SEEK Frequently Asked Questions
Below are questions posed by parents, guardians, and students alike. If your question is not addressed below, please contact us at CSEO@vanderbilt.edu.
Q: Is this camp right for me or my child?
A: If you or your child are naturally curious, like asking questions, are excited by discovering new things, or just want to hang out with scientists that are passionate about STEM outreach and education, then this is the place for you.
Q: What discounts and financial aid packages are available to campers?
A: We offer discounts for campers whose families are employed and affiliated with Vanderbilt University or the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Additionally, there is a discount for returning campers and for families with multiple campers enrolled. Financial aid packages are requested through application.
Q: Who are the camp counselors?
A: The counselors for SEEK camp are all trained scientists and educators with advance degrees in a variety of fields. Everything from Biology to Chemistry, Physics and Engineering.
Q: Is there any transportation provided to SEEK camp?
A: Sadly no. Parents and guardians are responsible for transporting campers to SEEK camp.
Q: Are meals provided by SEEK camp?
A: Sadly no. Campers should bring their own snacks and lunches every day. Additionally, campers should bring a water bottle for recess or any time we are outside.
Q: What is the camp schedule?
A: Daily schedules can change based on the type of activities we are doing. A general schedule for the day looks like the following:
7:45am – 9:00am: Before care
9:00am – 9:30am: Ice breakers and Get 2 Know U activities
9:30am – 10:15am: STEM activities
10:15am – 10:30am: Bathroom break
10:30am – 11:15am: STEM activities
11:15am – 12:15pm: Lunch and Recess
12:15pm – 1:00pm: STEM activities
1:00pm – 1:15pm: Bathroom break
1:15pm – 2:00pm: STEM activities
2:00pm – 2:30pm: Recess
2:30pm – 3:00pm: Free Times
3:00pm – 4:00pm: After Care
Q: What sort of activities will the campers be doing every day?
A: Our science counselors have developed STEM activities grounded in phenomena-based learning principals. There is a combination of hands-on activities that require team work to accomplish challenges, and activities that campers will experience independently. Additionally, there are recess times devoted for informal play outdoors or indoors with inclement weather.
Q: What are the expectations for the campers?
A: To get the full experience from SEEK camp, campers will have to be attentive to the counselors, respectful to other campers, and able to focus during STEM activities. On the first day of camp, we will define our expectations and code of conduct with the assistance of the campers. If any behavioral issues occur during SEEK camp, we will do our best to resolve conflicts and redirect campers back to our activities. Particularly poor behavior will be reported to the camper’s parents and guardians.