How can students apply for Nobel Explorers?
They can enroll directly on our website.
- First, students explore and choose one or more of their favorite projects via our Projects page.
- Parents pay the designated registration fee for their project(s) either in deposit or in full.
- Once a payment has been made, our Team contacts the student and parents to confirm their enrollment.
- Students schedule and complete their onboarding interview with our Team to ensure the best possible combination of students within each team based on their learning styles and time zones.
- Students are assigned to their team, which is usually 6-8 international students.
- Nobel Explorers projects kick off on their designated dates.
Can students apply for multiple projects during one summer camp?
Yes, students can sign up for more than one project, according to their age group and level.
Do you have any age restrictions?
Nobel Explorers is designed for students aged 8-29.
How do I know if my child is ready for an “advanced” project?
Our expert Instructors will assess all students before the project’s start during the individual onboarding interview. Required skills are written in the project descriptions, but no student will be left behind.
What kind of tools do I need to take part in Nobel Explorers?
As far as the equipment you need to participate, you are required to have:
– a working computer or laptop
– a high-speed Internet connection
– a high-definition web camera (in the case of a desktop computer)
Some slightly more technical projects may require additional tools like Raspberry Pi, but they’re all budget-friendly.
Since it’s all online, what platform will students use to do their projects?
Students will be using more than one platform throughout the course of their project(s) but the main part will be conducted via our Learning platform. They will use Skype and Slack for communication.
Are the projects done in real time or whenever students have time?
All team tasks are done in real time with the assistance of an Instructor and Facilitator. Members of each team will cooperate via Skype, Slack, and our Learning platform.
Students will also be given individual tasks, which they can finalize at their own time before a given deadline.
How many hours a week does each program require from students?
Around 6 hours in total per week (spanning a few days per week).
Will I get an outline of week-by-week activities so I can plan ahead better?
Yes, students will receive pre-determined timetables and the curriculum for each project before its beginning, so they can always plan ahead.
Shouldn’t students spend less time online, especially during the summer?
Yes, which is why Nobel Explorers has been specifically designed to be an engaging online program for middle- and high-school students that takes up only 6 hours of their time per week on average. It’s designed to be an e-learning experience students can take with them anywhere they go, whether it’s at home, on the go, or out in nature!
Moreover, this gives parents the chance to see the positive aspects of technology, especially when it comes to education – one that provides a flexible schedule for families and stimulates a remote working experience with an international team of students.
What does a virtual summer camp actually look like?
A virtual camp is an all-online endeavor, where students work on challenging projects together with their peers from all over the world during the course of several weeks.
They spend around 6 hours per week on their computers and cooperate via Skype to stockpile as many achievements together as possible and master new skills before it’s all over.
It’s a true team-based experience which gives students a lifetime of career benefits as well as the unique opportunity to meet international friends.
What countries are the international students who participate from?
The majority of the Nobel Explorers participants come from the Americas and Europe.
What about the time difference between international students?
During the onboarding interview, students will also be asked about their preferred schedules and availability, according to which we’ll create the timetable for each project. We’ll make sure that the time difference presents no challenge to us.
Do students earn credits of some type at the end?
Yes, they do. Upon completion, each student will receive a certificate of achievement, but more importantly, a lifetime of benefits through invaluable knowledge and future-ready soft skills.
Who guides the instruction online? Is there a Course Instructor?
We use a combined approach, where all team tasks are done in real time with the assistance of an Instructor as well as a soft-skills Facilitator.
What does the soft-skills Facilitator do that’s different than the Instructor?
The role of the Instructor is to make sure the kids master hard skills, while the soft-skills Facilitator is there for the soft skills and facilitates the team experience according to Project-Based Learning (PBL) guidelines.
What is Project-Based Learning (PBL)?
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is the teaching method that truly engages students in the learning process. By solving complex and engaging challenges, students learn by doing and immerse themselves in the task at hand. Nobel Explorers is actually based on PBL.
You can learn more about PBL here.
What are soft skills?
Soft skills are intangible skills that we learn through personal development training and utilize both at work and in life (Klaus, 2008). In other words, soft skills are a combination of social and communication skills, people skills, and character development.
Why are soft skills important?
A study conducted by Harvard University noted that 80% of achievements in one’s career are determined by soft skills and only 20% by hard skills.
According to the World Economic Forum, soft skills such as teamwork, digital literacy, and critical thinking are among the Top Needed Career Skills in 2020 – all skills that Nobel Explorers puts special emphasis on. You can read more about it here.
How do you assess the acquisition of soft skills?
Through our exclusive gamification system, which we call the Nobel Explorers Talent Tree, students receive virtual badges to represent the soft skills they have mastered. Each time a student masters a particular soft skill, they receive the relevant badge in either bronze, silver, gold or platinum, depending on the skill level, so their progress in this regard is measurable.
How can parents keep track of their student’s soft-skills progress?
In addition to the certificate of completion awarded to each student at the end of the project, parents will receive a report showing their child’s accomplishments in the Talent Tree, which will include a summary of the following:
– skills acquired (and the extent in which they were able to apply them)
– special award (if any), e.g. if the child was recognized by his peers as helpful to the team
– overall progress in the Talent Tree, including a) best soft skills and b) soft skills that can still be further explored
The report will also include recommendations and observations from the Facilitator on how the child can best apply the soft skills they’ve learned both at home and at school.
Are the teams or any team members competing against one another?
Since Nobel Explorers takes place in a challenging environment, a bit of healthy competition is a given to stimulate the students’ progress and skills. However, our real focus is on teamwork – it’s about “completing each other”, not “competing with each other”.