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.
Calling all young scientists! We’re holding workshops this fall for children to explore our science and technology offerings, as well as some new technologies like Makey-Makey and littleBits!
Our fall workshops will be held at our Science Center in Oakton on Monday, 9/29 and Monday and Tuesday, 11/3-4 during Fairfax County's Teacher Workdays.
Space is limited to eight students per workshop, so register early!
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 was proud to sponsor the first annual NoVa Mini Maker Faire. The event brought 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 gave parents and kids many opportunities to learn to make things too!
NoVa Mini Maker Faire was held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at South Lakes High and Hughes Middle schools in Reston, VA.
Ryan has been busy taking what he has done in the classroom teaching children Python with Raspberry Pi and writing a book so that many more kids can share his quirky sense of humor while being introduced to the joys of computer science.
About the book: "Hello Raspberry Pi! is a fun and imaginative way for kids to take their first steps programming on a Raspberry Pi. The book starts by showing you how to set up and navigate a Raspberry Pi, then moves quickly to Python programming, teaching basic concepts through humorous and engaging challenges and games. Readers get an introduction to computer science as they gain the confidence to explore, learn, and create on their own. The last part of the book introduces kids to the world of physical computing where they create interactive projects with lights, buttons, and sounds."
Registration for the fall session is underway! The session starts on September 13 and runs for 12 weeks.