Get ready for NBTB 2015

With just over a week to go until our program begins, here’s some last-minute information and reminders about when to arrive, how to prepare, where to go, and what you’ll do at NBTB 2015.

Not finding what you need ? Email us at We’ll be happy to help you get ready.


Check-in is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28 for residential students. Commuters should arrive by 3 p.m. for our program kickoff. We are at the Lagunitas Housing Complex at 326 Santa Teresa St.. Click here for an interactive campus map with directions. Due to construction in the area, we are asking families this year to drop off students at Lag, then park. There is free parking nearby at Tresidder Student Union. The map at right shows the locations for dropoff and parking.

After check-in

At 3 p.m. we’ll proceed to Bechtel International Center, 584 Capistrano Way, for our program kickoff and orientation. Bechtel is located next to Tresidder Student Union, a short walk from Lagunitas. We’ll have orientation from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., a BBQ from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and then we’ll return to Lagunitas for team meetings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you miss check-in, please come directly to Bechtel and join our program orientation in progress. We will check you into the dorm after dinner. Click here for directions to Bechtel.

Parents are welcome to stay through check-in but we ask that they depart as our program orientation begins so that we can give our full attention to our students.

Commuter schedule on Sunday, June 28

Are you a commuter? Plan on checking in at 3 p.m. at Lagunitas Housing, then we’ll all proceed to the Bechtel International Center for our program kickoff and orientation. Commuters may leave at 8 p.m. after their team meetings.

Program schedule

Our program schedule should be in your email by now. Parents are welcome to attend our evening speaker series, which begins at 7 p.m. and is held at the Granada Commons room.

Tech Preparation

Our tech wizards will send you an email this week with instructions included on how to create your NBTB password and get your laptop ready for Stanford.

Airport pickup/return

Not sure how you’re flying in/out? Airport pickup is complimentary for international students. If you’re in the U.S., consider SuperShuttle. Be sure to give SuperShuttle our address: 326 Santa Teresa St., at Stanford. On Wednesday of camp week, we will ask students who need transportation back to the airport to give us their flight information so that we can book group shuttles. The cost is $25 and students can pay by check or in cash.

Dining/Food Needs

Vegan? Gluten-free? Halal? No problem. Stanford Dining does it all. If you have a specific food preference or a food allergy, please email us at so we can tell Stanford how to meet your needs.

Closing Showcase

Parents, friends, and fans — you’re welcome to attend our closing multimedia showcase at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. Students will present their websites and talk about how they found, told and presented their multimedia stories.


Students and staff must check out of Granada by 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 5. Our insurance and Stanford rules require that we exit our dorm by this time. Airport shuttles will begin leaving early Sunday morning. There is no programming on Sunday, so as soon as students are packed, have eaten breakfast and are ready to go, they can head to the airport or be picked up by parents. We work with students on Saturday evening to make sure they are packed, their rooms are clean and they have their boarding passes or other travel documents in hand.

We also offer early check-out on Saturday, July 4 for families who have travel plans. Please contact us at if you would like early check-out.

Okay, I’m ready to start packing! What should I bring?

Good to know! Here’s our NBTB 2015 packing list:

  • Clothing (T-shirts, shorts are fine). Note: There are free washers/dryers in the dorm.
  • Photo ID (your high school photo ID and/or driver’s license)
  • Decent (but not dress-up) clothes for field trips — be yourself.
  • Personal toiletries, appliances (hairdryer, toothbrush, shaver, etc.)
  • Cash and/or access to emergency money: Some students may want to buy Stanford souvenirs and/or the occasional afternoon ice cream or frozen yogurt. We also strongly suggest that students bring cash, a pre-signed blank check, or a pre-paid student credit card (available in most drugstores and supermarkets) to deal with emergency expenses, such as lost keys ($135) or lost meal card ($15). These costs are payable directly to Stanford. NBTB will not advance the cost of these replacements to students.
  • Swimsuit and goggles or workout clothes
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sweater or light coat for (possibly) chilly evenings
  • 10 copies of your school news publication (if you have one)
  • AP Styleguide in hard copy or iPhone/Android app
  • Laptop computer and Ethernet cable. Note: While you will have access to the Internet on your iPad while in the dorm and classroom, you may prefer to have a laptop at times in order to communicate more easily with family or friends. However, a laptop is not required.
  • Computer charger/adapter
  • Cell phone AND charger
  • Ipod, iTouch or other music device
  • USB, thumb or jumpdrive (Note: Student teams will be prompted to sign up for a free Dropbox account, and student websites will be posted to our website following camp.)
  • Books, notebooks or other study items (optional)


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