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
- Programming and Coding
- STEM Art
- 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 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 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
- 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 $450 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 $50 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.