FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

WHAT IS ITECH-STEM PROJECT?

The main purpose of Innovative Technology Challenges for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (iTECH-STEM) is to develop an innovative program promoting/teaching computer science (CS) and technology (T) topics that are popular and emerging with STEM focus. The iTECH-STEM involves following Domains:

  • Digital Storytelling
  • 3D-Printing
  • Programming and Coding
  • STEM Art
  • Robotics
  • Virtual Reality

A series of linked activities such as Summer Technology Camp, Student Ambassador Program, and year-around Challenges will be used in this program. Students in grades 2-5 are the initial target population for this project.

WHO IS ORGANIZING THIS CAMP?

ITECH-STEM is sponsored by UH STEM Center, hosted at UH Sugar Land, and directed by faculty at Department of Curriculum & Instruction.

WHO IS THE SUMMER CAMP FOR?

We believe in young kids’ ability. They can learn knowledge and skills associated with STEM once they are properly guided and supported. We target elementary students entering grades 3 to 6 in Fall semester in this camp.

IS THERE A RESEARCH ASPECT OF THIS PROJECT?

Yes, we look at students’ STEM attitudes and their willingness to follow a career in STEM fields. ITECH-STEM is applying to grant programs to support young kids. We also contribute to research in this area.

WHAT ARE THE DATES?

The camp will run from June 3 – 14, 2019. It will be Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

WHAT ARE THE CLASSES AND TOPICS COVERED IN ITECH-STEM?

We focus on 4 ITECH-STEM Domains in the summer camp:

  • Digital Storytelling
  • 3D-Printing
  • Programming and Coding
  • STEM Art

The camp includes instruction on ITECH domains. We also conduct STEM experiments and Virtual Reality activities at our camp.  Our philosophy is based on project-based learning and hands-on projects. Students complete daily tasks and work on interconnected/interdisciplinary projects.

WHAT IS SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION?

Your child will be assigned to a small group of 5 -7 students supervised and instructed by a Mentor. Mentors will help each student individually with their daily tasks and projects during each class period.

WHO ARE MENTORS?

We have undergraduate or graduate students serving as “Instructional Assistant and Mentors” (IAMs) at the camp. These students major in education, computers, science and technology fields. IAMs are responsible for instruction and supervision of the students. Mentors will also be in touch with parents of the students. A high school volunteer may be assigned to your students’ group as a helper/aid to IAMs depending of the availability.

HOW MUCH IS CAMP FEE?

Camp fee is $400 per child for two weeks. There are discounts for siblings, teachers and UH Employees. The camp fee includes all classes and other camp activities.

WHAT ARE DISCOUNTS?

Siblings can receive $50 off for each sibling. Teachers also receive $25 off for each child. UH Employees are eligible for $75 for each child. Discount may be combined. You need to send proof of documentation (ID or pay-stub with registration form) for teacher and UH Employee discounts. You can find out how much you will need to pay when you complete your registration at http://www.itechstem.org/register

HOW CAN I PAY?

We accepts payment using major credit/debit cards. There is no fee for paying with credit/debit card. We are unable to accept checks or cash. Registration form will redirect you a separate payment website once the form is completed. Your registration won’t be complete until you make payment.

CAN MY CHILD PARTICIPATE ONLY ONE WEEK OR SEVERAL DAYS?

While we strongly encourage students to attend full two weeks, in some cases, we could allow only a week of camp participation. The normal camp activities are scaffolded and build upon each other from day 1 to day 10. If you need to start the camp a week late or leave a week early, please talk to the camp director after you register. We don’t allow participating in classes for only couple of days.

HOW ARE CLASSES/SUBJECTS ARRANGED?

We implement our unique curriculum which builds upon interconnected and interdisciplinary projects throughout the camp. That’s why we offer all four classes (Digital Storytelling, 3D-Printing, Programming and Coding, STEM Art) as a package and can’t allow children to choose between the classes. Students will be taking these classes similar to a mini school schedule where they take some classes on certain days. Classes will alternate each day. A full schedule will be available during the orientation day for parents and students.

WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR MY CHILD?

Binder (1 inch), a plastic folder with pockets, a journal or notebook, and pencil. If students like, they can bring bags to carry their materials. We will use binders for portfolio and students work. Binders will be kept at the camp site and will be given back at the end of the camp. We will use plastic folders with pockets to send paperwork, communication materials, and daily progress/task reports to home. Notebooks will be used as science journals and will be sent home everyday.

DO YOU PROVIDE FOOD?

We don’t provide breakfast nor lunch. However, we will have snacks available during recess and outside activities. If students would like, they can pack a snack bag to be eaten during recess. Snacks will be provided during the camp. We will try our best to select healthy, Kosher and Halal certified products.

ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES BESIDES CLASSES?

Yes, students will take recess (15 min- 20 min) during the day. We will do outside fun activities such as playing summer games and do fun STEM activities such as “water melon explosion” or “flying drones”.

DO YOU HAVE REWARDS?

Yes, we reward students who complete their individual tasks regrading their projects. Students get to pick their awards by the end of each week.

WHAT IS AWARD CEREMONY?

We gather on the last day of the camp to recognize the success and achievements of our students. They get certificates and awards, and also showcase their work completed. Students get to take their projects such as 3d printed objects to home.

WHAT IS YOUR DROP OFF/PICK UP POLICY?

We don’t provide transportation and ask parents to drop off their kids to their classrooms each morning. Parents should take elevators, walk their kids to their classroom and check-in their kids PERSONALLY with their Instructional Assistant and Mentors (IAM).

CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING NOR FIRST OR THIRD FLOOR LOBBY AREA BY THEMSELVES. We are not responsible for students who are not PROPERLY checked-in with their IAMs.

Parents or parent designees (must be listed on pick up form) must sign their child out each day unless other arrangements have been made.

Students must be picked up promptly after their classes. We recommend arriving around 12:20 to pick up your child and wait at first or third floor lobby area. Please be sure you know the end time of the program your child is registered in. ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE PICKED UP AT 12:30 after their dismissal.

Please note that there will be a LATE Pick Up charge of 10$ applied if the student is not picked up by 12:45 pm more than two occasions.

WHAT ARE OTHER POLICIES?

Parents and Students will need to sign on “Student Code of Conduct & Acceptable Technology Use Policy”, “Medical Release”, “Liability Form”, and “Media Release” when they register.

IS THERE ANY ORIENTATION SESSION FOR PARENTS?

Yes, we will hold an orientation session for parent on the last week of May prior to start of the camp.

WHAT IS EXTENDED DAY?

ITECH-STEM will offer extended hours for parents who can’t pick up their kids at the regular camp dismissal time at 12:30 and also students who would like to further explore engaging STEM subjects and explore beyond the ITECH-STEM domains offered in the half-day camp.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF EXTENDED DAY?

The hours will be from 12:30 pm to 3 pm.

WHAT IS THE SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES IN EXTENDED DAY?

12:30 – 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-1:50 PM Session I – Course 1
1:50 pm – 2:00 PM Break and Transition
2:00 pm-2:50 pm Session II – Course 2

3 pm Dismissal

HOW DOES LUNCH WORK?

We ask extended day students to pack a lunch from home. We are unable to provide lunch due to campus regulations and individual differences in student diets. Please send a pack of lunch with your child in the morning. It is recommended to place child’s name on the lunch boxes. We will be able store lunch boxes in a fridge until the lunch time.

Kids will be eating their lunches with mentors and instructors between 12:30 and 1 pm.

WHAT COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR EXTENDED DAY?

Students will be placed in 2 courses of their choice. They can select their two courses out of three courses offered.

WHAT ARE THE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS?

==============================Virtual Reality============================
This is an excellent introductory course to VR experience. It involves building VR projects, playing VR Games, and designing VR games and experiences. We will be teaching students how to build VR Labo Kits by Nintendo. Once the kits are built, students will be able to play VR games using Nintendo Switch. The second week will be dedicated to designing and tweaking VR games using a design software called VR Plaza. With this programming tool you can create your very own VR games and experiences! Students are welcome to bring their Nintendo Switches to this course.

VR Students will showcase their creations in VR stations at the end of the camp at the Award Ceremony and ITECH-STEM Festival.

=============================Robotics================================

===========================Sounds of STEM=========================

(Audition required, seat capacity: 20 students max, class size is 10)

This course combines Music and STEM in a fun way. Students will learn how sound works to make music, science behind music instruments, music theory, and how to play bucket drums in solo and in group settings. Students will prepare to perform at the ITECH-STEM Festival and Award Ceremony. Please note that this course has a 20 students capacity and students who sign up for this course will go through a short audition at the Orientation day.

WHAT ARE THE EXTENDED DAY POLICIES?

All ITECH-STEM camp policies signed by parents when filling out ITECH-STEM registration forms for the half-day camp DO apply to Extended Day. These policies include pick up and dismissal, acceptable technology use policy, Liability Release and Waiver Form, Medical Treatment form, Pick Up/Drop off policy, and Student Code of Conduct.

PICK UP/DROP OFF POLICIES FOR EXTENDED DAY

We ask parents to drop off their kids to their classrooms each morning. Parents should take elevators, walk their kids to their classroom and check-in their kids PERSONALLY with their Instructional Assistant and Mentors (IAM).

CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING NOR FIRST OR THIRD FLOOR LOBBY AREA BY THEMSELVES. We are not responsible for students who are not PROPERLY checked-in with their IAMs.

Parents or parent designees (must be listed on pick up form) must sign their child out each day unless other arrangements have been made.

Students must be picked up promptly after their classes. We recommend arriving around 2:50 to pick up your child and wait at first or third floor lobby area. Please be sure you know the end time of the program your child is registered in.

++++++ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE PICKED UP AT 3:00 after the dismissal++++++

Please note that there will be a LATE Pick Up charge of 10$ applied if the student is not picked up by 3:10 pm on more than two occasions.

WHAT IS THE FEE FOR EXTENDED DAY?

$150 per child for two weeks.

We have $25 discount per child for teachers and siblings, and $50 discount per child for UH Employees.

WHO CAN BE AN INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT AND MENTOR?

We need undergraduate, graduate students, teachers to serve as “Instructional Assistant and Mentors” (IAMs) at the camp.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE AN “IAM”?

IAMs ideally should have prior experience working with young kids.  We expect IAMS to have intermediate computer skills and interest in STEM fields. Any experience in camp topics (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art) would be a plus!

DOES MY MAJOR MATTER?

Students majoring in education, computers, and technology will be preferred. However, students majoring in other fields may also apply.

IS THIS A PAID POSITION?

Yes, we are proud to be able to pay our mentors. A competitive pay (at or above student worker rate at UH) for your work will be available. In addition, performance-based bonus, UH swags, and certificate of appreciation will be available for our mentors.

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES TO BE ACCEPTED AS A MENTOR?

Within two weeks after you fill out your application form, you will be called to an interview session to UH-Sugar Land. We plan to recruit 12-14 mentors. Hiring will be based on your qualifications, interview results, and application materials.

WHAT MATERIALS WILL BE NEEDED TO APPLY?

  1. A current resume (including education, prior work/teaching experience, and at least 2 professional references)
  2. A one-page statement on why you would like to be considered for this position
  3. Unofficial copy of your transcript showing your current GPA.

CAN YOU WRITE A RECOMMENDATION LETTER FOR MENTORS UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM?

UH professors will be able to provide recommendation letters to all mentors who successfully finish the program. Please inquire with camp director for details.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR IAMS?

Mentors need to be available at least 4 hours a day from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm every day, Monday-Friday, June 3-14, 2019. Additional hours may be available through extended hours.

WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A MENTOR?

Mentors will be assigned a small group (5-7) of elementary school students. You will be responsible for instruction and supervision of the students in your group.  Mentors will also be in touch with parents of the students. A high school volunteer may be assigned to you as a helper depending of the availability.

WHAT WILL I TEACH?

You will be following an easy-to-implement curriculum created by UH professors. Lesson plans will be available. All student work will be hands-on and project-based. Almost all projects will involve use of computers and creating an actual product at the end. UH professors may teach short sections of classes. However, most of the class time will involve mentors helping students individually with the tasks and projects. Camp topics include: ITECH Domains (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art)

WHAT IS SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION?

Mentors are expected to help each student with their assigned tasks and projects individually during each class period. You will be teaching only a small group of 5 to 7 students. You need to be able to help each student with his/her project in your group during a class.

DO I NEED TRAINING TO BE A MENTOR?

Yes, it is mandatory to complete an online training on “Preventing sexual abuse and child molestation” through UH system. Additionally, there will be a training on how to work with young children, camp procedures, classroom management, and on ITECH Domains (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art) on a Mentor Training Day.

AM I GOING TO RECEIVE TRAINING ON THE CURRICULUM?

Yes, you will receive materials and lesson plans ahead of the camp. You are expected to study and be prepared. There will be a half day of curriculum training on the last week of May for Mentors at UH-Sugar Land. Date and Time will be announced.

WHO WILL BE MY SUPERVISOR?

You will report to camp director.

WHAT IS ROLE OF HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER IF HE/SHE IS ASSIGNED TO ME?

You can think volunteers as “teacher aides”. A Volunteer’s primary role is to help you with instruction, working and supervising kids in your group. As an IAM you will be the ultimate responsible person as a teacher and leader in your group.

CAN I BE ABSENT ON SOME DAYS?

We expect full attendance unless there is an emergency or a valid excuse. We need to find a substitute mentor to take care of your students for the day that you would be absent.

WHEN WILL I BE RECEIVING TRAINING, IS THERE ANY ORIENTATION FOR MENTORS?

You can take your “Child Protection” training online prior to the training days in May. We will have several face-to-face sessions in UH-Sugar Land in the last week of May.

WHO CAN BE AN INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT AND MENTOR?

We need undergraduate or graduate students to serve as “Instructional Assistant and Mentors” (IAMs) at the camp.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE AN “IAM”?

IAMs ideally should have prior experience working with young kids.  We expect IAMS to have intermediate computer skills and interest in STEM fields. Any experience in camp topics (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art) would be a plus!

DOES MY MAJOR MATTER?

Students majoring in education, computers, and technology will be preferred. However, students majoring in other fields may also apply.

IS THIS A PAID POSITION?

Yes, we are proud to be able to pay our mentors. A competitive pay (at or above student worker rate at UH) for your work will be available. In addition, performance-based bonus, swags, certificate of appreciation, and gift card drawings at the end of the program will be available for our mentors.

WHAT ARE MY CHANCES TO BE ACCEPTED AS A MENTOR?

Within a week after you fill out our application form, you will be called to an interview at UH-Sugar Land. We plan to recruit 10-12 mentors. Hiring will be based on your qualifications, interview results, and application materials.

WHAT MATERIALS WILL BE NEEDED TO APPLY?

  1. A current resume (including education, prior work/teaching experience, and at least 2 professional and 1 personal reference)
  2. A one-page statement on why you would like to be considered for this position
  3. Unofficial copy of your transcript showing your current GPA.

CAN YOU WRITE US A RECOMMENDATION LETTER UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM?

UH professors will be able to provide write recommendation letters to all mentors who successfully finish the program. Please inquire with camp director for details.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR IAMS?

Mentors need to be available at least 4 hours a day. 8:45 am to 12:45 pm every day, Monday-Friday, June 3-14, 2019.

WHAT IS MY ROLE AS A MENTOR?

Mentors will be assigned a small group (5-7) of elementary school students. You will be responsible for instruction and supervision of the students in your group. Mentors will also be in touch with parents of the students. A high school volunteer may be assigned to you as a helper depending of the availability.

WHAT WILL I TEACH?

You will be following an easy-to-implement curriculum created by UH professors. Lesson plans will be available. All student work will be hands-on and project-based. Almost all projects will involve use of computers and creating an actual product at the end. UH professors may teach short sections of classes. However, most of the class time will involve mentors helping students individually with the tasks and projects. Camp topics include: ITECH Domains (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art)

WHAT IS SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION?

Mentors are expected to help each student with their assigned tasks and projects individually during each class period. You will be teaching only a small group of 5 to 7 students. You need to be able to help each student with their projects in your group during a class.

DO I NEED TRAINING TO BE A MENTOR?

Yes, it is mandatory to complete an online training on “Preventing sexual abuse and child molestation” through UH system. Additionally, there will be a training on how to work with young children, camp procedures, and on ITECH Domains (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling and STEM Art).

AM I GOING TO RECEIVE TRAINING ON THE CURRICULUM?

Yes, you will receive materials and lesson plans ahead of the camp. You are expected to study and be prepared. There will be a 1-2 days of curriculum training on the last week of May for Mentors at UH-Sugar Land. Date and Time will be announced.

WHO WILL BE MY SUPERVISOR?

You will report to camp director.

WHAT IS ROLE OF ITECH-STEM VOLUNTEER IF HE/SHE IS ASSIGNED TO ME?

You can think volunteers as “teacher aids”. A Volunteer’s primary role is to help you with instruction, working and supervising kids in your group. As an IAM you will be the ultimate responsible person as a teacher and leader in your group.

CAN I BE ABSENT ON SOME DAYS?

We expect full attendance unless there is an emergency or a valid excuse. We need to find a substitute mentor to take care of your students for the day that you would be absent.

WHEN WILL I BE RECEIVING TRAINING, ARE THERE ANY ORIENTATION DAYS FOR MENTORS?

You can take your “Child Protection” training online prior to the training days in May. We will have several face-to-face sessions in UH-Sugar Land in the last week of May.