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January Science Night: “Waste Not, Want Not”

January Science Night We recycled, we reused… Made sure nature had no blues.   Forestville students were the stars of the show. Using creativity and all the science they know,   To think of ways to help the earth… Energy saving and giving water its worth!   iSchool and PTA made a great team, Our […]

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LAST Renovation for Innovation Science Night – January 23, 2015

Register for the January 23, 2015 Science Night here. Advance registration automatically enters you into a raffle for a small science kit! REGISTER Sign up to volunteer for the January 23, 2015 Science Night here. VOLUNTEER Renovation for Innovation Science Night 4: “Waste Not, Want Not – Water, Energy, and Natural Resource Conservation and Innovation” […]

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December Science Night “Protected Our World”

Our Science Night was quite a blast. Volunteers and students were the cast.   Measuring trees with smiles and delight, and protecting nature with all their might!   Our activities were clever, with art and a cartoon. Missed it? Don’t worry, there’s another one soon!         Our December Renovation for Innovation Science Night […]

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Investing with iSchool on #GivingTuesday: Money well spent and Compassionate Innovation

  iSchool for the Future is so excited to be part of the global movement of #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back to those organizations that make an impact on our world. As we shake up traditional education, we give our students the freedom to think outside of the box, tools to make ideas […]

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Engineering, math activity that does so much more

Notecard Tower Challenge   One of my favorite iSchool activities accomplishes so much – from building confidence to using math in real-world way: our Notecard Tower Challenge.  I act as the Town Mayor and say that I want to invest in the tallest structure I can get, but with the best value for the money.  […]

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Illustrating our blend of science and social skills

Our Science and Innovation Lab at Aldrin Elementary School this week was a good illustration of how we blend science with 21st Century Social and Emotional Life Skills.  Our science activities explored the dynamics of air and flight.  Students had a rare opportunity to play with a Wind Tunnel. Their goal was to create a […]

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Water quality study gives iSchoolers a look at real-world science

In iSchool last week we learned that change is coming to Forestville’s Atrium Pond. This presented a great opportunity to do some real-world science and environmental monitoring.  Not only were we able to get outside and do some field work before winter sets upon us, but we also did a standard procedure in real-world environmental […]

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Science for character AND knowledge

Our first month of the 2014 After-school Program has been a busy one implementing our STEAM SEL curriculum.  In our Science and Innovation Labs at Aldrin Elementary School in Reston and Forestville Elementary school in Great Falls, VA, we are using all hands-on activities to build an understanding of and love for science, while also […]

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Registration Raffle Winners – Renovation for Innovation Science Night #1

Congratulations to the two familes who won our Registration Raffle! They registered in advance and attended our 1st Renovation for Innovation Science Night at Forestville Elementary! Each child in our winning families took home a small science kit.   Congratulations to the Hoang Family for registering in advance and winning our Registration Raffle!   Our […]

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Don’t eat that Halloween candy – Use it for science!

Candy is great… especially when it’s used for science! As Halloween approaches, here’s a look back at some of the ways iSchool has used candy in its STEAM SEL activities.  Want these types of memorable experiences for your children? Register now for our Winter Break Camp.   Geodesic Dome: We used 11 gumdrops and 25 […]

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2nd Renovation for Innovation Science Night – November 7, 2014

Register for the November 7, 2014 Science Night here.  REGISTER Sign up to volunteer for the November 7, 2014 Science Night here. VOLUNTEER First, they brought it down. Now, they get to build it up! Renovation for Innovation Science Night 2: “Going Up! Building, Construction, and Engineering“ Friday, November 7, 2014, 6 pm  to 7:30 […]

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First Renovation for Innovation Science Night packed with action, families, volunteers

    A stranger came up to me in a store on Wednesday and asked if I had been teaching chemistry on Friday night at Forestville. After confirming that yes, I had been there and that I am with iSchool for the Future, I asked him if he had attended the first Renovation for Innovation […]

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Equal engineering fun for girls and boys kicks off iSchool’s new Aldrin Program

iSchool started its new program at Aldrin Elementary School in Reston, Virginia this week with equal parts engineering and social/emotional skills development.  Our open-ended questions allow for creativity and solve some of the problems plaguing STEM fields.     According to the National Science Foundation (NSF), biases are persistent in schools: “A teacher will often […]

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Fall After-School Programs start off with flying fun!

Our Fall season of after-school programs started yesterday at Forestville Elementary School. Class was our exclusive, seamless blend of STEAM SEL activities (blending science, technology, engineering, arts, math, and social and emotional life skills).   After some warm-up exercises in order to “get the sillies out” and foster self-regulation, we got to know each other […]

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Forestville Elementary Renovation for Innovation Science Nights coming soon!

Registration for the October 3, 2014 Science Night is closed. Register for November, December, and January workshops here: REGISTER Sign up to volunteer for November, December, and January Science Nights here. VOLUNTEER Renovation for Innovation Science Night 1: “Coming Down! Destruction and De-Construction“ Friday, October 3, 2014, 6 pm  to 8:30 pm Forestville Elementary Cafeteria, […]

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iSchool’s Fall 2014 After-school Program to include science, innovation

We are excitedly preparing for our Fall 2014 season, with many new activities planned. Our after-school sessions are set and ready to go. We will be offering after-school programs in two locations:   - Forestville Elementary School, 1085 Utterback Store Rd, Great Falls, VA 22066; Thursdays at 4 pm - Aldrin Elementary School, 11375 Center […]

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Trees, please! FREE iSchool science workshop Saturday

iSchool for the Future is hosting a free hands-on science workshop for children ages 8-12 at the Reston library on Saturday 8/9/2014 at 10:30am. This event has been co-sponsored by the Friends of the Reston Regional Library. Space is limited and registration is necessary.   Theme: Trees, please. They’re more than meets the eye! In […]

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Water, water, everywhere! Tell us, tell us, Should We Care?

iSchool for the Future is hosting a hands-on science workshop for children ages 8-12 at the Reston library on Saturday 7/19, at 10:30am. Here are the additional details about the program offered. THEME: Water, water, everywhere! Tell us, tell us, Should We Care? In this program students will examine water phases and water quality through […]

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Change and our Science Magic Camp

The first session of our Wizards of i Summer Series is over and done, both in Reston and Wakefield.  Just as we ask our students to reflect as they grow into socially and emotionally literate innovators, at iSchool we also think reflection on our own practices is important.       Science Magic was certainly […]

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Drink Pouch Recycling Results

Results are in!  A few weeks ago iSchool students at Forestville helped the school package and send off used Drink Pouches as part of a TerraCycle Drink Pouch Brigade recycling program. Students got a tour of the school’s boiler room and weighed the bags of pouches, which have been collecting since October 2013.   We […]

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