Join us for exploration and discovery through interactive video workshops! Spyglass, IEA’s 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

These mathematical poetry workshops combine poetry with math in an 4-part series, covering cryptology, Fibonacci numbers, fractals, and topology. Each workshop will also have some fun art and craft activities to enhance the understanding of math and poetry concepts!

Week 1 – Cryptology (December 11, 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 2 – Fibonacci Numbers (January 8, 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 – Fractals (February 12, 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
Week 4 – Topology (March 12, 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


Cassidy Kao 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.


When: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM PST on Saturdays

December 11, January 8, February 12 and March 12

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

Cost: Free!


Participants must be:

  • Ages 8 to 11
  • Passionate about learning

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

Upcoming Online Workshop

Jurassic Life is an online workshop series 65 million years in the making! Students will have the opportunity to learn about dinosaur evolution and biology from instructor Grayson Kent, all while examining real fossils and paleontological artifacts. We’ll discuss what the Jurassic Park movies got right and what they got wrong as we focus on a different dinosaur for each of the four classes (T. rex, Velociraptor, Spinosaurus, and Mosasaurus)!



4:30 – 5:30 PT

March 2

March 9

March 16

March 23

ONLINE ONLY – Registration link will be sent upon successful enrollment



Financial aid is available.

Participants must be:

  • Ages 9-14
  • Passionate about learning

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

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