Academy workshops advance students’ intellectual curiosity and passion by exposing them to unique topics through hands-on learning.

Academy workshops, which include both online and in-person learning opportunities, are a good option for families who may not be able to commit to a full Academy session or are looking to supplement their current Academy enrollment. Depending on the workshop or series, they may meet only once or up to six times.

Tuition is also dependent on the workshop, and financial aid is available for families in need. More details on each unique learning opportunity can be found below!


Elementary LEGO Mindstorms ev3 Robotics

Ages: 9-12 years old
Dates: Saturdays, June 15, 22, and 29, 2024
Time: 10 AM – noon and 1-3 PM* (12 hours of instruction total)
Tuition: $400 (Financial Aid is available)
Location: In-person at 540 S Marengo Ave, Pasadena CA 91101

Do you want to learn how to combine LEGOs and Scratch programming to make robots? Students will learn to program LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots with the widely-used Scratch visual programming language and assemble appropriate combinations of motors and mechanisms to complete different challenges. We will explore how robots work, and ways to use the mechanisms available to perform tasks. This workshop will be aimed for students a little younger than the Mindstorms class in Academy’s Summer Session 3 and will assume that most students have limited exposure to block programming.

*Students may either bring their own lunches and stay onsite from 12:00-1:00pm or can be picked up at noon and brought back at 1:00pm. This hourlong break ensures their robots will be fully charged for the afternoon, plus provides an opportunity for social connection and outside play (weather permitting). 

Deadline: Enroll by May 27. Space is limited. 


IEA offers Academy workshops year-round for ages 6-14 (for high school workshops, see EXPLORE). See a sample of our past Academy workshops below.

Ages: 8-10
Dates: Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 2:00-3:30pm
Location: In-person
Instructor: Carla Collier 

Students will first learn about how cells work through designing a “Cell City” and studying how the different parts of a cell work together. Then they’ll learn about cell differentiation and the remarkable healing abilities of stem cells by coming up with their own stem cell superhero. In the third meeting, students will discover how stem cells can address real-world challenges. They’ll learn about stem cells’ potential to heal and regenerate, using them as tools to solve environmental issues by navigating challenges and solving puzzles inspired by real-world scenarios. In the final session, the class will conduct hands-on experiments to demystify the magic of stem cells and explore their fascinating properties! This workshop series is open to students age 8 to 10, regardless of background knowledge. 

Sewer Science Informational Graphic with illustrations of murky green liquid flowing from a sewage pipe and chemistry lab beakers and pipes.

Ages: 10-14
Dates: April 2-4 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 2:00-4:30pm each day
Location: In-person

In this award-winning program, students create simulated wastewater, clean it through a series of physical, chemical, and biological treatment processes, and test it for various water quality parameters. The program not only teaches how wastewater is treated but also links science and technology to environmental impacts and issues. The materials for this Academy workshop series will be provided by the LA County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) and led by IEA STEM Specialist and EXPLORE advisor Monica Barsever.

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