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

Techniques in Art will explore a variety of different art mediums and painting techniques using easy access materials available within your home or local craft stores. Each class will introduce a new art technique, explore the history and introduce famous artists within that medium all while tapping into your own creativity as we make art together. Each workshop runs independent of one another, students can enroll in every workshop or pick and choose which speaks to them.

1. Monday, July 27 Watercolor Techniques: In this tutorial, you will learn 13 watercolor techniques that can help you create texture and different effects in your watercolor paintings. You will learn how to create a flat and gradated wash, how to lift off the paint, mask the surface, use sgraffito to scratch into the paper, dry brush techniques, rubber cement, rubbing alcohol, salt and wet in wet techniques as well as how to make a tree using a straw! After you try these techniques the next step is to paint something using them.

2. Wednesday, July 29 Mosaic Art: In this tutorial, you will learn the process of producing a picture with colorful paper. Do you like to draw or paint? If so, you might want to try something new and make a mosaic. What exactly is a mosaic? It is a form of art where a surface is covered by small pieces of objects, like stones or tiles, that fit together tightly. When these pieces are carefully placed with color and size, they can create awesome geometric designs or even pictures. 

3. Friday, July 31 Stamping Technique: Stamping is a craft in which some type of ink made of dye or pigment is applied to an image or pattern that has been carved, molded, laser engraved. To create an image once pressed onto paper. 

4. Monday, August 3 Painting with a Straw: In this tutorial, you will learn how to paint an image with a straw. Another thing you will do is create a mosaic vase from our previous lesson on how to make a mosaic art piece. What we will be creating is Japanese Bonsai Tree with Vase. 

5. Wednesday, August 5 Paper Bowl Jellyfish: Make a fun jellyfish toy using a paper bowl and colored crepe paper strips. 

6. Friday, August 7 Changing Weather Picture: Draw a scenery and change the weather over the picture from sunny to rainy and vice-versa in this rotating picture project.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Justin Robinson is a mixed media artist and mixed graphics teacher at Cathedral High School. The high school level classes he teaches focus on intermixing technology and classic art techniques to create new and expressive art. Outside of the classroom, Justin primarily works in photography, but has recently been exploring graphic design and drawing through traditional and technological mediums. Teaching this workshop will be Justin’s second time working with IEA, and he is excited to spark the creativity of young minds in the gifted community.

DETAILS

When: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PST 
Monday, July 27
Wednesday, July 29
Friday, July 31 
Monday, August 3 
Wednesday, August 5 
Friday, August 7

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: $180 for the 6-part series or $35 per workshop* 

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.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. Student must attend the entire series.

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ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 6-9
  • Passionate about learning

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

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 RubeGoldberg 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, dominos, small toy car), and students will combine these to learn about simple machines like the lever, inclined plane, and 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.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Joan Horvath and Rich “Whosawhatsis” Cameron are the co-founders of Nonscriptum LLC(www.nonscriptum.com). Since 2015 their Pasadena-based consulting and training firm has focused on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech, with a particular focus on teaching math and science with 3D printing. Joan is an MIT alumna, recovering rocket scientist and educator. Rich is an open-source 3D printer hacker who designed the RepRap Wallace and Bukito 3D printers. They are working on their eight book together,which teaches calculus with 3D printed models.

DETAILS

When: 3:30-5:00 pm PST
Tuesday, August 11
Thursday, August 13
Tuesday, August 18
Thursday, August 20

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.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. Student must attend the entire series.

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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.

In this series, you’ll work in the Wolfram Mathematica software to: 
• Create a code to generate your own original fractal art 
• Ride on a gravity train through the middle of the Earth 
• Discover the statistical distribution of raindrops falling through the sky 
• Develop a close-up picture of chaos 
• Explore the endless possibilities of poker chips randomly thrown on a table 

This course includes a FREE license for Wolfram Mathematica.

Workshop Breakdown: 

1. Tuesday, July 21st: Fractal Art. We’ll study and use self-similar patterns such as the Mandelbrot set, Julia set and dragon curve to create original art using Mathematica.

2. Thursday, July 23rd: Gravity Train. This seminar is all about repeated motion and the patterns that arise. We’ll create roulette figures of curves that will take us through the middle of the Earth and around the sun.

3. Tuesday, July 28th: Numbers in Nature. What do poker chips randomly thrown on a table have to do with bacteria in a petri dish or stars in the sky? In this class, we will simulate nature using statistical distributions and discover the pattern of raindrops falling through the sky.

4. Thursday, July 30th: Chaos Close Up. In this seminar, we’ll produce complex, seemingly random patterns from simple, well-defined rules and generate original close-up images of the chaos that ensues. We’ll play mathematician John Conway’s “Game of Life” and look at Mathematica inventor Stephen Wolfram’s “Rule 30” for cellular automata. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Amanda is an astrophysicist, popular science writer and college physics professor. She is the founder of the Flying Apple STEM Science Academy FlyApple.org and TutorHorn.com. Her work on gamma-ray burst astronomy has appeared in The Astrophysical Journal and The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The thing Amanda enjoys most is working with students to solve interesting problems.

DETAILS

When: 2:00-3:30 pm PST
Tuesday, July 21
Thursday, July 23
Tuesday, July 28
Thursday, July 30

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: $130 for the 4-part series or $35 per workshop* 

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.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. 

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Questions? Contact us!

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 12-16
  • Passionate about learning

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

We will explore theories and critiques of society as well as our earthly existence through various perspectives of science fiction. We will discuss contemporary and historical topics found in Sci-Fi literature, films and television series such as H.G. Well’s The Time Machine, Bladerunner and Stranger Things respectively.

Workshop Breakdown: 

1. Tuesday, July 7th: Identity – We will examine ways in which science fiction engages with social identifiers such as race, class and gender.

2. Thursday, July 9th: Human Existence – We will discuss artificial intelligence and how several creators of media approach the question of what makes us human.

3. Tuesday, July 14th: Utopian/Dystopian Futures – We will explore the creation of alternative worlds influenced by technological advancements alongside social and political progressions/regressions.

4. Thursday, July 16th: Environmental Change and the Beyond – We will address how humans cope through science fiction with large-scale disasters (e.g. pandemics and climate change) and even interactions with alien entities.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Danielle A. Davis is a scholar and storyteller. She is currently finishing her PhD in the Theater and Performance Studies Program within UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Her current research project entitled Looking for Uncle Drew examines the performance of Black bodies and the function of aesthetics in American basketball. Danielle’s research and teaching interests include social theory; African American studies; theater and performance studies; dance studies; film and media studies; ethnomusicology and sound studies; science fiction studies; and gender studies.

DETAILS

When: 2:00-3:30 pm PST
Tuesday, July 7
Thursday, July 9
Tuesday, July 14 
Thursday, July 16

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: $130 for the 4-part series or $35 per workshop* 

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.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. 

Sign Up
Questions? Contact us!

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 12-16
  • Passionate about learning

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

Students will have the opportunity to work with Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) faculty and graduate students in a two week immersive program which introduces design thinking and fabrication techniques. The workshops are coordinated by design faculty and Youth Academic Outreach Coordinator, Betty Kassis and facilitated by two graduate-level architect students. Students will take advantage of some of the most advanced resources in the country, and experience the energy of this vital and creative institution. Through a unique series of innovative exercises, students will learn basic 3D modeling skills using Rhino and an introduction to graphical literacy using Photoshop and Illustrator. Emphasis is placed on the production of physical models constructed through a digital workflow, and the representation of these models to be produced in house and sent to student for their evolving portfolios. Students will also learn key design concepts, related vocabulary and communication skills through desk critiques, pinups and reviews.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Betty Kassis is co-principal of I/O, a Los Angeles based practice focusing on the development of dynamic architectural methodologies integrating design, technology and advanced fabrication techniques. Prior to joining I/O, Kassis gained experience working on numerous award-winning projects for the office of world renowned architect Frank Gehry, where she was project designer on multiple projects of various scales in different cities. She has also worked for the firm of Neil Denari, NMDA, on the award- winning Endeavor Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. Kassis was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Her work was exhibited in multiple venues such as the Rotterdam Biennale, Beyond Media in Florence and StudentWorks in Istanbul.

DETAILS

When: 10:30 am -12 pm then 1:00 pm-2:30 pm PST 
Monday, July 20, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020

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

Cost: $250 for the entire series* (18 hours of live instruction)

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. Students must have a desktop or laptop computer to use the required software; a mobile device or tablet will not be sufficient. Participants must attend the entire series.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. 

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ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • In Highschool 
  • Passionate about learning

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

This Spyglass Series will be held over 6 different sessions all aimed to help students prepare for college and their future careers. Participants can sign up for any of the workshops a la carte or for the entire 6 workshop series for a discount. View all of the information below! For any questions click here to email Program Manager Megan Figueroa. More details to come. Click here to sign up for email notifications for IEA’s Online Learning. 

College and Career Readiness Spyglass Workshop Series

DATEWORKSHOP SPEAKERWORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
June 24, 2020Charting your CourseDr. Daniel Greenwood & Beth Greenwood, Independent Educational Consultants, Greenwood Associates West Inc.Students will chart their course towards their ideal career. Dan and Beth Greenwood are experts in supporting individuals as they explore what careers best match their individual values, strengths and interests. During this time students will identify their top choices and chart the path to get there.
June 26, 2020College AdmissionsCourtney Stricklin-Burgan, Associate Dean of Admission, Occidental CollegeWhat are colleges looking for on an application? How do you cut through the noise and stand out? Get the insider's guide to college applications and admissions with Courtney Stricklin-Burgan, Associate Dean of Admissions at Occidental College.
July 1, 2020Networking is your Net WorthMegan Figueroa, Program Manager, Institute for Educational AdvancementWant to land a job or internship? Hope to apply for college? Building a strong network of authentic personal and professional relationships plays an important role in paving your way towards a future of success and security. Learn about the importance of networking and tips to help you reach a higher level of success.
July 3, 2020Exploring your Options in STEMDr. Kate Sleeth, Independent Career Consultant, EduKated STEMDream of becoming a doctor, astronaut, app developer, physicist, or engineer? Dr. Kate Sleeth is a career consultant that has worked with professionals in STEM for over a decade, and she is sharing her insights and experience navigating the field. Plan to think creatively and consider all the "out of box" ways you can incorporate your passions into your future career.
July 8, 2020Mastering the InterviewBonnie Raskin, CDB Program Director, Institute for Educational AdvancementWhat makes a strong interview? Is it personality, experience, expertise, luck? Speaker Bonnie Raskin has a long career of sitting on the oposite side of the table, and she knows what makes someone stand out. Join us as we identify, discuss and practice the skills and strategies that make a lasting impression.
July 10,20Financial ManagementMegan Watkins, Financial Consultant with World Financial GroupRounding out our College and Career Readiness Series is Megan Watkins, Financial Consultant with World Financial Group. Understanding financial management is an important element to planning your future and navigating the professional world. This workshop will develop the skills needed to establish a strong foundation and understanding of personal finances that could help you make your dreams a reality.

DETAILS

When: 4:00-5:30 pm PST
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Friday, July 3, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Friday, July 10, 2020

*To register, complete this form and you will be sent enrollment links to select which workshops you would like to attend. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: $180 for the 6-part series or $35 per workshop* 

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.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. 

Sign Up
Questions? Contact us!

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Highschool Students
  • Passionate about learning

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

We will explore various approaches to becoming changemakers for our communities through digital civics. Students will be able to identify reliable sources versus misinformation, utilize effective strategies for communicating information, and create impactful media content. Students will be encouraged to apply these skills through projects that raise awareness of causes important to them and their communities.

Workshop Breakdown: 

1. Tuesday, August 4th: Fact or Fiction. To help inform our research, we will review search strategies, what makes a resource reliable, and how to identify misinformation.

2. Thursday, August 6th: Raising Awareness. Using Canva, we will determine what makes posters and infographics impactful, and apply those strategies in developing one of our own.

3. Tuesday, August 11th: Telling the Story. Using WeVideo, we will consider what makes audiovisual resources effective tools for information sharing and create our own video to engage people with our cause.

4. Thursday, August 13th: Content and Conversations. When we share content, who sees it and how do we discuss our research and interests meaningfully? We will cover topics from echo chambers to engaging in civil discourse on digital platforms.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Bethany Ellerbrook holds an MLIS from the University of Washington. She has served as an archivist and librarian for UW Libraries, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and most recently, the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Her graduate research explored tween and teen media engagement. As a student of both library science and media production, she aims to educate youth about the many digital tools at their disposal to enact meaningful change and transform communities.

DETAILS

When: 2:00-3:30 pm PST
Tuesday, August 4th
Thursday, August 6th
Tuesday, August 11th
Thursday, August 13th


*To register, complete this form and you will be sent enrollment links to select which workshops you would like to attend. 

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: Free to our community. Donations are accepted.  

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.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. 

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Questions? Contact us!

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 12-14
  • Passionate about learning

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

We will explore techniques that are essential to public speaking and debate. Students will become familiar with the fundamentals of speaking persuasively, spontaneously, and they will learn the basics of developing an argument. Each lesson will encourage students to use public speaking as an avenue for creativity. Through this diverse workshop series, students will refine their communication skills while enjoying the engaging content.

Breakdown of each workshop topic:

1. Overcoming Fear and Learning Confidence

2. Fundamentals of Persuasive Speaking

3. Becoming a Humorous Speaker

4. Impromptu Speech Writing and Delivery

5. Making a Good Argument for Beginners

6. Summary Lesson and Commencement Speaking

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Reece Aguilar currently serves as an Assistant Debate Coach for the University of Southern California where he is an MA candidate in the public diplomacy program. Prior to coaching speech and debate, Reece was a District One Champion and nationally ranked college debater for the University of Nevada Las Vegas. In high school, he debated for Loyola High School Los Angeles where he won the Forensics Award. Reece has also served as a volunteer Instructor for the Salvation Army and Saint Rita’s Catholic School where he was responsible for teaching children ages five to twelve the basics of Speech and Debate.

DETAILS

When: 3:00-4:30 pm PST
Monday, July 6
Monday, July 13
Monday, July 20
Monday, July 27
Monday, August 3
Monday August 10 

Participants must attend the entire series.

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: $180 for the 6-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.

*Scholarships are available to qualified families in need. 

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.