For Parents (FAQs) - Kids' Tech University (KTU) at BGSU    

For the Parents - FAQs

Q: When I register my child to attend the program, are they signing up for just one day or all the days?
A: You are signing him or her up to attend ALL 4 days: Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 18, and Apr 8.

Q: How long will the program last on Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 18, and Apr 8?
A: Generally it will last from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each KTU day. We will email you with the specific start and end time closer to each day.

Q: How will a parent/guardian who's child is enrolled in KTU receive information on the schedule of events?
A: On the online registration form we will ask you for your email address(es). We will send schedules and information to this email address. Also, we have a blog (http://kidstechuniversity.blogspot.com) that will give you information on the behind the scenes action and any updates on the program.

Please note: You will receive information about the program the Monday before the event date. It is the parents' responsibility to email Dr. Paul Morris at pmorris@bgsu.edu if the program agenda was not received by Monday night. If you have not emailed Dr. Morris by noon the day before the program you will not receive a response regarding where to go the next day.

Q: Why are the children separated from the parents during the interactive sessions?
A: We are striving to create a “university feel” that includes children attending an interactive session (lecture) with their peers in a university lecture hall. Volunteers will be with the children (in a ratio of 1 to 10) within the lecture space. These volunteers are from Bowling Green State University and will watch over your child until you come to pick him or her up. To make this a better educational experience for the children we ask that the parents watch the interactive session from the back of the lecture hall. After the interactive session, parents can pick up their child and escort him or her to the hands-on activities. Volunteers are also there to escort the children and parents to the hands on activities.

Q: Why do you have a 1:10 ratio of volunteers to children in the lecture hall? Other programs generally work with a 1:24 ratio.
A: There are multiple reasons why this is a very good ratio with our program. First and foremost we have found that this ratio allows for ample amount of interaction between the children and the volunteer. It allows for our volunteers not to be overwhelmed with a lot of children at one time. In the lecture hall it can be very noisy with a lot of things going on. This ratio insures security and happiness between the volunteers, children, and parents.

Q: What happens if there is an emergency within the lecture space?
A: We have support from the local EMT squad to assist us with any emergencies that may arise. On the online registration form we will be asking for an emergency phone number in case there is a problem and we need to get in contact with you quickly.

Q: Are other children or siblings allowed to attend the interactive session or hands-on events?
A: No. Given the size and complexity of the program we cannot allow children that are not enrolled in the program to attend the morning Interactive Session with the Scientists or participate in the afternoon hands-on activities. If you bring a child (of any age) not enrolled in the program to the hands-on event (i.e. sibling of an enrolled KTU student) we will kindly ask you and your children to leave. The ONLY exception to this rule is a nursing child.

Q: Is there an age restriction for the program?
A: Yes. Children who are between the ages of 9 and 12 on Sept. 30, 2016 are allowed to be registered for the program. If a child is enrolled without satisfying this requirement we will cancel their registration and notify you.

Q: What makes a child eligible for participation in KTU?
A: Registration is on a “first-come, first-served” basis that is open to children satisfying the age restriction, regardless of academic achievements, and living within a one-hour drive of the BGSU campus. The program is designed to accommodate up to 150 children between the ages of 9 and 12 (as of September 30, 2016) representing a geographically diverse area.

Q: Why is there a registration fee?
A: In order to keep up with the costs of providing a quality program, there will be a registration fee of $90.00 per child, payable upon registration. The parent will be directed to an online site to pay electronically; further directions will be given at the time of enrollment.

Q: How can I assist the KTU program?
A: The Kids' Tech Program costs approximately $300 per child per semester to pay for supplies, meals and speakers. In order for this program to continue we must rely on the generous support of interested donors. A contribution of any size will help us defray some of these costs. If you'd like to make a donation to the KTU program, you may visit KTU Program Donations. If you would like to make a donation to the KTU program specifically at BGSU, please visit KTU BGSU Donations.

Q: If a student attended any Kid's Tech University program in the past does that mean they are automatically enrolled for the 2016 BGSU program?
A: No. Although we do welcome back participants, we cannot guarantee any child a place in the program if they are not enrolled as one of the first 150 participants.

Q: Do we offer educator workshops in conjunction with the event topics of Kids' Tech University?
A: Yes! Teacher, after school educators, 4-H agents and school volunteers are welcome to attend. See our "For Educators" webpage!

Q: Are parents of KTU participants allowed to volunteer with KTU?
A: No. BGSU undergraduate and graduate community are excited to volunteer with the program!!

Q: Are there any suggestions on ways KTU participants are able to continue learning about the STEM disciplines after the Saturday events at BGSU?
A: Kids' Tech University strives to actively keep its participants involved in learning activities after the KTU Saturday events. With this in mind, KTU has created the KTU Virtual Lab (http://ktu.vbi.vt.edu/) where KTU participants are able to continue their learning from home. The KTU Virtual Lab has various online labs and activities, to keep the kids engaged and motivated to learn even more about the STEM disciplines whenever they would like!