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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.

National Building Museum

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.

2952-H Chain Bridge Road, OaktonVA 22124, United States

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.


National Geographic Museum's Real Pirates

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.


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summer research academy in biochemistry


Progress continues on Ideaventions Academy, a private school for gifted 4th-8th graders in STEM. Design for our location in Reston is almost complete and our first round of acceptances went out last week. We will begin blogging more details about our educational philosophy and status with our Teaching Tuesday and Friday Updates blogs.

ideaventions Academy

Senior Biochemist Mariana Pavon, Ph.D., will lead a summer course in biochemistry that is focused on pathogens in collaboration with Professor Sean Crosson and Dr. Julien Herrou of the University of Chicago.  Formal biochemistry and microbiology instruction will be interspersed with laboratory sessions in which students conduct original research in cellular processes in bacteria. Students will become familiar with modern biotechnology, including tools and techniques used by current researchers to understand disease.​

Check out our 8-week Spring schedule of labs.  We have some new biology, engineering and Minecraft offerings!

Classes start on April 11, 2015. Register by March 15th and receive $10 off tuition!


Summer Camp FULL? 1/2 Day options?

ideaventions® camps are also being offered at our partners:
The Langley School Summer Studio
The Flint Hill School Summer on the Hill

At each of these locations we have morning and afternoon 1/2-day camp offerings