FAQ for ITECH-STEM and CODE COUGARS summer camps:
WHAT IS ITECH-STEM/CODE COUGARS?
There are two summer programs happening in two separate weeks.
ITECH-STEM (http://www.itechstem.org) is a summer STEM Technology Camp designed for elementary students in grades 3-6. We teach Coding, Game Design, 3D Printing, and Digital Storytelling at UH Sugar Land.
CODE COUGARS is a summer Girls Coding Academy. We teach Coding (Scratch, Python, Game Development, Web/HTML/CSS) to middle school students in grades 6-8.
You can be an intern for both camps or just one of the camps.
WHAT ARE THE CAMP DATES?
Each camp will be for 5 days and will be completed within one week. The current camp dates are not finalized. However, we plan to hold the camps on the following potential dates. When you apply, please indicate your availability for each week:
ITECH-STEM: June 6-10, 2022 –Face-to-face at UH Sugar Land, from 9 am to 3 pm
Girls Coding Academy: June 13-27, 2022 –Virtual, from 9 am to 12:30 pm
WHO CAN BE AN INTERN?
We need High School students to volunteer interns at the camp. 9-12 graders can be interns in our program.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE AN INTERN?
Volunteer interns ideally should have prior experience working with young kids. All volunteers should have basic computer skills and an interest in STEM fields. Any experience in camp topics (Coding, 3D Printing, Digital Storytelling, and Game Development) would be a plus!
WHAT APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE NEEDED TO APPLY?
You will need your GPA, current resume, and contact information of two references to apply.
WOULD INTERNS BE PAID?
Inters will not be paid as this is a volunteer position, but they will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of the program.
CAN YOU FILL OUT MY VOLUNTEER SERVICE HOURS?
Yes, we will be glad to fill out your paperwork for your volunteer/community service hours.
CAN YOU WRITE INTERNS A RECOMMENDATION LETTER?
UH professors may write recommendation letters based on the performance of interns/volunteers. Please inquire with the camp director for details.
WHAT ARE THE HOURS FOR INTERNS?
Volunteers need to follow camp hours, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (ITECH-STEM) and 9 am to 12:30 pm (Girls Coding Academy) every day for the duration of the camp.
DO I NEED THE TRAINING TO BE A VOLUNTEER/INTERN?
Yes, it is mandatory to complete online training on “Child Protection-Preventing sexual abuse and child molestation”. Additionally, there will be training on working with young children and camp procedures for volunteers.
WHEN WILL I BE RECEIVING TRAINING? IS THERE ANY ORIENTATION DAY FOR VOLUNTEERS?
While you can take your “Child Protection” training online on your own, we will have an online orientation/training session for all interns in the first week of June. The date will be announced later. Interns will be asked to join this orientation session/training before the start of the camp.
WHO WILL BE MY SUPERVISOR?
You will directly work with an undergraduate or graduate student, also called Mentor. The mentors will be your immediate supervisor. You will be assigned to a group of 5-7 elementary students led by an Instructional Assistant and Mentor (IAM).
WHAT IS MY ROLE AS AN INTERN?
Your primary role is to assist your Mentor with instruction, helping and supervising kids in your group. Mentors will be the ultimate responsible person and leaders of your group. Some interns could be assigned to special task groups, such as Media Team, Award Ceremony Team, or Administrative Tasks team besides working with Mentors.
CAN I BE ABSENT ON SOME DAYS?
You can be absent on some days as long as there is no regular pattern of absences. We do need regular attendance for the success of the camp. If absences occur, we would need to find another volunteer to replace you.