Q: Where are Tapia Camps held?
A: The camps will be held at Rice University’s campus in Houston, TX.
The address is:
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005.
Q: What is the registration deadline?
A: Registration is currently open, and we expect it to sell out by April 15. Sign up soon to ensure you get a spot!
Q: Is there a discount for registering multiple children?
A: Yes, please contact us for more details.
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Full refunds are available if requested before February 1, 2020. It may take up to a month to process your refund. All sales on or after February 1, 2020 are final.
Q: What are the check in and check out times?
• Check-in is: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.
• The program ends at: 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Q: Can a student attend more than one camp?
A: Yes. The skills of science and communication take years to master. Any camper would benefit from attending more than one camp, and we will make sure they have different projects each week.
Q: What kind of food will be provided?
A: Rice University Housing & Dining will be providing all meals throughout the week. Vegetarian options will be available, and we will accommodate any other dietary needs.
Q: Who leads the program at these camps?
A: The program is directed by Dr. Paul Hand, who is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Northeastern University. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction is Dr. Ben Olsen, who is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Yale-NUS college. The Director of Operations is Dr. Leticia Velazquez, a visiting scholar at Rice University. The Faculty Director is Dr. Richard Tapia, who is a University Professor at Rice University. Participants will also be instructed by STEM graduate and/or undergraduate students and experts in education. While at camp, campers will also hear from STEM professors and industry professionals.
Q: What do students need to bring to Tapia Camps?
A: Students will be provided three camp t-shirts. Students should bring business attire for their presentation on the last day of the program. Students will be staying in a dorm. No bedding or toiletries will be provided. Students need to bring the following items to camp:
Bed sheets (Twin XL) and pillow
Comfortable shoes for walking around campus
Personal toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, towel, shampoo/conditioner, bath soap, hand wash, etc.)
Shorts/Pants for the week
Business attire for presentations on the final day of the program
Houston weather in the summer can reach an average of 89-94 degrees Fahrenheit and often includes high humidity; it is not uncommon to hit 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Please keep this in mind when packing for camp.
Q: What is the staff to student ratio?
A: We maintain a staff to student ratio of 1:4, allowing the students the opportunity to truly excel in a small group environment.
Q: What are the details about the dorms?
A: Each student will be paired with one roommate in a dorm room on Rice campus. Bathrooms will be shared between a small group of students of the same sex.
The dorms are monitored by resident advisors (RAs) who will live in the dorms during the program. These RAs will be graduate students from Rice and other universities.
Q: My child/student is not a straight-A student. Will he/she fall behind at Tapia Camp?
A: No! The camps are open to any interested 8th-12th grade student and focus on collaborative, project-based learning to ensure that all students have a fun, engaging and successful experience.
Q: My chid/student is a straight-A student. Will he/she be challenged?
A: Yes! Dr. Hand and Dr. Olsen both attended Caltech as undergraduates, have Ph.D.s in STEM fields, and are active researching scientsts. They have developed a curriculum that will challenge even straight-A students.
Q: Can I visit my child during the week?
A: Yes! On Friday, we invite all family members (and friends) to watch their camper deliver their final presentation. We discourage family members from visiting on other days because it may be detrimental to the progress students make on their projects.
Q: What things do the students do outside the classroom?
A: At camp, we believe students should have fun in addition to learning a lot. We have a wide range of social activities, including a scavenger hunt, movie night, field trip, talent show, outdoor sports and board game time, camp songs, and our “STEM olympics,” just to name a few. Students are quite exhausted at the end of each day of camp because it is a schedule packed with learning and fun.