FAQ - Edge on Science

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1. What are your terms and conditions?

Here is a link to our Terms and Conditions for Edge on Science Here you will find information and need-to-know things on a variety of topics, from our code of conduct to payment considerations, safety and more.


2. What are your rules and guidelines in relation to safely operating during our reopening response to COVID-19?

1. If your child is sick, they must stay home.

2. Upon arrival on campus and before your child is allowed to continue to their classroom, they must pass through a centralized health monitoring station and not be exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19. An authorized adult must bring their child to the campus and wait until their child is cleared to stay.

3. Except in rare instances or as deemed necessary, everyone will maintain a social distance of at least six feet, otherwise a mask must be worn.

4. Your child must come to our program with their own mask. We will also have a supply of masks on hand, which parents or legal guardians must approve of.

5. Children must come with their own bag lunch, snacks and drinks. Campus vending machines will be off limits. There will be no sharing of food or drink.
Each day, send your child with one gallon or four liters of water along with their refillable bottle. This would be in addition to other drinks they may want. Hydration is critical.

6. Should your child not be feeling well, they will be immediately separated from the rest of the group and a designated adult must come and get them.

7. Each program will have its own group of children and will not convene with other children from another group, except for before or after care.

8. If your child is signed up for before or after care, they must be prepared to read or otherwise occupy themselves during this time, while maintaining social distancing.

9. Children will be expected to reasonably adhere to scheduled bathroom breaks, to avoid unnecessary single trips. Hand washing and avoiding common touch points will be reviewed. For instance, it is entirely possible to enter a bathroom, use a toilet or urinal, wash your hands and never touch anything. This is the plan.

10. Our programs are project-based experiences and where individual projects are concerned, like a model rocket, bridge or catapult, each child will have their own computer, materials, supplies and in most cases tools, so it will be important that, while your child can have a “build buddy” (a friend, sibling, cousin?) at an adjacent table, there will be no sharing of things from their own table. So, when inside, each child will have their own six foot table and chair. In this way, we all maintain a safe distance, while still being able to socialize. And in order to accomplish this, the number of children, allowed to participate in any program, will be limited to no more than ten.

11. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved disinfectant will be on hand, for staff, to wipe down items as necessary.

12. Each child must have their own personal hand sanitizer that meets CDC specifications, to use in the moment as needed.

13. We can all have fun, but overtly boisterous behavior will not be allowed.

14. While our staff will go over these rules and guidelines with the children in their respective program, parents/legal guardians must also review these with their children before attending a program, with the understanding that failure to comply, can result in their separation from the group, including having to be picked up, to go home. This will be at the discretion of the Lead Instructor, for a particular program.

15. Generally, having respect for each other and each other’s property will go a long way in ensuring a safe, memorable and fun time for all 🙂

16. Your primary contact for all matters pertaining to COVID-19, in relation to our programs, will be Program Director, John Aviste, P.Eng. He may be reached on his mobile phone at (315) 486-2289 or by e-mail at javiste@edgeonscience.com.

17. Although parents / legal guardians must assume responsibility for their child’s participation in an Edge on Science, LLC program, it bears emphasizing, that even though reasonable care will be taken to adhere to CDC, state, local Board of Health and hosting university or college guidelines and directives, there is always the risk of becoming infected by COVID-19 or any communicable disease, and knowing this, parents, legal guardians and adult associates of theirs, must assume this risk, for themselves and their children, and not hold Edge on Science, LLC, its Administration, Staff, Suppliers and host University or College responsible for such infection.


3. Do you offer transportation, like bus pickup?

No, however, some families will share the driving, when their child is attending with a friend. We also offer optional 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. early drop-off and 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. late pick-up, to help with the commute. There is a modest charge for extended care.


4. What other safety measures do you have?

• CORI & SORI background checks on lead instructors and adult assistants
• lead instructors are Red Cross certified in first aid and CPR
• we do not share food or drink, and will respect known allergies
• strict sign-in and sign-out procedures
• adopt the emergency procedures of the campus hosting a particular program
• buddy system
Our first responsibility is the safety of your child. Then comes fun and learning something!


5. How does your referral program work?

Simply call (315) 773-5673 for your personal promo code for $25 off and then share that code with friends. They save $25 when they register and for every new family to Edge on Science, you earn $25. The code keeps track of everything, so it is real easy. By sharing the experience of an Edge on Science program, you become a Science Ambassador!


6. Do you have a Counselor in Training (CIT) program?

Yes. High school students, who have a keen interest in science, may apply. Applicants should have some experience working with younger children and not be a stranger to making things.

A resume and three references are requested. A telephone interview will determine if the assignment is a good fit for a particular program. E-mail John Aviste at javiste@edgeonscience.com to schedule a telephone interview.

A CIT still participates in a program and is expected to help out as needed. They also go through training and attend meetings with the Lead Instructor and Assistant for an at-work type experience. Tuition for a CIT is $395.00, for each week-long session. It may also be mandatory to purchase the dining hall pass (usually around $65), as some colleges or universities do not allow outside lunches, when hosting summer programs.


7. Are all materials included in the cost of camp?

Yes, and some programs have options to purchase kits or gear.


8. Is lunch included in the cost to register?

No, however, during registration, you may encounter optional or mandatory (Endicott College only, due to their lunch policy) lunch add-ons. Lunch may be a dining hall choice or a catered box lunch, so think Bruegger’s or Einstein Brothers. Now having said that, the plan is to require all children to bring their own lunch. See the COVID-19 response above.


9. Are there any scholarships available to defray the cost of a program session?

Yes, for the 2020 summer sessions, we have two $100.00 scholarships towards any week-long session. Scholarships are based on financial need, your child’s desire in participating and a recommendation from a teacher. Call John Aviste at (315) 773-5673 for more info. You should also check with your school guidance office. Scholarship opportunities may exist through a local community service organization, an educational foundation, your employer or even a private donor. Some children like to do extra chores to earn a portion of the cost for a summer session! Public school, home school and youth organizations can have fund raisers.


10. Do you accommodate home school or youth organizations? Or how about a private or public school, a library, museum or community center?

Yes. If you represent such a group, you should call Edge on Science at (315) 773-5673 about group registration, custom options and discounted rates. And check out our Custom Programs webpage.


11. What should my child wear?

Ah. Great question! Children should wear weather appropriate, comfortable clothes and lace-up sneakers for outdoor fun. Open-toed footwear like sandals or slip on footwear of any sort are not allowed, except for the marine program, Whales n’ Things where a pair of water shoes is needed. Hats and sunscreen are also in order.


12. Are tablets & cellphones allowed?

Yes, however, indiscriminate use is not allowed. So if your child wants to snap a picture during a water rocket launch and share it, no problem!


13. Are there outdoor activities?

Absolutely! In fact, weather permitting, we get outside as much as possible …launching rockets, testing ideas, building bridges, playing an old viking game, using telescopes, collecting samples, hurling with a trebuchet (a kind of catapult) and so on! It all depends on the program, of course. We also employ 10 x 10 white pop-up canopies for shade when building things like bridges or catapults! Don’t forget the sunscreen and drink lots of water ?


14. Does participation in one of your programs count for anything academically?

Not as school credit per se, however, it is recognized. At the end of a session, your child receives a certificate of completion. This should be kept in a file, along with other accomplishments, because it establishes a track record. It may seem too early to be thinking about a portfolio for institutions of higher learning, however, what your child does at an early age, lays a foundation for later study and academic success. Middle school teacher, Connell Cloyd, M.Ed. puts it this way: “My greatest education was from summer enrichment because it took me to another level.”


15. My child has special needs. Will he or she be able to participate in your programs?

The best way to answer your questions and concerns is to call us. Even though we are not a special needs program, we are always happy to try and work something out, or make a suggestion. To determine if a particular program is a good fit, begin by reviewing the session activities. Your child must be willing and able to participate, while remaining safe.


16. My child is a bit shy.

That’s okay. We have leaders and assistants trained in orchestrating fun ice breakers and group activities. We aim to make everyone feel comfortable and eager to return the next day!