Frequently Asked Questions
And questions you might have, but haven’t thought of yet!
Are grade levels current or entering grade?
- 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.
- For the entering K-1 classes, our mini nerds can be entering Pre-K, but MUST turn 5 years old by 12/31 of this year to be able to attend class.
Can I enroll my Nerd in a class outside their grade level?
As you may have noticed, our age groups are narrower than most other programs. It’s not an accident. Meeting the needs of a wide range of abilities in a class is difficult, even for us veteran teachers. We want all the nerds in our classes to get the most out of their experience, so…
Too young? If your nerd is too young for a class, as a general rule, no they can’t enroll. This gets dicey, especially for those youngest nerds. 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 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’ll figure something out.
What should my Nerd bring to class?
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
My child is gifted, can we enroll in a higher grade level class?
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.
Do kids bring home their projects?
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.
Are any electronics or tech items included in the class price?
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.
What if my nerd has special needs?
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.
Of course, we are not necessarily equipped to handle all situations. Nerds do need to be able to handle a classroom setting and work independently. Please refer to our behavior guidelines. Contact me to discuss.
What kinds of classes do you offer?
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.
What is STEM?
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.
Does my child need to bring their own laptop or electronics for classes?
Nope! Nerds are provided with all the things they will need for classes, including laptops and electronics.
Do you have art classes?
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.
Will there be any special speakers/guests?
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!
Can I volunteer?
Um, YEAH! We love help!
If you aren’t a parent, you must be at least 13 and be comfortable working with kids!
Fill out the Volunteer Form
Note: Parents should NOT fill out the volunteer form for their teen volunteer. Let them be responsible and do it themselves!
Do you offer before or after care?
We do not.
We are not a child care facility nor have the license to do so. Please drop off your nerd no more than 10min before class and pick up on time. Of course call us at 833-NERDING if you are running late. Our day runs 9am-4pm. You can sign up for an AM class 9am-Noon, and a PM class 1-4pm to have your nerd attend all day. Lunch is supervised by our staff from noon-1:00pm so bring a lunch!
Do we have to go all day?
Of course not. We offer classes a la carte style. Classes are week long, M-F, 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm. So pick what works for you! AM or PM. If you want your kiddo to attend all day, register for an AM and a PM class and they can stay through lunch, be sure to pack one for them! Please note holiday weeks, like Memorial Day and 4th of July, are shortened weeks.
How long are the classes?
One week, M-F, 3hrs a day. AM classes run 9am-12pm, and PM classes run 1pm-4pm.
How many classes can I sign my child up for?
As many as your nerd would like!
What does a typical day look like?
Nerds arrive at class and are greeted by their teachers and new friends. There are daily lessons on the topic with real world connections and hands on projects. We take a 10-15min recess break half-way through class. Usually stepping outside for a snack. In class, we focus more on doing than lecturing. Our classes are an enjoyable mix of presentation and tactile activities.
Can my child take the same class twice?
We have had many nerds take classes multiple times. Curriculum may have minor changes from year to year, but taking a class more than once does have benefits. Nerds can continue to improve upon their skills or projects, and really solidify their knowledge. Since all of our teachers are certified, they have experience differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
Do the kids get breaks during and in between classes?
Each class will have a 15min recess break so bring a snack and water bottle. If kiddos are attending an AM and PM class, they also get a lunch break to eat, socialize, and relax.
When is the last day I can register my child for class?
The last day to register your kiddo for a class (or classes) is Friday before the start day of the class at 11:59pm. After that, the class will be closed for enrollment so we can get final rosters prepared. We usually sell out long before that, so register soon!
What is the drop off/pick up procedure?
For Mini Nerds (grades K-1) and the Little Nerds (grades 2-3), parents will park and walk their nerds into class and sign them in. Same procedure for pick up. For the Big Nerds (grades 4-7), parents walk them to the classroom on the first day of class, but after the first day, you can allow your big nerds to sign themselves in. You can also decide on your own pick up procedure. Just communicate with us what you decide.
What if I’m running late to drop off/pick up my child?
If you are running late, please call us at 833-NERDING. Also note, we do not offer before or after care.
How many days is each class?
Our classes are five days, M-F. The last 40min of the last day is our Family Event where parents and families can come see what their nerds have learned and/or made during the class. Our short weeks are Week 1 Memorial Day week which is 4 days long, and usually 4th of July week which varies.
How many children are in each class?
Max is 20 nerds, with a 10:1 student to teacher ratio. Some classes we limit to 16 or 18 total nerds.
Will kids be outside?
We take a short recess break during class. We abide by the AZDHS heat alerts and safety guidelines for schools. We check the weather and we may take recess breaks inside or outside depending on the scorching sun. Luckily, Desert Sun has many shade structures, trees, and misters, (aka Micah spraying a hose in the air and other staff carrying chilled spray bottles to cool off the kiddos!) to make outdoor time more reasonable in the AZ summer. Some classes may also go outside for short activities, i.e. filming a scene, launching a rocket, or searching for an escaped dinosaur!
Can I visit my child during class?
The last 40min of class on Friday, we have the Friday Family Event where parents and family are invited to come see what the kiddos have learned and/or made during the week. We don’t have parents in during class unless they have set up with the teacher in advance to help with a specific project.
What are the cancellation policies?
Summer Classes – Contact Nerding
- Full refunds minus $10 per class are issued if withdrawn more than 2 weeks before class starts.
- No refunds will be issued within 2 weeks of start date.
- In the event a class is cancelled due to some unforseeable reason, full refunds are issued.
- If a student is suspended or expelled from any program no refund is issued.
School Year Classes – Contact Kyrene Community Ed
- Full refunds for Enrichment classes (Nerding) are issued six days prior to the start of a class or camp.
- Refunds are not issued less six days prior to the first day of an Enrichment class (Nerding).
- If a student is suspended or expelled from any program or school, no refund is issued.
Are there discounts?
We do not offer any discount codes, special prices, or sibling discounts. We know that coupons and discounts are a type of marketing strategy, but it just doesn’t fit well with our value of transparency. We know what our costs are to keep amazing certified teachers and awesome tech tools in our classrooms and we absolutely will not increase a class price just to give out a discount. Instead, we’re just making the cost of the class as low as possible for you… always. This way everyone pays the same low price and every nerd receives the same high value of education and experience.
Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
We are working on offering a teacher nominated scholarship program! Check back for more details!
Where are you located?
Can I take a tour?
Nerding doesn’t have a year round location…yet. We rent out school type facilities over the summer. Once classes begin at the end of May, you are welcome to take a tour! We also hold Family Events on Fridays where parents and family are invited to come see what your nerds learned and/or made during the week.
Who teaches the classes?
All of our teachers are certified teachers, have years of experience, and are passionate about STEM. Go to https://nerding.org/teachers to learn more about them!
Can I meet the teachers?
- We have a teacher page https://nerding.org/teachers/, where each certified teacher has a photo and short bio about themselves. Our teachers have between 5 and 30 years of teaching experience. You can meet the teachers on the first day of class when you drop off your children and at the Family Event on Fridays. If you have a specific concern or nervous kiddo, please contact us. You will LOVE your teacher!
Are the teachers trained in CPR?
Yes, almost all of our teachers are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid, and most of our Assistants are trained as well.
How do you register for summer classes?
- We suggest creating your account first. You must be logged in to register.
- Go to Summer Registration page. Classes shown are by default in order of occurrence and grade level. You can use the filters to view classes by Title, Grades, Weeks, Times, and by Teacher! Find what fits your summer schedule.
- Add classes to cart
- Assign each child to each class
- Then make payment
- Simple and fast. See you soon!
Can I register over the phone, Email, or Mail?
We cannot take registrations over the phone, email, or snail mail. If you are having an issue registering through our site, we would be happy to walk you through the process of registering online over the phone. Call us at (833) NERDING.
My child is allergic to peanuts or other nuts.
We are not a peanut or nut free campus, nor can we control children bringing peanut or nut products or any other foods your kiddo may be allergic to in their snacks or lunches. Also, the Desert Sun campus has pecan trees on the property, so please be aware of that as well.
What if my child gets hurt/injured/sick or needs first aid?
We have a first aid kit on campus to help with minor cuts and scrapes and almost all of our staff is trained in CPR and First Aid. If a kiddo is sick, we will call parents. In the event of any emergency we will call 911 and notify the child’s parents immediately.
How are you ensuring that the facility is safe for my child?
We only run our classes at school type facilities that already have emergency evacuation plans, fire extinguishers, and other general safety measures. Children are contained within the campus or building. For example, the Desert Sun playground is fenced and has a private parking lot. All non staff adults are checked in at the office. The entire Nerding staff has current AZ Fingerprint Clearance cards. Of course, no weapons are allowed on the premises.
Is the classroom a safe environment for my child?
All teachers have excellent classroom management skills to help ensure the safety of the kiddos. Each teacher is fingerprinted and has been teaching in a public or private school for five to thirty years! We do use various tools in the classroom. Kids will be taught or reminded of safety measures for building supplies and tech tools. View our Parent Liability Release Agreement for specific scenarios and tools. Every single one of our teachers are kind, caring people who love kids, teaching, and STEM. They all have verified credentials like teaching certification and a fingerprint clearance, and are all around wonderful human beings.
How do I notify you if I need someone else to pick up my child?
Please notify the teacher during a drop off or pick up, or please call us to let us know who it is and when the pick up will be.