Nerding classes are for kiddos entering these grade levels next fall. For example, your nerd is currently in 3rd grade, register them for any 4-7 class.
As you may have noticed, our age groups are narrower than most other programs. It’s not an accident. This actually helps us maintain quality because the teachers have a narrower age range of students and the curriculum is designed specifically for those age groups. Meeting the needs of a wide range of abilities in a class is difficult, even for us veteran teachers. Also, a kiddo that is academically ready for more difficult content still may not have the maturity needed to be appropriate in a class of older kids. We know all kids are different, but this is something that helps us provide the best possible classes to all our nerds. We want all the nerds in our classes to get the most out of their experience.
If your nerd is too young for a class, as a general rule, no they can’t enroll. We drew a hard line that the Mini Nerds must turn 5 years old by 12/31 of this year. Also, we know from experience that the entering 1st graders have a tough time in the 2nd-3rd grade classes, and putting a 3rd grader in a 4th – 7th, a class that will also have 7th graders, is not usually appropriate even if they can handle the content.
Too old? If you feel your nerd would be more successful in a younger age group or has technically aged out, contact us first. We can discuss specific classes and work with you for proper placement.
Each nerd will want:
- Water bottle
- Lunch if staying all day
- Maybe- light jacket if we crank down the AC…
- Optional! Other things we can always use to replenish our stash: Junk/recyclables/clean, flat cardboard, paper towel tubes, old electronics that we can take apart, random craft supplies
Nerding keeps all relatable age groups together. We have put many years of experience and a lot of consideration into grouping nerds in these grade levels. You may notice we go by grade level and not age. There are reasons behind that choice. Even though a 3rd grader might be able to handle the content of a 4th-7th grade class, it might be socially inappropriate to have them with 7th graders. Our curriculum is designed to allow individuals to explore their own potential. Keep in mind a lot of our nerds are gifted so they will still feel challenged.
In most cases, yes, kiddos bring home their projects! Only a couple of classes will have building materials we need to keep for future use. Other things like laptops, drones, robots, and other electronics can not be brought home.
Some companies do bake into the price of the class the cost of a drone, 3D printer, or other high priced tech gadgets, we do not. We feel it’s up to you to decide when and what you may want to buy for your own personal use.
Having special needs absolutely does NOT exclude your nerd from Nerding. It’s important for nerds of all backgrounds and ability levels to experience STEM. We believe that all kids should have access to STEM experiences and have had many students with special needs of some type.
Of course, we are not equipped to accommodate all situations. Nerds do need to be able to handle a classroom setting and work independently. We don’t have the resources for individual aides or behavior support. If a kiddo is well behaved and can follow directions in a classroom, they would be absolutely fine.
Academically we are easily able to differentiate instruction and projects to meet their needs, though some classes might be a better fit than others. In the past, we’ve also partnered some of our special needs kids with a kind and understanding group of peers to help them during class and our student to teacher ratio is 10:1. Contact us to discuss further. (833)-NERDING
Nerding offers a wide variety of classes, all based around STEM subjects and skills. From Intro to Coding, to Wizard Science, we have a fun mix of classes that bring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Making all together in lots of creative and engaging ways.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (or in Nerding’s case, we like to say M is for Making!). Nerding teaches STEM in a way that resemble real world scenarios, using skills that combine all four of these subjects. Using STEM, nerds will be able to apply knowledge and problem solving skills that will help them later in life and even in their chosen future career fields.
Nope! Nerds are provided with all the things they will need for classes, including laptops and electronics.
Nerding doesn’t have any typical art classes per se, but numerous classes do have some elements where art and creativity can be applied to different projects.
Sometimes we have special guests like industry experts come in and talk to the kiddos. In the past we have had a drone pilot, robotics expert, and a software engineer come in for special presentations. We also made a 3D Printed prosthetic hand specifically built for Ms. Westmoreland’s brother and we presented it to him during a Family Event!