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Please read the following FAQ's before registering for programming. For information concerning our COVID-19 Policies, Click Here.

 

 

STEAM Whistle Workshops – Virtual Program

 

 

Q. How much does it cost to attend?

Program registration fees start at $225 unless otherwise noted.  Additional supplies and materials may also be required that are not included in the registration fee.

 

Q. Are Scholarships available?

The scholarship application portal for summer virtual and in-person programs will open on April 1st. Please return then to learn more about the qualifications to receive a scholarship"

At CEISMC we believe that financial hardship should never hinder a child's opportunity to participate in one of our summer programs. As a result, we are proud to offer scholarships for our 2021 STEAM Whistle Workshop programs. Scholarships reduce the registration fee for a summer program by 75%. Each program has a limited number of scholarships and they are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Scholarships do not cover the cost of technology or supplies needed. 

Q. Who qualifies for a scholarship?

Any child that is on free/reduced lunch is qualified to receive a scholarship. If your school does not offer free/reduced lunch, please reference the following chart to see if you financially qualify: 

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https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1960#Eligibility_Checker 

 

Q. What Documentation are Required?

Children on Free/Reduced Lunch

A copy of the letter provided to you by your school stating that your child receives free/reduced lunch must be uploaded at the time of registration.

Children at Schools that do not Offer Free/Reduced Lunch

Proof of household income must be uploaded at the time of registration. Examples include:

  • W-2 and/or 1099
  • most recent pay stub

 

Q. What is the Registration Process and Deadlines?

  1. At the time of registration, you will be asked if your child is on free/reduced lunch and/or your family financially qualifies. If you answer yes, you will be prompted to upload one of the documents listed above. If you do not have access to this document at the time of registration you will have 72 hours to submit the documentation.
  2. Within 72 hours of submitting your registration request for scholarship, you must upload all required documentation. If documentation is not received within 72 hours, your registration will be canceled, and you will have to start the process over.
  3. Once all documentation is submitted it will be reviewed by one of our staff members within 2 business days. If approved, you will receive an email with a link to submit payment. The registration fee will be reduced by 75%. 
  4. Within 7 business days of receiving approval, you must submit payment. If payment is not received within 7 business days, your registration will be canceled, and you will have to start the process over.

 

Q. What is the waitlist?

Our registration system will automatically generate a waitlist when a program is full. If there is availability within the program, the registration system automatically sends an email to the participant at the top of the waitlist.

 

Q. Where do STEAM Whistle Workshop summer programs meet?

All programs will meet virtually through online video conferencing and other collaboration tools. Specific details on how to access these services will be included in the parent packet.  

 

Q. Does my student need to have anything with them while attending a program?

A list of all materials and supplies needed for success with all projects and activities is included within the registration website and will be included in the parent packet. All workshops require a computer/laptop along with internet connection.

 

Q. How are students grouped?

Students are grouped by grade bands.

 

Q. Who are the program instructors?

Programs are taught by a mixture of Georgia Tech faculty/staff, Georgia Tech students, STEAM teachers, and STEAM professionals.

 

Q. Can a student with disabilities attend STEAM Whistle Workshop?

Students with disabilities are welcome in our programs. Please let us know how to best support your student to be successful in the programs either via email, online program registration form or schedule a meeting with a member of our staff. Your privacy is important to us and student information will only be shared with staff working with your student.

 

Q. Do I need a teacher recommendation?

Teacher recommendations are not required to attend CEISMC programs.

 

Q. What if my student has other special circumstances or needs?

Please let us know how we can help using the registration form.

 

Q. What if I need to cancel/request a refund?

Full refunds minus a 5% processing fee will be given if someone on the waitlist is available to take your spot. No refunds are available unless we are able to fill the spot. Exceptions are provided for family emergencies or serious health issues with documentation. 

 

Q. COVID-19 Refund Policy

If a participant is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to quarantine in accordance with CDC or Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) guidelines on a Monday or Tuesday, then a full refund will be applied.

If a participant is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to quarantine in accordance with CDC or Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) guidelines on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, the refund will be prorated.

 

Q. Could my program be canceled?

While unlikely, CEISMC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time for any reason. If this should happen, a full refund would be issued. CEISMC also reserves the right to remove students during the program week for violating the Code of Conduct described during registration as well as in the program guide emailed to parents after registration.  

 

Q. How do I register for STEAM Whistle Workshop?
 

  • Registrations for STEAM Whistle Workshops are first come - first serve based. Enrollment is not guaranteed until full payment has been received. A spot in the workshop is not reserved until the fee has been paid. 
  • Navigate to our registration site. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. Once your account is created, select the "Start a New Registration" option from the homepage. Follow the steps to register your child and input their information into the system.

 

Q. What if I want to have my child to attend more than one program?

Once you have begun the registration/enrollment process, you will be prompted to select a week or weeks on the "Registration Details" tab. Each program selected will create a new tab with a list of available programs. The price, time, and description of each program will be listed. Select the weeks you want, select the program within each week. All selections will be added to the column on the far right.

 

Q. What if I want to have more than one child register for programs?

Once you have an account, select the "Start a New Registration" option. Select, "My child or dependent." You will then have the option to add a new child or dependent.

 

Q. How will I receive updates about programs?

We send updates, application status, payment deadlines, and important program information via email. EMAIL IS OUR PRIMARY MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. It is of the utmost importance that the parent email address you provide us on your registration is spelled correctly and checked often.

 

Q. Are online workshops recorded?

Please be aware that by entering our online workshops you agree to be recorded. Your image maybe used for any purpose by CEISMC as outlined in the photo wavier in registration. Please know that you release CEISMC and its partners from any liability resulting from such usage. If you DO NOT wish to be subject to being recorded, please disable video for online workshops. *Unfortunately, we are unable to share recorded workshops due to youth privacy policy.

 

 

Summer P.E.A.K.S. – In-Person Program

 
 

Q. What are your COVID-19 Policies for in-person programming.

CEISMC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. Please CLICK HERE to see what steps we are taking for in-person summer programs.

 

Q. How much does it cost to attend?

All programs are priced starting at $450 unless otherwise noted.  Additional supplies and materials may also be required that are not included in the registration fee.

 

Q. Are Scholarships available?

The scholarship application portal for summer virtual and in-person programs will open on April 1st. Please return then to learn more about the qualifications to receive a scholarship"

At CEISMC we believe that financial hardship should never hinder a child's opportunity to participate in one of our summer programs. As a result, we are proud to offer scholarships for our 2021 Summer P.E.A.K.S. program. Scholarships reduce the registration fee for a summer program by 75%. Each program has a limited number of scholarships and they are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Scholarships do not cover the cost of technology or supplies needed. 

Q. Who qualifies for a scholarship?

Any child that is on free/reduced lunch is qualified to receive a scholarship. If your school does not offer free/reduced lunch, please reference the following chart to see if you financially qualify: 

Image removed.

https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/1960#Eligibility_Checker 

 

Q. What Documentation are Required?

Children on Free/Reduced Lunch

A copy of the letter provided to you by your school stating that your child receives free/reduced lunch must be uploaded at the time of registration.

Children at Schools that do not Offer Free/Reduced Lunch

Proof of household income must be uploaded at the time of registration. Examples include:

  • W-2 and/or 1099
  • most recent pay stub

 

Q. What is the Registration Process and Deadlines?

  1. At the time of registration, you will be asked if your child is on free/reduced lunch and/or your family financially qualifies. If you answer yes, you will be prompted to upload one of the documents listed above. If you do not have access to this document at the time of registration you will have 72 hours to submit the documentation.
  2. Within 72 hours of submitting your registration request for scholarship, you must upload all required documentation. If documentation is not received within 72 hours, your registration will be canceled, and you will have to start the process over.
  3. Once all documentation is submitted it will be reviewed by one of our staff members within 2 business days. If approved, you will receive an email with a link to submit payment. The registration fee will be reduced by 75%. 
  4. Within 7 business days of receiving approval, you must submit payment. If payment is not received within 7 business days, your registration will be canceled, and you will have to start the process over.

 

Q. When is payment due?

Payment is due when you register.  Registration is not complete without payment, and unfortunately, cannot be processed until we receive payment.

 

Q. How do I register for Summer P.E.A.K.S. Workshop?
 

  • Registrations for Summer P.E.A.K.S. are first come - first serve based. Enrollment is not guaranteed until full payment has been received. A spot in the workshop is not reserved until the fee has been paid. 
  • Navigate to our registration site. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one. Once your account is created, select the "Start a New Registration" option from the homepage. Follow the steps to register your child and input their information into the system.

 

Q. What if I want to have my child to attend more than one program?

Once you have begun the registration/enrollment process, you will be prompted to select a week or weeks on the "Registration Details" tab. Each program selected will create a new tab with a list of available programs. The price, time, and description of each program will be listed. Select the weeks you want, select the program within each week. All selections will be added to the column on the far right.

 

Q. What if I want to have more than one child register for programs?

Once you have an account, select the "Start a New Registration" option. Select, "My child or dependent." You will then have the option to add a new child or dependent.

 

Q. What is the waitlist?

Our registration system will automatically generate a wait list when a week is full. If there is availability within the week, the registration system automatically sends an email to the participant at the top of the wait list.

 

Q. Where do summer programs meet?

All Summer P.E.A.K.S. programs meet at the Georgia Tech campus at various locations. Parents will receive a parent packet with all pertinent information 2 weeks prior to program start date.

 

Q. Could a summer program be canceled?

While unlikely, CEISMC reserves the right to cancel a program at any time for any reason. If this should happen, a full refund would be issued. CEISMC also reserves the right to remove students during the program week for a number of reasons we will disclose in your acceptance email. Refunds for student misconduct or rule violations will not be offered.

 

Q. Does my student need to bring anything?

Your student will be provided with lunch, snack and all materials and supplies needed for success with all projects and activities. They do need to bring their own CDC approved face mask, a water bottle, and a light jacket. If students bring their own lunches, we do not refrigerate lunches. Also, students will not have access to a microwave. Please, no soda, candy, or gum. No, personal electronics allowed including e-readers, DS, cameras, tablets, and iPads. CEISMC cannot be responsible for these devices.

 

Q. How are students grouped?

Students are grouped by grade bands.

 

Q. Who are the program instructors?

Programs are taught by a mixture of Georgia Tech faculty/staff, Georgia Tech students, and area science and math teachers.

 

Q. How do I get updates?

We post updates and important information on our website.  Some information will also be sent via email. EMAIL IS OUR PRIMARY MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. It is of the utmost importance that the parent email address you provide us on your registration is spelled correctly and checked often. 

 

Q. What if I need to cancel/request a refund?

Full refunds minus a 5% processing fee will be given if someone on the waitlist is available to take your spot. No refunds are available unless we are able to fill the spot. Exceptions are provided for family emergencies or serious health issues with documentation. 

 

Q. COVID-19 Refund Policy

If a participant is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to quarantine in accordance with CDC or Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) guidelines on a Monday or Tuesday, then a full refund will be applied.

If a participant is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to quarantine in accordance with CDC or Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) guidelines on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, the refund will be prorated.

 

Q. Can a student with disabilities attend camp?

Students with disabilities are welcome in our camps. Please let us know how to best support your student to be successful in the camps either via email, online camp registration form or directly with camp staff. Your privacy is important to us and student information will only be shared with staff working with your student.

 

Q. Do I need a teacher recommendation?

Teacher recommendations are not required to attend Summer P.E.A.K.S.

 

Q. If I go to one week, can I go to more sessions?

Yes! Every week is different. See the list of programs above or on the registration website.

 

Q. What about lunch? Food allergies?

Students will be provided a healthy lunch that will give them the energy they need to participate P.E.A.K.S.  Please use our registration form to let us know about food allergies and any other special needs your student may have. We do our best to accommodate most food allergies, but parents may need to pack personal lunches for those with sever allergies. Students are not permitted to share/trade lunches due to food allergies.

 

Q. What if my student has other special circumstances or needs?

Please let us know how we can help using the registration form.

 

Q. What about photography?

Unless you tell us differently, CEISMC may use photographs of your student in our materials.

 

Q. What about the weather? Emergencies?

While unlikely, weather and other natural and emergency situations may occur beyond the program's control. If a partial program cancellation is required, no refund will be offered. An example would be a rainy-day early dismissal or late start time to accommodate safe traveling of staff, students, and their families. Any short-term unforeseen weather or other emergencies will not be able to be refunded partially in any form.

 

To Contact Summer Staff please CLICK HERE