FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IN WHAT TIME ZONE ARE CLASSES LISTED?
All class times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (New York zone).
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE CLASS?
Each class is one hour long.
ARE YOUR CLASSES INTERACTIVE?
Yes! Our classes are run in the form of interactive webinar. The students are involved in intense discussions, interacting with the instructor and other students over chat, voice and whiteboard.
WHAT IS THE AGE RANGE AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE STUDENTS?
The classes are for self-motivated 9-13 year old students. Most of our students are 10-12 years old. We expect polite and professional behavior from all the participants.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES?
Since a significant portion of the students' interaction with teacher and classmates happens over chat, your child should be comfortable communicating via chat, and switching between Zoom and Youtube tabs.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL CLASS SIZE?
We usually have 8-10 children in each class, in order to provide individual attention to each child. Class registration will close when the cap for students per class is reached. Class will be cancelled if there are fewer than 5 students enrolled.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
You should have good Internet connection, camera and microphone. Please make sure that your equipment works with your Zoom settings prior to the class.
WHAT IF I MISSED THE PREVIOUS SESSION?
If you missed a session, join the next one. The sessions cover different topics, and we will fill in the blanks as needed.
WHAT IF I NEED TO MISS A CLASS?
Our classes provide a lot of flexibility. If you are not able to attend, you are welcome to join any class of the same level that week.
IS THERE ANY HOMEWORK?
There is an optional, ungraded homework assignment for each class. The focus of the homework is on hands-on activities, and helping the student to develop a scientific portfolio. The longer projects may serve as inspiration for a science fair research project. The students are welcome to share the results of their homework, including photo and video, with the instructor.
ARE THERE ANY GRADES OR COMPLETION CERTIFICATES?
There are no grades or certificates, but we may provide a short report for the parents after the course, per parent's request.
WHAT ARE YEARS 1 AND 2?
Year 1 is for first-year students who are new to our courses. Year 2 is for returning students who have already completed the Year 1 curriculum.
DO YOU TEACH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
Yes, we do teach several international student groups from outside the US. If you want us to teach your group, please reach out to us so that we can agree on a schedule for the classes.
WHAT ARE YOUR LANGUAGE OPTIONS?
In addition to English, we offer an experimental class that is mostly taught in Russian, although some of the slides, videos, and computer simulations are made in English. If you are interested in exploring this option, please get in touch with us.
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
If after the first class you decide that the course is not for you, we will gladly provide a full refund. After the second class, the fee is non-refundable. Please see our terms of service for more details.