STEM Academy FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to register for a STEM Academy module?

Those seeking to register for a STEM Academy module should be in grades 3-8 at the time of the module; residing in the United States (shipping restrictions); have a reliable internet connection and have access to a computer/tablet.

How long is each module?

Modules last 4 weeks, with an additional 2 weeks to complete/submit asynchronous work.

Are there any different modules than the three listed?

At this time, the only modules being offered during 2022 are Explore the Cosmos! (Astronomy), Take to the Skies! (Aerospace), and Mission: Possible–Robotic Exploration (Robotics/Coding). Other modules are in development during 2022 and will be released when available. Please email stem@vaspaceflightacademy.org to suggest topics you would like to see new modules cover.

How often do live sessions take place? And when?

Live sessions are scheduled once a week, with the possibility of an additional live session one of the weeks. Live sessions are scheduled after students have completed a survey of their preferences/availability (Survey is available upon registration). Live sessions typically take place in the after-school hours during the school months.

How long are live sessions?

Live sessions are targeted to last one hour. Some live sessions may extend depending on the interaction level of the participants.

What if I cannot attend a live session?

If for any reason you are unable to attend a live session, a recorded version of the live session will be posted to the Google Classroom page the following day. You can watch it at your convenience.

How many students are in each module?

STEM Academy modules typically have a limit of 20 students, although some modules are smaller or larger depending on the module material.

How much is tuition per module?

Tuition is $200 per student for each module ($250 for the Mission: Possible–Robotic Exploration module). There is an early bird discount if you enroll by January 31, 2022, 11:59 pm EST.

Is financial aid available?

Partial scholarships are available but limited. To apply for financial assistance, please submit an application for a scholarship. See STEM Academy Scholarships page for more information and learn how to apply.

Is there a family discount when enrolling more than one child?

In certain instances, a family discount may be available. Each STEM explorer receives a kit of materials, and it is usually not ideal to share materials with a sibling. Please email stem@vaspaceflightacademy.org for more information.

Are there discounts for groups?

Discounts are available for after-school groups, scouting groups, or other formal groups. Please email stem@vaspaceflightacademy.org for more information.

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