Spyglass: Online Workshops - Institute for Educational Advancement
 

Join us for exploration and discovery through interactive video workshops! Spyglass, IEA’s new distance learning program, uses a digital platform to bring high-level content into the homes of gifted and advanced students across the country. Spyglass will consist of live, interactive sessions, both standalone and in series, on a variety of topics for a range of ages.

Spyglass develops the whole child by:

  • Providing crucial intellectual and social stimulation to gifted and advanced students
  • Promoting optimal challenge in a variety of subject areas
  • Building a nationwide community of like-minded learners and content experts

Upcoming Online Workshops

Have you wondered why it’s been so difficult to get rid of COVID-19? Science and politics aside, the answer is simple: logic. While it might seem like people haven’t been behaving logically, once you account for their beliefs about how others will act, their behaviors actually start to make a lot of sense. To help us understand what is rational vs. what is not, we will explore the field of game theory in our first 2 classes. However, knowing that nobody is rational all the time brings us to the field of behavioral economics.  In classes 3 and 4, we will examine common biases underlying our decisions. Students should walk away with a fresh appreciation of how people think and the impact that has on how they act, especially as it pertains to interactions with others. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Duke Shao graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Economics and Public Health and is currently a pricing manager at a leading biotechnology company. His two passions in life are working with children and traveling, so he hopes to retire early someday to teach elementary school in different countries. Having participated in various gifted education programs himself, Duke would love to give back to the community and help inspire the next generation of gifted youth. 

DETAILS

When: 9:30-11:00 am PDT 
February 20, February 27, March 6 and March 13

Duration: 1.5 hours

Where: ONLINE ONLY- Registration link will be sent upon successful enrollment 

Cost: $130 for the 4-part series* 

Please note upon registration, a Spyglass team member will be in touch with you via email to confirm and finalize your child’s enrollment in the workshop.

*Financial aid is available to qualified families in need. Participants must attend the entire series. 

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ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 10-14
  • Passionate about learning

*You do not need to be a current IEA student to register for Spyglass. Students from all school districts are welcome.

These mathematical poetry workshops combine poetry with math in an 8-part series, covering simple geometry, Fibonacci numbers and sequences, ancient math, topology, cryptology, knot theory, algorithms, and fractals. Each workshop will also have some fun art and craft activities to enhance the understanding of math and poetry concepts!

Week 1 – Geometry (September 19, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
This week, we’ll be starting off with some basic geometry — triangles, in particular. For poetry, we’ll be learning about concrete poems using simple shapes, or shapes of students’ choice.
Required materials: paper (origami, preferably, but regular notebook/printer paper is alright!)
 
Week 2 – Fibonacci Numbers (October 17, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 2, we’ll talk about the characteristics of Fibonacci numbers and what makes them so special! We’ll also be writing fibs — a type of poem that relies on the Fibonacci numbers and syllables. 
Required materials: paper (preferably graph paper), writing utensil
 
Week 3 – Ancient Math (November 21, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 3, we’re going to learn about the math of three different ancient civilizations, then write some number sense poems. Then, we’ll practice with the different number systems we learned. 
Required materials: paper, writing utensil
 
Week 4 – Topology (December 19, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 4, students will be introduced to very basic theoretical topology and how it affects real life! We’ll also write transforming poems and see how Mobius strips work. 
Required materials: paper, scissors, tape, writing utensil
 
Week 5 – Cryptology (January 16, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 5, we’ll learn about cryptology and how it’s used in real life. Students will learn two different coding systems, and learn to encode their own poems. 
Required materials: paper, writing utensil
 
Week 6 – Knot Theory (February 20, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 6, we’ll learn about knot theory and different knots, along with what makes a knot a knot and how to differentiate different knots. We’ll also create poems using knots and create our own knots! 
Required materials: paper clips, string
 
Week 7 – Algorithms (March 20, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In week 7, students will learn what an algorithm is, and how they work. We’ll also write algorithm acronym poems based on random generators. 
Required materials: none
 
Week 8 – Fractals (April 17, 11:30am-12:30pm PST)
In our last week, we’ll learn about three different fractals, and what fractals are. Students will also create their own fractals and write poems based on the fractal they draw. 
Required materials: paper, writing utensil

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Cassidy is a published author of poetry books and the founder of a nonprofit organization, iPoetTree. Her mission is to inspire young children to love writing through poetry. She offers free poetry workshops to children from kindergarten to sixth grade in the community and wherever she travels to. Cassidy has many varied interests, from writing poetry to playing the piano to learning about rocks and minerals. But when you ask her what her favorite subject is, she says it’s math! In her spare time, Cassidy is an avid reader and enjoys hanging out with her friends to shoot silly homemade movies. She is excited to share her love of poetry with others and hopes to inspire more kids to create their own poetic masterpieces.

DETAILS

When: 11:30am-12:30pm PST
Third Saturday of each month, unless otherwise specified:
September 19
October 17
November 21
December 19
January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17

Duration: 1 hours

Where: ONLINE ONLY- Registration link will be sent upon successful enrollment 

Cost: FREE!

Please note upon registration, a Spyglass team member will be in touch with you via email to confirm and finalize your child’s enrollment in the workshop.

Sign Up
Questions? Contact us!

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 9-12
  • Passionate about learning

*You do not need to be a current IEA student to register for Spyglass. Students from all school districts are welcome.