ideaventions® is a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational organization geared to children ages 3 to 13. We teach a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes throughout the year at our Science Center located at the Hunter Mill Plaza in Oakton, Virginia. We also run science camps, do after-school programs at local schools, develop new STEM curriculum and lots more. ideaventions is a place where no idea is too crazy and where children, the adults of tomorrow, learn that anything is possible with a little creativity.
Our hands-on labs are led by experienced teachers who emphasize divergent thinking and seek to harness a child’s natural curiosity about our world. Our programs are designed to share and nurture children’s love for the sciences.
Take a look around our site for the latest information about our offerings. Have any questions? Please contact us by phone, email or by filling out our Contact Form.
On September 21st, Ideaventions joined Washington Parent, at the National Building Museum's Big Build festival in Washington DC. Kids became builders for a day and explored what it is like to build a brick wall, carve stone and hammer nails. Ideaventions and Washington Parent featured an Earthquake Challenge where the amateur builders could create toothpick and clay structures and then test them on our Earthquake Simulators. Kids learned firsthand how to create stronger structures to resist earthquakes while using the engineering cycle.
Our staff is an innovative group of individuals with extensive backgrounds in science, engineering, technology and education. If you have a passion for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics, view our current openings for information on how to join our team.
Our Science Center is located in Oakton, Virginia and provides bright and spacious environment. The 2000 square feet Center is organized into four laboratories with an interactive exhibit space. We are proud to be members of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).
We provide customized STEM education workshops for PreK-8 teachers. We provide activity ideas and instructions to help teachers offer more quality STEM experiences in their classroom.
The ideaventions crew joined the National Geographic Museum in the Pirate Family Festival on Saturday, June 22 in Washington, DC. Thousands of festival goers enjoyed learning about Real Pirates through historical re-enactors, musicians playing maritime songs, and a pirate show. Ideaventions provided activities and exhibits that allowed visitors to create and learn about pirate science and engineering:
Ideaventions is proud to be a maker again at the second annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire. The event brings together an amazing collection of Northern Virginia tech enthusiasts, engineers, woodworkers, artists, and craftspeople to show and tell us what they’re making. The Maker Faire also gives parents and kids many opportunities to learn to make things too!
NoVa Mini Maker Faire will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at South Lakes High and Hughes Middle schools in Reston, VA from 10 am to 5 pm.
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Spark Academy to bring ideaventions® to Augusta, Georgia this summer!
Spark Academy was certified and licensed to deliver our Mini Einsteins and Science Sampler curriculum to PreK to 2nd graders as part of this pilot program to share excellent STEM education to children outside of the DC Metro area.
Stay tuned for more information on our certification and licensing program.
We had the pleasure of hosting Andrea Rogers from GiftedandTalented.com on May 19th and 20th, where she and Juliana discussed low-cost and low-effort options for continued math learning over the summer. We are working on a video of one of the sessions, but here are the presentations in the meantime.
Low-Cost Options for Summer Math (Juliana)