Frequently Asked Questions

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    General


  • What is Splash?
  • What else is there? What is Sprout?
  • Who organizes Splash?
  • How can I be kept informed of Splash news?
  • Who supports Splash?
  • What does Splash stand for?
  • What should I bring on the day of the program?

  • Splash


  • When does student registration open?
  • I am an educator interested in bringing a group of students to Splash. Is there a bulk registration process?
  • I want to take a class, but it is full. Is there a waiting list?
  • How often is Splash run?
  • Is on-site registration allowed?
  • Can I take a class outside of my grade level?
  • Do I have to fill every time slot with a class?
  • How does lunch work?
  • I think I'm registered... how can I tell?

  • Sprout


  • What is Sprout?
  • Who organizes Sprout?
  • When does Sprout student registration open?
  • I’m not available for the entire duration of the program, can I still attend?
  • How often is Sprout run?
  • Is on-site registration allowed?
  • Do I have to fill every time slot with a class?
  • How does lunch work?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Why aren't there as many class options?

  • Monetary


  • Why do you charge for your programs?
  • Can I make a donation to Splash at Yale?
  • How do I pay? Is there a link?
  • I am no longer attending the program but already paid by credit card. Can I get a refund?

  • Parents


  • Can I register my child for Splash?
  • Splash sounds fun for my child(ren)...but what can I do all day?
  • Can I sit in on a class? (I've always wanted to learn about Pirates!)
  • My child has an allergy, disability, or other medical condition. Can (s)he still participate?
  • Is there anything I need to do?
  • A note on doing things on the website:
  • I missed Splash... drat! How can I stay informed about upcoming programs?

  • Teachers


    General

    What is Splash?

    Splash is an educational outreach program in which university students teach classes to 7th through 12th graders. Splash at Yale is completely student organized and run. The details of the classes being taught, including duration, topic, size, and difficulty/prerequisites, are all determined by the teachers themselves. Topics range from Introduction to Particle Physics, to The Study of Kafka, from Introduction to Japanese to Survival Skills 101. See the course catalog for details. Splash seeks students who are internally driven to learn. We want to give them a unique opportunity to explore a passion and/or learn something outside of the ordinary curriculum. Students are given the freedom to choose their own classes and pick their own schedule.

    What else is there? What is Sprout?

    We run two Splash programs per year (see below), and we also offer a 3- or 4-week program on Saturdays called Sprout. Sign up for an account and like our Facebook page to stay updated.
    If you'd like to learn about more local opportunities, check out our more opportunities page.

    Who organizes Splash?

    The Splash team consists of a core group of undergraduate volunteers who are in charge of organizing the various logistical elements necessary for running Splash (training teachers, advertising to high school/middle school, getting facilities, etc.) We recruit over two hundred Yale students every semester to teach classes and inspire the youth.

    How can I be kept informed of Splash news?

    Sign up for our news digest. Create an account (click "sign up" in the upper right-hand corner), and you'll be added to receive information. If you have specific questions, send us an email at yalesplash@gmail.com. You can also like our Facebook page.

    Who supports Splash?

    Splash is primarily funded through registration fees (~%80) and our financial aid is supported by a National Science Foundation Grant (through Professor Sam Payne of the Math Department). We thank the generosity of the Math Department and Physics Department for their donations of classroom space and logistical support for our past programs.

    What does Splash stand for?

    Nothing. It does not stand for anything. It is not written with an exclamation point, nor is it stylized in all capital letters or italics.

    What should I bring on the day of the program?

    Bring your signed waiver forms, the program fee and money for lunch & a t-shirt (if you indicated on our website that you were purchasing these items).

    Splash

    When does student registration open?

    In general, student registration opens approximately a few weeks before the program date. Create an account to receive notifications!

    I am an educator interested in bringing a group of students to Splash. Is there a bulk registration process?

    Splash at Yale promotes student-driven learning. We find that students get the most out of the program if they register and choose their classes individually. To that end, we discourage bulk registration and do not plan to implement a process to do it on the website. You may, of course, encourage your class or group to come and/or provide transportation, but please do not require them to participate. Students should make their own accounts and be responsible for choosing their classes. Students who are not excited can put a damper on others' enthusiasm and damage the overall experience. If you do decide to provide transportation for a large group of students, please email the Splash team so that we can be prepared for your group's arrival.

    I want to take a class, but it is full. Is there a waiting list?

    No, the website does not have a waiting list feature. However, as conflicts do arise, you can check in with the administrative class-change desk on the day of the program as there is rarely 100% attendance for a particular class.

    How often is Splash run?

    We run a Splash program once a semester, usually once in November and once in April. Sign up for an account to get specific program updates.

    Is on-site registration allowed?

    On-site registration is not allowed. We generally fill our programs to capacity and are unable to host additional students beyond our maximum.

    Can I take a class outside of my grade level?

    Teachers use their best judgment to set the grade ranges for their classes, so we generally do not allow students to sign up for classes recommended for grades other than their own. However, if you have a truly compelling reason to take such a class, you (not your parents) can email us with which class you want to take and why you want to take it. We will occasionally make exceptions on a case-by-case basis with consultation of the course instructor.

    Do I have to fill every time slot with a class?

    Nope. If you need to show up late or leave early, that's fine as long as you sign in and sign out with an admin. You do not have to sign up for a class every period. If you don't see any class that looks interesting, it's not a problem; in fact we encourage you not to attend any class that does not appeal to you. We have a student lounge open for students who are not in class. All that said, students find the day more fulfilling if they take as many interesting classes as possible.

    How does lunch work?

    Lunch costs are included in the overall program cost, so we will provide each student with lunch. Fill out the survey under the register tab to opt out of lunch if a student would rather bring their own meal or eat with their parents. We have a lunch area where all students in the program can eat with each other. Students may also meet up with parents or guardians for lunch and eat in New Haven, which has a number of restaurants within walking distance of Splash, as long as they are with a parent or guardian.

    I think I'm registered... how can I tell?

    There is now a confirmation email, but you can also go through the website to confirm. Click the orange "register" button on the left, and follow the link there. If a questionnaire about lunch and shirts pops up, fill it out. You will probably have already done this. Under “Steps for Registration,” look at “Confirm Registration.” If there is a green check mark in the “Done?” column, you are registered! If not, simply click that link to confirm your registration. It will take you to a receipt of your registration, which you may (but do not have to) print out. Once you have clicked the "Confirm Registration" link, you are registered. You can always come back to this page to see the classes you've signed up for.

    Sprout

    What is Sprout?

    Sprout is a 3 to 4-week educational program held on Saturdays. Sprout gives students the chance to study a subject more in depth than the Splash day programs allow. Classes will be offered in a variety of subjects.

    Who organizes Sprout?

    Sprout is run by a team of Yale undergraduates (the same people who run Splash!).

    When does Sprout student registration open?

    Sprout registration opens a few weeks before the program date each semester. Create an account to stay involved.

    I'm not available for the entire duration of the program, can I still attend?

    Sprout is designed so that the classes will build on each other every week. Therefore, attendance at all three weeks is mandatory, as this will help students get the most out of the program!

    How often is Sprout run?

    Sprout runs at least two times a year (In the 2013-2014 year, we held Summer, Fall, and Spring programs). Keep an eye out for updates on Sprout!

    Is on-site registration allowed?

    On-site registration is not allowed. We generally fill our programs to capacity and are unable to host additional students beyond our maximum.

    Do I have to fill every time slot with a class?

    Unlike in Splash, we do strongly encourage students to fill every time slot with a class. Sprout offers classes in only four time blocks, therefore we expect students to sign up for classes in every time block. We reserve the right to cancel registrations that do not include a full schedule of classes.

    How does lunch work?

    Students automatically purchase lunch when paying the overall program cost of $45. We hope to offer different lunch options each week, which may include (but are not limited to) pizza, burritos, and Subway sandwiches. Please contact us with any dietary restrictions when registering. Students are also welcome to pack their own lunch, but we ask that they opt out of lunch during registration for the days they plan to bring their own meal.

    How much does it cost?

    Sprout costs $45 for the Spring and Fall programs, and $55 for the Summer program, but this does not include a Sprout t-shirt which costs $10. Lunch is included in the program costs (see above).

    Why aren't there as many class options?

    Sprout is a relatively new program (launched July 2013), but we are always working to expand the variety of classes available!

    Monetary

    Why do you charge for your programs?

    Splash at Yale is primarily self-funded. We need funds in order to reserve rooms for the program, print materials, purchase and rent equipment, and buy class materials. All members of Splash at Yale are volunteers. We offer financial aid to students for whom cost is a prohibitive concern.

    Can I make a donation to Splash at Yale?

    Absolutely! While admissions fees are enough to cover the cost of running each program, additional funds can be used to expand Splash and increase the diversity of programs offered. If you're interested in making a donation, send an email to yalesplash@gmail.com to arrange details. We are a registered 501(c)(3) and donations made are tax deductible. We also encourage you to make a donation to Learning Unlimited, a national non-profit which provides our web hosting.

    How do I pay? Is there a link?

    There is an option to pay by credit card online before the program. We no longer take payment as part of the sign-in process the day of the program. If you pay on the day of the program, there will be an additional $10 charge. If you cannot pay by credit card online, please email us to work out an arrangement. Email yalesplash@gmail.com at least **48 hours** in advance of the program and we can help you get a refund. We cannot refund requests made less than 48 hours before the start of the program.

    Parents

    Can I register my child for Splash?

    No. Parents may not register their children. Splash at Yale is a program that relies heavily on student enthusiasm, and we find that students get the most out of the program if they register and choose their classes individually. Students should make their own accounts and be responsible for choosing their classes.

    Splash sounds fun for my child(ren)...but what can I do all day?

    We have a parents' lounge with free WiFi. To join, choose the "YaleGuest" network and agree to the Terms and Conditions. There is also a parent program with sample classes, Q&A with Splash administrators, and more. Yale offers a number of tours of the campus and art gallery throughout the day. We encourage parents to do something fun! Click here for more information for parents.

    Can I sit in on a class? (I've always wanted to learn about Pirates!)

    Splash is centered around students. In order for us to create the optimal learning environment for your students, we do not allow parents in classes. Of course, if there is a particular disability that requires special procedures, we would be happy to make the proper arrangements.

    My child has an allergy, disability, or other medical condition. Can (s)he still participate?

    Yes, and we're happy to make any necessary arrangements. Send us an email (yalesplash@gmail.com).

    Is there anything I need to do?

    We require parents to sign three forms: a waiver, a photo release, and a medical history form, before students can participate in Splash or Sprout. They will be sent out to students shortly before the program.

    A note on doing things on the website:

    Have you tried to do something on the website and couldn't find the link? Before you email us, read the other FAQ and try having your child(ren) do it. We make Splash about the students, so they have a lot of power when it comes to registration and choosing classes. If your child still can't find the right link, have her/him send us an email, and we'll try to solve it.

    I missed Splash... drat! How can I stay informed about upcoming programs?

    Make an account on the site. Click here to sign up. Also like our page on Facebook.

    Teachers

    See the Logistics tab. Didn't find what you were looking for? Email us: yalesplash@gmail.com.


Last modified by Papples on Jan. 03, 2017 at 11:37 p.m.