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Teach at Splash Day

Teacher registration for Splash Day 2023 is now closed.

On Splash Day, we invite high school students from around the Greater Rochester Area 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 Spring 2023 will take place in person on the University of Rochester campus on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

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!


  • You can teach about anything!
  • Classes are 50 minutes long
  • Teacher registration closes on January 2nd
  • A live catalog of approved classes can be found here
  • Registered teachers can check the status of their classes here
  • Check out previous catalogs for examples of past Splash classes. Catalogs from splash events at other schools (MIT and Columbia for example) can also be great resources
  • Exact locations on campus will be posted soon!


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 Spartacus: Ballet in the Soviet Union
  • How Laws Work
  • Cryptography and Cryptanalysis

Check out previous catalogs for examples of past Splash classes. We also encourage checking out catalogs for other Splash programs around the country.

Where will classes be held this year?

Classes will be held in classrooms around the University of Rochester campus. All classrooms will be equipped with a chalkboard or a whiteboard, as well as AV equipment. The AV equipment will have VGA and HDMI inputs based on the room. We may have a limited number of adapters available for loan if you need them. The IT Center likely also has adapters.

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, occupancy 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. Locations on campus 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 preparation, 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 accommodations).

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 necessary. Some things we won't allow include classes that promote illegal activities and classes that use hazardous materials that might violate campus rules and regulations (such as weapons).


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

Last modified by bsielski on Jan. 22, 2023 at 04:47 p.m.