Ideaventions - A Discovery Lab for Kids

Ideaventions - A Discovery Lab for Kids Ideaventions provides community programs that are unique STEM educational experiences for children a

Looking for Virtual Spring Break options next week?  We are offering several unique 1/2 day courses for upper elementary...
Virtual Spring Break Courses

Looking for Virtual Spring Break options next week? We are offering several unique 1/2 day courses for upper elementary - high school. Topics such as making a pinball machine or studying genetics. Please sign up soon, as registration will close at noon on Friday.

We offer half-day, virtual spring break courses for students to continue learning at home. The courses are led by dynamic teachers, taught online, and feature small class sizes. Learn something...

Summer Explorations (ages 6-11)

We have some exciting camps and classes this summer! Today is the last day to get the early-bird discount.

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Want to learn more about programs and see what the school is like? Come to our Open House today, Saturday, 1/27, from 10 am - noon!

Innovative, STEM-focused, summer day camps for rising 1st to rising 6th graders. Registration is open and spots are filling fast.

Summer Programs

Summer Camp registration opened today! Sign up early before camps fill up and to get the $25 early bird discount. Happy New Year!

Ideaventions offers hands-on, small group, STEM camps with both elementary and middle school options


Ideaventions - A Discovery Lab for Kids

Spring Break STEM

Spring Break Camp Open for Registration!

Before you know it, spring break will be here! Join us this spring break for elementary STEM camps in Reston, Virginia - Chemistry of Magical Spells (ages 6-12).

Our full-day, spring break STEM camp is designed for 1st to 6th graders. Learn something new, get your hands dirty, and make some new friends that share a love for science or engineering!


Last day of camps for the summer! Thanks to all our campers for a great program!

Why Making Is Essential to Learning

Great article explaining why hands-on learning is so effective! It explains what we have found and proven over and over again in our programs and our school.

At the heart of making is the idea that all students are creators, and hands-on learning plays a key role in maker education.


How is your summer going? We can't wait to see everyone back here for our fall classes!

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

Do you feel like you are the target of every mosquito around, while other people escape without a bite? You aren't wrong! Here are some factors that make you extra attractive to those insects.

Blood type, metabolism, exercise, shirt color and even drinking beer can make individuals especially delicious to mosquitoes

Slo-Mo Footage of a Bumble Bee Dislodging Pollen

We know bees are an important pollinator, but it can seem a little mysterious how they do it. This video shows you the process in slow-motion.

Buzz pollination is a special technique for dislodging pollen from certain types of plants - and bumble bees are among the few species of bee...

Manning | Deal of the Day

Looking for some summer coding projects? Today only, half off Ryan's book, Hello Raspberry Pi!. Use code dotd070916au at

Hello Raspberry Pi! is a fun way for kids to take their first steps programming on a Raspberry Pi. First, you discover how to set up and navigate the Pi.

Class Summary

Curious about what sort of classes we offer? Here is a summary! You can always schedule a trial class to see if it is a good fit for your scientist

This sequence represents a summary of our curriculum by grade-level and topic. Students are able to join any class within the grade range. We hope...


Are you going on any fun summer adventures? Send us pictures! Bonus points if you are wearing an Ideaventions t-shirt or have a water bottle.


Camp starts today! We can't wait to see what our summer scientists explore


Have you met our team? Take a look at all the great educators we have working at Ideaventions!

Jordan graduated from the College of William and Mary with bachelor's degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. Her focus on community and...


Students in Environmental Science experiment with the best way to clean up oil spills


For the final day of Mission Space, students built a package to contain and successfully land a raw egg, unbroken from a fall to the ground.

The Curiosity rover is on Mars, studying the Martian climate and geology and looking for substances associated with life. Curiosity is the size of a small car. It is so big and heavy that it couldn’t use an airbag-landing system. Instead, it used a rocket-propelled sky-crane that lowered it gently to the surface. Three other Mars missions used balloon-landing systems: Mars Pathfinder and the two Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity).

The students were given a variety of materials that they could use to build their egg landers and given only one direction, the egg had to be able to “breathe”. They set to the task quickly and came up with many different designs. After everyone had constructed their lander, we dropped them off the top of a ladder!


Did you know that dinosaur names have meaning? "Discovering Dinosaurs and Fossils" explored more and you can try the activity at home too!

"In the last class this semester, the students learned about how dinosaurs get their names. They analyzed the Greek and Latin meanings of common dinosaur names and learned that scientific names are used so that scientists from all over the world can communicate about them. For example, Tyrannosaurus rex is named from the Greek words meaning “tyrant” and “lizard” and the Latin word for “king”. The students then came up with a name for their own imaginary dinosaur using Greek and Latin words and drew a picture of it, indicating its key features and behavior. They let their imaginations run wild and enjoyed being creative!"


Alright parents, here is some real Homework that our Compass Molecular Chemistry class was given by Dr. Mariana. Can you solve it? Post your answer below!

Here is the unbalanced chemical equation for the reaction between citric acid and sodium carbonate. Balance it!
C6H8O7 + Na2CO3 --> Na3(C6H5O7) + H2O + CO2


Taking apart a seed can be a great way to see all the parts! You can get dry lima beans from the grocery store, soak in water and then use tweezers to carefully dissect them. Here the Science Sampler students label the parts of the seeds


Have you ever tried this experiment before? What do you think will happen to the flowers in the colored water? Our Science Sampler kids know the answer!


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Hi parents! The MIT Club of Washington DC and Northrop Grumman Corporation are hosting a training program for Middle and HIgh School Science, Computer Science, Engineering or Math teachers on November 6. It's free - registration form attached. Share with your teacher friends or school principals!