Welcome to TechKnowHow®'s FAQ section. Below are topics with questions and answers about our popular summer programs. If you would like to talk with us, just give us a call at 650 638-0500.
What is our teaching philosophy?
Our classes are designed so that students can learn technology skills while engaged in interesting hands-on projects. Our goal is to have students learn how to do some amazing things with technology -- all in a supportive and fun atmosphere.
What's the camper-teacher ratio?
Classes for students ages 5-7 have a student-teacher ratio of 7:1. The student-teacher ratio for camps for older students is 10:1.
What type of students are the classes designed for?
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® elements, etc.). We have found that interest, and not prior experience, is the key ingredient in ensuring a meaningful experience in our classes.
Will there be adult supervision throughout the day?
Yes! Our staff supervise the students throughout the day, both in class, as well as during the recess and lunch breaks.
Does each student have their own Computer/LEGO® compontents/building kit to work with?
For all camps, students receive their own building kits and computers to work on their projects. In two camps, there is an element in the camp where students may team up. In Robot Adventure, students work to program movemnents for robot mouse®. In Radical Robots, with EV3 elements and Sphero® SPRK, there is a portion of the class where students work as a team to program.
Do students get some outdoor recreation?
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 full day, there is a half-hour lunch recess between classes.
Do you serve lunch and a snack?
No, please have each camper bring his/her own lunch, snacks and beverages.
Is there an extended day offered?
Yes, most locations offer morning and afternoon extended care. Please visit the locations pages or check the daily schedule of each camp to determine if extended day hours are available.
Who are the instructors?
All of our 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. To view a sample of instructors, click here.