Ideaventions - A Discovery Lab for Kids

Ideaventions - A Discovery Lab for Kids Ideaventions provides community programs that are unique STEM educational experiences for children and families; inspiring the next generation of innovators. We host camps, workshops, and community STEM education events.
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We have some exciting camps and classes this summer! Today is the last day to get the early-bird discount.Elementary: ht...
01/27/2018
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.

Elementary: https://www.ideaventionsacademy.org/summer-explorations.html
Middle School:https://www.ideaventionsacademy.org/research-academies.html
High School: https://www.ideaventionsacademy.org/high-school-courses-age…

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 Camp registration opened today! Sign up early before camps fill up and to get the $25 early bird discount. Happy ...
01/01/2018
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
01/01/2018
Spring Break Camp Open for Registration! Before you know it, spring break will be here! Join us this spring break for el...
12/28/2017
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!

08/19/2016

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

Great article explaining why hands-on learning is so effective! It explains what we have found and proven over and over ...
08/05/2016
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. http://ow.ly/9C3T302WuWd

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

08/03/2016

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

Do you feel like you are the target of every mosquito around, while other people escape without a bite? You aren't wrong...
07/27/2016
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. http://ow.ly/rE8I300Jeih

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

07/13/2016
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. http://ow.ly/lEK7300Je5c

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

07/09/2016
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 http://bit.ly/29nSybD.

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.

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 ...
06/29/2016
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 http://ow.ly/OO9I300JdxR

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...

06/22/2016

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.

06/20/2016

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! http://ow.ly/kVo9300Jd0x
06/17/2016
Team

Have you met our team? Take a look at all the great educators we have working at Ideaventions! http://ow.ly/kVo9300Jd0x

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
06/15/2016

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

Students in Environmental Science experiment with the best way to clean up oil spills
06/15/2016

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

Students in Environmental Science experiment with the best way to clean up oil spills
06/15/2016

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...
06/13/2016

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!

For the final day of Mission Space, students built a package to contain and successfully land a raw egg, unbroken from a...
06/13/2016

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!

For the final day of Mission Space, students built a package to contain and successfully land a raw egg, unbroken from a...
06/13/2016

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!

For the final day of Mission Space, students built a package to contain and successfully land a raw egg, unbroken from a...
06/13/2016

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!

For the final day of Mission Space, students built a package to contain and successfully land a raw egg, unbroken from a...
06/13/2016

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!

For the final day of Mission Space, students built a package to contain and successfully land a raw egg, unbroken from a...
06/13/2016

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!

06/10/2016

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!"

06/08/2016

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 ...
06/06/2016

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 Scien...
06/03/2016

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!

More photos from Mission Space!
05/27/2016

More photos from Mission Space!

More photos from Mission Space!
05/27/2016

More photos from Mission Space!

Mission Space!
05/25/2016

Mission Space!

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently us...
05/20/2016

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently using littleBits. Students continued to develop an understanding of the basics of circuits, motors, and motion. They also used creativity and collaboration skills to create their own unique solution.

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently us...
05/20/2016

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently using littleBits. Students continued to develop an understanding of the basics of circuits, motors, and motion. They also used creativity and collaboration skills to create their own unique solution.

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently us...
05/20/2016

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently using littleBits. Students continued to develop an understanding of the basics of circuits, motors, and motion. They also used creativity and collaboration skills to create their own unique solution.

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently us...
05/20/2016

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently using littleBits. Students continued to develop an understanding of the basics of circuits, motors, and motion. They also used creativity and collaboration skills to create their own unique solution.

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently us...
05/20/2016

Our scientists were challenged with inventing their own drawing bots, creating machines that could draw independently using littleBits. Students continued to develop an understanding of the basics of circuits, motors, and motion. They also used creativity and collaboration skills to create their own unique solution.

Here the campers explore mechanical engineering, its role in sail design and how the wind can be harnessed to do work.  ...
05/18/2016

Here the campers explore mechanical engineering, its role in sail design and how the wind can be harnessed to do work. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices and tools while applying the principles of motion, energy, force, and materials. The challenge today was to design a sail that allows a boat to travel the furthest. Designing a sail is designing part of a machine! The campers were given many different materials with which they could make their sail. Most groups were able to test multiple materials and shapes!

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