Frequently Asked Questions
- Do you offer transportation, like bus pickup?
Yes. Currently there is custom, reduced rate, door to door transportation by Sheprd for residents or pickup/dropoff in Brookline, Newton, Wellesley and Weston for Edge on Science programs at Regis College, Weston MA. To receive the reduced rate, you must mention that your child is enrolled in an Edge on Science program at Regis College. A free smartphone app puts you in control of your child’s transportation and makes scheduling a snap.
- What safety measures do you have?
• CORI & SORI background checks on lead instructors and adult assistants
• lead instructors are Red Cross certified in first aid and CPR
• we do not share food or drink, and will respect known allergies
• strict sign-in and sign-out procedures
• adopt the emergency procedures of the campus hosting a particular program
• buddy system
Our first responsibility is the safety of your child. Then comes fun and learning something!
- Are all materials included in the cost of camp?
Yes, and some programs have options to purchase kits or gear.
- Is lunch included in the cost to register?
No, however, during registration you may purchase lunch. Everyone should bring their own refillable water bottle and favorite snacks for breaks and extended care hours.
- Are there any scholarships available to defray the cost of a program session?
Yes, for the 2018 summer sessions, we have two $100.00 scholarships towards any week-long session and one $50.00 scholarship towards the two or four day Hydraulics Makerspace. Scholarships are based on financial need, your child’s desire in participating and a recommendation from a teacher. Call John Aviste at (315) 773-5673 for more info. You should also check with your school guidance office. Scholarship opportunities may exist through a local community service organization, an educational foundation, your employer or even a private donor. Some children like to do extra chores to earn a portion of the cost for a summer session!Public school, home school and youth organizations can have fund raisers.
- Do you accommodate home school or youth organizations? Or how about a private or public school, a library, museum or community center?
Yes. If you represent such a group, you should call Edge on Science at (315) 773-5673 about group registration, custom options and discounted rates. And check out our Custom Programs webpage.
- What should my child wear?
Ah. Great question! Children should wear weather appropriate, comfortable clothes and lace-up sneakers for outdoor fun. Open-toed footwear like sandals or slip on footwear of any sort are not allowed. Hats and sunscreen are also in order.
- Are tablets & cellphones allowed?
Yes, however, indiscriminate use is not allowed. So if your child wants to snap a picture during a water rocket launch and share it, no problem!
- Are there outdoor activities?
Absolutely! In fact, weather permitting, we get outside as much as possible …launching rockets, testing ideas, building bridges, playing an old viking game, using telescopes, collecting samples, hurling with a trebuchet (a kind of catapult) and so on! It all depends on the program, of course. Don’t forget the sunscreen and drink lots of water 🙂
- Does participation in one of your programs count for anything academically?
Not as school credit per se, however, it is recognized. At the end of a session, your child receives a certificate of completion. This should be kept in a file, along with other accomplishments, because it establishes a track record. It may seem too early to be thinking about a portfolio for institutions of higher learning, however, what your child does at an early age, lays a foundation for later study and academic success. Middle school teacher, Connell Cloyd, M.Ed. puts it this way: “My greatest education was from summer enrichment because it took me to another level.”
- My child has special needs. Will he or she be able to participate in your programs?
The best way to answer your questions and concerns is to call us. Even though we are not a special needs program, we are always happy to try and work something out, or make a suggestion. To determine if a particular program is a good fit, begin by reviewing the session activities. Your child must be willing and able to participate, while remaining safe.
- My child is a bit shy.
That’s okay. We have leaders and assistants trained in orchestrating fun ice breakers and group activities. We aim to make everyone feel comfortable and eager to return the next day!