Frequently Asked Questions

We address most often asked questions by parents and campers. If you have a specific question that didn't get addressed here or you would like to talk to us, just drop us an email to info@tinkersol.com, or use our contact form and one of our staff will be happy to reach you.

 

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LEARNING & CURRICULUM

What do campers learn?

Besides our goal to make our camps wicked cool and fun, we believe in introducing cutting edge and futuristic science, technology and engineering subjects to kids at a younger age, so that it sparks their imagination and innovative skills at a much higher pace. The creation of drone programming camp combines best of two worlds, Technology and Unmanned Aerospace Systems (a.k.a. drones).

We offer two levels of drone programming camps.

LEVEL 1

  • Learn to connect, fly, and learn to program drones using scratch, and other platforms to fly and jump hurdles, maneuver through obstacle courses, and so on.
  • Get to know the various types of drones and their real world applications.
  • Learn coding basics in perspective of drones, simulate them, then deploy their code to real drones and fly.
  • Campers will work in project teams where they will work toward accomplishing a mission.
  • Learn critical thinking, reasoning and analytical skills and programming concepts and real world application using drones.
  • Finish with demonstrating the team project and on the tinkersol showcase day (last day of camp) to parents.

LEVEL 2

  • Review and refresh what they learnt in level 1.
  • Move on to learning to code in programming languages (such as Java, or Python or Node.JS) to program the virtual drones and then to deploy them in to real drones.
  • Learn advanced programming techniques and device integrations, APIs and so on related to drones.
  • Camp will involve special project and a hackathon.
  • Includes focused sessions on innovation and entrepreneurship.

We will be launching Level 2 class in Fall 2017. If you like to sign up to get notified when we release the Level 2 class, click the button below.

 

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PREREQUISITES

What is the prerequisite for the camp?

Our camps at Level 1 don't require prior programming skills. General interest in computers, devices is sufficient. Campers will work with phones and tablets as the device for programming, so being able to handle such devices is ideal.

However, Level 2 requires basic programming knowledge, and course completion of Level 1 required.

What are the age limits?

Optimum age group for the Level 1 drone programming camp is between 9 to 14 years. Level 2 is open for ages 9 and up.

What device campers bring to camp?

Each camper need to bring their laptop PC (Windows or Ubuntu Linux supported) or Mac (any mac laptop). Also, if the camper can bring a phone (iPhone or Android) or Tablet (iPad, Android based tablet) they could use that to fly drones.If they don't have it, they could use our controller (might be shared).

Laptop is required. Phone/tablet is optional. 

This is a minimum requirement to participate in the drone programming camp.

W We do not provide phone or tablet at this time. If you have further questions about what to bring to camp, just send us an email at info@tinkersol.com and we will be prompt to respond to you.

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 CANCELLATION & REFUND

What is your refund policy?

  • All cancellation requests must be made in writing by sending an email to info@tinkersol.com, clearly indicating your camper's full name, name of the camp, date of camp and a reason for cancellation.
  • Camp cancellations made via email as mentioned above, 21 days prior to scheduled start date of camp, are eligible for a FULL refund after deducting $20 processing fee (fee that we pay to credit card processor that is not refundable).
  • Should you need to cancel within 21 days of your scheduled start date, the entire tuition is non-refundable.
  • If camp is cancelled by tinkersol due to less than required minimum number of students, then FULL refund will be issued.
  • All refunds will be credited via original payment method
  • Camp fees are not refunded or prorated for days of camp missed due to illness or injury

Are there any makeup classes provided for missed classes?

  • No makeup classes will be provided. No refunds made for missed classes.
  • The fact that each day builds on the one before it, missing a day means missing an important piece of that process of continuity, and your camper may need to work harder to catch up with the rest of their project team in a timely manner. We are happy to help within the confines of the scheduled week of class timings.

We won't be able to attend a full week of camp, is that OK?

It's absolutely OK, but not something we recommend. Our curriculum is carefully crafted to unfold over five days, with each day building on the one before it. Missing a day means missing an important piece of that nifty process. If no full weeks fit into your schedule, it's totally fine to sign up and plan to miss days—we can't, however, prorate the cost of your camp week, and your camper will not be able to complete that week’s projects.

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OPTIONS

Are there extended care options available?

This camp is designed to end around 4pm with a bit of wiggle room that could extend up to 4:30p. Parents could pick up campers from 4:15pm to 4:30pm. We offer flexible pick up time with a paid extended care option from 4:30pm to 6pm. Please purchase an extended care option pack option if you would like to avail this option. Campers with extended care option can be picked up from 4:30pm up to 6pm.

Are there minimum number of campers to start a camp?

There are minimum 10 campers required to start a camp. Camp may be canceled if there are less than 10 students/campers registered.

Do you provide lunch? What are the options and guidelines?

No, we do not provide lunch or snacks at this time. Please send your campers with brown bag lunch and snacks. We provide filtered water at camp site, but encourage campers to bring their empty water bottles.

For the camps with morning and afternoon classes, we recommend the following:

  • Send campers with a lunch and two snacks
  • Please don't send food with nuts due to food allergies
  • We don't recommend campers sharing their food with others
  • Please note that NO microwave available at camp site for food warming

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