About Us

Learn About Terrific Scientific and the People Behind It!

Our Philosophy

Terrific Scientific is a hands-on, minds-on, challenging SCIENCE program for girls and boys that lays the foundation for innovative minds and problem solvers of the future through science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Throughout the year, students learn the fundamentals of inquiry-based learning: Be curious, ask questions, think outside the box, explore possibilities, discover what you don’t know, experiment and try things out, and evaluate results. Through this approach, students carry out experiments, engage in team activities, and see how science works in the real world.  Our camps and classes appeal to children who have a genuine interest in how things work and what things are made of.

Terrific Scientific provides inquiry-based after school classes and camps in environmental science, veterinary medicine, robotics, forensics, video game creation, food science, technology, paleontology, engineering, chemistry, biology, astronomy, oceanography, medicine and special effects. In doing so, we are helping children develop the scientific literacy essential for life as effective, productive citizens of the 21st century. We believe that each and every child is a scientist and we want to make them a better scientist!

“Tell me and I forget, Show me and I remember, Involve me and I understand.”

Chinese Proverb

By working with professional colleagues and developers of science and robotic curriculum, we have created an unparalleled set of cutting edge programs designed for the young mind ages 5-14.  All of our programs are “kid-tested” to ensure that classes and camps are fun, full of scientific concepts, and have a track record of being successful! With Terrific Scientific, students have a safe and positive learning environment where they can experiment, problem solve, build scientific skills and delve into the mysteries of science.

Locally owned, we have experience in teaching, curriculum development, and running after school programs/camps.  Our team of professionals and college counselors from the fields of education, engineering, science, psychology, art and technology bring a set of unique experiences that will enrich and inspire young students to stretch out of their comfort zone to the depths of their critical thinking skills! We perform background checks on all instructors and counselors.

FAQs:

Questions about classes and camps? We have answers! 

Have a different question? Then click this link, we will be happy to help.

How do I VIEW the classes and camps offered AND How do I know if classes or camps are full?
Click on the Register button at the top or bottom of the page. This takes you into our ACTIVE Registration system. Now you can filter by age, by location, or by program to see what we offer. The words “wait list” will be displayed if a session is full. Otherwise it is available for you to register.

How do I REGISTER for Terrific Scientific programs?
Click on the Register button at the top or bottom of the page. This takes you into our ACTIVE Registration system. Filter by age, by location, or by program and select your option. Enter both your information and your child’s information to set up your account and pay for your selection. You can use this account to register for additional programs this school year as well! You will always receive an email confirmation when you register for any of our classes or camps. Be sure to keep the confirmation as it will have our Tax ID number.

What ages/grades do you accept?
Our classes and camps are for ages 4-15. Please check our individual classes and camps for age requirements.

Does my child need to bring anything?
You will need to supply lunch, snacks and water for your child during camp.  Unless indicated in the camp/class description, Terrific Scientific provides all science/technology supplies. You may wish to purchase a t-shirt, but that is optional.  

Can my child go directly to the Terrific Scientific class when school is dismissed?
Yes, there will always be Terrific Scientific instructor at the class location to supervise the students.

After Terrific Scientific classes, do I need to pick up my child from the classroom?

YES! In order to ensure the safety of your child, all parents must pick up their child directly from the Terrific Scientific classroom and sign them out. If you indicate “After school care” during the registration process, our instructor will follow those instructions. If you change your transportation plans or pick-up person, please notify us in writing via email or note to the Terrific Scientfic teacher.

I want to enroll my child, but did not get a flyer. What do I do?
All classes for the entire school year are listed on this website. Please click on the “Register” button at the top or bottom of the page to view our programs. If you have further questions, you can always call 704-566-9001.

Where does my report to after school?
All children will come to the Terrific Scientific classroom. We have a roster of all children enrolled and provide a roster to front office staff so that we can ensure students arrive before the class starts. In addition, please send a note to your child’s teacher letting them know that your child will be participating in Terrific Scientific.  If you are worried about your child finding the classroom, instruct them to ask their teacher and they will help direct him/her to the class.

What do we mean when we say inquiry-based learning?
Science is, by its nature, inquiry based. Inquiry is an approach to learning that utilizes discovery and scientific thinking processes to explore and learn knowledge and skills. In order to achieve this, facilitators of inquiry based learning must create an environment rich with experiences that allows learners to act on their own curiosity. Youth need experiences that will stimulate their thinking and provoke questions (inquiry). Such experiences will help develop logical thinking abilities.

Is there a theme for each session?
Yes, for after school SCIENCE classes. We have two main themes each year that incorporate a variety of science categories.
No, for ROBOTICS classes. We have 2-3 classes based on age throughout the year.
Yes, for our Summer Camps. We offer 27 different themed camps designed for a variety of age levels!

How many children do you accept in your class or camp?
For after school classes, enrollment ranges from 10-15 per teacher depending on the specific class.
Summer camps have a ratio of 1-9 students per counselor.


Who are your teachers?
Our team of professionals and college counselors from the fields of education, engineering, science, art, psychology and technology, bring a set of unique experiences that will enrich and inspire our young scientists. In addition, we perform background checks on all of our instructors and counselors.

What is your cancellation policy?
For After School Classes, tuition refunds are only available when providing Terrific Scientific with 2 weeks advance notice of the class the person wishes to cancel. Discounts will be removed and free items will be charged based on the current selling price. A cancellation fee of $15 will be charged for all refunds. A tuition credit to your Terrific Scientific account can be made without incurring the cancellation fee.
For Summer Camps, full refunds will be given through April 1st. A 75% refund will be given between April 2nd and May 31. All registration cancellations will incur a $15 fee to cover our administration and registration fees. No refunds will be made after May 31st. However, you can transfer your registration into any other OPEN camp without charge.

Do you refund for days my child misses due to illness or other appointments/activities?
No, we do not. However, you are welcome to take your child to a different school location that week of class. Please check with us in advance so we know to expect your child.

Help! I need your Tax ID number!
No problem!  You can find it listed on your email confirmation for any classes or camps registration.

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