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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.

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Spring 2022 Session – Online & In Person

IEA Academy is excited to announce that we will continue to offer both in-person and online courses for the Spring 2022 session.

In-person classes are held for 60 or 90 minute meetings at our Learning Center in Pasadena on Monday through Saturday. Classes are offered afterschool and throughout the day on Wednesdays and Fridays. In-person classes take full health precautions. Please see our COVID landing page for more information on policies and procedures.

Online classes are held throughout the week in live online video sessions for 60 or 75 minute lessons.

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 and intimate classes sizes for both online and in-person course

For more information about COVID-19 related protocols and procedures, please click here.

Financial aid is available for families in need.

Online & In-Person Session Dates: January 24 to April 25. No classes February 21 (President’s Day), April 4 to April 9 (Spring Break.)
Early Bird Application Deadline: Monday, December 20
Application Deadline: Monday, January 3

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Spring 2022 Schedule

Spring Academy Schedule 2022 (In-Person)

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Ages 6 to 9
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Ages 12 to 14
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Monday
Monday
Self-Paced Math
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In this class, students will be challenged to explore mathematical ideas at their own pace through building projects, games, worksheets, and assessments. (Click for details)
Self-Paced Math
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm Have you ever wondered how math is used in everyday life? How what you see and do connects to logic, creative inquiry and problem-solving? Get ready to put your math cap on! In this class, students will be challenged to explore mathematical ideas at their own pace through building projects, games, worksheets, and assessments. Students will build on their foundation and understanding of perimeter, area, and volume of Euclid’s element while being able to develop, discuss and use accurate, generalizable procedures to define and analyze dimensions. Mastery will be demonstrated by students using their conceptions and content knowledge to create story board math problems. Prerequisites: Students should be confident with addition, subtraction, and multiplication and begin understanding division. Students should be able to record their thinking.

Microbiology 2: Pathogens and Petri Dishes
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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. (Click for details)
Microbiology 2: Pathogens and Petri Dishes
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Mondays from 4:00-5:30pm 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. Pre-requisites: Completion of Microbiology 1 is recommended, but not required. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Tuesday
Tuesday
Kitchen Chemistry 2
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Students will learn the fundamentals of atomic structure and the periodic table of elements, as well as scientific techniques related to experiments in liquid chromatography, osmosis, and more. (Click for details)
Kitchen Chemistry 2
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm Put on your lab coat and apron! This combination course in chemistry and culinary arts will give new meaning to the expression, “food for thought.” Students will learn the fundamentals of atomic structure and the periodic table of elements, as well as scientific techniques related to experiments in liquid chromatography, osmosis, and more. Through making concoctions such as fruity popsicles and homemade whey, students will learn to savor the chemistry behind cooking. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the Scientific Method and cooking techniques, with beginner-level analysis of Chemistry concepts.Pre-requisites: Completion of Kitchen Chemistry 1 is recommended, but not required. Please report any allergies/medical conditions or sensitivity to food and plant material. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

STEAM Challenges
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Calling all engineers, inventors, and builders! (Click for details)
STEAM Challenges
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm 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.

Wednesday
Wednesday
Poetry Book: From Picture to Print
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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. (Click for details)
Poetry Book: From Picture to Print
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30am 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.

Global Awareness
10:00 am - 11:30 am
. Students will learn to think critically about world events using their historical and geographical contexts. (Click for details)
Global Awareness
10:00 am - 11:30 am
In-Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

In Person, Wednesdays from 10:00-11:30am In the 21st Century, it is more important than ever to understand that events around the world can affect us here in the United States. Students will learn to think critically about world events using their historical and geographical contexts. Though news headlines can be complicated, this class will help clarify them by examining a nation's shared borders, need for resources, diverse cultures, and more. At the end of the class, students will be able to locate countries that influence global affairs, identify their capitals, and provide a summary of why they are in the news.

Chemistry Lab
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
This class will cover the properties of matter, atomic structure, acids and bases, electrochemistry, types of reactions, and chemical bonds. (Click for details)
Chemistry Lab
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

In Person, Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm Students in this class will be introduced to what makes up the universe and how the most important chemistry discoveries were made. How do the 118 elements of the periodic table combine and react to create the world around us, and where did the periodic table come from? This class will cover 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 or subject of chemistry of your choice to your classmates. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

STEAM Building
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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! (Click for details)
STEAM Building
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm 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. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required."=

Create and Rule Your Own Country
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
You decide. Students will go step by step to create their own countries. (Click for details)
Create and Rule Your Own Country
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30pm 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.

Biology of Me
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Interactively learn about the systems of the human body and gain a deep functional knowledge of how different organs work together. (Click for details)
Biology of Me
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30pm 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.

Jurassic Life
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Students will have the opportunity to learn about dinosaur evolution and biology, all while examining real fossils and paleontological artifacts. (Click for details)
Jurassic Life
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30pm Welcome to Jurassic Life, the class 65 million years in the making! Get ready to separate the science fiction from the science fact as we take an in-depth look at one of the greatest film franchises in history, Jurassic Park. Students will have the opportunity to learn about dinosaur evolution and biology, all while examining real fossils and paleontological artifacts. We’ll discuss what the movies got right, what the movies got wrong, and even have a chance to create some of our own Mesozoic movie monsters! If you haven't seen any Jurassic Park flicks, start watching! Students will need to be familiar with the films to get the most out this class.

Backyard Astronomy
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Create simple devices such as a sundial, gnomon, basic astrolabe, and a marked-out meridian line to estimate their location, local time, time relative to the stars, and more. (Click for details)
Backyard Astronomy
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

In Person, Wednesdays from 2:30-3:45pm The movement of the sun, planets and stars has been used for timekeeping and navigation since antiquity. In this course, students will create simple devices such as a sundial, gnomon, basic astrolabe, and a marked-out meridian line to estimate their location, local time, time relative to the stars, and more. They will also map the analemma, the path the sun makes in the sky, and use it to deduce their track through space and time as the Earth moves along its orbit. Mastery will be demonstrated by building equipment and interpreting the data gathered with it..

Ornithology
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Course description coming soon!
Ornithology
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

In Person, Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm Course description coming soon!

Robotics: Get Rolling!
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Stretch your imagination by having fun with engineering and coding to explore the world of robotics! (Click for details)
Robotics: Get Rolling!
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm 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.

First Contact
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Alternatively, what would you do if you and your alien community were suddenly visited by a group of curious, inquiring humans?
First Contact
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm 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. Prints will be mailed or available for pickup so students can have their creation in physical form! Mastery will be demonstrated when students exhibit problem-solving skills and empathy to save human and alien civilizations.

Thursday
Thursday
Expository Writing: Writing for Impact
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Whether you’re a budding journalist or astrophysicist, learning the ropes of writing will help you communicate your big ideas with clarity and ease. (Click for details)
Expository Writing: Writing for Impact
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Thursdays from 1:45-3:15pm Whether you’re a budding journalist or astrophysicist, learning the ropes of writing will help you communicate your big ideas with clarity and ease. This course will take the mystery out of learning to write well by breaking down the writing process into manageable steps. Using a program called the Hochman Method from The Writing Revolution, students will learn writing strategies that will equip them to face any blank page with confidence. Sessions will focus on specific techniques and targeted feedback that match each student's needs. At the same time, students will have opportunities to pursue content based on their particular interests, with the objective to develop enjoyment and motivation in the writing process, in addition to skill and technique.

The Power of Speech and Debate
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
This course is for the student who desires to express themselves effectively and confidently in any situation, socially or academically. (Click for details)
The Power of Speech and Debate
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
10 to 14

In Person, Thursdays from 3:45-5:00pm 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.

Balloon Force! Newton's Laws of Motion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This course will explore how balloons can be used to power a vehicle, absorb chemicals, or propel a hovercraft. (Click for details)
Balloon Force! Newton's Laws of Motion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm 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 experiement with physics, chemistry, aerodynamics, and more using ordinary balloons. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Friday
Friday
Venomous and Poisonous Animals
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Course description coming soon!
Venomous and Poisonous Animals
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
12 to 14

In Person, Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm Course description coming soon!

Intro to Electronics
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
This hands-on class will help students explore the basic principles of electronics and conduct experiments using manipulatives for the understanding of Voltage, Amperes, Watts, and Ohms. (Click for details)
Intro to Electronics
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm Learn how and why the world of electronics, smartphones and computers work. This hands-on class will help students explore the basic principles of electronics and conduct experiments using manipulatives for the understanding of Voltage, Amperes, Watts, and Ohms. Students will conduct experiments using a solderless breadboard, a mechanism for developing prototype electronics and test circuit designs. Mastery will be demonstrated by the application of the scientific method in the lab and building experiments, and the construction of creative projects. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

Creative Writing with Leave Your Sleep
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Explore a short literary work through its musical interpretation, then apply newly acquired skills, perspectives, and problem-solving strategies to their own written work. (Click for details)
Creative Writing with Leave Your Sleep
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Fridays from 11:00am-12:30pm Enter the world of sleeping giants, river raft adventures and brave young hearts! Through music, literature and art, there is no nodding off in this creative writing class inspired by the curriculum, Leave Your Sleep for Education. Each week students will explore a short literary work through its musical interpretation, then apply newly acquired skills, perspectives, and problem-solving strategies to their own written work. This Writers Workshop-style class will encourage students to experiment with word choice, syntax, rhythm and rhyme to bring fresh possibilities to character development, setting and plot. Mastery will be demonstrated by the creation of a short written piece in the student’s genre of choice which illustrates independent thinking and progress in reading, writing, and verbal expression. Leave Your Sleep for Education is an initiative created by Gifted Support Center, Inc. that provides arts and music curriculum for elementary school children. Designed by experts in the field of gifted education, the LYSFE curriculum serves as a supplement to the Leave Your Sleep publication by Natalie Merchant and the children’s picture book she created with Barbara McClintock.

Intro to Physics
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Students will be introduced to some basic laws of physics through hands-on projects and experiments. (Click for details)
Intro to Physics
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Fridays from 1:00-2:30pm 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.

La Brea Tarpits: Flora and Fauna
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Learn about the incredible megafauna that used to roam ancient Los Angeles just a few tens of millennia ago (Click for details)
La Brea Tarpits: Flora and Fauna
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Fridays from 1:00-2:00pm 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!

Medieval Science and Machinery
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Learn about the various ways in which medieval scholars advanced knowledge in the fields of machinery, architecture, botany, mathematics, and chemistry (alchemy). (Click for details)
Medieval Science and Machinery
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
9 to 12

In Person, Fridays from 3:30-5:00pm 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. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A $25 materials fee is required.

The Periodic Table: Essential Elements
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Explore the different groups of elements, what gives them different qualities, why they react with one another, and how to interpret the symbols and structure of the periodic table. (Click for details)
The Periodic Table: Essential Elements
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
In-Person Class
Age Range
6 to 9

In Person, Fridays from 3:30-5:00pm From aluminum to zirconium, the periodic table organizes every element that exists – and those that have yet to be discovered! This class will dive into how elements are different at the atomic level and how those structural distinctions give them physical and chemical properties we can observe. Students will explore the different groups of elements, what gives them different qualities, why they react with one another, and how to interpret the symbols and structure of the periodic table. Mastery will be demonstrated through a project that explores and explains the observable physical and chemical properties of an element or compound.

Spring Academy Schedule 2022 (In-Person)
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Monday
Monday
Marvel Comics: The Hero's Journey
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Dive into the history and background of Marvel as you learn about the origins of your favorite superheroes such as Spider Man, Captain America, the Avengers, and more! (Click for details)
Marvel Comics: The Hero's Journey
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm PST Have you ever dreamed of creating your own superhero or building your own comic book empire? Are you fascinated by the complexity of Marvel’s heroes and villains? If so, this is the class for you! Dive into the history and background of Marvel as you learn about the origins of your favorite superheroes such as Spider Man, Captain America, the Avengers, and more! By the end of this course, students will understand the history and development of a comic book artists’ craft, and have the opportunity to create their own universe of characters.

Medieval Battles
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Students will learn about offensive and defensive techniques in medieval warfare, and learn Tinkercad to design and 3D print defensible castles.
Medieval Battles
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Mondays from 2:30-3:45pm PST Technology is often driven by the need to defend territories or the desire to conquer new ones. Students will learn about offensive and defensive techniques in medieval warfare, and learn Tinkercad to design and 3D print defensible castles. 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 few sessions of the course, we will table-top play the Battle of Agincourt, a famous battle where the English prevailed over a far larger French force and won because of superior technology and tactics. We will however add a twist, adding in the student-developed secret weapons to the respective sides. Mastery will be demonstrated by being able to discuss strategy and technology appropriate to the period.

Virtual Escape: Mansion Mystery Adventure
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Together you will gather information and clues to solve puzzles, reveal passwords, and decipher codes. (Click for details)
Virtual Escape: Mansion Mystery Adventure
Online Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Online, Mondays from 3:00-4:00pm PST Your team of investigators has been hired to solve a mystery at the strange and remote Shady Hollow Mansion. Together you will gather information and clues to solve puzzles, 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 group problem solving and creation of original puzzles. Course requirements: Students must be comfortable with communicating and collaborating as part of team.

Mission to Mars
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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. (Click for details)
Mission to Mars
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm PT 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. MATERIALS REQUIRED: This course requires the purchase of a Mars exploration kit ($35-$40). Details will be provided upon your child's confirmed enrollment.

Kitchen Chemistry
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
By combining everyday ingredients, you can create exciting colors, weird sounds, creepy textures and sometimes - explosions! (Click for details)
Kitchen Chemistry
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm PST 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 discussion. A materials list will be provided upon confirmed enrolled in the course.

Tuesday
Tuesday
Myths and Monsters
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cultures all around the globe feature fantastical creatures, including fire-breathing dragons, bizarre chemicals hybrids, quasi-humans, and multi-headed monstrosities. (Click for details)
Myths and Monsters
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm 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.

Environmental Justice
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Course description coming soon!
Environmental Justice
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Online, Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00pm PST Course description coming soon!

Wednesday
Wednesday
Math Circle
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Investigate classic problems and their derivatives, as well as those finicky everyday problems that pop up and beg for mathematical thinking. (Click for details)
Math Circle
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30am PST With Math Circle, even a non-solution can lead to the answer! In this class, students will investigate classic problems and their derivatives, as well as those finicky everyday problems that pop up and beg for mathematical thinking. From matrix puzzles and principles of enumeration to rational numbers and tessellations, activities will encourage students to establish a habit of mind that leads them to tackle ‘low ceiling, high threshold’ problems that are easy to understand but allow exploration at different levels. In addition to honing each student's math skills and increasing problem-solving confidence, this class will allow time for students to circle through deep ideas in mathematics, seeing them from different viewpoints. Mastery will be demonstrated by the student’s ability to communicate their thinking, apply new strategies, and participate in the group discovery process.

The Universe of Lewis Carroll
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Through examination of his fiction, verse, diary entries, and letters, students will work to discover, evaluate, and solve puzzles and problems; analyze paradoxes; and test rules. (Click for details)
The Universe of Lewis Carroll
Online Class
Age Range
10 to 14

Online, Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm PST Lewis Carroll is probably best known for his immortal Alice books, yet as a professor of mathematics at Oxford University, his diverse interests ranged from inventing games like ‘arithmetical croquet’, to symbolic logic and propositional calculus. In this class, students will explore Lewis Carroll’s mathematical recreations, games, puzzles, paradoxes, riddles, and word plays. Through examination of his fiction, verse, diary entries, and letters, students will work to discover, evaluate, and solve puzzles and problems; analyze paradoxes; and test rules. This is an interdisciplinary class in literary analysis, creative writing, logic, and mathematics. Students will consolidate their understanding by developing their own puzzles, problems, poems, and games.

Intro to Web Design
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This class will introduce students to basic web design and coding. (Click for details)
Intro to Web Design
Online Class
Age Range
12 to 14

Online, Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00pm PT This class will introduce students to basic 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 implement 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.

The Future of Science and Medicine
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Students will discuss careers in medicine, how science is changing, and how doctors support their patients' needs while mitigating risks. (Click for details)
The Future of Science and Medicine
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm PT This class will give students an introduction to the rapidly changing and incredibly important field of medical science! Students will discuss careers in medicine, how science is changing, and how doctors support their patients' needs while mitigating risks. They will also focus on disease transmission and medical science's ""tools of the trade"" for diagnostics, then will be tasked with solving medical mystery case studies using techniques and problem-solving skills. Finally, students will learn about treatments, prognosis, and the future of science.

Math for Future Architects
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Did you know that the link between math and architecture goes back to ancient times, when the two disciplines were virtually indistinguishable? (Click for details)
Math for Future Architects
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00pm PST 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.

Thursday
Thursday
Genetics: A Splice of Life
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Students will also learn about the mutations in the human genome that cause genetic disorders. (Click for details)
Genetics: A Splice of Life
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm PT 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.

Friday
Friday
Math Kitchen
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Learn about fractions through edible math in this integrated (reading, writing, math, cooking) unit.
Math Kitchen
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Fridays from 11:00-12:00pm PST Learn about fractions through edible math in this integrated (reading, writing, math, cooking) unit. Students explore fractions and food to learn concepts like equivalent fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions. Through authentic problem solving with popular, kid-friendly recipes, students learn to multiply and divide fractions and work with ratios. Students will scale recipes to a large amount and an individual portion to create a class ecookbook with “Monster Recipes” and “Dinner for One” recipes. Of course, we will cook the monster version of a recipe, too!

Action Engineering
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Each session will introduce students to a simple mechanism that will allow their creations to come to life. (Click for details)
Action Engineering
Online Class
Age Range
6 to 9

Online, Fridays from 1:00-2:00pm 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. A list of additional household materials such as recyclables and basic craft supplies will be provided upon enrollment in the course.

Saturday
Saturday
California's Awesome Nature
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Discover what makes California’s geography, climate and weather so diverse and appealing to its 39 million-plus residents. (Click for details)
California's Awesome Nature
Online Class
Age Range
9 to 12

Online, Saturdays from 10:00-11:00am PT 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 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.

Spring Academy Schedule 2022 (Online)

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Spring 2022 Tuition

 

  • 75 Minute In-Person Classes – $540 for 15 hours of instruction
  • 90 Minute In-Person Classes – $650 for 18 hours of instruction
  • 60 Minute Online Classes – $375 for 12 hours of instruction
  • 75 Minute Online Classes – $470 for 15 hours of 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.

 

Spring 2022 Discounts

 

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

 

Financial Aid 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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