FAQs - Silicon STEM Academy

FAQs

What is Silicon STEM Academy?

Silicon STEM Academy is a technology workspace and training center for young thinkers, tinkerers and technologists. We also have adults join some of our classes. We have a singular focus to inspire and equip the next generation of technologists with the skills required to be creative, effective, innovative leaders and problem solvers in the 21st Century.

What does STEM mean?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is a common term used in education to describe the latest effort to increase student exposure to these disciplines, as studies show that careers in STEM fields are in demand. Despite this, most schools still provide inadequate STEM instruction.

Will my summer camper get any time outdoors?

YES! Kids need fresh air and sunshine, so we take mid-morning and mid-afternoon outdoor breaks during the camp day. We head out to the local parks or playfields so that they can run and get some screen-free exercise. We provide a snack during this time.

What ages are most appropriate for your STEM camps?

We welcome summer campers from ages 7-17. Plus, our Summer Bootcamps are exclusively designed for teens. We also offer tutoring during the school year for kids of most ages, but if an adult wants to learn to code, we’re happy to help!

What are the camp counselors’ qualifications?

Our Summer Camp instructors are college students or young professionals with demonstrated knowledge in STEM subjects. We are highly selective during our hiring process and they have demonstrated knowledge in their specialties. They come from great universities in Colorado and around the country and are selected to align with our high standards and culture. All camp staff (18+) undergo a thorough criminal background check.

If I need to cancel my child’s summer camp, can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds after March 15th before the start of summer camps. Instead, we can offer account credit or move your child to another camp, however, we have a $50 change fee. (Note: most other summer camp programs allow NO refunds or camp changes.)

If my child is taking both an AM & PM Camp, do I need to pick him/her up for lunch?

No! They stay with our staff and the other all-day campers over the lunch hour. Please pack a healthy lunch for your child and we’ll take care of the rest!

What is the average camp size?

We maintain a 6:1 instructor/camper ratio. We typically have no more than 12 students with 2 instructors;  many camps are smaller. Keeping camps small is the best way to guarantee great results in a fun, educational environment.

Do you offer any discounts?

Yes. We offer sibling and multi-camp discounts during our summer camps. These are automatically applied at checkout. Occasionally, we offer additional promotions, so make sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter to learn when these periodic discounts become available.

What does my child need to bring?

The only thing we recommend that our campers bring is a water bottle — Summers can get hot and we want them to stay hydrated. We provide all equipment, but some campers may prefer to bring their own computer. Some camps may require a software installation, so please call 303-800-0011 or email info@siliconstemacademy.com to determine if your child can use his/her own device. We do not recommend personal gaming devices because they can serve as a distraction.

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