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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.
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2022!
SUMMER 2022 SESSIONS – ONLINE & IN PERSON

IEA Academy is excited to offer a robust schedule of both in-person and online courses for the Summer 2022 session.

In-person classes will take place daily Monday through Friday for 90 or 120-minute meetings at our Learning Center in Pasadena. In-person classes take full health precautions. Please see our COVID landing page for more information on policies and procedures.

Online classes will be held daily Monday through Friday for 60 minute lessons in live online video sessions.

IEA is committed to providing the best possible Academy program for your family. All courses will offer hands-on learning and high-level content that fit with IEA’s mission to serve the whole gifted child. In an effort to provide compelling and safe classes, we are committed to maintaining small class sizes for both online and in-person courses.

Financial aid is available for families in need.

  • Session 1: June 20-July 1
  • Session 2: July 11-22
  • Session 3: August 1-12

Key Dates:

  • Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2022
  • Session 1 Final Application Deadline: Monday, May 30, 2022
  • Sessions 2 & 3 Final Application Deadline: Friday, July 1, 2022
FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE!

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to qualified applicants.

SUMMER 2022 SCHEDULE

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Summer Session 1 (June 20 - July 1, M-F)

Summer Session 1 (June 20 – July 1, M-F)

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Ages 6 to 9
Ages 9 to 12
Ages 10 to 14
Ages 12 to 14
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
In Person
In Person
smARTy Science
9:00 am – 10:30 am
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 1: In Person from 9:00-10:30am
What chemical reactions can make pigments for painting? What kind of intricate patterns can we observe through a microscope? Why is it evolutionarily advantageous for flowers to be beautiful? Scientists of all kinds are inspired by the beauty and order of the world around us, and artists have always used technology and scientific processes as part of their creative endeavors. In this interdisciplinary class, we will become both scientists and artists as we learn scientific concepts through hands-on art projects, and artistic concepts (like balance, harmony, and pattern) through observing the natural world. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Chemistry Lab
9:00 am – 10:30 am
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 1: In Person from 9:00-10:30am
How do the 118 elements of the periodic table combine and react to create the world around us? Students in this class will be introduced to what makes up the universe and how the most important chemistry discoveries were made by exploring the properties of matter, atomic structure, acids and bases, electrochemistry, types of reactions, and chemical bonds. Through hands-on experimentation, engaging discussion, and examination of groundbreaking chemists throughout history, students will become comfortable predicting reactions and carrying out the scientific method to explain their outcomes. Mastery will be demonstrated by a presentation explaining the work of a past or present chemist of your choice to your classmates. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $35 materials fee is required. 

The Power of Speech and Debate
9:00 am – 10:30 am
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 1: In Person from 9:00-10:30am
This course is for the student who desires to express themselves effectively and confidently in any situation, socially or academically. Students will develop and improve their public speaking, argumentative, and critical-thinking skills through their presentation and participation in several in-class speeches and debates. We will explore and research a variety of formats, including educational and persuasive speeches, and Lincoln-Douglas, cross-examination, and academic debate. In addition, students will develop their ability to critique, analyze, and question speeches and debates delivered by others. Mastery will be demonstrated through the development and presentation of an independent speech and participation in a group debate. Students will be invited to choose their topic matter for speeches and debates appropriate for a classroom setting.

Primary Geometry: Lines, Shapes and Angles
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 1: In Person from 10:45am-12:15pm
This hands-on course will include engaging learning activities and application projects while seeking to expand students’ knowledge of geometry. Students will apply their 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! 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.

Creative Writing: House Elves, Droids, Hobbits and the Fantastic Worlds They Come From
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 1: In Person from 10:45am-12:15pm
Have you ever read a book and wished you could walk around in the world it created? From Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings to Star Wars, a great fantasy or sci-fi series can change even how we look at the real world around us. In this class, we’ll be looking at these series, figuring out what makes them so engaging, and using those tools in our own writing. We’ll write our own parodies and spin-offs of our favorite stories, and work on developing our own fantastic worlds. Through learning writers’ secrets, we’ll find out how to banish writer’s-block, support our fellow authors, and bring people into our stories the same way the best fantasy authors do. 

Microbiology: Pathogens and Petri Dishes
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 1: In Person from 10:45am-12:15pm
From Actinomyces (beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract that helps us break down food) to Varicella Zoster (the tiny virus that causes chicken pox) the microscopic world is wildly diverse in structure, function, and impact on our lives. If you’ve ever wondered about the culprits behind common diseases or the heroes behind some of life’s core processes, this class will help lead you to answers through hands-on activities, case studies, and engaging discussion. By the end of the class, students will be able to understand the cause, mode of transmission, signs and symptoms, and cures for illnesses, as well as how some microbes are beneficial to humans and the environment. Mastery will be demonstrated by classroom participation and activities in which students act as doctors and microbiologists in intriguing case studies. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $35 materials fee is required.

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Fungi Fun
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 1: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
Calling young mycologists! Come and explore the ancient origins of fungi and amazing ways that fungi could save our planet for future generations. Through experiments and field science, students will explore different ways that fungi can be both helpful and harmful, then come up with their own ideas for fungi-based inventions. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Batter up: Probability in Sports
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 1: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
Sports and math don’t go together, right? Wrong! Math is used all the time in sports – from pitchers deciding whether to throw a ball or a strike, to team managers deciding which players to trade, to quarterbacks deciding which play to run. All these decisions are based on probability and statistics. In this class, students will learn how probability and statistics play a role in athletics and will become familiar with how to use mathematical principles to make sports-related predictions of their own. Mastery will be demonstrated through a final research project in which students will make predictions about an athlete’s performance based on available data. Prerequisites: Students should come ready to discuss sports (!) and be comfortable with basic math skills and concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, and percentages.

Maker Geometry
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 1: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
Geometry has very practical roots in making things. We will use a mix of 3D prints, paper, and some common household items to build geometrical intuition and estimation skills. We start with the basics (rectangular solids, circles) and go on to conic sections, astronomy and architecture applications and more. We will demonstrate with models created in OpenSCAD (http://www.openscad.org/) which is an open-source, free CAD program that allows students to learn geometrical concepts like translation, rotation and scaling by manipulating virtual geometrical figures. Students will use open-source models developed by the instructors for their book Make:Geometry and use them to explore further. Selected models will be 3D printed at IEA. Mastery will be demonstrated by the student’s ability to go beyond basic understanding by modifying and enhancing these models. Some coding experience will be helpful but is not absolutely needed.

Bees and Other Builders
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 1: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
The animal kingdom is buzzing with amazing architects of structures and systems! City-like beehives, earthworm tunnels, termite mounds, weaver bird nests, and beaver dams are examples of spectacular structures designed and built by animals. This class will look not only at animals’ impressive structures, but also how some species help keep nature in balance through pollination, decomposition, and more! Students will learn from and about animal builders, demonstrating their mastery by building a product inspired by an animal architect. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Medieval Battle Tech: Land and Sea
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 1: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
Technology is often driven by the need to defend territories or the desire to conquer new ones. In this class, students will learn about offensive and defensive techniques in medieval warfare. They will learn Tinkercad to design and 3D print models of some of these. Students will then take on the role of military advisors and invent “secret weapons” that would have been plausible at the time but were not invented until much later. For the final sessions of the course, we will role play famous land and naval battles of the period, but with a twist! Students will incorporate their own secret weapons to the respective sides. Mastery will be demonstrated by being able to discuss and apply strategy and technology appropriate to the period. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $10 materials fee is required; in addition students may be asked to bring in some common items like paper towel tubes, cereal boxes, etc for constructions.

Your Afternoon Podcast
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 1: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
There are over 2 million podcasts with episodes on just about every topic you can imagine, but there’s always room for your voice to be heard! Students in this class will learn the pieces necessary to produce an original podcast that stands out. Topics will include coming up with the idea for a show, speaking on the radio, conducting great interviews, recording in different settings, editing dialogue, sound design with music and effects, submitting your show, gaining an audience, and designing cover art. Whether you are a longtime listener or recent podcast enthusiast, you’ll develop valuable skills in oral communication and creativity while having a great time with your fellow future hosts!

Online
Online
Myths and Monsters
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 1: Online from 9:30-10:30am PT
Cultures all around the globe feature fantastical creatures, including fire-breathing dragons, bizarre chemicals hybrids, quasi-humans, and multi-headed monstrosities. Behind the myth, however, there lies a kernel of truth based in biological fact. In Myth & Monsters, we will separate fact from fantasy as we uncover the real-world origins and scientific explanations behind some of the world’s best-known mythical beasts, including dragons, unicorns, Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, werewolves, Pokemon, and more. Mastery will be demonstrated through hands-on observation of fossils and animal artifacts, in-depth group discussion on cultural beliefs, and tests of acquired knowledge.

Toxic Bestiary: A Guide to Venomous and Poisonous Creatures
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 1: Online from 10:45-11:45am PT
Did you ever consider the difference between poison and venom? In this course, students will take an in-depth look at the animal kingdom’s masters of toxicity, from the tiny by deadly Blue-Ringed Octopus to the world’s longest snake, King Cobra. Topics covered will include how these magnificent creatures create and utilize their toxins, the effects of poison and venom on prey, and safety protocols as precautionary measures should you be on the receiving end of a bite or sting. Mastery will be demonstrated by a final creative project illustrating concepts covered.

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What Would Socrates Say?
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 1: Online from 1:00-2:00pm PT
Students in this class will be introduced to foundational philosophy concepts while learning how to question, reason and debate in the tradition of Socratic thought. Drawing from influential thinkers chronicled in Nigel Warburton’s “”A Little History of Philosophy” and poignantly illuminated by children’s authors Shel Silverstein and others, this course will guide students to discover their own insights as they hone their verbal and listening skills in spirited dialogue. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of concepts in discussion and the construction of a creative project.

Summer Session 1 (June 20 – July 1, M-F)
In Person

Summer Session 2 (July 11 - 22, M-F)

Summer Session 2 (July 11 – 22, M-F)

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Ages 6 to 9
Ages 9 to 12
Ages 10 to 14
Ages 12 to 14
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
In Person
In Person
Science in Action 2
9:00 am – 10:30 am
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 2: In Person from 9:00-10:30am
In this class, students will conduct hands-on experiments that span across divisions of science including chemistry, physics, geology, environmental science, life science and more. From static electricity to the origin of tornados and tsunamis to what is hiding inside a dead log, this class will continue the quest to discover through questioning, gathering and evaluating evidence, and communicating to others their scientific findings. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the scientific method to lab and field experiments, and the construction of creative projects. Completion of Science in Action 1 is recommended, but not required. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

STEAM Challenges
9:00 am – 10:30 am
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 2: In Person from 9:00-10:30am
Calling all engineers, inventors, and builders! Get ready to take on exciting challenges that will put your innovation to the test. This course will present students with a task that combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math, then they’ll work to creatively accomplish the feat while following the guidelines. These challenges support both independence and teamwork skills while strengthening engineering intuition and hands-on building techniques. Mastery will be demonstrated by completion of a final independent STEAM challenge that will show students’ abilities to create a prototype and improve upon it based on its success. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Call of the Wild: Skills for the Outdoor Adventurer
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
In this class, students will learn how to be self-sufficient out on the trail by practicing skills such as knot-tying, map reading, outdoor cooking, and by learning various ways to stay safe in the wilderness
In Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Session 2: In Person from 10:00am-12:00pm
Summer is the perfect time to explore the great outdoors, but to get the most out of your nature expeditions, you’ll need some know-how in addition to your hiking gear to venture into the wilderness with confidence and to even lead the pack! In this class, students will learn how to be self-sufficient out on the trail by practicing skills such as knot-tying, map reading, outdoor cooking, and by learning various ways to stay safe in the wilderness including how to distinguish edible plants from poisonous ones. Perhaps most importantly, students will learn how to protect the precious natural environment around them as they put their newfound skills to the test. Mastery will be demonstrated through hands-on activities and discussion. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Music and Lyrics: The Poetry of Songwriting
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 2: In Person from 10:45am-12:15pm
You don’t have to be a pop star to put words to music! In this class, students will apply basic knowledge of poetic elements such as rhythm, rhyme scheme, alliteration, simile, metaphor and mood to create their own lyrics set to songs. From folk tunes and the blues to Broadway hits and rock ‘n roll, students will take a page from history’s musical greats to practice poetic analysis, critical thinking, and word play that will strengthen their emerging skills in writing and self-expression.

World Geography
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 2: In Person from 10:45am-12:15pm
Dust off your compass for an adventure across the globe to discover the why behind the where—Geography! In this class, students will locate cities, countries and territories to examine how the natural environment impacts human culture, from the structures they build, to the resources they use and trade, to the borders they share with neighbors. By comparing and contrasting earth’s physical properties in places as diverse as Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and Qatar, students will broaden their understanding of the human societies that spread across it.

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Biology of Me
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 2: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
The human body can do amazing things! How does it taste and digest food, observe the world, breathe air, and pump blood? In this class, students will interactively learn about the systems of the human body and gain a deep functional knowledge of how different organs work together. Through hands-on projects and lab activities, students will better understand how the various human body systems work both independently and together. In addition, students will investigate how things like poor food choices can damage these vital systems, as well as the strength of the body’s healing power when put to the test. Mastery will be determined by hands-on projects and lab activities. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

First Contact
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 2: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
What would you do if you and your scientific team were tasked with communicating with beings from another planet? Alternatively, what would you do if you and your alien community were suddenly visited by a group of curious, inquiring humans? This role-playing course will give students background in the engineering and science needed to work their way through various first-contact scenarios. Aliens and humans will have to decide whether to cooperate or clash—but only once they’ve learned how to communicate with each other! Students must be active independently and in teams to problem-solve how to anticipate the actions of intelligences very unlike their own. Students will learn the simple design program Tinkercad to mockup 3D designs of aliens, extraterrestrial habitats and more. Student-designed 3D models will be printed at IEA’s Learning Center. Mastery will be demonstrated when students exhibit problem-solving skills and empathy to save human and alien civilizations.

The Lab
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 2: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
Are you eager to get to know your way around a science lab, but unsure which field to focus your curiosity? Students in The Lab will have the opportunity to conduct a wide range of experiments in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and more. These experiments will include activities such as applying the Tyndall Effect to separate pure substances from heterogeneous mixtures, growing bacteria in student-made agar plates, and using a dissection microscope to observe the growth of tardigrades. In the process, students will also learn lab safety practices and proper use of scientific equipment. This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring a variety of Natural Sciences, as well as students who are eager to practice scientific inquiry within a lab setting. Mastery will be demonstrated by student’s application of the scientific method to draw viable predictions and conclusions based on data gathered through hands-on experiments.”

Intro to Physics
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 2: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
In this class, students will be introduced to some basic laws of physics through hands-on projects and experiments. Students will discuss and debate the different sources of energy that can be converted into electricity and they will conduct experiments to determine the effects of momentum on collisions. Students will engage in demonstrations of Newton’s three laws of motion, and they will discover how to do science–physics style! MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Genetics: A Splice of Life
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 2: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
This class will provide students with knowledge of genetics through an overview of the history of the study of inheritance, a discussion of the origins of genetic variation and diversity, DNA replication mechanisms, and real-life applications. Students will also learn about the mutations in the human genome that cause genetic disorders. Finally, we will discuss the development of genetic techniques, such as sequencing and genetic engineering, and its role scientific research and modern medicine. Mastery will be demonstrated by accurate predictions and conclusions based on genetic data, fluency in genetic terminology and pathologies, and an understanding of both the positive implications and potential problems associated with genetic engineering techniques. Pre-requisites: Students must be comfortable with higher levels of probability math problems and general knowledge of DNA as the mechanism for inheritance.

Rube Goldberg 2: Advanced Mechanisms
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 2: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
Over the course of this class, students will become modern day Rube Goldbergs as they design and build a machine named after the American cartoonist and inventor. Students will watch videos of, and then reverse-engineer, features of popular Rube Goldberg machines. They will combine these ideas to build their own contraption that relies on a chain reaction to do simple tasks. This interdisciplinary class combines engineering, math, and science concepts like simple and compound machines, potential and kinetic energy, pendulum motion, and more. Mastery will be demonstrated by designing and constructing an original Rube Goldberg machine that successfully illustrates an understanding of concepts covered in class. Rube Goldberg: Machines and Mazes (9-12) is not a prerequisite for this course. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $15 materials fee is required; students also may be asked to bring in some common items like paper towel tubes, cereal boxes, etc for constructions.

Online
Online
Fauna of the La Brea Tar Pits
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 2: Online from 9:30-10:30am PT
Dinosaurs ruled the planet for over 150 million. They flourished just about everywhere . . . except California. For much of the Mesozoic, our beloved Golden State was at the bottom of the sea. It was not until the Cenozoic, the Age of Mammals, that California became inhabited by fantastic prehistoric beasts. Here in Fauna of the La Brea Tar Pits, prepare yourself for a paleontological journey where you will learn about the incredible megafauna that used to roam ancient Los Angeles just a few tens of millennia ago and gets up close and personal to fossils from Ice Age icons such as the mammoth, sabertooth cat, and more!

Cetology
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 2: Online from 10:45-11:45am PT
Thar she blows! Few creatures inspire such feelings of awe and wonder as do whales. In Cetology we will take an in-depth look at the natural history of these remarkable animals, from their aquatic adaptions and ecology to their fascinating evolution from landlubber to leviathan. We will discuss the impacts whales have had on human culture as well as the impacts human culture has had on whales. Mastery will be demonstrated by students developing a final project on ecological conservation efforts to support the preservation of these amazing creatures.

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Ka-Pow! Graphic Novels and the Hero's Journey
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 2: Online from 1:00-2:00pm PT
Comics and graphic novels, or sequential art, have become some of the most accessible and engaging media for storytelling in the world. This course will provide students with the tools necessary to carefully balance art and language to construct narratives that bring the Hero’s Journey to life, from epic tales of adventure and allies, to adversity and triumph! Students will learn and apply elements of creation unique to graphic novels including storyboarding, page layout, panel transitions, text distribution, and more to develop their own characters and stories as action-packed as Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. By the end of the course, students will have completed the beginning pages of their graphic novels, and will have a road map for going all the way through to a finished product. Students can successfully participate in the class using household art supplies, however, a list of recommended materials will be provided in the syllabus upon confirmed enrollment in the course.

Cardiology: Matters of the Heart
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 2: Online from 1:00-2:00pm PT
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.

Pathology of Viruses
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 2: Online from 2:15-3:15pm PT
The goal of this class is to instruct students on the molecular biology and biochemistry of viruses and virus infection. Students will learn the fundamentals of virus structure, virus multiplication (lytic and lysogenic cycles), disease mechanisms, prevention and intervention of infection, and how viruses pose threats to human and animal health through emergence and evolution. We will discuss selected examples of viruses that impact our world and everyday life. The first week the course will focus on viruses pathogenic to animals and during the second week we will focus on learning a “”bug (virus) per day.” At the course’s conclusion, students will understand principles and themes in modern-day virology, including virus pathogenesis, vaccination, anti-viral drugs, and gene therapy.

Intro to Web Design
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 2: Online from 2:15-3:15pm PT
This class will introduce students to basic front end web design and coding. Throughout the course students will learn the basics of planning and designing effective web pages. From a foundation of basic web design principles, students will create web pages by writing HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) code to produce a functional, multi-page website. Students will recognize and understand HTML web page elements; enhance web pages using text formatting, color, graphics, and images; understand the role of CSS in formatting and layout; and understand and successfully apply design principles.

Summer Session 2 (July 11 – 22, M-F)
In Person

Summer Session 3 (August 1 - 12, M-F)

Summer Session 3 (August 1 – 12, M-F)

Showing All
Ages 6 to 9
Ages 9 to 12
Ages 10 to 14
Ages 12 to 14
8 am
9 am
10 am
11 am
12 pm
1 pm
2 pm
3 pm
4 pm
In Person
In Person
Balloon Force! Newton's Laws of Motion
9:00 am – 10:30 am
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 3: In Person from 9:00-10:30am
Up, up, and away we go! This course will explore how balloons can be used to power a vehicle, absorb chemicals, or propel a hovercraft. Students will experiment with physics, chemistry, aerodynamics, and more using ordinary balloons. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Think Tank: Innovation Lab
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Students will have the opportunity to develop their creativity and engineering skills as they collaborate to tackle real-world challenges that result in new and improved methods and creations.
In Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Session 3: In Person from 10:00am-12:00pm
Ready to put your imagination to the test? Innovation Lab is all about taking what already exists and reimagining the possibilities. Students will have the opportunity to develop their creativity and engineering skills as they collaborate to tackle real-world challenges that result in new and improved methods and creations. How could you make ecofriendly sneakers? How could you build a better lunchbox? Get ready to bring your ideas to the table for innovative, interdisciplinary solutions that play on your ingenuity! Mastery will be demonstrated through hands-on projects and collaborative activities that illustrate concepts covered.

Poetry Book: From Picture to Print
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 3: In Person from 10:45am-12:15pm
In this class, students will enter into the world of writing by building and combining various strategies in different types of poetry including Haiku, cinquain, free verse, limerick, and many more! This class will encourage students to write freely and creatively and develop an appreciation for the infinite possibilities that arise when language is combined with play. Students will explore visual modes of art-making that complement their literary adventure. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of poetic terms, forms, and processes presented in an original illustrated book of poetry.

We The People: The American Constitution
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 3: In Person from 10:45am-12:15pm
We the People explores how intelligent people with very different beliefs worked together to design a government that was more just than any in existence at that time. In this class we will learn about what each branch of government can and cannot do, and why we chose to design it this way. We built in the ability to change our Constitution, and we began to add to it before it was the law of the land. We will look at these changes and discover the reasons why they are important.

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Math for Future Architects
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 3: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
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 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. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Rube Goldberg: Machines and Mazes
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 3: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
Students will become modern-day Rube Goldbergs as they design and build a machine named after the American cartoonist and inventor. Students will first learn the history and mechanics behind popular Rube Goldberg machines and then set off to build their own contraption that relies on a chain reaction to do simple tasks. Instructors will prepare a list of suggested household items or toys for each week (e.g. paper towel tubes, paper plates, string, dominoes), and students will combine these to learn about simple machines like the lever, inclined plane, and possibly wheel and axle. Mastery will be demonstrated by designing and constructing an original Rube Goldberg machine that successfully (and creatively!) illustrates an understanding of concepts covered in class. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $15 materials fee is required; students also may be asked to bring in some common items like paper towel tubes, cereal boxes, etc for constructions.

Robotics: Makebot Challenge
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 3: In Person from 1:00-2:30pm
Students in this class will be presented with advanced robot challenges through research, testing and building designs using multi-port Hub motors and actuators. Skills will be higher-ordered thinking, group cooperation, and problem-solving. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the engineering and coding methods in field challenges, and the construction of creative projects. MATERIALS REQUIRED: An $80 materials fee is required for the purchase of a Makeblock mBot Coding Robot Kit.

Robotics: Get Rolling!
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 3: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
What is a robot, and how does it work? Stretch your imagination by having fun with engineering and coding to explore the world of robotics! In this class, students will become confident learners as they undertake real-world solutions. Skills will be more complex thinking, group cooperation, and problem-solving. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the building and coding methods to construct independent and group projects. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $50 materials fee is required for the purchase of a Sphero Mini robot.

Mission to Mars
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 3: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
What is it like to plan a mission to Mars? In this class, students will delve into the world of interplanetary exploration as they investigate the surface of Mars and plan their own missions to the Martian surface. Students will learn to access and analyze data from NASA spacecraft and gain an understanding of the variety of techniques and data available to study planetary surfaces. With an understanding of relevant scientific techniques and current questions about the Martian surface, students will not only outline their own mission, but select a landing site and scientific instruments within engineering constraints. Mastery will be demonstrated through a set of mission planning exercises that will lead to development of a mission plan that is scientifically viable and possible.

Electronics for Cosplay
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
In Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 3: In Person from 2:45-4:15pm
Do you want to learn how to use basic electronics to create costumes that light up and respond to sensors? This course will teach you how to use the Circuit Playground Express, a specialized microprocessor that has sensors to detect acceleration, sound, light, and more, and the ability to light up in different colors in response. Over the course of the two weeks, students will create and take home a basic wearable device that they can use to emulate their favorite superhero(ine), or create their own look! Mastery will be demonstrated by programming and testing a device. Some programming background (in C, Python, Arduino, etc) will be helpful but not absolutely required. If students will want to continue developing after class is over, they may want to bring their own laptop computer (not tablet) to install all the needed open-source free software we will use as we go. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $35 materials fee is required.

Online
Online
Action Engineering
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Session 3: Online from 9:30-10:30am PT
Pop it up, fling it far, light it up, and make it climb. Use circuits, stored energy, friction, and mechanical motion and make your creations MOVE! Each session will introduce students to a simple mechanism that will allow their creations to come to life. Throughout the course, students will be given challenges with specific criteria and constraints. We will work through the design process (Explore –>Plan –>Create –>Test –>Refine) to solve these challenges. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $35 materials fee is required for purchase of a supplies kit to be mailed or available for pick up prior to the first day of class. A list of additional household materials such as recyclables and basic craft supplies will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Wildlife of Disney
Online Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Session 3: Online from 9:30-10:30am PT
Welcome to Wildlife of Disney! In this class, we will separate the fact from the fiction as we take an in-depth look at the animals in some of our favorite Disney films. We will discuss not only actual animal biology and natural history while examining real animal artifacts, but the impact of artistic license, pop cultural ideals, and storytelling symbolism behind the depictions of beloved animated classics such as The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and more!

Secrets of the Snake
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Session 3: Online from 10:45-11:45am PT
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.” -Plato
Snakes are some of the most feared creatures on planet Earth, and yet they are also one of the most misunderstood. In this class, students will learn all there is to know about snakes, from their evolution and biodiversity to their locomotion and senses, to their rightful place in the labyrinth of human history, religion and folklore. Students will have the opportunity to interact with live pet serpents, then build on their knowledge to construct an original serpentarium that exhibits their understanding and appreciate for what makes a snake a snake

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Virtual Escape Room: Museum Mystery
Online Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Session 3: Online from 1:00-2:00pm PT
Your team of investigators has been called to take a case at the City Museum where the current museum director has uncovered evidence of a rare and valuable item hidden in the museum, and it is up to you and your team to find it. Together, you will gather the information and clues necessary to solve puzzles and problems, reveal passwords, and decipher codes. Clues and hints could be anywhere. Solving one puzzle may provide the clue to unlock another! The mystery will be impossible to solve without the help of your investigative team, so collaborating, communicating, and sharing with your teammates will be an important part of successfully advancing through the case; however, you must also keep your discoveries safe from prying eyes! In order to ensure only your team will be able to access important information, you will need to create your own codes and puzzles for your teammates to solve before they can safely unlock the information you want to share. Can your team solve the mystery in time? This escape-room inspired course will encourage students to observe, gather and evaluate evidence, think critically (and laterally!), communicate findings, and problem solve in a collaborative setting. Mastery will be demonstrated through ongoing group problem solving and development of original puzzles. Prerequisites: Students must be comfortable working in groups and communicating with peers.

Web Design 2
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Session 3: Online from 2:15-3:15pm PT
This class expands upon the topics and skills covered in the course, Intro to Web Design. Students will bring their understanding of design basics, site structure and layout, and basic coding to begin to work with more complex HTML and CSS, including responsive design and design for mobile devices. We will also explore new front-end coding languages, as we expand our skills with an introduction to Javascript. Combining previous understanding with new concepts and code presented in this course, students will create a responsive multi-page website that displays properly on multiple devices and includes media and Javascript elements. Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Web Design or understanding of and ability to apply concepts presented in the course with instructor’s approval.

Summer Session 3 (August 1 – 12, M-F)
In Person

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SUMMER 2022 TUITION
  • 120 Minute In Person – $525 for 20 hours of in-person instruction
  • 90 Minute In Person – $400 for 15 hours of in-person instruction
  • 75 Minute Online – $300 for 12.5 hours of online instruction
  • 60 Minute Online – $250 for 10 hours of online instruction

Materials

Some additional materials fees and supply purchases may apply and will be listed in the course description. A full supplies list will be provided in the syllabus upon your child’s confirmed enrollment.

Summer 2022 Discounts

  • Multiple class discount: $20 off for each additional class
  • Early bird discount: $20 off total tuition for enrolling before May 2
  • Sibling Discount: $20 
    • Siblings enrolled in the same session will receive $20 off each student’s total tuition.

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE!

In an effort to ensure all qualified families have access to programming, IEA has increased our overall financial aid packages for families in need.

Financial aid is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to qualified applicants. Please click here to fill out a Financial Aid Request form to receive IEA’s Financial Aid materials.

PAYMENT AND REFUNDS

Tuition may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, or check (made payable to Institute for Educational Advancement).

A non-refundable deposit of $50 per class is due upon confirmation of your child’s class placement. The remaining tuition less the paid deposit amount is due after the first class meeting. There are no refunds for withdrawals after the second class.

If you will be paying tuition in part or in full using charter school funds, please contact us at academy@educationaladvancement.org. IEA is an approved vendor with many charter schools, including:

  • Blue Ridge (part of Inspire Charter Schools)
  • Golden Valley
  • iLead
  • Sage Oak
  • Sky Mountain
  • Ocean Grove
  • Compass
  • Epic
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