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Location (2)

Nerding doesn’t have a year round stand alone location. Our summer locations for 2020 are at Desert Sun Child Development Center on Elliot between Dobson and Alma School in Chandler, AZ and Eduprize at Baseline and Cooper in Gilbert, AZ. Google Map

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.

Registration (2)

Login or Create your account first. You must be logged in to register. On the Summer Registration page you will see classes divided by location, weeks, times, and grade level. Find what fits your summer schedule.

  1. Add classes to cart or click to see info about each class.
  2. Review classes added to cart
  3. Assign your nerd(s) to class(es)
  4. Make your payment!

Simple and fast. See you soon!

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. Call us at (833) NERDING.

Pricing (3)

Summer Class Refunds/Cancellation

Request a cancellation by filling out the Cancel Request Form.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 03/10/2020 : Due to the current health crisis we have relaxed our cancellation policy for this summer. The health and wellbeing of your child, our staff, and you are of utmost importance. This year we will implement very strict health standards. Any child with flu, cold, or even allergy like symptoms will not be permitted to attend class. We want you to feel confident that if your child is healthy, they will be safe attending class. We also want you to feel confident if your child is sick, you will be refunded or rescheduled with zero hassle.

We are also pledging to eliminate our *3% refund fee. 

The following is our standard refund/cancellation policy.

  • Full refunds, *minus 3%, are issued if withdrawn more than 2 weeks before class starts.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 unforeseeable reason, full refunds are issued, *minus 3%.
  • If a student is suspended or expelled from any program no refund is issued.

*Fee Transparency: Our policy for refunds have always included a minus 3% processing fee because our payment processor Stripe does not refund us the 3% processing fee collected at the time of your payment. We want you to understand this is not money we keep from your payment, it is money Stripe keeps from your payment. Out of a $100 payment Stripe takes about $3 so we see $97. If we refund you the full $100 we send back the $97 plus another $3 from our account to make it a full $100 refund. So each refund we do costs us 3%. Again due to COVID-19 we know everyone is very budget conscious so we want to make sure we refund your payment in it’s entirety, not minus 3%. We are working with Stripe to see if they can help cover some or all of the processing fee.  

*For After School Classes please contact Kyrene Community Ed

Nope.

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.

We are working on offering a teacher nominated scholarship program! Check back for more details!

Staff (3)

All of our teachers are certified teachers, have years of experience, and are passionate about STEM. visit Staff page to learn more about them!

We have a Staff page, 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 Nerd Showcase on Fridays. If you have a specific concern or nervous kiddo, please contact us. We promise you and your nerd will LOVE your teacher!

Yes, almost all of our teachers are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid, and most of our Assistants are trained as well.

Safety (5)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Classes (12)

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
  • Snack(s)
  • 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!

Summer (15)

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!

We do not.mWe 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!

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.

One week, M-F, 3hrs a day. AM classes run 9am-12pm, and PM classes run 1pm-4pm.

As many as your nerd would 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.

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.

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.

The last day to register your kiddo for a class (or classes) is 1 week before the start of each class. 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!

Each location has it’s own procedures. The locations page will show you are current summer locations. At Desert Sun – 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. At Eduprize – First day walk them into the classroom. Other days, you can drop them at the curb in front of the entrance. For pickup you will need to park and come in to get them. We of course can make special arrangements for any special needs you might have for drop-off and pick-up.

If you are running late, please call us at 833-NERDING. Also note, we do not offer before or after care.

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.

Max is 20 nerds, with a 10:1 student to teacher ratio. Some classes we limit to 16 or 18 total nerds.

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, and 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! Eduprize has a large inside gym for breaks and lunch. Yay AC!

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.

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