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WHAT IS ITECH-STEM?

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 topics that are popular and emerging with STEM focus. The iTECH-STEM involves following Domains:

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

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 K-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 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 level students entering grades 3 to 6 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 4 – 22, 2018. 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:

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

Camp includes instruction on ITECH domains. Our philosophy is based on project-based learning and hands-on projects. Students complete daily tasks and work on interconnected projects.

WHAT IS SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION?

Your child will be assigned to a small group of 5 -7 students. Mentors will help each student with their daily tasks and projects individually 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, and technology. 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 depending of the availability.

HOW MUCH IS CAMP FEE?

Camp fee is $450 per child. There are discounts for siblings, teachers and UH Employees.

WHAT ARE DISCOUNTS?

Siblings can receive $50 off for each sibling. Teachers also receive $50 off for each child. UH Employees are eligible for $150 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/registration

HOW CAN I PAY?

We accepts payment using major credit/debit cards. There is no fee for paying with credit/debit card. Registration form will redirect you a separate payment website once the form is completed.

WHAT MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR MY CHILD?

Binder, notebook, and pencil. If students like, they can bring bags to carry their materials. We will use binders to keep paperwork, communication with parents and daily task report and notebook for science journals.

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 during the day. We will do outside fun activities such as playing summer games and do fun STEM activities such as water melon explosion of 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 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 may 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” 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.

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 4-22, 2018.

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.

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 4-22, 2018.

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.

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