Tap. These real-world systems can help prevent various diseases by giving access to clean water and a way to wash hands regularly.

Date: July 20-23, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $130.00, Seeing Yourself in Science
 
July 27-30
 
Digital Storytellers
Ages 12-14
 

From the Hunger Games to Harry Potter we all love a great story. Whether you want to rewrite the ending to Star Wars, add yourself to a Divergent tale, or create a new adventure about your friends - any topic is possible in this class! Start with a concept, design the storyboard, add some dialogue, and watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in your first graphic novel!  Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Date: July 27-30, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost $130.00, Black Rocket
 
Inter-Cultural Language Journey
Ages 10+
 

In this course designed for students ages 10+ we will explore conversational Spanish and German simultaneously.  At the beginner’s level of language, learning two languages that are dissimilar is not too difficult.  We will be using technology to learn all four aspects of language speaking, listening, writing and reading.  This course is meant to be fun and useful for assessing you child’s interest in taking a foreign language course in school.  Learning a second language has been shown in research to improve English and math competency and assist in critical thinking skills.  This will be a four day morning class with some homework practice required to progress throughout the course.  The class requires the use of your smart phone or tablet device.

Date: July 27-30, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Cost: $105.00
 
To Infinity and Beyond!
Ages 5-7
 

Everybody likes Buzz Light-year, and you will like the out-of-this-world and fun activities related to the force of air in motion (aerodynamics).  Aerodynamics affects things from airplanes to kites flying overhead.  There will be lots of hands-on experiments involving kid-friendly rockets and rovers, hot air balloon, hover craft, and propulsion activities.

Date: July 27-30, 2015
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $95.00, Seeing Yourself in Science
 
Minecraft Designers
Ages 12-14
 

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.

Date: July 27-30, 2015
Time: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $130.00
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                            
 
 
 
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