How long has Rocks and Robots summer day camp been around?
Rocks and Robots has been offering programs to students of all ages since 2002.
What is the owner/director's background?
George Albercook holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry (his students call him Dr. George). He did post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan and was a Research Faculty member in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Physics Department also at the University of Michigan. He has worked at the Center for Environmental Policy Economics and Science where he studied the socio-economic impacts of climate change on the Great Lakes Region. Dr. George has also worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists and gone to Capitol Hill several times to discuss climate change and climate change science. He has done extensive work providing science exploration and instruction to homeschool co-ops all over southeast Michigan. From three years he worked as the science teacher Summers-Knoll school, a school for gifted and talented students.
What are the qualifications of your staff?
During each week of camp both of the owner of the camp (George Albercook Ph.D.) is present either teaching or supervising. George in an original founder of Rock and Robots and have over 20 years of experience teaching course from elementary school to the graduate level. In order to keep our student to teacher ratios low we may hire additional teachers. Additional teachers are typically also teachers or are studying to be teachers or have similar experience. We occasionally have returning camper helping out but they do not count in the student to teacher ratio.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
There are a maximum of 8-12 students per teacher. Often each teachers will have only four pairs of students. At times there are even fewer. We love doing this because it allows us to encourage and support individual creativity as well as group skills.
How do you transport the campers?
We rent school buses from the Ann Arbor Public School. They are driven by licensed school bus drivers and staff ride along for supervision.
Are prerequisites needed?
No experience is necessary. If your camper has experience we do have a variety of experience levels in each course and try to individualize our program to the needs of each student. If you have specific questions feel free to call.
What classes should my child take?
Our programs and classes change often. If you have questions regarding which class would best fit your child's needs, don't hesitate to call or email us and we can help answer all of your questions.