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

What is the electoral college? Can we trust mail-in voting? How does polling work? The 2020 election season has been unusual to be sure, and its importance is undeniable. Most students may not be of voting age yet, but they aren’t far from it! In this Spyglass Series, we will explore the history of voting in the United States, the how-to of the matter, and what students can do right now to be a part of this democratic process.

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. A long-time fan of historical role-play games, she recognizes the value in contemplating what could have been. Bethany has formerly led courses about media and digital literacy. As a student of both library science and media production, she aims to help youth make sense of media and create their own to enact meaningful change that transforms communities.

DETAILS

When: 11:00am-12:30pm PT
Saturdays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: $130 for the whole series or $35 per workshop (select which option you’d like in the enrollment forms sent with your confirmation email)* 

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 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.

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 
October 17, 27, 31, and November 4

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 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.

The movement of the sun, planets and stars has been used for timekeeping and navigation since antiquity. In this course students will create simple devices (sundial, gnomon, basic astrolabe, and a marked-out meridian line) and use them to estimate their location, local time, time relative to the stars, and more. They will also map the analemma, the path the sun makes in the sky, and use it to deduce their track through space and time as the Earth moves along its orbit. The only equipment required will be some cardboard, tape, string and similar basic craft materials and a compass (or cell phone compass app). Students in the continental United States will need access to an outdoor space which is in full sun around their local noontime (for example, a sunny backyard or a south-facing large window). They will need to put out some markers that can stay there for the whole duration of the course so they can derive some of the phenomena that take a few months to become apparent. Students elsewhere in the world can contact the instructors for guidance. Mastery will be demonstrated by building equipment and interpreting the data from it.

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: 12:00-1:30 PM PST
Wednesdays:
October 21
November 4
November 18
December 2
December 16

Duration: 1.5 hours

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

Cost: $160 for the 5-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.

Sign Up
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.

Students will read visionary tales that explore connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. These short stories span genres–Sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism–but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be. In Session 1 and 2, we will discuss modes of storytelling in Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler that work within and outside the traditional boundaries of science fiction in order to envision progress towards social justice.  In Session 3 and 4, we will discuss short stories from an anthology about a variety of social and environmental issues by science fiction writers and activists.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Danielle A. Davis is a scholar and storyteller. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. 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: 3:00-4:30pm PST
November 3, 5, 10, and 12 

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. 

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.

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.

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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.