Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is Splash?

What is Micro Splash?

Who can attend?

Who runs Splash

How is Splash funded

Is this the only Splash program?

What do I need to bring when attending Splash

FAQ for Students

When is Marist Splash?

When is Micro Splash?

Where will it take place?

Where exactly is Marist?

When will registration begin?

How can I be kept informed?

What if the class I want is full?

Will you be providing lunch?

What if I have dietary restrictions?

Do I need to fill every time slot with a class?

Will my parents be with me?

What happens when classes are finished?

This sounds like fun, but... I'm nervous!

The website says REGISTRATION CLOSED, can I still register?

FAQ for Parents

Where can I park?

How do I get to check-in?

Do I stay all day with my child?

If I stay all day, what can I do?

What's there to do near Marist?

Where do I pick up my child at the end of the day?

Is lunch provided for my child?

If the program is run by students, is it an official Marist program?

What do I need to do in advance?

How can I print out my student’s class schedule?

Do you provide transportation from the train station to Splash?

Do you have financial aid available?

Can my student leave the event early?

Does my student have to attend a full day? May my student arrive late?

Can parents stay on campus?

Will there be lunch for parents who stay on campus?

Can I pay with cash or check on the day of the event?

Can my child bring a cellphone?

Can my child bring their own lunch?

Will there be someone there to help my child get to his/her classes?

What if I have other concerns, or questions?

FAQ for Teachers

How do I become a teacher?

Can I teach with a friend?

Can I teach more than one class?

Can I teach more than one section?

What can I teach?

What's in it for me?

FAQ for Volunteers

How long do you need me for?

When do you need me?

What do you need me for?


General

What is Splash?

Splash is a one-day educational outreach event in which college students teach classes to 7th through 12th graders. High school and middle school students come to Marist's campus to take fun classes that are taught by Marist students. Topics can range from Introduction to Astronomy to a Study of Easter Island. Splash is for students with a passion for learning. We hope that they will take the opportunity to learn something outside of their regular curriculum.

What is Micro Splash?

Like Splash, Micro Splash is a one-day educational outreach event in which college students teach classes to 7th through 12th graders. Micro Splash topics are specifically about investing and finance.

Who can attend?

Anyone in grades 7-12. You can be in public, private or home school.

Who runs Splash?

Marist Splash is run by a core team of undergraduate volunteers, who are responsible for all of the logistical elements associated with running Splash - recruiting teachers and other volunteers, advertising to local schools, and liaising with Marist administration. In this, our first year, we have over 50 volunteers.

How is Splash funded?

Splash is funded through the student registration fees. The website is maintained by Learning Unlimited.

Is this the only Splash program?

No, not at all! Splash started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and by now has spread across the country and to England. You can find other Splash programs here: learningu.org/current-programs.

What do I need to bring when attending Splash?

Please bring your signed insurance waiver and photo release form, as well as the $20 fee (if you have not prepaid). Unfortunately, if you don't bring the completed waiver form, we're not allowed let you participate.


FAQ for Students

When is Marist Splash?

Marist Splash takes place in the Spring, usually early April. It runs from 10am to 4pm, with check-in beginning at 9am.

When is Micro Splash?

Micro Splash takes place in the Fall, usually in mid-November. It runs from 10am to 3pm, with check-in beginning at 9:30am.

Where will it take place?

Marist Splash will be held in selected buildings, including Lowell Thomas, and that's where check-in will be. Some classes will be held in nearby, clearly marked, buildings.

Where exactly is Marist?

Marist College is located in Poughkeepsie, NY. You can find visitor information here, and directions here.

When will registration begin?

Student registration begins a few weeks ahead of the actual event. You will then be able to create an account on our website. Actual class registration will be at least 24 hours before Splash takes place.

How can I be kept informed?

Please like our Facebook page. You can also email us at MaristSplash@gmail.com.

What if the class I want is full?

We need to restrict the size of classes to enhance the learning experience. Unfortunately we don't maintain a wait list if the class you would like to take is full, but you can check with registration on the day of the event, as some participants may have to cancel. If you can't find another class that interests you, there will be a student lounge available for your use. Free WiFi will be provided.

Will you be providing lunch?

Lunch (pizza and a soft drink) will be provided for all students. Lunch will be also be provided to teachers.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

Please bring your own packed lunch.

Do I need to fill every time slot with a class?

No, you don't have to take a class every period. Furthermore, you can arrive late or leave early during the day, as long as you sign in and out with the registration desk. There will be a student lounge for you to relax in when not in class.

Will my parents be with me?

No, this is your day. Of course, your parents/guardians can stay on campus if they choose to, but you'll be busy making new friends and taking fun classes!

What happens when classes are finished?

You will meet your parents at the check-in area. If you'd like to be picked up earlier, please arrange to meet there also.

This sounds like fun, but... I'm nervous!

Don't be nervous - this will be a fun day, where you get to take interesting classes and maybe make some new friends! You will have your own team leader who is there to make sure that everything goes perfectly for you! There will be loads of volunteers in Marist Splash shirts as well! You'll have a fantastic time!

The website says REGISTRATION CLOSED, can I still register?

We are sorry to hear that you missed the class registration deadline. Unfortunately, classes often fill quickly and we close registration when they are filled. This is due to space limitations in the classrooms and lunch room. We truly hope to see you next year! Please make sure to register as soon as registration opens, since the event quickly fills to the limit.


FAQ for Parents

Where can I park?

You will be able to park in the Dyson and Foy lots (#7 and #11 on the map). Please enter campus through the North Gate, and you will see directions. Parking is free.

How do I get to check-in?

Student check-in will be in Lowell Thomas. Please follow the signs to #19 on the map.

Do I stay all day with my child?

No. This event is designed so that kids can have fun, and be a little independent (while being kept thoroughly safe!). The students are encouraged to select their own classes when registering and, on the actual day of Marist Splash, to be independent - to find their classrooms, meet other students, and have lunch with them. Of course, there will be numerous guides and team-leaders present to make sure no-one gets lost! You are welcome to stay on campus if you wish, but you are also perfectly free to explore the area, so long as you return by the end of the program to pick up your child.

If I stay all day, what can I do?

If you choose to stay, you are welcome to explore campus. You can visit the admissions office (also located in the Student Center), take a stroll to the beautiful waterfront, or relax in our parents' lounge. WiFi will be available.

What's there to do near Marist?

You could:

  • Take a stroll through Mills Mansion
  • Visit Vanderbilt Mansion
  • Have lunch at The Culinary Institute of America
  • Visit the FDR Library
  • Go shopping in Rhinebeck Village
  • Talk a stroll along the Walkway Over The Hudson
  • Spend the day at the Mohonk Preserve

Where do I pick up my child at the end of the day?

You can collect your child at check-in, in the Lowell Thomas.

Is lunch provided for my child?

Yes, lunch (pizza and a soft drink) is provided for all students. Please note that if your child has any special dietary needs, or allergies, they should bring their own lunch.

If the program is run by students, is it an official Marist program?

While Marist Splash is indeed run by students, and not therefore sponsored directly by Marist College, it is run in complete cooperation with Marist College Administration. All College constituencies, from Campus Security to the President's Office, are supporters of Marist Splash!

What do I need to do in advance?

You'll need to sign the insurance waiver and photo release form. You'll also need to make sure that your child brings the form, and the registration fee (if you haven't prepaid) to check-in.

How can I print out my student’s class schedule?

If you didn’t print out your student’s schedule during the registration process, no worries, there will be a printed schedule available when your student arrives at check in! We will have a folder for each student containing their schedule and a campus map.

Do you provide transportation from the train station to Splash?

Marist Splash does not provide transportation to or from the event.

Do you have financial aid available?

This is only our second year of holding the event and due to constrained finances we have very limited financial aid available. We try our hardest to keep the cost of the event as low as possible and all of our student teachers donate their time free as volunteers. Financial aid will be offered to a very limited number of students who meet the qualifications until we run out of aid available. If we are able to offer you financial aid, we will email you before the event to let you know. We do hope to expand aid available in the future as our event and donations grow!

Can my student leave the event early?

If your student is of driving age, and brings a signed permission slip from a parent, and signs out at the HELP desk, they may leave the event early. We ask student who are younger than 17 to have a parent sign them out at the HELP desk. Thank you!

Does my student have to attend a full day? May my student arrive late?

We strongly encourage students to attend a full day as there are so many fun classes to fill their schedules! Students are not required to take a class for every class period, however, if they are not attending a class they are required to be in the student lounge until their next class begins. Students may arrive late (not register for first period) but they will have to check in at the registration desk when they arrive. We do strongly encourage all students to arrive during Ice Breakers (first period) since it is there that they will meet and greet with other students in their groups.

Can parents stay on campus?

Yes, parents are welcome to stay on campus if they would like to. We will have a parent lounge available with coffee. If you are staying on campus, we ask you to let us know so that we may provide you with a wristband. These wristbands help volunteers and security identify adults remaining on campus as parents at the event. If you are just dropping off and picking up as many parents do, you do not need a wristband. Parents are welcome to talk to visit the admissions office while on campus, the office will be open to parents the day of the event and some tours will be available. However, parents may not attend any Splash class. Remember, at Marist Splash your children are encouraged - and expected - to be independent.

Will there be lunch for parents who stay on campus?

We kindly ask for parents who remain on campus to bring their own lunch or to visit one of the local establishments to eat. Across the street there is a Starbucks, McDonalds, and Applebees. Due to financial constraints we do not have funds to provide lunch to parents on the day of the event.

Can I pay with cash or check on the day of the event?

You may pay with either the day of the event. Please make checks out to Marist College. However, we strongly encourage you to skip the payment line the day of the event and prepay using PAYPAL. Please remember to include your student’s name when paying.

Can my child bring a cellphone?

Absolutely. We simply ask that the child does not use the cellphone during class sessions.

Can my child bring their own lunch?

Yes, your child may bring their own lunch to the event. However, lunch is included in the price of the event and we apologize that it can not be deducted.

Will there be someone there to help my child get to his/her classes?

We will have volunteers at the event that will be happy to assist if they are asked by a student. There will also be a map provided to each student to find the buildings where their classes are meeting. Please remind your children to reach out to any volunteers (who will be easy to find in their t-shirts) if they require help finding a classroom. There is a certain expectation of independence required to navigate Marist Splash, but there is an entire team of volunteers happy to assist!

What if I have other concerns, or questions?

Please email us at MaristSplash@gmail.com. You can also reach us at Facebook.com/MaristSplash.

FAQ for Teachers

How do I become a teacher?

Please sign up here. You will need to attend a mandatory safety presentation, and sign a code of conduct.

Can I teach with a friend?

Absolutely! You can teach with with a friend - or with someone who's not yet a friend. You can even teach with a group, if that's appropriate for your class.

Can I teach more than one class?

You bet! You can teach several classes. You must, however, submit a description of each class for approval.

Can I teach more than one section?

You have to teach at least one section, obviously, but you can can teach multiple sections. Just be aware that more than three or four will probably tire you out!

What can I teach?

Pretty much anything! If you're a current Marist student, you're welcome to teach anything that you're passionate about. Of course, the topic needs to be suitable for under-18 year-olds, and you need to pitch it to the level of your students.

What's in it for me?

Karma! The acclaim of your peers! The undivided attention of your students. Okay, and free pizza!

FAQ for Volunteers

How long do you need me for?

We'll take all you can give! Whether it's just an hour, or all day, we need and will appreciate your help!

When do you need me?

We'll need help, obviously, on the day of the Splash event (April 14th, 2018), but we'll also need help prior to that.

What do you need me for?

We need volunteers to help with

  • Event registration
  • Website maintenance
  • Advertising to schools and home-schoolers
  • Team leadership
  • Car park meet&greet
  • Guiding students between classes
  • Accounting
  • Video and still photography
  • Recruiting teachers



Last modified by bhaughey on March 26, 2018 at 05:14 p.m.