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

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 digital tools. The workshops are coordinated by design faculty and Youth Academic Outreach Coordinator, Betty Kassis, and facilitated by two graduate-level architect students. Students will learn to work seamlessly between different tools to explore the terrain of their creativity 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. By the end of the workshop, students will have developed a new engagement in visual culture and digital design methods culminating in a centerpiece to their evolving portfolios for future college applications. Students will also learn key design concepts, related vocabulary and communication skills through desk critiques and reviews.  

 

Note: All programs utilize free trials, however students must have access to a computer that can run the software. All system requirements will be provided before payment is due.

 

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: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM PDT and 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM PDT
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:

July 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30

 

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

 

Cost: $300 for 18 hours of instruction (3 days a week for 2 weeks)*

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 14 to 18
  • 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 often think of science as a pursuit you can’t really get into until you have advanced degrees and equipment worth millions of dollars. However, scientists often need a lot of help collecting data in places we all go every day.  Or, they might need a lot of people to look at images collected by automated devices. In some cases, scientists want help extracting data from historical hand-written digitized documents, like old ship’s logs. All of these types of activities are called citizen science, and they need you! Participating might mean uploading photos of trees and birds in your neighborhood, or looking at photos or digitized records. Student’s work directly contributes to the results of real scientific projects, like the research done by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) . Click here to see IEA’s adopted MBARI float, which is currently at sea collecting ocean data for students to analyze!

In the introductory session we will go over how this works and see what student interests are and what kinds of environments they might have available for observation. Then, for the next three weeks we will introduce one or more projects per week and introduce the background science. In class, we’ll all start up and do any required training together. Students can then keep going if they’d like after class. The last week will be a “micro-symposium” in which each student will present progress in one or more projects to their peers, and talk about any data-taking trouble they had and what was surprising to them. Parents will be encouraged to sit in. Note that many citizen science projects require participants to be at least 13, or the organizing scientists may require that a parent review a participation agreement for students under 18.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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:

Five Total Tuesday Sessions
Session Date (s) Time
Organizational Session Tuesday, July 20 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Working Session Tuesday, July 27, August 23 and August 10 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Microsymposium Tuesday, August 17 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

 

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

 

Cost: $150 for 1-hour orientation plus four 90-minute installments*

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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Questions? Contact us!

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 13+ (this is strict due to the limitations on many citizen science project participant ages)
  • 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 Rube Goldberg 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 SPEAKER

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 PM – 5:00 PM PDT
Thursdays on July 29, August 5, 12 and 19

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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Questions? Contact us!

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 9 to 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.

This course will teach students with some knowledge of robotics how to create a small robot that can run autonomously under the control of an Arduino microcontroller. Arduinos are very flexible open-source microcontrollers with a large ecosystem of compatible sensors, motors and other things. In this Spyglass course students will be assisted in creating a basic self-balancing robot kit and programming it to move, sense its environment, and maybe even navigate autonomously.

This course assumes some basic knowledge of computer coding. Arduino programming will be done in the C programming language.

In class, students will learn how the Arduino works, and get some assistance with assembling their kits (although it will be assumed that they will work on it some outside of class). Then they will move on to more advanced behaviors. On one of the days in Week 2, students will have the option of either coming to IEA for hands-on assistance with robot assembly or joining online for one-on-one instruction.

On the last day of class, IEA will host a robot showcase for students to share the behaviors their robot has learned, and perhaps show off its aesthetics too. Students can either bring their robot to IEA or take a video of it that they will post to Flipgrid to share with their other students.

Students will need use of a laptop or desktop computer (not a tablet or Chromebook) to develop code, which is then uploaded to the robot. Mac, Windows or Linux is acceptable.

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
Tuesdays & Thursdays from July 27 to August 19 (See table below)

Duration: 2 hours

Where: Online, with two optional in person sessions (See table below)

Cost: $375 plus approximately $100 in purchased materials (robot kit and add-ons)*

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. 

Tuesdays & Thursdays for four weeks:
Session Type Date (s) Time
Online #1 Tue. July 27 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Online #2 Thur. July 29 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Online #3 Tue. August 3 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Optional In-Person Debug Thur. August 5 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT (in person)
or 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT (online)
Online #4 Tue. August 10 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Online #5 Thur. August 12 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Online #6 Tue. August 17 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
Optional In-Person Showcase
(Can still participate virtually)
Thur. August 19 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM PDT
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ELIGIBILITY

Participants must be:

  • Ages 12 to 15
  • Passionate about learning

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