Splash Fall 2015 is November 7-8

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Splash Fall 2015 is planned for November 7-8, 2015.

Registration details will be announced via our website and our email database soon.

Stanford’s background check guidelines require employees and students who will be working with people under the age of 18 to complete a one-time criminal background check. This background check must be completed prior to working with minors in University programs and activities. More information can be found at the Stanford Risk Management website here.

Free background checks will be provided by the University in the fall following the beginning of the Fall quarter. We will attempt to advertise all future free background checks as we are made aware of them via email and on this page.

About Teaching at Splash

Teaching at Splash is all about sharing your knowledge and excitement with eager students. The class topic can be anything you are passionate about (your major, your hobbies, etc.) and at Splash, you have the freedom to design your own class. You decide the class format, the class length, the number of students you want, and what grade range these students should be in.

All registered teachers receive a free t-shirt and food during Splash. In addition, all teachers are invited to attend an appreciation dinner on the Sunday evening of Splash.

Who Can Teach at Splash

All current Stanford undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs are eligible to teach. Additionally, any previous Stanford Splash teachers, regardless of affiliation, are eligible to teach. All non-Stanford affiliates and first-time teachers are required to attend teacher training.

Additionally, as part of an ongoing Stanford University effort, we plan to slowly reduce the number of non-Stanford affiliates teaching at Splash over the course of the next few years. If you have concerns or further questions please contact us.

Here are some past course catalogs for inspiration. Our greatest classes come from teachers sharing their passions--anything from 18th century literature to ultimate frisbee. In addition, here are subject areas that students have requested classes in:

Hands-on Chemistry
Political Science
Sewing and Knitting
Marine Biology
Movie Making
Magic and Illusions
Poetry in Modern Songs
Materials Engineering
and more...

Once you've come up with a great idea and registered the class, we can help you get prepared to teach it! First-time teachers are required to attend a teacher orientation session, but returning teachers may feel free to come to improve their teaching ability.

Want to try something different? Lead a Walk-in Activity!

Walk-in activities are fun and generally educational activities that students can join at any time during the class period. Walk-in activities are not traditional classes as students do not register for these classes. However, walk-in activities are a great experience for students who sometimes deal with cancelled classes or holes in their class schedules.

Time Commitment

Teaching at Splash doesn't have to be a huge time commitment. In addition to your class, all we ask is a one-hour teacher training session for all first-time teachers and non-Stanford student/post-doc teachers. More information about training sessions can be found here. Returning teachers are more than welcome to attend teacher training as well if they choose to.

The Fine Print

You can't exactly teach anything at Splash. Here are some examples of classes we do not allow:

  • Classes that include activities that pose any sort of danger to our students.
  • Classes that are illegal, or that explicitly promote illegal activities (e.g. How to Deal Drugs 101).
  • Classes that promote only a single viewpoint on a sensitive topic (e.g. a pro- or anti-abortion class).
  • Classes that exist to advertise an outside organization, service, or product.
  • Classes that promote religious proselytization or disrespect a person's religious beliefs.
  • Classes that discriminate against students of a certain gender, race, or religion. (See Stanford Nondiscrimination Policy)
Please know that the Splash team and Stanford University reserve the right to reject or cancel any class. In addition, Splash teachers must be at least college freshmen and 18 years of age.


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Last modified by willgearty on Aug. 30, 2015 at 12:39 p.m.