Is there a deadline for registration? How can I tell if a camp is still open?
Registration will remain open for a given camp until that camp is full. Once a camp is full, its registration button will go away. If you see the registration link then the camp is still open. You do not need to call to make sure that the camp is still open. Camps are starting to fill up. We recommend that you register for a camp now and transfer the registration (free of charge) to a different date and location if your schedule changes.
What is the Instructor:Student ratio at camp?
We maintain at least an Instructor:Student ratio of 1:6 at each of our camps, with most camps at a 1:5 ratio. This allows Robot Academy to give individual instruction to students that need help. All our adult instructors pass a background check. The 'Blue Shirt' instructors provide classroom management and the 'Red Shirt' Robot Geniuses are Lego Robot experts that come alongside your student to provide individual attention. All instructors receive training before becoming instructors to ensure safety.
Deducting Summer Camps with the Child and Dependent Care Credit
According to intuit turbotax, the child and dependent care credit provides a tax break for many parents who are responsible for the cost of childcare. Though the credit is geared toward working parents or guardians, taxpayers who were full-time students or who were unemployed for part of the year may also qualify. If you paid a summer camp, or other care provider to care for a qualifying child under age 13 or a disabled dependent of any age, you may qualify for a tax credit of up to 35 percent of qualifying expenses of $3,000 for one child or dependent, or up to $6,000 for two or more children or dependents. After your child takes the camp, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for our TaxID number.
The child and dependent care credit is designed to assist working parents and guardians with some of the expenses involved in raising a child or caring for a disabled dependent. The credit, which varies depending on the taxpayer's earned income, is based on the expenses paid to provide child or dependent care services so that parents can work. It reduces the amount of federal income taxes due, which can in turn increase your refund. This frees up more money for some of the other expenses involved in raising a child. Keep in mind that expenses related to schooling, tutoring, or overnight camps are not qualifying expenses. Robot Academy camps qualify because the camp was selected to provide care while the parent or parents were at work.
How safe is my child at camp?
Robot Academy has been teaching Lego Robot Camps for 12 years and has procedures in place to ensure the safest environment possible. Instructors with cleared background checks are in a classroom at all times. Students receive individual instruction in the classroom setting. Only female instructors take the students to the bathroom with procedures to safeguard student protection.
How is lunch/snack handled at camp?
We ask that half-day students arrive with a light snack packed. We also ask that snacks/lunches not contain nuts or peanut butter because some campers have severe allergies. Students with food allergies can sit at an allergy free table for snack and lunch. All student wash their hands before and after eating to keep our Legos allergy free. For students registering for a full-day camp, please know that lunch is not provided. We recommend that full-day students pack a light lunch along with two light snacks. We have a snack available if you child forgets a snack but we prefer kids to bring a snack from home because of food allergies. Students are supervised during lunch. Most locations have fun games for the students to play after eating and before the afternoon camp begins.
Are different ages in the same class?
Yes, we divide the classroom into ‘Seniors’ ages 9 to 16 years old (and experienced younger kids) and ‘Juniors’ ages 4 to 8 years old. Depending on the location, the Seniors and Juniors may be in different classrooms. At all locations, students are seated at tables with students of similar ages, for example, 5 and 6 year olds will be at the same table. Students are encouraged to share ideas and help each other solve problems. Students work on both team projects and individual hands-on projects. We keep track of accomplishments and talents (such as creative design) and students win trophies at the award ceremony on the last day. Senior and Junior groups win separate trophies so that Juniors are not competing against Seniors. In general, the junior camp receives assistance from the instructors as they walk them through the material. The senior camp receives instruction and then tries it themselves and receives help when needed. We have taught for 10 years and have had a lot of success with this model. Our goal is to build confidence as students earn points towards trophies. Robot Geniuses help students to ensure that all students earn trophies.
My child has special needs. Are these programs appropriate for him/her?
Yes, our program is especially successful with children with learning differences such as Dyslexia. Students do not need to read or write to participate in the camp. Students work at their own pace with LEGO Robotics challenges and earn points towards trophies and medal. We show the students the awards at the beginning of camp, so students are highly motivated and have fun earning points. Students that are not earning points or need extra help are given one-on-one instruction from our Robot Geniuses. Robot Academy is a registered vendor of Delaware County Board of Developments Disabilities, Union County Foundation, Fairfield County Board of Developments Disabilities, and other counties that provide free camp tuition for residents with disabilities. Franklin County does not offer it for their residents. Students work in teams as well as on individual projects each day. Because of this, we cannot accommodate students with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Intermittent Explosive Disorder. If you have questions about whether or not this camp is the right fit for your child, please call the Director of Operations at 614-893-8106 to discuss.
What is the refund/withdrawal policy?
Robot Academy has the kindest refund policy out of any of the camps in our industry. We do this because we understand that schedule conflicts and illnesses can arise. Robot Academy is happy to switch you to another camp for free. Just email us before your registered camp begins to let us know if you would like to transfer into a different camp. Of course, no shows at camps cannot receive a refund or transfer. Sometimes a student needs to miss a day of camp, but we can quickly catch the student up the next day. No worries.
If it is not possible to transfer your child into another camp, we may provide a Robot Academy camp gift credit to parents who need to withdraw their child from a program. Parents may withdraw their child from a program ___ days before the start of a program and receive ___% in Robot Academy gift credit that expires 15 months from original program start date. If the enrolled program was a result of a previous transfer, the earliest program’s start date is used in this calculation.
- 30+ days … 75% gift credit
- 7-29 days … 50% gift credit
- 1-6 days … 25% gift credit
- 0 days … 0% gift credit
You can receive a 100% refund if you cancel within 1 week of registering. After 1 week from the time of registration, if your child is not able to attend the camps scheduled, then we will work at helping you to reschedule your child into a camp at one of our other locations or into a different time at the current location. If that is not possible, then we can offer a Robot Academy Camp gift credit to be used at a Robot Academy camp within 15 months of original start date of the camp. We strive for Happy Campers so please call the Director of Operations at 614 893 8106 or email email@example.com if you need to discuss your situation.
Does my student need to have a Lego robotics kit?
A Lego Robot kit is not required to attend camp. We provide all the materials necessary including computers, Lego Mindstorms kits, Legos and fun! If you're interested in buying a Lego Robotics Set for your child to work with at home, visit this page!
Will my student be able to bring a robot home?
Unfortunately not. The robotics kits that we use cost over $350 each. However, every student will leave camp having earned a cool trophy, ribbons, and a 'robot log' detailing accomplishment throughout the week.
Does my student need to have Lego robotics experience?
No, our camps are designed to challenge students of all skill and experiences levels. Instructional sessions and activities are tailored to the needs of individual students. This means that students who have never even seen Lego robotics before will be able to have a great time succeeding at introductory-level challenges. In the same way, students who have some experience will be challenged by more advanced activities. Our instructors are experts at identifying the needs of students based on their age, talent and experience.
Where can I buy the Lego Robot Set you use in camp?
The Lego Mindstorm EV3 sets are $350. If you're interested in buying a Lego Robotics Set for your child to work with at home, visit this page! The Lego Mindstorms education set includes the gyro sensor while the Lego Mindstorms home set includes the remote control.
Can I use my Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account?
Yes, we can provide our EIN number upon completion of camp. We can also fill out any applicable paperwork. Please bring it to camp with your child. Thanks.
Is extended care available?
Yes, Robot Academy provides extended care from 8 am to 9:30 am in the morning and 4:30 t0 5 pm in the afternoon. Please select the option when registering for the camp. As an alternative, Robot Academy also has an agreement with College Nannies+Tutors to provide extended care at a discounted price. This organization will drop your children off at camp and pick them up when camp is over.
Are all activities done as a team? or are some as individual designs?
Our camps balance our team activities and individual activities. For the individual activities, the students work on Lego robot activities at their own pace and earn points towards trophies. The parents are invited to the award ceremony on the last day where students win trophies according to their interests and accomplishments. We keep an eye on the points during the camp and help the kids so that all earn a trophy.
Do you accept funding from outside sources to pay for my child's camp?
Yes, we accept scholarship funding from various programs. We are also registered with several agencies such as Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities which provide funding for specific individuals to attend our camps. If you are applying for funding, you can register online and mention the funding source in the comment section. Please exit out when you reach the payment screen and we will email you an invoice to send to your funding source. Your child's registration will be marked at pending payment so the seat will be held for your child while we are waiting for funding. Please email or call if questions about it.
Do you offer scholarships for financial need?
We no longer offer scholarships to individuals. Instead, Robot Academy donates over 30 free camps each year through various programs. We donate camps to silent auctions and other charity events. We offer full scholarships to the children of teachers. Please call or email if interested in our program. Thanks.