Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Bot Camp:
When are the session dates?
Session dates for Bot Camp at the Victoria Park CI campus are:
- July 10-14, 2017
- July 17-21, 2017
- July 24-28, 2017
- July 31-August 4, 2017
- August 8-11, 2017 (no camp on civic holiday August 7, 2017)
- August 14-18, 2017
What are the Bot Camp hours?
Instruction begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 3:30 pm Monday to Friday, including an hour for lunch, snacks and physical activities breaks.
What are the drop-off and pick-up times?
Bot Camp staff will be on hand to greet you on your first day of camp. You may drop your children off as early as 8:00 am and pick them up as late as 4:00 pm.
What is the instructor to student ratio?
Bot Camp campuses are staffed with a student to instructor of 4 to 1, giving your child the advantage of personal instructor attention and a small camp size.
What is the ratio of students to robotics kits?
Students will work in pairs to build robots. Each pair of students will be provided with one VEX IQ Super Kit and one VEX IQ Competition kit.
What students should bring to Bot Camp?
- Running shoes for safety and comfort (not sandals)
- A filled water bottle (labelled with participant’s name)
- Nutritious snacks and lunch (nut-free)
- Electronic devices are permitted to be used before and after camp hours only
What kind of lunches and snacks should I bring?
Bot Camp encourages our students to eat a healthy and nutritious lunch each day. Please provide your child with a bag lunch, which does not require heating or refrigeration.
What if students have an allergy? Will there be nuts at Bot Camp?
There may be children attending Bot Camp who have been diagnosed with severe, life-threatening allergies to all forms of nuts/nut products. Due to the severity of these allergies, an anaphylactic reaction could occur from exposure to the slightest traces of nuts in any form, including smell, as some allergens are airborne. In order to maintain the safety of these children, it is Bot Camp’s policy to prohibit all nut products at Bot Camp. Please do not include any of the following products in your child’s lunch:
- Peanut butter
- All tree nuts
- Any product which may contain traces of nuts
Although Bot Camp cannot guarantee a 100% nut-free environment at all times, we ask for the co-operation of all participants to refrain from bringing nut products.
What if I lose something at Bot Camp?
Please remember to label personal items for easy student identification. A lost & found box will be located at Bot Camp. Bot Camp does not assume responsibility for damages or loss to personal items. Please do not bring valuables to Bot Camp.
What if students require special medication?
In most cases, Bot Camp staff are not professional nurses or doctors, and have not been trained in medicine. Students needing injections (insulin, hormones, etc.) will be required to self-administer their medication.
Are visitors or parents permitted in the robotics lab?
Visitors and parents are not permitted in the lab during instructional time. Students are permitted to invite their parents into the lab after 3:30pm, during the pick-up period, to show them what the students have created.
Will students get any kind of physical activity during the day?
There are three breaks structured in to the daily Bot Camp schedule, all of which include a supervised, organized, full-participation outdoor game of ultimate frisbee or other activity. The games are extremely friendly, and are catered to all skill levels by our instructors. Participants are expected to get up and exercise multiple times throughout the day by participating in these games.
Can students sign up for multiple sessions over multiple weeks?
Yes, absolutely! We cannot possibly teach everything there is to know about robotics in only 5 days. Students wishing to return for multiple sessions are encouraged to do so, and our instructors will teach them progressively higher level skills each time.
Do I need a PayPal account to register?
No, you can easily register without one by clicking on the “Pay with Credit Card or Visa Debit” button near the bottom of the screen. After entering your payment information, you will have the option of creating a PayPal account, but this is also completely optional. No PayPal accounts are necessary to register, nor do you have to create one after registering.
What is the age limit for Bot Camp participants?
Participants must be aged 10-14 at some time during same calendar year as the Bot Camp session. It is possible for students to be ages 9 or 15 during the Bot Camp session provided that they were, or will be 10-14 at some time during the same calendar year.
Is Bot Camp eligible for a children’s tax benefit?
Yes. For more details please see:
Cancellations, refunds & program changes
No refunds will be issued for cancellation or camp days missed for any reason. Program changes can be accommodated if space is available, by contacting Bot Camp at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional costs may be charged to your account where applicable.
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