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

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 both days: Oct. 15 and Nov. 12.

Q: How long will the program last on Oct. 15 and Nov. 12?
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. 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.

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 Virginia State University Police and Rescue 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 interactive sessions or participate in the hands-on activities.

Q: How will lunches be served?
A: The parents will pay for lunch when they arrive at the Wilder Building. Each child will have their lunch at the dining hall pre-paid. The parents and children will be escorted to and from the dining hall by volunteers.

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: Why is there a registration fee?
A: In order to keep up with the costs of providing a quality program (approximately $300 per child), there will be a registration fee of $30.00 per child, payable upon registration (no refunds). The registration fee must be paid by check and pays for the November KTU session; further directions will be given at the time of enrollment. The registration fee will cover the lunch for the registered child(ren) and parents and a t-shirt for the registered child(ren).

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 VSU, please visit KTU VSU Donations.

Q: If a student attended a past KTU program (at Virginia Tech or VSU), does that mean they are automatically enrolled for the 2016 VSU 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 100 participants.