Logistics and Frequently Asked Questions

When is Splash and Sprout? 
Spring Splash 2020 will be held on April 11. Spring Sprout 2020 will be held on February 15th, 22nd, and 29th. (Be sure to create an account here if you're interested in participating in Splash or Sprout). Stay tuned for more of our next program dates!

What do I have to do to teach at Splash?
Before teaching at Yale Splash, teachers will be required to:

1. Register on this website and describe your course.

2. Attend a training session with Splash organizers to discuss teaching methods, logistics and receive feedback on your class ideas.

3. Complete our Safety and Logistics Information Quiz and a Yale Risk Management training module in order to interact with minors.

Where will Splash be held?
Splash will be held in WLH and LC.

What actually happens on the day of Splash?
On the day of Splash, students begin to pour in at 8:00 am for registration. As a teacher, you show up to teacher check-in 20 minutes before your class time to receive your class schedule and your classroom location. Then, after you teach your class, you can leave! However, we love for teachers to stay and and help run the program for as long as you want on the day of the program. There is free lunch for all teachers and volunteers!

What if I need resources?
Nearly all classrooms have a projector and a blackboard.

In addition, we have a growing supply of resources from previous programs, and there are funds available for classroom materials. If you are considering running a class with experiments or other costs, please indicate so on your teacher registration form under "Finalized Resource Requests" and submit the Material Request Form when we email it to you. Please be aware of our reimbursement policy:

1. After indicating your purchases on the Material Request Form, we will review your purchases and contact you to notify you whether your purchase has been approved. Keep your receipts from your purchase and turn them in to the teacher check-in desk before 5:00 pm on the day of the program for reimbursement.

2. Please use your best judgment on purchases of all sizes: purchases should be used to enhance the class and supplement the material. All purchases need to receive approval from the directors for reimbursement. We do not endorse purchases that are inappropriate, unrelated to the class, or dangerous.

3. All purchases (regardless of cost) are property of Splash at Yale and must be returned after your class, unless they are small things used up during the class. We will supply candy if you request it in advance. Please take this into consideration when you request purchases. Buy reusable resources if possible, and consider whether there are free alternatives (e.g. project a document rather than print it, borrow things). If you absolutely need printing, you may email the documents to us and we will print up to 1 double-sided sheet per student enrolled in your class.

4. These restrictions do not apply if you plan to buy the materials yourself and not ask to be reimbursed.

We do not currently have access to computer labs, but we encourage motivated teachers to try and arrange computer lab space themselves if needed. The same applies to other special locations.

Can a class be team-taught?


This might be a nice option for academic interest groups and other student clubs that are interested in adding a community outreach component to their activities. Please note that ALL teachers must be listed on the website and go through the necessary procedures before teaching.

Can I hold my class outside?

Yes! You are in charge of your class! Just indicate so when registering, and be sure to have a rain plan.

How should I size my class?

On the teacher registration form you will see an option to list a maximum class size, and may be wondering where you should draw the line. You should note that this is an absolute cut-off: once your maximum has been reached, registration will be closed and no more students will be permitted to sign up unless you authorize the creation of another section.

On a more practical level, you should first consider the type of class you are going to teach. If it is lecture-based then 40 or 50 (and, for a few classes each Splash, 100 or more) may be appropriate. If you are doing something hands-on or something that requires supplies for each student, perhaps pare down the limit to a more manageable number.

Please also keep in mind that, on average, only 75% of students who sign up for a given class will actually come to Splash. This means that you should perhaps make your class somewhat larger than you intend. 

I am not getting any emails from Splash!
Make sure to check your spam folder, as our emails sometimes get caught by gmail as spam. Mark the email as "Not Spam," and under your email settings, select filters and set emails from yalesplash@gmail.com or yalesprout@gmail.com to never go to spam.

How can I get more involved?
We're always looking for volunteers to help with the day-of tasks. You can sign up to volunteer here. Sign up for an account on the website and like us on Facebook to get updates if you're interested in future opportunities. We also are in need of more admin team members, so email us if this sounds like something you'd be interested in.

Anything else I need to know?
Teachers are arguably the most important aspect of a Splash. If a student doesn't show up, it is sad, but the classes will continue with the others. On the other hand, if the teacher doesn't show up, nothing can happen. Therefore, it is EXTREMELY important that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your class to sign in so we don't need to cancel the class and leave dozens of students disappointed.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
Contact us via email, Facebook, or in person.

Last modified by rts43 on Jan. 14, 2020 at 07:54 p.m.