Teach at Splash Day

Splash Day Fall 2020 is now over. Thank you to everyone who taught! Stay tuned for future iterations.

Splash Day is a day where we invite high school students from around the United States to engage in a fun day of learning. Throughout the day, high schoolers will have a chance to take a variety of classes designed and taught by undergrads. Splash Day Fall 2020 will take place virtually on November 7, 2020.

Teachers are a core part of Splash Day. If you are an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester and have a passion for teaching, register to become a teacher!

Teacher registration is now closed for Splash Day Fall 2020. Registered teachers can check the status of their classes here.


  • You can teach about anything!
  • Classes are 50 minutes long, and will be held on the 7th of November, 2020.
  • Teacher registration closes on October 12.
  • A live catalog of approved classes can be found here.
  • Registered teachers can check the status of their classes here.
  • Teachers will need to complete an online background check process.
  • Check out previous catalogs for examples of past Splash classes. Catalogs from splash events at other schools (for example MIT and Columbia) can also be great resources.


What can I teach?

You can teach a class on pretty much anything you are passionate about. The purpose of Splash is to get high school students excited about learning and motivated to learn about new fields, and so one suggestion we make is to teach about something students wouldn't otherwise encounter in high school. That being said, the choice is entirely yours, and we will approve all classes provided they aren't inappropriate (see below). Classes taught at Splash programs around the country include:

  • How to Start a Business Before College
  • From Swans to Sparticus: Ballet in the Soviet Union
  • How Laws Work
  • Cryptography and Cryptanalysis

For examples of classes taught at our inaugural Splash program, check out the Splash Day 2019 catalog. We also encourage checking out catalogs for other Splash programs around the country.

Where will classes be held this year?

In light of the ongoing pandemic, for the safety of everyone involved all classes will be held virtually over Zoom. More specific instructions regarding Zoom logistics will be sent after registration.

How are classes structured?

Classes will be 50 minutes long and will be registered through your teacher account. When you register your class(es), you will be asked to provide a title, description, occupance cap, number of sections (up to 2), time preferences, a difficulty rating, pre-requisites (if any), and special requests (AV equipment, supplies, specific classrooms). You do not need to have all your class materials finalized to register a class. If you have an idea, feel free to register it and you can spend the weeks leading up to Splash Day preparing your class.

As a club, we will approve or deny each submitted class proposal. Our philosophy is to approve all classes as long as they are not inappropriate (see below). We may contact you for clarification. Once your class is approved it will be uploaded to the program catalog, and participating high school students will be able to register for it. Zoom links and schedules will be set closer to the program.

What if I need additional materials for my class?

We have limited funding available for teaching materials required for your classes. If your class requires you to purchase additional materials, list them in the "Planned Purchases" section of the class registration form, and we may be able to get them for you. We will contact you once your class is approved to work out any expenses.

How much time do I need to commit?

You can commit as much time as you want! If you would like to teach for the whole day you can register multiple classes, or teach multiple sections of a single class. If you only have time to teach one class, you can do that too. The teacher registration form will ask for your availability during Splash Day, and we will only schedule classes during the times you indicate.

As for class preperation, you don't have to prepare extensive lecture material. Classes can be as relaxed as an hour-long conversation on 21st century politics, or as structured as a serious lecture. Your class is what you make of it!

Do I need specific qualifications to be a teacher?

As long as you are an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester, you do not need any special qualifications. All teachers may be required to attend a mandatory teacher orientation session (contact us if you cannot make it, we will be happy to make accomodations).

For legal reasons, it is mandatory that all teachers get background checks. Instructions about background checks will be emailed after registration.

Is there anything I cannot teach?

As a Splash teacher you will have freedom to teach whatever you want. However, we reserve the right to disallow classes if we feel they are inappropriate. Some things we won't allow include classes that propote illegal activities and classes that use hazardous materials (such as weapons).


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

Last modified by mjuvekar on Nov. 11, 2020 at 12:40 p.m.