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IEA Winter Academy 2016

January 11 – March 5, 2016

Weekly Classes

Day Time Class Grade
Monday 4:00-5:00pm Namaste India K-1
Monday 4:00-5:30pm Astronomy 2-8
Tuesday 10:00-11:30am Making Waves with Light 3-4 or 5-8
Tuesday 12:00-1:30pm A Study of Herpetology 2-8
Tuesday 4:00-5:30pm Games, Problems, and Coding 4-8
Tuesday 4:00-5:30pm The Universe of Lewis Carroll 3-8
Tuesday 4:00-5:30pm Making Waves with Light 3-8
Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm Budding Botanists K-2
Wednesday 4:15-5:15pm Mindfulness Tween/
Thursday 10:00-11:30am Adaptation and Interaction: Life and the Environment 3-4 or 5-8
Thursday 3:30-5:00pm The Study of Star Wars 3-5
Thursday 4:00-5:15pm Advanced Math for Independent Learners K-2
Thursday 4:00-5:30pm Euclidean Constructions: Intro to Geometry 2-4
Friday 1:30-2:30pm Mindfulness Tween/
Saturday 9:45-10:45am Mindfulness for Tweens Tween
Saturday 10:45-11:45am Mindfulness for Teens Teen
Saturday 12:00-1:30pm Paleozoology: A Study of the Animal Kingdom, Past and Present 5-8
Saturday 12:00-1:30pm Brain Science 3-8
Saturday 12:00-1:30pm Video Game Development and Design 5-8
Saturday 2:00-3:30pm Chemistry Lab 2-8
Saturday 2:00-3:30pm Quantum Physics 3-8
Saturday 2:00-3:30pm Programming with Python 4-8


Deep Learning Quarters

Meeting twice a week for eight weeks

Days Time Class Name Grade 
Monday and Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm Scientists & Scientific Life  2nd-3rd
Monday and Wednesday 12:30-1:30pm The Animal Kingdom Preschool*

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Preschool Application

New Student Application (K-8)

Returning Student Application (K-8)


Financial aid is available to families in need. Please contact us at for more information.

Applications are due Monday, January 4.

Summer Academy 2015

Summer Session I: June 8-26

Academy schedule summer I 4-22-2015

Summer Session II: July 6-24


New Student Application

Returning Student Application

If you have any questions about Summer 2015 Academy, please contact us at 626-403-8900 or

IEA Apprenticeship Sites 2015

Click here to access the 2015 Apprenticeship Application

Astrophysics at California Institute of Technology

Students will have the opportunity to work within Dr. Christian Ott’s research in astrophysics and gravitational pull alongside Sarah Gossan, graduate student. One apprentice will explore the universe and analyze the data that results in explosion of stars. Dr. Ott’s research is aimed at answering questions about the nature of space and time, the gravitational attraction at atomically small and cosmological large distances and the use of gravitational waves to explore the universe. Prerequisites: Student should have basic knowledge in statistics and demonstrate interest in studying cosmology.

Cancer Research at The Angeles Clinic

One student will have the opportunity to work in The Angeles Clinic under Dr. Omid Hamid. The Apprentice will experience firsthand clinical research that includes novel targeted agents, immunotherapeutics, and early drug development. As the Director of the Melanoma Center at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, Dr. Omid Hamid works to ensure that patients receive access to the most up-to-date therapeutics, based on molecular pathways of melanoma progression. Most recently, in his role with the Phase 1 Developmental Therapeutics Program, Dr. Hamid has been instrumental in bringing new therapies from the investigational lab to the clinic for patient benefit. These therapies involve immunological therapies such as PD-1 inhibitors, therapies against tumor angiogenesis, and targeted agents that block internal processes in tumor cells’ function. Along with researching with Dr. Hamid, the Apprentice will shadow clinicians, pharmacists, registered research nurses, and learn about the workings of a clinical research facility. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.

Debris Flow at California Institute of Technology

This is an opportunity to work with the Michael Lamb Surface Processes Group in geomorphology. Often unpredictable and dangerous, fast moving debris flow occurs after heavy rainfall or forest fires on steep terrains. Utilizing a large scale mechanical flume, Apprentice will apply their knowledge of physics and geology to analyze varying environments conducive for debris flows. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.

Interactive Learning About the Universe With the WorldWide Telescope at the California Institute of Technology

This is an astronomy popularization project for two Apprentices, in the group led by Prof. S. G. Djorgovski at Caltech.

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a sky browser developed by Microsoft Research. It allows a user to explore the sky at a variety of scales and wavelengths and to learn about interesting celestial objects. One nice feature of the WWT is that anyone can create “tours”—multi-media presentations that use it as a platform to showcase or explain particular kinds of astronomical objects, phenomena, etc. (for example, galaxies, supernova remnants, and so on). These tours can then be used as a great educational and public outreach devices.

The goal of this project is to create a number of such tours that can be shared publicly. The presentation level should be about what a high school student would understand—think of it as explaining some astronomical bit to your friends—and it should be both fun to make and fun to watch.

Prerequisites: A passion for astronomy is required, as well as some basic knowledge thereof (e.g., at a popular book level). Programming experience is a plus. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.

Biomathematics and Life Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles

Two students will have the opportunity to work with Dr. Van Savage in the department of Life Sciences at UCLA. The Apprentice will use mathematical approaches to understand the causes and consequences of the extraordinary diversity in form and function that exist in biological systems. This site involves independent research as well as data analysis to discover how organismal physiology influences biological structure and dynamics. Suggested prerequisites: strong writing and communication skills, experience in Microsoft Office, strong biology and physics skills, and interest in web design and database language. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.

Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles

Two students will work with Dr. Pamela Yeh at UCLA. Dr. Yeh is an evolutionary biologist, and she focuses on evolution of drug resistance in bacteria. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how we can use drug combinations to slow down the evolution of increased antibiotic resistance and to decrease the likelihood of future evolution of resistance. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.

Pediatric Medical Research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Two Apprentices will work in the laboratory of Dr. Henri Ford and Dr. Jeffrey Upperman of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Students will study the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, a devastating intestinal disease of premature infants. The students will work with experts in intestinal physiology, molecular biology, and functional genomics. The focus of the research activity is to look at molecular pathways that predispose the intestinal barrier to destruction. Students will present their findings at the end of the program to Mentors and their colleagues. Prerequisites: courses completed in biology and/or other sciences, interest in medicine, demonstrated leadership, and organization and time-management skills. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older at the start of the program to be placed at this site.

Data Science and Mobile App Development at the University of Southern California’s Integrated Media Systems Center

Within USC’s Integrated Media Systems Center, students will have the exciting opportunity to learn, use, and develop various platforms in which Big Data is collected, interpreted, and communicated. Our Apprentices will work closely with a team of computer science scholars and electrical engineers under the guidance of Dr. Cyrus Shahabi, Director of Integrated Media Systems Center, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Director of USC’s Information Laboratory, and co-founder of Geosemble Technologies, to research data-driven solutions for real-world application. Dr. Shahabi and his brilliant team will lead our Apprentices as they explore geo-spatial metadata-security systems, social media through geocrowdsourcing video data, patterns of patient mobility-health, and/or transportation sensor data. Prerequisites: Basic working knowledge of computer programming. Students must be resourceful and creative.

Click here to access the 2015 Apprenticeship Application

Applications must be postmarked by Thursday, May 14, 2015.

Post-Thanksgiving Gratitude

By Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer is IEA’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She has been working to spread the word about IEA and the needs of gifted children for the past three years and, in the process, has learned a great deal about herself and the gifted children in her life.

gratitudeAs many of you did, I spent Thanksgiving week thinking a great deal about gratitude. There are a multitude of things for which I am truly grateful – my family, friends, my wonderful job, and the comfort in which I am able to live – but they seem to fall into the category of Thanksgiving clichés. This, of course, does not render my objects of gratitude unimportant, but after decades of pondering thankfulness, my story hasn’t changed much. This year, though, I began thinking about gratitude a little differently.

The day before Thanksgiving, I took a yoga class. When the session had ended, the teacher encouraged us to think about things we were grateful for within ourselves. My mind quickly began to reel. I am grateful for my determination and hard work, I thought. I am grateful for the love I show my family and friends. I am grateful for my mind. I am grateful for my commitment to causes I believe in.

This exercise helped me to think about gratitude more deeply. Not only am I grateful for my niece and nephew who bring endless joy and love into my life, but I am grateful for the way my niece clings to me when she is tired or scared or sick – she feels safe with me. I am grateful for the smile on my nephew’s face when I walk into his house, and I even cherish the tears that pool in his eyes when I must leave, because I know he loves me and does not want to watch me go.

Read more of Jennifer’s reflections on gratitude.