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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is IDEAcademy Located?

A: IDEAcademy 2024 is hosted in two satellite locations:

           Wayland Highschool's Engineering Lab for Design (WELD) at 264 Old Connecticut Path, Wayland, MA 01778 in room 226 of Building B
            Boston University's Center for Computing & Data Sciences (BU CDS) at 665 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 in rooms 701 and 950.

Q: What are the tuition fees for IDEAcademy 2024? 

A: The program tuition is $200 per student, with an additional $100 materials fee to cover on-site resources.
 

Q: What are the program timings?
A:
IDEAcademy begins promptly at 9:00 am and concludes at 2:00 pm. Students will have a designated lunch break during this time.

Q: Do you provide meals for students?
A:
No, we do not provide meals for students. They are encouraged to bring their own food or purchase it at nearby establishments.

Q: Are transportation services provided?
A:
Unfortunately, transportation services are not covered by IDEAcademy. Students must arrange their own transportation to reach the accelerator location.

Q: What transportation options are available for the Wayland and Boston locations?
A:
For the Wayland location, bike racks are available, and there is a large parking lot for drop-off and pick-up. For the Boston location, public transit options include the Green Line (Boston University East stop or Bradford St stop) and MBTA Bus CT2, 47, and 57.

Q: What arrangements are made for students arriving at the accelerator location?
A:
Specific locations where Program Coordinators will be stationed will be announced closer to the start of the program. Students may also head straight to the accelerator location.

Q: When is Demo Day, and how can students get there?
A:
Demo Day is on July 26th from 10am-2pm and will be hosted at our Boston location in the Boston University Center for Computing & Data Sciences. Limited availability bussing from Wayland High School at 9:00am sharp will be offered to students registered at our WELD accelerator on a first-come, first-served basis.. A form to reserve a spot on the bus will be sent out closer to the event date.

Q: Are language accommodations provided?
A:
While students must understand and speak English to fully participate, translated materials in Spanish and Arabic are available. Unfortunately, we cannot offer aids or medical accommodations at this time.

Q: Are scholarships available for IDEAcademy?
A:
Yes, a wide range of scholarships are available. Visit thestatelesscollective.org/scholarships for specific opportunities and eligibility criteria.

Q: How can students apply for financial assistance?
A:
When applying for IDEAcademy, students can indicate their financial need on the application. Additionally, supplemental materials for scholarships or financial need can be submitted alongside the application or emailed to info@thestatelesscollective.org.

Q: When and how can students register for IDEAcademy courses?
A:
Accepted students will receive an email on June 1st when course registration opens. They can select their desired location, preferred courses, and complete the tuition and materials fee payment at that time. Assistance will be provided for students with school discounts or financial scholarships.

Q: Can students register for courses at multiple locations?
A:
No, students may only register for courses at one location. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and spaces are limited. Assistance is available for course selection and registration queries via our website and email.

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement for IDEAcademy?
A:
IDEAcademy is designed for rising high school sophomores through recent high school graduates. Students outside this range may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Are there any prerequisites for enrolling in IDEAcademy courses?
A:
While there are no strict prerequisites, certain courses may have recommended background knowledge or skills. Please review the course descriptions carefully before registration.

Q: Can students switch courses after registration?
A:
Once purchased, course changes are incredibly rare and may only be accommodated based on availability and scheduling constraints. Requests for course changes should be submitted to our team as early as possible.

Q: Are there any additional costs beyond tuition and materials fees?
A:
No additional fees will be required after the registration period closes.

Q: What is the refund policy for IDEAcademy?
A:
Refunds may be available under certain rare circumstances. Please refer to our refund policy for detailed information on eligibility criteria and procedures.

Q: Are there opportunities for parental involvement in IDEAcademy?
A:
Parents can easily stay involved with the IDEAcademy via our newsletter. Our Communications team will send out weekly highlights regarding course activities, city excursions, and project spotlights. Parents are also encouraged to attend our Demo Day Symposium on July 26th.

Q: Can students receive academic credit for IDEAcademy courses?
A:
IDEAcademy courses may not automatically grant academic credit, but we do provide students with professional development workshops to identify how to best represent IDEAcademy, their crafted projects, and any additional achievements on a resume or portfolio.

Q: Are there opportunities for students to showcase their work outside of Demo Day?
A:
Yes, we encourage students to participate in exhibitions, competitions, and community events to showcase their projects and achievements. Our team can provide guidance and support for students interested in these opportunities. Several student groups have had their work showcased at our partner organizations!

Q: Does The Stateless Collective offer other student opportunities outside of IDEAcademy?
A:
The Stateless Collective offers various opportunities beyond IDEAcademy, including internships, hackathons, and virtual learning engagements. Please stay tuned for updates on additional programs and initiatives, which are routinely announced on both our website and our newsletter.

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