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When did Rocks and Robots begin?

Rocks and Robots has been offering programs to students of all ages since 2002.

What is the camp director’s background?

George Albercook (known to campers as Dr. George) holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan, where he was a research faculty member in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Physics Department. 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. For three years, he worked as the science teacher at Summers-Knoll School, a school for gifted and talented students.

What are the qualifications of your staff?

Rocks and Robots founder Dr. George is present either teaching or supervising during every session. He has over 20 years of experience teaching courses from elementary school to the graduate level.

In order to keep our student to teacher ratios low, we may hire additional teachers. Staff are typically full-time teachers, studying to become teachers, or have a background in education. We occasionally have returning campers helping as CITs, 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. Teachers usually have four pairs of students, sometimes fewer. We love keeping the ratio low, because it allows us to encourage and support individual creativity, as well as group skills.

How are campers transported?

We rent school buses from Ann Arbor Public Schools, which are driven by licensed bus drivers. Rocks and Robots staff ride along for supervision.

Does my child need experience to participate?

Experience or a background in robotics is not necessary. If your camper does have experience, we have a variety levels in each course and try to individualize our programs to meet the needs of each student.

Which class 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.

What is Rocks & Robots cancellation policy?

Because of our commitment to staff and rental space, all sales are final. If there is a scheduling conflict, campers can switch to any class they wish, either this summer or the following year.

There is also the option of donating the session to a friend or an underprivileged camper. Exceptions will be made for family emergencies.