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WHY STEM WORLD?
  
How is STEM World different from other camps, after-school programs, and other science classes?
Our mission is to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers! How do we accomplish that? We first built a world class, state-of-the-art facility complete with laboratory, technology makerspace and classroom.

Then we offered year-round STEM education with skilled and experienced staff that still teaches science in schools, giving us the advantage of being able to constantly test and develop the best curriculum in the industry!

We next created the only science education center that promotes "three dimensional" learning. Three dimensional learning integrates different science, technology, and engineering principles in each of our programs into a hands-on, project-based learning approach. For example, we apply science and engineering concepts to other studies, such as science in music and the arts, the relationship between physics and engineering, or chemistry and environmental science, etc. With this multi-disciplinary approach, we can better develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in our students.

And finally, we integrated the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) into our curriculum!
CAMPS
GENERAL
  
My child has never attended a STEM camp or class before. Is that OK?
Yes. STEM World curriculum is carefully designed so that it will cover all learning backgrounds. In our supportive learning environment, students are encouraged to try things out for themselves and learn from their mistakes, developing confidence, independence, and critical thinking skills. They'll be encouraged to use their creativity and develop teamwork skills! Please take note of the skill levels or age recommendations for every program so that your child will have the best experience possible.
  
My child is a very advanced, high-tech wizard. Will they be bored?
No worries! We realize that some of the students may be more advanced than others. Our instructors are trained to promote creativity and a challenging environment appropriate to all skill and experience levels. Our instructors will also make sure that no matter the level, each student gets the attention they need.
  
How do you deal with different ages and experience levels in the same camp or program?
Most of our programs are divided in two age groups, 5-8 and 9-14. In our camps, we divide students in each camp further based on age, maturity and experience, and with two instructors and an assistant, we can ensure that every student gets the attention they require! Although we encourage mentor/mentee relationships with the older students, it is not required. We approach after-school programs similarly, but with more emphasis on experience and maturity.
  
Will my camper bring home the robots they build during camp?
Only in some of our advanced camps and programs. However, they can purchase robotics kits in our store so they can build one at home using the skills they acquired from our camp!
SAFETY
  
What is your Safety Training requirements for Instructors?
Our staff goes through a rigorous interview process that includes: application, phone interview, in-person interview, reference check, and criminal background check; leadership team members will attend an additional one-on-one interview. Those that meet our standards are invited to join the team. Once hired, all staff receives substantive training, followed by ongoing supervision and professional development provided by our Lab Director.
  
How do you know the right child is going home with the right adult?
Our staff is required to check for a photo ID and cross check it with the list of people that you have authorized to pick up your child. Please be prepared to bring your photo ID each day at check out.
SCHEDULING
  
What happens if the camp I want to sign up for is full?
Our camps fill up quick and registration is on a first come, first served basis. However, we keep a waitlist for each camp and will contact you if a spot opens up. You can join the waitlist while clicking the Waitlist option in our classes/camps or you can call us at 626-247-4347. There is no cost to join our waitlist and no obligation to sign up once you're on it.
  
What happens if I'm on a wait list and a space opens up?
If a space opens up and you're next on the list, we'll contact you via phone or email. If we do not hear back from you in 3 business days, we'll contact the next family on the list to offer them the spot.
  
We won't be able to attend a full week of camp, is that OK?
You are welcome to miss days, but we don't recommend it. Our curriculum is designed to unfold over three/five days, with each day building on the one before it. We are also not able to prorate the cost of your camp week and your camper may not have enough time to complete that week's projects.
  
Can I transfer my camp session to a different week?
If space permits, we are able to change your camp week or class up to 14 days before the start of your camp week. There is a $30 transfer fee per session/class for any schedule changes, regardless of your original sign-up date.
  
Can I transfer my session to another camper?
Due to the uniqueness of our programs, we are not able to transfer your session to another camper.
EXTENDED CARE
  
What are the hours of extended care?
Morning extended care is available from 8 am - 8:30 am. Afternoon extended care is available from 4:30 pm - 6 pm. You can sign up for extended care using our online camp registration system.
  
How does your extended care services work?
Extended care service is available for $80 for a 5-day camp or $45 for 3-day camp, inclusive of both morning and afternoon extended hours.
If you would like to book Early Arrival, and/or Extended Day please do so by the Friday prior to your camper’s upcoming camp week. If you need to add any of these options during the camp week, please send your request directly to info@stemworld.net and we will do our best to accommodate you (payment can be made when you pick-up your kid).
While we do ask that you book in advance, we are flexible and will work to accommodate your requests for early arrival/extended day even if made during the camp week!
  
What if I only need extended care for a few days of the camp week?
An Early Arrival option is available for $7/hour and an Extended Day option is available for $7/hour.
CANCELLATION
  
How do I cancel my enrollment? Will I receive a refund?
Up to 2 weeks prior to start of camp, you can receive a refund minus a $50 cancellation fee per session or class canceled. Transfer fee of $30 will be waived for session or class changes. Within 2 weeks prior to camp start, there will be no refunds, but space per,mitting you can change your camp location, week, major or class up to 7 days before the start of your camp week.
Policy applies to all camp cancellations, regardless of original sign-up date. All refunds will be credited via original payment method.
Camp fees are not refunded or prorated for days missed due to illness or injury. Camp fees from unused sessions cannot be applied to future purchases or transferred to another family.
SNACKS & LUNCH
  
What should my child bring each day?
Your child can bring snacks to camp. Please do not bring any food items that may contain nuts or peanuts due to possible allergy among other participants.
  
Will lunch be provided?
Yes! We have included the cost of lunch in the camp tuition. We provide nutritious, kid-friendly lunches each full day of camp.
If your child has food allergies, however, you will have to pack their lunch as we are not able to guarantee that our lunches are completely free from food allergens-and we are unable to discount the price of camp for that accomodation. When packing their lunch, please avoid nut products to decrease risk of exposure to other kids in the camp. Lunches can be refrigerated upon request (just ask one of our camp instructors or the camp director).
CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT
  
What are the check-in and check-out times at camp?
Check-in on Monday – Friday is 8:30 am – 9 am for morning camps or 12:30 pm – 1 pm for afternoon camps. Check-out is at 12 pm for morning camps and 4 pm for afternoon or full day camps. At all of our camps, we ask a parent or guardian to check in with campers on Monday. To keep campers safe, we also require a photo ID and signature from an authorized adult every day at check-out.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
  
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?
Yes! We regularly offer both scholarships and financial aid for our programs throughout the year to students who demonstrate a passion for STEM or simply need some financial help getting into one of our programs. Just email us at info@stemworld.net to ask for more information.
CHARTER & HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  
What charter and/or homeschools is STEM World approved for?
We are an approved service provider with:

Inspire Charter Schools
  • Blue Ridge Academy
  • Heartland Charter School
  • Granite Mountain
Sage Oak Charter School
Excel Academy Charter School
  • California Pacific Charter School
  • County Collaborative Charter School
  • Keppel Partnership Academy
  • Community Collaborative Charter School
iLead Exploration
  • iLEAD California Charters 1
  • iLEAD Hybrid
  • LEAD Agua Dulce
  • Santa Clarita Valley Internationa
  • iLEAD Charter Schools Lancaster
  • iLEAD Foundations
  • iLEAD Online
Innovative Education Management (IEM) and the School
  • Sky Mountain Charter School
  • South Sutter Charter School
  • Ocean Grove Charter School
Compass Charter Schools
  
How do I use my school funds at STEM World?
First, pick a program that you're interested in. Then, submit your request for funding to your school. Once funding is approved, sign up for the program and let us know you'll be paying from charter school funds. We'll do the rest! Examples of programs other families have used funds for:

- Workshop programs (STEM Labs, STEM Kidz, STEM Girlz, STEM School, TEEN Labs). Check the WORKSHOPS CALENDAR
- Holiday (Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring) and Summer Camps. Visit STEM CAMPS page to see the camps that we offer.
- Purchase STEM educational products in our retail store or ONLINE STORE. (note: We are also materials vendor to most of our home school affliates. Send the STEM product orders to your home school. They will send us a purchase order and we will arrange for pick up or delivery.)
  
How do I sign up for workshops if I am enrolled in a homeschool program?
Step 1. Request funding approval from your home school portal: Each 8-week workshop will likely need to be signed up for through your homeschool program as two separate 4-workshop sessions, not a single 8-workshop session as we have it currently listed. [For example: if you are taking the Workshop from Sept 10th to Oct 29th, you should request approval from your Homeschool Program for "Workshop Part 1 (Sept 10th to Oct 1st)" for $139.50 and "Workshop Part 2 (Oct 8th to Oct 29th)" for $139.50 at the same time.]

Step 2. After you receive your Certification ID's for the two 4-Workshop requests you made in step 1 above, we should be receiving a purchase order request from your homeschool. Once we receive it, we will confirm your registration accordingly.

If you have not received your Certification ID 3 days before the session starts, please send proof of your Order Request (screenshot, email confirmation etc.) to orders@stemworld.net. We will review and reach out to you.
  
STEM World shows that it is an approved vendor, but it doesn't show up on your school portal. What should I do?
Please email info@stemworld.net and we will verify with your charter or homeschool. We will advise you when they confirm.
  
What if STEM World is not yet an approved provider; what should I do?
Please provide the following information:
(Your Name, Email Address, Contact Number, Charter School Name, Website/Link/Email where we can reach them.)
to orders@stemworld.net and we will apply to your charter or homeschool. It may take 2-4 weeks before our application gets approved. The approval for STEM World can be expedited if there are parents specifically requesting our programs/products; it is highly encouraged to endorse us to your enrichment program coordinators. We will reach out to you when we are already an approved vendor.
  
Do you arrange for specially-scheduled classes (different schedule or subjects, special accommodations)?
Yes, based on availability, we can arrange special classes for your group if you have a minimum of 5 students. Please contact us at info@stemworld.net. Please indicate the class that you are interested in.