What is the difference between STEM4Kids Camps and other “LEGO Robotics” & programming Camps?
At STEM4kids, we works on Kids “Critical Thinking, Problems Solving, Designing Projects and Communicating Ideas” Because We want our students – boys and girls – to enter middle and high school actually wanting to sign up for that class in robotics, programming, physics or electronics. Our Curriculum is STEM based focusing on key elements, and we believe that learning must be:
We are not a franchisee, we work with very small number of kids to make sure every child get personal attention.
My child has experience with robotics. Will your program still be challenging?
Absolutely! Our STEM based curriculum stretch from Beginner to Master. We start from basics and advanced to master level with your kids, by making sure, Kids are engaged and not losing interest. We inspire the engineers of tomorrow, we get into advanced mechanisms including gear trains and linkages and Explore and understand science behind it. We will be proud when they say “Yay! I did it!” or “wow! so that’s how it works!”
Is every week of our Summer Camp the same?
Well, yes and no! At STEM4Kids we have unique and in-depth progressive project-based curriculum. Kids will be moving to next level each week. At the start of each week, teacher analyze the kids level and teaches everything necessary for a beginning or advanced student to next level to complete the course work. Kids work at their own pace, we are always doing new projects, and something similar to karate belts as they achieve advancement to new levels. Thus, from week to week, campers are always doing something new and engaging!
Does get my child get to keep the Lego education kit?
Unfortunately, the Lego education kits are for classroom use only.
Does my child need to have any programming or robotics experience to enroll in this robotics engineering camp?
No, this camp curriculum is designed for students from beginner level to advanced level. Students with no experience will be given an introduction into both robotics & programming.
Is lunch provided at STEM4Kids Camps?
Yes, if you are interested please sign up for hot lunch at registration.
Who are the instructors?
All of our instructors are individuals who have a great interest and ability in teaching technology to students in an exciting way.
What type of computers do students work with? The students work with Windows-PC laptops, except in the iPad® Movie Making class where we use Apple iPad®s.
Do students get to take home their computer work?
Yes, students take home the majority of their computer and iPad® projects on a CD.
What if a camp needs to be cancelled due to low enrollment?
In the unlikely event that a camp needs to be cancelled, we will provide a full refund of tuition or allow a transfer to another STEM4kids camp, if space is available.
What is your refund/cancellation policy for Summer Camps?
STEM4Kids may cancel programs if a minimum enrollment has not been achieved. In the event a program is cancelled, all enrollment fees will be returned. If a family wishes to cancel an enrollment before May 10th, a $25 processing fee per camp will be charged, and the remaining fees returned. For requests after May 10th and at least three weeks prior to the first day of the camp, a cancellation fee of 25% will be charged, and the remaining fees returned. We are sorry, but there are no refunds given for Summer Camps within 3 weeks of the start of a camp.
Frequently asked questions
Is programming experience required for this course?
No programming experience is required for this introductory course, however a basic understanding of algebra, including variables, graph coordinates, and functions, is strongly recommended.
For Intermediate or advance courses, Yes. A good understanding of the various concepts listed under Course Details is required, as this class focuses more on advanced programming topics. They can attend this advanced course.
What you mean by Progressive curriculum week by week?
How many weeks of camp can students take in the summer?
Students can register for as many weeks of camp as they would like. As we are progressive camps, which means student will advance to further levels as student masters the concepts. We encourage you to register for at least two week, its build the strong fundamental on the subject. And as per student experience, you can add more weeks (depends on availability of slots)
If a student already has some experience, are different skill levels accommodated in the course?
Instructors and TAs are always willing to modify and customize the curriculum to make sure that all students are engaged and challenged. The first day or so will be utilized to gauge students’ individual skills and strengths. We also have advanced extensions for every course, so teachers can challenge advanced students.
My student has done some programming before. Can he or she attend this advanced Java course?
If you are confident in their understanding of the various concepts listed under Course Details, they can attend this advanced course. The first day or so will be utilized to gauge students’ individual skills and strengths. We also have advanced extensions for every course, so teachers can challenge advanced students. You can add details about student prior understanding details in the forms while registration in the special request field or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with child details.
How many weeks do students normally register for?
STEM4kids offers progressive curriculum between the weeks. Normally students register for minimum two weeks camp on particular subject in order to experience our Academies, which are an in-depth pair of courses that build upon student knowledge week after week. Then student can either continue to choose to work on Advance course on same subject or try our other amazing camps for well balanced approach.
What if the content is too easy or too hard once the course begins?
STEM4kids courses and curricula are built to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities. This, along with a very skilled instructional staff and low student-to-staff ratio (average of 12:1), allows us to individualize lessons, customize the learning experience and offer plenty of personalized, one-on-one time for each student. If you have a particular goal or project idea, instructors will work with you and guide you to help you achieve it.
Do the student need to bring own laptop ? What kind of computers do student need to use in your camps?
yes, Student can bring either Windows or Mac computers in the classroom
Who is my main point of contact while the camps are running?
The main point contact at camp is the Camp Director. You will receive information with the camp director’s name and contact information closer to the start of the program.
Do the student need to choose multiple week in continuous?
No, we maintain the kids progress. Student can take a break and come back. For example student joined us for two week of camp, then took a one week break for vacation, and join us back, totally fine. We will take care of it.
What is difference between half day and full day camp?
Half day camp timing are from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Full Day camp timing are from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Main difference between them is full day camp student will work on exercise and projects, more they practice make stronger problem soving, logical skills. In other words, Programming is all about building the logic around the problem.