Welcome to TechKnowHow's
FAQ section. Below are topics followed by questions and answers that we feel will help you when making a choice to enroll your son or daughter in one of our popular summer programs.
Our classes are designed so that students can learn
technology skills while engaged in fun and interesting
projects. Our goal is to have students learn how to
do some amazing things with technology -- all in a
supportive and fun atmosphere.
Our average camper:staff ratio is 10:1.
In addition, we often have counselors-in-training (high school/
middle school students) who provide additional support
for the campers.
If a student has a strong interest in the class content, there is a
very strong likelihood that he/she will enjoy the class, regardless of his/her
experience with specific technology (computers, LEGO Bricks®, etc.). We have found that
interest, and not prior experience, is the key ingredient
in ensuring a fruitful experience in our classes.
Yes! Our staff supervise
the students throughout the day, both in class, as well as
during the recess and lunch breaks.
each student has his/her own computer, or, if enrolled in a
building camp, each student has their own materials kit to work with.
Each class has a particular theme, such as Game Design, LEGO® or K'NEX® Building, Robotics, or Electronics. Within each class, there are sequential skills which
students must learn and apply to master the subject. The
instructors begin by teaching a specific skill(s), students
practice and apply the skill(s) through high-interest,
fun activities and, then regroup to learn the next sequential
skill. Students have flexibility in creativity (the orientation
and design of their projects), but follow the general progression
of activities taught by the instructor to master the skills.
Yes, we have a 20 minute recess break in the morning and another in
the afternoon. During these times, students and staff go outside to eat snacks
and participate in different recreation activities. In addition, if the student
is staying all-day, there is a half-hour lunch recess between classes.
No - please remember that each camper should bring his/her
own lunch, snacks and beverages.
Yes, some locations offer a before and afterschool extended day.
Please check the schedule of each location to determine
if extended day hours are available.
TechKnowHow, Inc. does not share any personal information,
including email addresses, with third parties interested in
contacting you or collecting information about you. In addition,
we DO NOT sell, rent, give or trade personal information we
collect from online, phone or mail-in registrations.
Instructors are individuals who have a great interest and ability in teaching
technology to students in an exciting way. Some are current school
teachers or are involved in university programs, pursuing teaching credentials or secondary
degrees in education or educational technology. Others are college students pursuing degrees in computer science. Many
instructors have taught classes with us in previous summers and/or assist in developing curriculum during the school year.
Each instructor is trained in teaching specific lessons involving
the software and technology products in the courses. In addition,
all instructors go through a criminal history background check through the California Department of Justice.
The students work with Windows-PC laptops, except in the Stop-Motion class where we use Apple iPad®s
For complete descriptions of each class, click on the link "Class Descriptions" at the left of this page.
Yes, students take home the majority of their
computer and iPad® projects on a CD.
Since we use our LEGO®, K'NEX® and
electronics supplies in classes throughout the year, students do not take home
LEGO®, NXT®, K'NEX® or electronics projects or pieces. We can provide a list of
affordable suppliers for parts, though, if your son/daughter wants to get
pieces/kits used in our classes. Also students in the camps for ages 5 - 9 do take
home a camp t-shirt with a cool LEGO® image, as well as a LEGO® item.
In the unlikely event that a camp needs to be cancelled,
we will provide a full refund of tuition or allow a transfer to
another TechKnowHow camp, if space is available.