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IEA Academy provides students in Kindergarten through 8th grade with advanced enrichment classes that promote exploration and application of knowledge. Courses provide compelling content and appropriate challenges taught at a flexible pace with small classes by highly qualified, dedicated professionals.

 

Summer 2019 Session

 

Session 1: June 17-28, 2019
Session 2:
July 8-19, 2019
Session 3
: July 22-August 2, 2019

Early Bird Registration Deadline ($20 Discount): May 6, 2019
Regular Registration Deadline: May 29, 2019

Classes meet once a day.

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Session 1 (June 17-28)
Session 1 (June 17-28)
Kitchen Chemistry (Ages 6-9)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

You don’t need an expensive laboratory to challenge your chemistry skills -- look no further than your kitchen cabinet! By combining everyday ingredients, you can create exciting colors, weird sounds, creepy textures, and sometimes – explosions! In this class, students will learn essential scientific equations and elements, conduct safe and fun experiments, and watch different materials react in surprising ways as they explore the exciting world of science! Mastery will be demonstrated by a project using the processes of the Scientific Method: hypothesis, observations, experiment, analysis, results, conclusions and discussions. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Geobiology (Ages 9-12)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

The term "Geobiologist" can mean many things in today’s changing scientific landscape, yet one thing remains true: geobiologists seek to connect the historical narratives of solid, liquid, and gaseous earth with the evolution of life. These relationships occur in both directions: earth shaping life, and life shaping earth. In this class, students will journey from the massively debated “beginning” of life on earth, and weave a narrative through experimentation and scientific inquiry covering topics such as microbial evolution, atmospheric chemistry, isotopic biomarkers, and biologically driven geologic processes. Mastery will be demonstrated by a final project that illustrates student understanding of concepts covered.

Anatomy and Physiology (Ages 12-14)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Anatomy and physiology are the foundation of all health professions. For two exciting weeks, students will learn to identify body systems while tracing the specific regulatory pathways and mechanisms to show the cooperative functions of the human body. The curriculum will introduce the anatomy (structure), physiology (function) and pathology (disease) of the pulmonary, and neurologic systems through case studies, clinical simulation, modeling and dissection. Students will learn and practice real skills of monitoring and intervention, as well as the physical exam. Mastery of this course will involve demonstrated understanding of each individual system and its link to cooperative functions that control the human body to help identify effects of drugs and trauma to each system.This class requires a $25 materials fee.

And Then What? Improv 101 (Ages 6-9)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Look no further than your internal toolbox to transform fears of “What should I do?” into “Let's go with it!” Students in this class will survey the history and grand masters of the art of improv, then dive into experimentation with basic techniques and forms by crafting their own short sketches. Whether inspired by the miraculous or deceptively mundane, students will be challenged to think on their feet and to really tune in to their fellow collaborators and the "game" of the scene.

Create and Rule Your Own Country (Ages 9-12)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Tired of someone else making the rules? Think you could organize a better way of living? Want to be a king or queen? Here’s your chance! In this class you will choose where your country will be and what it will be called. Big cities? Small towns? You decide. Students will go step by step to create their own countries. They will draw a map of it, make a flag, choose their laws, and write a constitution. Mastery will be demonstrated by students displaying their countries for a gallery walk and writing about their favorite part of each student’s country.

Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation (Ages 12-14)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Forensic scientists use biology, chemistry, logic, and even computer science to crack cases and solve mysteries. In this hands-on course, students will learn and apply techniques such as hair analysis, untampered evidence collection, and DNA fingerprinting. Through the power of observation, logical reasoning, scientific tests, and modern DNA technologies, students will learn how crimes are solved and test their own detective skills. Mastery will be demonstrated through successful solving of a simulated case involving all skill types developed over the course of the session. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Lunch

Geometry: Lines, Shapes and Angles (Ages 6-9)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Students will apply their advanced math skills to geometry concepts such as perimeter, area, symmetry, types of shapes, surface area, angle types and relationships, parallel and perpendicular lines, and more! This hands-on course will include engaging learning activities and application projects while seeking to expand students’ knowledge of geometry. We will also apply these concepts to art, architecture, probability, and other areas of math to ensure student understanding of geometry’s important presence in the world around them. Mastery will be demonstrated by students' ability to independently construct a three-dimensional, complex shape, then determine its surface area and other characteristics. Prerequisites: Students should be confident in addition, subtraction, and some multiplication.

Mammalogy: The Magnificent World of Mammals (Ages 9-12)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

After the extinction of the mighty dinosaurs, it was mammals that rose to dominance and inherited the planet. In this class, you will learn all about the wonders and mysteries of the world of mammals. We will focus on living mammals, extinct mammals, domesticated mammals, and you will even a get to create your own mammal! Over the course of this class, you will get the opportunity to examine and handle real animal artifacts and fossils. We will cover mammal morphology, anatomy, behavior, evolution, ecology, and more. The class will be divided into nine individual lessons covering the following subjects: an intro to Mammalogy, rodents, ungulates, carnivores, marine mammals, prehistoric megafauna, primates, domestication, and Make-a-Mammal. Get ready to take an exciting journey into the world of mammals!

Rocket to Calculus (Ages 12-14)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This class makes use of actual rockets and simulations to teach students the basics of algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus. Students will learn conceptual physics at the same time as they learn the intuition behind the math. Calculations will be brought to life with a real rocket launch! Prerequisites: Students in the class should be comfortable with the fundamentals of algebra. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Page One: Creative Writing (Ages 6-9)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Welcome to Page One, where writing springs from imagination! This course will draw inspiration straight from the stories, poems, lyrics and even comic books that students love most. Through short reading and writing exercises, students will learn how word choice, syntax, rhythm and rhyme bring setting, characters and plot to life. Interactive games and creative projects will build skills and confidence through exploration, experimentation and play.

Black Death (Ages 9-12)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

The Black Death, otherwise known as The Plague, has held its place as the greatest pandemic in human history—and in no small part to the common belief that “Ring around the Rosy” is a telling of the tragedy. But what are the facts? Students will delve into what has gone down in history as one of the most influential diseases that, apart from its enormous death toll, resulted in major social, political, and economic change. This class will follow award-winning curriculum by Dr. Shelagh Gallagher, which incorporates case study and problem-based learning specifically designed for gifted learners. Students will take on the roles of decision-makers in a European town attempting to plan for and against the coming plague. Students will uncover just how much is unknown about the effects of the Plague, and how those unknowns still affect us today. This class requires a $10 problem log workbook fee.

Dungeons and Dragons (Ages 12-14)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Are you a fan of fantasy, monsters, and magic? Have you ever dreamed of going on an adventure in which you starred as the hero who achieved the impossible? Would you like to discover your inner strengths while journeying alongside a cast of larger-than-life characters? If so, then Dungeons and Dragons awaits! But do not expect D&D to be a mere game, for it is so much more! Discover what it means to be a true hero, to face one’s fears and to work as a team to achieve a common goal. Mastery will be demonstrated through advancements in game strategy and collaboration with peers.

Session 2 (July 8-19)
Session 2 (July 8-19)
The Penguin Predicament: A Problem about Animal Habitat and Survival (Ages 6-9)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

When a little girl finds a stranded penguin on a beach in Wellington, New Zealand, she writes to a team of zoologists at the Wellington Zoo for advice. Students in this class take on the role of “zoologist” to determine what kind of penguin it is, and ultimately, what is best for the wayward animal. In the process, they will learn about animals’ physical and behavioral adaptations to their environment, as well as the importance of species’ natural habitats. The Penguin Predicament is an NAGC award-winning curriculum designed by nationally recognized expert in gifted education and problem-based learning, Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher. This class requires a $10 problem log workbook fee.

STEAM Building: Creative Constructs (Ages 9-12)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Ready, set, build! In this course, students will hone their creative engineering skills by building, testing, and improving upon their original designs for marble runs, bridges, catapults, and more. We will use the engineering design process, integrated with both artistic elements and advanced physics topics to create products that meet specific guidelines. Each product will be evaluated through quantitative testing and qualitative evaluation to ensure every student is continually challenged and improving upon their designs. By the end of the course, students will have developed their creativity and engineering intuition and be equipped with ideas to keep building at home! Mastery will be demonstrated by completion of a final independent STEAM challenge where students will invent a structure to accomplish a specific task, then show they can test and improve upon this product. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Cardiology: The Heart of the Matter (Ages 12-14)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Human hearts pump about 2,000 gallons of blood every day to keep every other cell, tissue, and organ in our body stocked with oxygen, free of waste, energized with sugar, and more. But how does the system of valves, muscle, electricity, veins, and arteries work cohesively to accomplish such a big job? An what are the most common problems that can interfere with heart function and what techniques and procedures have doctors developed to fix them? This course will familiarize students with the anatomy, physiology, and medical study of the circulatory system to investigate these questions and more! Mastery will be demonstrated by the student's ability to link anatomical structures with regulatory functions of a normal heart and a diseased heart. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Around the Wor(l)d: Letters and Language (Ages 6-9)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Where do words come from and why do we use them the way we do? How many languages are there and who made them up? We can find the answers to these questions through one field of study…Linguistics! In this course, we will put on our linguist hats and embark upon a journey around the world to investigate word origins, history, and usage, as well as sounds, patterns, and literal and unspoken meanings. We will look at how words combine to form grammatical sentences in English and compare that structure to other languages, as we examine relationships between words of different languages, “borrowed words”, and more!

The Science of Plastics: Pollution, Problems, Possibilities (Ages 9-12)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Plastics are inexpensive, durable materials that we use every day, yet environmental protection groups and plastic manufacturers both agree that marine plastic debris and microplastics cause extensive damage to marine environments all over the world. Students in this course will learn about the manufacturing and processing of thermoset and thermoplastics, how plastics are used to reduce energy use, improve durability, and ease maintenance, and how plastics are discarded or recycled, often to the detriment of marine ecosystems. Students will demonstrate mastery by identifying the costs and benefits of using plastic and developing solutions to reduce the damage caused by plastic on marine environments. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

That's History! Historiographical Perspectives (Ages 12-14)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it. ― Winston S. Churchill In this class, students will unlearn that history is the memorization of dates, periods, places, and people; it is a practice, an endeavor, a construction that requires analysis and human interpretation. As such, history is not perfect and is eternally shaped by the hand that molds the narrative--no matter the quality of care for objectivity. In this class, students will dissect the meaning of history, judge its authors, and attempt to create our very own history by reading classical history of the east and west, medieval works, and modern histories. Mastery will be demonstrated through participation in group discussion and a final creative project related to the motives of the author and the biases inherent in the works presented.

Lunch

California's Awesome Nature: Mapping and Meteorology (Ages 6-9)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Where can you swim at the beach, ski an alpine slope, raft down a river, and camp under a starry desert sky? In this class, students will discover what makes California’s geography, climate and weather so diverse and appealing to its 39 million-plus residents. By charting California’s four distinct geographical regions and the critical role that water plays in shaping the mountains, deserts, valleys, and coastlines , students will build key vocabulary related to topographical features, geologic processes, and weather patterns unique to places like the the Salton Sea, where both human and natural forces impact landscape and livability. Get ready for all that California's beaches, cliffs, lava beds, valleys, waterfalls, and dunes can teach! Mastery will be demonstrated in a comprehensive final project where students present the history, a model of the topography, and the impact of water, weather, and humans on a particular geographical region of California.

Maps: A Cartographical History of the World (Ages 9-12)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Few things are as packed with perspective, assumption, and diverse world-views as maps. In this class, students will survey a wide range of maps and mappamundi from across the world and dating from antiquity to today. Drawing inspiration from the book, A History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton, students will challenge the belief that history is all about thick tomes and dusty incomprehensible writing through surveying the traces of geopolitical, religious, and economic agenda illustrated by the cartographer’s hand. Mastery will be demonstrated through student participation in discussion and class projects that point to an appreciation for maps as a historical record of human perception and experience.

Hacker Calculus (Ages 12-14)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

When Isaac Newton developed calculus in the 1600s, he drew a lot of pictures and saw it as a tool to study how things move and change. After that, it got buried in a lot of algebra and symbols. Suppose Newton had owned a 3D printer? Maybe calculus would still be taught with pictures and models. We will take an intuitive approach to calculus with minimal algebra and lots of 3D prints. Students will start off with models the instructors have developed, and go beyond by learning to modify them and develop their own. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Microbiology: Pathogens and Petri Dishes (Ages 6-9)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Have you ever wondered about the invisible friends and foes that make up the microscopic world around us? This course is designed for young students who want to investigate and gain in-depth knowledge of the biology of bacteria, viruses, and more. Students will explore both beneficial microbes and disease-causing pathogens while learning how they grow, multiply, and impact our lives both positively and negatively. Classes will include hands-on experiments, creative projects, and inquiry-based exploration into the microscopic world and its large-scale effects. Mastery will be demonstrated by direct feedback, question and answer sessions, and a creative project on a microbe of the student’s choice. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Zoo Design (Ages 9-12)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Zoos make it possible for humans to have up close encounters with virtually any animal on the planet. But how and why are zoos designed the way they are, and what improvements can be made to even the most state-of-the-art habitats? Students in this class will explore all types of zoos, whether urban, safari park, or wildlife preserve to create their own original human-made habitat. Topics will include the history, evolution and ethics of zoos, considerations for sustaining diverse species and the design components that make them educational, socially conscious, and visitor friendly. Mastery will be demonstrated through the creation of an original zoo design illustrating an understanding of concepts covered in class.

Geochemistry (Ages 12-14)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

From Yosemite’s granite Half Dome, to the crystal caves of Naica, Mexico, to the lava flows of Hawaii’s Kīlauea, earth is a geochemist’s playground! In this class, students will learn introductory high-school chemistry tailored to learning the theory and experiments behind basic solid-state crystal chemistry and isotopic geochemistry, fundamental fields for understanding past, present and future geologic processes. Students will learn how to use quantitative tools to construct narratives of these processes and their relevance to important issues in earth science such as historical climate science and geothermal power. Mastery will be demonstrated through the ability to apply quantitative measurements to experiments that express concepts covered in class.

Session 3 (July 22-August 2)
Session 3 (July 22-August 2)
Starting from Scratch: Intro to Coding (Ages 6-9)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

It’s never too early to start learning how to code. Specifically for younger students who aren’t quite ready for the advanced concepts (and lots of typing) that “regular” programming entails, but really want to start learning how to code. Using the Scratch language from MIT, students will drag-and-drop “program blocks” to build up instructions - allowing them to focus on their goals instead of hunting for the right key. Through the course of the class, they’ll create animations, interactive stories, and simple games to challenge their friends (and parents). Mastery will be demonstrated through the ability to create and customize new Scratch projects illustrating fundamental understanding of programming concepts.

It's Electrifying: Fueling the Future (Ages 9-12)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

It’s Electrifying! presents the problem of whether Virginia Beach, Virginia, will accept alternative energy supplies and which source of energy would be most beneficial with the least environmental impact: wave energy, tidal energy, or offshore wind farms. Students in this class will work together as engineers to select new, innovative options for energy production. Ultimately they must make a recommendation as to which form of energy would be best for the area, and they must make a convincing proposal for it. This class offers students an opportunity to explore clean energy technologies and to understand that the issues involved in implementing them are complex and multifaceted. It’s Electrifying! Fueling the Future is an NAGC award-winning curriculum designed by nationally recognized expert in gifted education and problem-based learning, Dr. Shelagh A. Gallagher. This class requires a $10 problem log workbook fee.

Organic Chemistry (Ages 12-14)
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Orbitals, isomers, chirality, valence bonds, benzene rings… organic chemistry is a language all its own! Students will increase their O-Chem fluency by delving into the structure, properties, reactions, and mechanisms of organic (or carbon-containing) compounds. This class will expand upon any previous chemistry knowledge of functional groups and Lewis structures to molecular geometry, valence bond theory, and hybridization. By the end of the course, students should to be able to predict how various carbon-containing compounds will react or restructure themselves based on the chemicals and conditions present. Mastery will be demonstrated by students' ability to identify, differentiate and utilize organic compounds to generate chemical reactions through calculations and laboratory exercises.

Cells: Under the Microscope (Ages 6-9)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Fire up your brain cells and get ready to explore a fascinating microscopic world! Though cells are tiny, they are complex machines with moving parts and unique jobs to do based on their structure. Students will become cell experts through hands-on activities, discussion, and using a microscope to see living cells in action. This class will investigate single-celled organisms such as amoebas and bacteria, animal and plant cells, cellular processes, and even how some of our own uniquely structured cells work together to keep our bodies healthy. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a project diving deeper into a specific type of cell of the student’s choosing. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Programming with Python (Ages 9-12)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Learning to code is learning how to solve problems. In this course, we will explore the basic concepts of computer programming – algorithms, loops, conditional statements, etc. – using the popular Python language. Emphasis will be placed not just on the code, but the why behind the code, setting a strong foundation for future growth. Students will learn how to manipulate numbers and text, draw images on the screen, and create a variety of fun projects, such as games and animations. Mastery will be demonstrated through understanding of fundamental programming concepts and familiarity with Python language syntax. Pre-requisites: Basic computer use and typing ability.

Dungeons and Dragons (Ages 12-14)
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Are you a fan of fantasy, monsters, and magic? Have you ever dreamed of going on an adventure in which you starred as the hero who achieved the impossible? Would you like to discover your inner strengths while journeying alongside a cast of larger-than-life characters? If so, then Dungeons and Dragons awaits! But do not expect D&D to be a mere game, for it is so much more! Discover what it means to be a true hero, to face one’s fears and to work as a team to achieve a common goal. Mastery will be demonstrated through advancements in game strategy and collaboration with peers.

Lunch

Math for Future Architects (Ages 6-9)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Did you know that the link between math and architecture goes back to ancient times, when the two disciplines were virtually indistinguishable? Pyramids and temples were some of the earliest examples of mathematical principles at work. Today, math continues to feature prominently in building design, from the Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, to Seattle’s Central Library, to LA’s Disney Concert Hall. Through math games and hands-on projects, students will advance their application of geometry concepts such as dimensions and conversions, area and volume, shapes and angles, 2- and 3- dimensional pictures, rays, lines, segments, and more! Mastery will be demonstrated by students’ ability to independently construct and create structures, building on their intuition that Math + Design = Awesome! This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Marine Biology (Ages 9-12)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Life began in the oceans millions of years ago and to this day the sea still hold uncountable mysteries. We will be taking an in-depth (pun intended!) look at the amazing and diverse animal species that inhabit the ocean. Over the course of this class, you get the chance to examine and handle real animal artifacts and fossils and learn amazing facts about animal morphology, anatomy, evolution, behavior, ecology, and more. Each lesson will focus on a different group of marine organisms and our curriculum will cover the following subjects: sharks and rays, bony fish, marine mammals, sea birds, marine reptiles, invertebrates, and even sea monsters. We will also take a look at the impact humans have had on the marine environment. Grab your scuba mask, hold your breath, and get ready to take the plunge into Marine Biology!

Video Game Development: Coding and Creating (Ages 12-14)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Video Game development is a fun and engaging form of computer programming. In this fast-moving class, you will become immersed in the fundamental programming skills of logical thinking and problem solving. While the focus will be on building fluency in Python coding, we'll also delve into the art, sound and technicalities of game design. Join us as we investigate and understand the creation of basic and classic games, through physics simulations, procedurally generated content, beginning AI, and other useful algorithms. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn how math-intensive game development is and how creative you can be! Prerequisites: Pre-algebra and some beginner programming experience will be useful.

From Script to Screen: Writing the Next Great Movie (Ages 6-9)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Have you ever wondered what made The Incredibles, Frozen, and E.T. box office hits? Find out by creating your own original screenplay! Student in this class will be introduced to the 7 basic steps of writing a made-for-movie script, while exploring cinematic elements such as concept, conflict and characterization to create a story that tells by showing. Through practicing techniques that guide dialogue and action, students will build confidence in their ability to express themselves in writing and in the spirit of adventure and fun, take part in ‘acting out’ scenes. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a final draft screenplay that illustrates concepts covered in class.

Medieval Science and Machinery (Ages 9-12)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

The Middle Ages has been branded unfairly as the “Dark Ages,” a time in which little progress was made in science, technology, or learning. However, the advances made in this time demonstrate otherwise! In this class, we will learn about the various ways in which medieval scholars advanced knowledge in the fields of machinery, architecture, botany, mathematics, and chemistry (alchemy). We will learn the history of science in this time, along with engaging in hands-on experiments and constructions. We will also learn about the ways in which medieval science and modern science overlap. Activities will include learning about botany, astronomy, and alchemy, building and testing miniature catapults and trebuchets, simulating medieval chemistry experiments, and building models of Gothic arches. Mastery will be demonstrated by completing class assignments and participating in and reflecting on experiments and constructions throughout the course. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

Hacker Calculus (Ages 12-14)
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

When Isaac Newton developed calculus in the 1600s, he drew a lot of pictures and saw it as a tool to study how things move and change. After that, it got buried in a lot of algebra and symbols. Suppose Newton had owned a 3D printer? Maybe calculus would still be taught with pictures and models. We will take an intuitive approach to calculus with minimal algebra and lots of 3D prints. Students will start off with models the instructors have developed, and go beyond by learning to modify them and develop their own. This class requires a $25 materials fee.

 

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Tuition

1 class: $350
2 classes: $650 (save $50!)
3 classes: $950 (save $100!)
4 classes: $1250 (save $150!)

 

The following discounts are available:

 

Refer a family and they will receive $25 off Academy tuition. For every family you refer, you will receive $10 off your child’s tuition (limit up to 5 families). Both referring and referred students must be enrolled in the same session.

 

Sibling discounts of $25 each are available, as well as multiple class discounts.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for qualified families in need. To inquire about financial assistance, please contact us at academy@educationaladvancement.org.

Payment

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