If an event date is cancelled due to weather, will there be a make up date?
We are sorry, but in the event a KTU: GS session is cancelled due to weather, there will not be a make up date. No refunds will be issued.
When I register my child to attend the program, are they signing up for just one day or all the days?
You are signing him or her up to attend both days: Mar 24 and Apr 21.
How will a parent/guardian who's child is enrolled in KTU: GS receive information on the schedule of events?
On the online registration form we will ask you for your email address(es). We will send schedules and information to this email address.
Please note: You will receive information about the program the Monday before the event date. It is the parents' responsibility to email Dr. Shernita Lee email@example.com if the program agenda was not received by Monday night. If you have not emailed Dr. Lee by noon the day before the program you will not receive a response regarding where to go the next day.
How long will the program last on Mar 24 and Apr 21?
Generally it will last from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm each day. We will email you with the specific start and end time closer to the event.
Why are the children separated from their parents during the KTU: GS program?
We are striving to create a "university feel" that includes children attending an interactive session (lecture) with their peers in a university lecture hall. Volunteers will be with the children (in a ratio of 1 to 10) within the lecture space. These volunteers are from Virginia Tech and will watch over your child until you come to pick him or her up. Parents are welcome to watch the interactive session from a different lecture hall on campus, which is within a short walking distance from the children's lecture hall. Due to seat limitations we do not have space within the children's lecture hall to accommodate parents.
Why do you have a 1:10 ratio of volunteers to children in the lecture hall? Other programs generally work with a 1:24 ratio.
There are multiple reasons why this is a very good ratio with our program. First and foremost we have found that this ratio allows for ample amount of interaction between the children and the volunteer. The volunteers are all students at Virginia Tech, and they bring Hokie pride which the children catch on to during their interaction. Second, it allows for our volunteers not to be overwhelmed with a lot of children at one time. In the lecture hall it can be very noisy with a lot of things going on. This ratio insures security and happiness between the volunteers, children, and parents.
What happens if there is an emergency within the lecture space?
We have support from the Virginia Tech Police and Rescue Squad to assist us with any emergencies that may arise. On the online registration form we will be asking for an emergency phone number in case there is a problem and we need to get in contact with you quickly.
Are other children or siblings allowed to attend the interactive session or hands-on events?
No. Given the size and complexity of the program we cannot allow children that are not enrolled in the program to attend any sessions. If you bring a child (of any age) not enrolled in the program to the hands-on event (i.e. sibling of an enrolled KTU:GS student) we will kindly ask you and your children to leave. The ONLY exception to this rule is a nursing child.
Is there an age restriction for the program?
Yes. Children between the ages of 13 and 16 on March 15, 2018 are allowed to be registered for the program. If a child is enrolled without satisfying this requirement, we will cancel their registration and notify you.
How will lunches be served?
We will be giving each child a dining card at the end of the interactive session (lecture) period. On this card there will be a set amount of money that they can use to purchase a meal on campus. Please note that the cards are valid for that KTU date only; do not keep the card and try using it on a different date...it won't work! We will collect the cards at the hands-on activities (after lunch) and recycle them.
What makes a child eligible for participation in KTU: GS?
This is a first-come, first-served program that is open to children satisfying the age restriction, regardless of place of residence or academic achievements. The program is designed to accommodate up to 50 children between the ages of 13 and 16 (as of March 15, 2018) representing a geographically diverse area.
Why is there a registration fee?
In order to keep up with the costs of providing a quality program (approximately $150 per child), there will be a registration fee of $30.00 per child, payable upon registration (no refunds.) The registration fee must be paid by check; further directions will be given at the time of enrollment. Parents have an option to apply for a scholarship for your child at the time you register online. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship please contact Dr. Shernita Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch cards and a KTU t-shirt will be given to all children who attend KTU: GS.
How can I assist the KTU: GS program?
The Kids' Tech University: Graduate School program costs approximately $150 per child per semester to pay for supplies and meals. In order for this program to continue we must rely on the generous support of interested donors. A contribution of any size will help us defray some of these costs. If you would like to help please visit the donations section of the KTU:GS website.
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