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Frequently asked questions
CAMP DATES & TIMES
Q. What are the dates for camp?
A. Virtual STEM Camp runs Monday - Friday, June 20- July 14, 2023. The dates vary if you are participating face-to-face at a partnering site.
Q. What are the times for camp?
A. Virtual camp starts at 10am EST and ends at 2:45pm EST. If you will participate in a face-to-face camp, the times will vary and so please check out that site’s flyer.
Q. How many sessions are offered each day?
A. There are 4 live sessions offered each day for the virtual camp.
Session 1: 10:00am EST
Session 2: 11:00am EST
Lunch Break: 12:00pm EST
Session 3: 1:00pm EST
Session 4: 2:00pm EST
REGISTRATION INFO & GROUPING
Q. What ages will be served?
A. Children in kindergarten - 12th grades are encouraged to participate (ages 5-18). Parents of young children may need to be present to help them engage meaningfully in virtual lessons/activities.
Q. How long will registration remain open?
A. Registration for camp will open until June 1st or until all spaces are filled.
Q. How are the groups separated?
A. The groups are separated based on grade level. Participants are exposed to concepts that they will see in the upcoming year.
Q. Who are the instructors?
A. The instructors are certified teachers, pre-service teachers, informal science educators, STEM instructors, STEM professionals, and professors at partnering institutions.
PAYMENTS & SPONSORSHIPS
Q. What is the cost for the virtual camp?
A. The cost is a $75 registration fee per child that includes a STEM Box that will be shipped to your home. The cost for camp is $300 for all 4 weeks of camp. Your application is not complete without submitting the registration fee. Parents may pay in full prior to camp or opt into a payment plan during the orientation session.
Q. How often are payments due?
A. The $75 registration fee per child is due upon submitting the application. However, there are options for parents to pay the remaining balance for camp. They will opt into a payment plan that can go as low as $75 over 4 payments.
Q. What is the cost for the face-to-face camp?
A. Please check with the onsite coordinator for the camp your child is registered to learn about the costs, payment plans, and opportunities for sponsorships or discounts.
Q. How can I partner or serve as a sponsor?
A. We welcome partners and sponsors to help sustain our programs. All funds will go to the I AM STEM Foundation - our partnering 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Click Here or visit the Donations tab to make a contribution. If you are interested in serving as a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Are there scholarships available?
A. There are limited scholarships available and preference is given to parents who register multiple children and those whose income is beneath the 2022 federal poverty guidelines. Some sites offer scholarships or discounts. Please check with the onsite director for the face-to-face programs.
Q. May I make additional payments ahead of time for the virtual camp?
A. Yes, you may make payments toward your balance. It will be deducted when your payments are calculated at the time of parent orientation. If you are attending a camp face-to-face, please check with the onsite director regarding payments.
Q. Where can I go to make payments for the virtual camp?
A. There are 3 payment options:
1) PayPal: paypal.me/IAMSTEM
2) CashApp: $iamstem
3) Zelle: email@example.com
First Name: Natalie Last Name: King
Business will appear: I AM STEM, LLC
*If your child is attending a face-to-face camp, the payment is made directly to that site! Please do not use these payment methods
CURRICULUM & SUPPLIES
Q. What is the curriculum?
A. All courses are age-appropriate and range from the sciences (physical and biological), mathematics (algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus), English language arts, engineering, technology, and other skills (financial literacy, health and wellness, and Black and Latino History). There are virtual field trips and a culminating ceremony. Instructional calendars will be released before camp to share the entire schedule for the 4-week camp.
Q. What supplies are needed?
A. For virtual participants, a box of supplies will be shipped to your home. Additional household supplies will be needed and supply lists will be provided ahead of time. If your child will attend camp in person, supplies will be at the site to engage in STEM activities.
Q. What platform will students use?
A. Participants joining the virtual camp will connect to the sessions using Zoom. We are developing a platform where parents and parents can access lessons and supplies needed for each session.
TECHNOLOGY & CONNECTING FROM HOME
Q. What technology is available?
A. Participants will join the live sessions using the Zoom platform. Children will download the I AM STEM App to connect for classes. The I AM STEM Camp website will be utilized.
Q. Will I have flexibility to select the classes that my child takes?
A. Participants in the virtual camp will have access to 4 sessions each day for the duration of the camp. If your child needs to miss a day or a session, videos of the activities will be made available. It is not required for your child to attend each session.
Q. Do I need supervision from home?
A. Please note that this is not a babysitting service. Parents must ensure that children have proper adult supervision at home while engaging in I AM STEM Camp.
CONTACT AND COMMUNICATION
Q. How will we find out information?
A. Weekly newsletters will be sent out to share information about camp. The website will be updated regularly and important messages will be sent through the parent and scholar portals.
Q. If I have issues, whom can I contact?
A. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or concerns. We will respond within 24-48 hours.
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