Live Virtual STEM Classes — FAQs
Our complete curriculum includes nearly 30 subjects organized into five paths – Digital Art & Design, Minecraft, Coding, Robotics, and Video Game Design.
If you would like to plan ahead, here is what you’ll need:
- Computer with microphone, speakers and internet. If you have used your computer for webex, facetime, or used the audio collaboration features in Fortnite or Minecraft you’re probably all set. A more detailed technical spec by class will be provided. Chromebooks and tablets will only work for specific classes.
- Zoom. You can download the free Zoom application here. Even if you already have Zoom installed, we recommend creating a new free account for your child.
- TalentBox. Empow’s online curriculum and learning management system, Talent Box, is accessible and fully functional on any web browser. We will provide a log-in after you enroll.
- Application software. Empow teaches its students to code, create movies, build video games, architect buildings, design in Minecraft and more in industry-standard software. Of the 29 applications we teach, 22 are available for free, 2 additional ones have lengthy free trials, and only five require low-cost purchase. The software we teach is described in each topic description. A complete list is available here.
Robotics kits and other supplies. When you enroll in a particular class, we will clearly identify if additional, course-specific supplies are needed, and provide clear instructions on where and how to purchase them.
After you enroll, we will guide you step-by-step through the process of getting ready for live virtual classes. We provide a range of support options including via webinars, phone, email, chat and even (with parents permission) configuration of your computer remotely by our staff. So, for now, there is nothing you need to do.