Teach at Splash Day

Splash Day 2020 has been called off due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you to everyone who registered to teach. We are truly sorry that we won't be able to offer your classes this semester.

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 open for Splash Day 2020. Due to scheduling limitations, we are only accepting the first 25 class submissions, with room for another 10 on a waitlist. Please register as soon as possible, as slots are filling up fast! A live catalog of classes for Splash Day 2020 can be found here. Classes will be added there as soon as they are approved (perhaps with a day's delay or so).


  • You can teach about anything!
  • Classes are 50 minutes long, and will be held on the 28th of March, 2020.
  • We are only accepting the first 25 classes, with a waitlist for another 10. Please register as soon as possible!
  • Teachers will need to complete an online background check process.
  • A live list of approved classes for Splash Day 2020 can be found here.
  • Check out the Splash Day 2019 catalog for examples of past Splash classes. Catalogs from splash events at other schools (for example MIT and Columbia) can also be great resources.

Splash Day 2020 Schedule

The schedule for Splash Day 2020 is as follows. Teachers who register classes will be assigned class times and locations based on their availability as indicated during registration.

  • 9:00 AM: Check-in opens
  • 9:30 to 9:50 AM: Opening ceremony for students. Teachers can still check in.
  • 10:00 to 10:50 AM: First class.
  • 11:00 to 11:50 AM: Second class.
  • Noon to 1:00 PM: Lunch. No classes at this time.
  • 1:10 to 2:00 PM: Third class.
  • 2:10 to 3:00 PM: Fourth class.
  • 3:10 to 4:00 PM: Last class.

On Splash Day, before teaching, teachers must check in at our help desk which will be located in Wegmans Hall 1009. This is where we will distribute class rosters, name badges, and any requested class materials. The help desk will be open from 9 AM onwards. To ensure that the event runs smoothly, we require that teachers check in at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the class (if this causes issues, contact us, and we'll work something out).


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.

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 4), 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. Classrooms 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 reimburse you for them. If you need something that is particularly expensive, contact us and we'll try to figure something out. If your planned purchases include standard letter size printing, please email the materials you want printed to Mandar Juvekar at least a week prior to the event, and we'll print them out for you and have them ready at check in (also, don't forget to mention it on your class registration form!).

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. Background check forms will be emailed after class 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 March 23, 2020 at 06:43 p.m.