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MS_Grades 5-6 Pod Program Fall 2021

  • 23 Aug 2021
  • 9:30 AM
  • 16 Dec 2021
  • 3:30 PM
  • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
  • 7

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Makerschool students will experience a diverse, hands-on educational journey. We believe all children are makers and we believe makers are people who collaborate with others, have the courage to try new things, communicate their ideas, and create a better world around them. In addition to core academic subjects our pods offer students everyday opportunities to explore, ask questions, and create solutions. 

The 5-6 Pod will spend the year studying world history focused on the modern historical era (1830-2020) including the rise and fall of world powers, the race to the space age, and witness the creation of inventions that would change the world forever. Physics will be the science focus for the year.  Our curriculum presents complicated physics concepts in a way that young people can comprehend and immediately apply to everyday play and work. Topics covered include the study of matter, motion, friction, work, sound and wave, magnetism, electricity, and even a glimpse into the quantum world. Our diverse reading list forms the spine of our studies in literature and grammar this year, with weekly book club opportunities for group discussion. Read-alouds that accompany their learning in science and history will also expose their imaginations to the possibilities and adventures of the written word. Much of elementary math curriculum isn’t mathematics at all, it’s rote memorization of the algorithms of arithmetic. Our math curriculum is Common Core-based and will guide students through basic concepts and logic puzzles, and start introducing them to algebraic concepts. Students will, of course, each work at their own grade level and pace in each subject.  

Opportunities for nature exploration and exercise are part of our daily routine. Finally, each day will include a full hour of everybody’s favorite: makerclass.  Fabiana Cesa, Nova Labs’ resident artist and maker, will journey with your student through a series of long-term projects that involve planning, design, art, engineering, technology, and  the kitchen sink! Makerclass projects include creating historical dioramas, aerodynamic planes, binding books, and creating toolboxes and racecars out of wood. Our makerclasses are designed to introduce your child to a variety of crafts, skills, and materials, build planning and executive function skills, and inspire a love of the maker process.

Live Schooling: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm, 6 hours

Course Fee: $6,000 per semester, $10,500 per year

Maximum: 8 students

$600 Deposit and $99 non-refundable application fee for a total of $699 is required to register per student.


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