Friday Explorations are an exciting new addition to our Upper School experience! Each week, students are venturing out into the neighboring cities to explore the world around them and learn more about their personal interests. Today's trip took our students into DC where they visited the U.S. Botanic Garden!
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Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Science is a private school for gifted 1st-12th grade stude
Envision a school that embraces your child’s curious nature. Our mission is to empower young minds to understand and improve the world. Ideaventions Academy for Mathematics and Science is an independent school for the gifted offering grades 4th–12th, where passionate teachers help intellectually-curious students pursue their interests as part of a lively community and through engaging experiences.
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And the adventure begins!! 🥳
We are looking forward to a great school year together!! 🤩📚💜
Shout out to our awesome high school students who volunteered to come in and help prepare the building for another great year! We appreciate you!! 👏🏻
Can you guess what this helper has been busy doing today? 🤔
Let the countdown begin… ⏲
We’ll see you all next week!! 🥳🤓📚
While our students are enjoying their last bit of summer break, the teachers are busy preparing for the new school year!
✅ First Aid Training
✅ CPR/AED Certification
We’ll miss you next year, Mr. Daniel!
A few photos from the graduation ceremony today. We love our seniors!
Congratulations to Loren and Sam, our 2022 graduates!
Chemical Rube Goldberg Machines
Our 7th Grade students have made chemical Rube Goldberg machines. Here’s one of the final products.
Last week, there was an “Ideamotions” amusement park! Erin, Avi, and Jack gave their presentations, and Jack also conducted his demonstration. Erin’s “Whiplash” project involved rotating “passengers” in two planes. She used different types of servo motors to power her wire frame ride. Avi presented his “double trouble” ride with consisted of both wire roller coaster areas, plus a funnel. His ride also had a section where the rider could go one of two ways depending on the position of a track selector. Jack presented his roller coaster/lazy river ride, which he also demonstrated. Jack’s ride started with a roller coaster loop, which then deposited the ball into a lazy river that had flowing water resulting from his use of a pump and tubing. The engineers did a great job, learned a lot about managing complex projects, learned how physical principles apply to amusement parks, and should be proud of the work they did this year.
Today was day one of spirit week. We had pajama day while playing a bunch of games at school and soccer at the field. So far, the "seniors" team is leading after day one. We'll see everyone for 80s day tomorrow.
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Yesterday, we were treated to a performance from the students in the Harp elective. In one semester, they learned three songs on a brand new instrument. Congratulations!
In Computer Science class, the 4th and 5th graders explored the use of the temperature sensor on their micro:bits. They began by making a simple program that displayed the temperature reading in celsius before adding code to convert the reading to temperature, and eventually varying the display based on how hot or cold the reading was. They enjoyed testing their programs with the hot air from the projector and a fan and mini-fridge in our classroom.
Last Friday, the 7th Grade engineers tested their CO2 propelled cars. Several cars ran the course in fractions of a second. They did several tests for each car, with some having exciting and catastrophic finishes. Since the foam cars turned out to be relatively safe, they did a few untethered tests to learn what type of trajectories would result from the CO2 propulsion without the tether or other stability features. They found that most went down the court, but not in straight lines and often flipping over, resulting in shorter travel distances.
Our 6th Grade biologists prepared for their big bacterial transformation lab. Students worked together to pour plates for the bacteria to grow on. Some of the plates contained antibiotics, while one did not, allowing them to have both positive and negative controls in their experiment. They worked hard to not contaminate their experiment by using aseptic technique. They also learned how to use micropipettes, an important tool for measuring very small amounts of liquid.
Our 4th/5th Grade engineers have been designing and building solar ovens. Last Friday, they insulated the inside of the oven using newspaper material and devised a mechanism to prop up and adjust the angle of the aluminum foil reflector. The engineers came up with different ways to do each task. They then took the ovens that were completed outside around 10:05 am and measured the temperature of a cup of water placed inside of them. They also set up a cup of water not in an oven as a control. After 15 minutes, the average oven temperature had gone up about 8 degrees F (about 4.4 degrees C), compared to the control which only increased by about 1 degree F. They left the ovens outside to see what temperatures they would reach by lunch time, which was an average of 122 F, compared to the control which was 95 F. I wonder what they will use them for next...
In the Music: Rhythm & Groove elective with Mr. Daniel and Ms. Sheri, students started practicing the finale of their seven-part song. It was a challenging rhythm that broke the tempo of our previous five parts and had inconsistent spacing between notes. It took quite a few tries, although everyone had a solid enough grasp of the rhythm to perform it in harmony at the end of class.
In the "Brain Teasers and Escape Room Design" elective, Sanjana (6th Gr.) created an escape room for her classmates to try and complete. In her project, students were stuck in a Dunkin’ Donuts and must escape by using the clues. Here are some photos of their efforts. Did they make it out alive?
Our 8th Grade engineers are in the process of designing and building their own guitars. Check out some of their progress before the final reveal!
In Chemistry class, students are developing chemical Rube Goldberg Machines. Here’s some photos of their progress, and we’ll share the final results when they’re ready!
In 8th Grade Government class, students debated today on whether the federal government should restore net neutrality laws. Each student put together a two-minute opening statement before the discussion opened up.
High school Honors World History students participated in a globalization simulation where they re-enacted a meeting of the World Trade Organization. Each student represented a country from around the world, and there were four issues on the agenda: fair trade and access to/competitiveness in the global market; free trade vs protectionism, including agricultural subsidies in developed countries and the question of developing countries’ ability to protect their industries; environmental issues; and the establishment of universal minimum labor standards/workers’ rights. They learned about the issues that were most important to their individual country, and then they tried to negotiate favorable terms toward a resolution. Students did a great job of trying to represent their country to the best of their ability on these complicated issues!
We are expanding to 1st-3rd grades! Come find out more information at one of our info sessions: this Saturday, May 14th from 10am to noon (in person at our school) and next Tuesday, May 17th online from 12:15pm-1:15pm. RSVP on our school website.
Ideaventions Expands to 1st-3rd Grades! 🔬 Intellectually curious children who love to learn will discover a close-knit community where they can be challenged while having fun. Come learn about our unique learning environment and creative curriculum by attending an in person info session on Saturday, May 14th from 10 am - noon or a virtual session on Tuesday, May 17th from 12:15-1:15 pm. Learn more at Ideaventions Academy.
Our AP World Historians enjoyed the sunshine and created some sidewalk art that reviewed some of the major themes from the course.
May the 4th be with you!
Yesterday, the 4th/5th Grades headed out into the field to perform stream monitoring of Colvin Run, a stream that feeds into Lake Fairfax. They met up with the watershed specialists, Mr. Benjamin Rhoades and Mr. Michael Geiger from the Reston Association. They led us through the scientific stream survey process that involved sampling for benthic macroinvertebrates. These are organisms that live along the bottom of the stream - many of them are the larval forms of insects such as mayflies, crane flies, and damselflies. They also found other organisms such as clams and a crayfish. Students counted around 250 organisms and really improved at being able to identify them.
AP mock exam for our AP Biology students. Working hard on a Sunday.
High school Honors World History students researched and created posters on the decolonization process of a country of their choosing. Yesterday, they shared their work with each other, and their posters are also on display in the cafe for the rest of the school to see.
On Friday, our 4th/5th graders explored Colonial Williamsburg. Once they arrived in Williamsburg, they ate lunch at Food For Thought. They then met up with their tour guide, Brandon, who started off the tour with a detailed exploration of both chambers of the bicameral Capitol building. They then traveled to the gaol (or jail to Americans). Afterward, they learned how homes were constructed by skilled enslaved people who learned carpentry. They then took a break to play the popular game of Hoop and Stick. They also made a stop at the tinsmith where they learned much of their output was domestic items such as pans, tankards, candlesticks, tea, and coffee pots. Lastly, students got their PE workout by retrieving water from a well. In order to wash clothes, 80 buckets of water needed to be retrieved! Once they left Colonial Williamsburg, we stopped for dinner at Pierce’s BBQ. Enjoy just a few of their pictures from the day!
Service project: We are collecting Used Book Donations for the African Library Project to supply a school in Malawi with 500+ books, and we need your help! Books should be in good condition, paperback only, in English, geared towards grades 4 - 8 reading level. We can include fiction, non-fiction, reference, life skills, careers, etc. Children’s educational magazines and National Geographics less than 5 years old are also accepted. Please avoid books that have a focus on US, North America, or Canadian history/government/holidays, any particular religion, or books with lots of slang that may be difficult for English learners to follow. Collections have just begun and run through late April. Thank you for your support. Feel free to share this post and help spread the word!
Our 4th/5th Grade Engineers continued their Stormwater Runoff (Environmental Engineering) unit. The engineers were amazed to see how much their green roof grasses had grown. They then worked on reducing runoff from impervious surfaces, such as parking lots and other paved areas. They were allowed to add up to two swales and two catch basins, as well as other materials. Most have decided to turn the vacant lot into a park, but with various designs. They should be able to conduct a full test of the city blocks in our next class, to see just how much water they can retain.
High School Honors Chemistry students completed a series of three experiments representing the three ways they can shift an equilibrium (pressure, concentration, and temperature). All three experiments involved a color change, allowing students to visualize the direction that the reaction shifted. They also, conveniently, allowed us to create solutions representing each color of the rainbow 🌈
Lower School students are presenting their projects at the Science and Engineering Fair today. Parents are welcome to stop by tomorrow (Friday) afternoon to view them, too.
Our 8th Grade Government students were joined by Virginia State Court of Appeals judge, Dan Ortiz, on Tuesday. He talked to the students about what he does on a typical day, his background in becoming a judge, and the process of writing a case opinion. He showed them several files and detailed all the reading and writing required of his job. This last detail was especially beneficial for our students to hear since they are participating in a simulation where they are acting as federal Circuit Court judges and will be writing case opinions.
Scenes from recess today
Our 7th Grade engineers continued working on the water rocket cars for their thrust and propulsion unit. The engineers reviewed several areas of improvement, including: eliminating valve leakage, reducing rolling friction, improving aerodynamics, and improving weight distribution. After working on improvements, they headed outside today for some testing. They still had several valve issues, which they will have to improve by drilling smaller holes in the bottle caps. However, they had a couple of successful tests like the one in the video. For one of the tests, they calculated the average speed to be 14.2 miles per hour (22.9 kilometers per hour). After addressing some current issues, they will try to determine the optimum amount of water that should be added to the bottle -- then see if that ratio of water:air volume scales to larger vehicles.
Congratulations to our 7th Grade SeaPerch teams that competed this past weekend!
The Science and Engineering Fair is in just two weeks!
We love when Ms. Sheri joins the 4/5th History class to do read alouds. Students first listened to a story about the Constitutional Convention and the following week about Lewis and Clark.
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Students in AP World History created and shared a website that highlighted the decolonization and resistance efforts post-WWII. John shared examples of independence movements in a variety of countries, Tristan shared about the division of India and Pakistan as well as Israel and Palestine, Loren shared about the economic changes and continuities in post-colonial India, and Nathan and Alexandra shared about the nonviolent and violent reactions to power struggles during this time period. We hope you enjoy perusing their website.
Happy Pi Day! Students played several rounds of math BINGO to earn special prizes with teachers. They also competed in picture puzzles to determine which students got to “pie” a teacher, and, of course, enjoyed eating a slice, too!
Did you know that one of our electives is learning the harp? Students are currently in the process of learning the song, "Y Delyn Newydd.”
Over the past couple of days, our 6th/7th Grade historians participated in a 1920s-themed murder mystery party. They went back in time to the Roaring 20s and spent time at the “Grand Gatsby” speakeasy hosted by “Hal Sapone.” This concluded their unit on Prohibition and the 1920s.
Congratulations to our MathCounts team. Twenty percent of our eligible 6th, 7th, and 8th graders qualified for the State Round. Great job, Alex, Akshaya, Adam, Isaac, and Jai! The team was also designated as a Silver Level Club for the National Math Club!
Our 8th grade engineers have been learning about computer-aided design/computer-assisted manufacturing (CAD/DAM). They create 3D models in software, which are then converted to toolpaths that are carved and cut into wood. One of our school hallways was lacking hanging signs for the classrooms along it. The students formed into teams, met with teachers from those classrooms, and came up with designs based on the room names and teacher input. The signs were carved on two sides on a computer numerically-controlled (CNC) router. Then, the students sanded, painted, stained, and varnished the signs. The students also designed the brackets to support the signs. Finally, the students installed the brackets and signs, completing this end-to-end project.
High school Honors Chemistry students completed a lab today based on the ideal gas law. In this lab, they collected carbon dioxide in an inverted graduated cylinder as it was released from an Alka-Seltzer tablet. This required a somewhat awkward procedure that got a bit wet. Ultimately, each group was able to complete at least three successful trials of the experiment. They then worked through the math required to analyze the data, drawing on previous concepts such as limiting reagents and stoichiometry as well as their new understanding of partial pressure from a recent class.
This past weekend, students (and some faculty) enjoyed a Nerf War at school! Thank You to Mr Allan for organizing it and for all the students who spent their Saturday afternoon at school!
Today the 7th Grade engineers had their first pool test! They headed next door to the Goldfish Swim School - Reston (we are so grateful that they let us use the pool for this work) with SeaPerch submersible remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) in tow. They set up the underwater obstacle course, which is a series of five hoops at different depths and angles. The engineers have to navigate their ROVs through the course, and then return by reversing their path. The objective is to move through all of the hoops in the least amount of time. Engineers who did not have their SeaPerches in working order were able to practice using a lab model ROV. The engineers learned a lot, not just about piloting and navigating their ROVs, but about adjustments they need to make to improve performance. They will have one more pool practice session in a few weeks, prior to the competition on March 19th.
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