• How we learn & the power of positivity

    The after-school MakerSpace program has been exploring the 3D printer. In this video, Mr. Holloway discusses the 3D printer, learning through failure and the importance of approaching activities with a positive frame of mind!  

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  • Building Birdhouses

    Everybody loves the MakerSpace! Fifth graders spend the afternoon in a woodworking marathon with our guest teacher Mr. Martin, Director of Plant. They built birdhouses for the Crocker Conservancy. Wondering if they had any fun? Watch the video below and see for yourself:  

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  • Amazing Clay Sculptures

    For the past two weeks these eighth graders have been working on creating some pretty amazing clay sculptures. Here’s an early behind the scenes look at the project:

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  • Bringing history alive through technology & collaboration

    Tag along with the eighth grade as Mrs. Naghib’s social studies class works together on an innovative technology project:

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  • What was the winning word at the Spelling Bee?

    Nikil, a Powhatan sixth grader, outlasted 15 competitors over a span of 23 rounds to capture first place in the Regional Spelling Bee over Spring Break. We caught up with him to ask a few questions about the competition:   One common misconception is that there isn’t necessarily a word…

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  • MakerSpace: Engineering Solar-Powered Rovers

    Seventh graders have been studying the Rovers that NASA sent to Mars in 2003 and 2011. Student’s then completed an engineering project last week at the end of their unit. They designed and created their own “rovers” and “landers” testing them outside: “This year we added an additional component,” says…

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  • Forced Perspective: Proportions and Illusions

    We’ve been studying proportions and this is always a fun exercise and has strong link to using math in the real world. We looked at the use of forced perspective to create illusions in movies like Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. This involved both the use of proportions…

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  • Teachers, Mentors and a Musical

    Most of us can remember a teacher or coach who played an important role in shaping our lives. In the Upper School, we often talk about teachers in the role of mentors and advisers to our students. Yet, we don’t necessarily think of our teachers having mentors of their own.…

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  • Field Trips

    Holocaust Museum Field Trip Powhatan students benefit from the varied and multiple field trips throughout the year, which are intentionally planned by teachers to enrich our curriculum. Two recent examples include an eighth grade social studies field trip to the national Holocaust Museum, and a STEM field trip to a…

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  • Combining Creativity, Math & Technology

    This year in Honors Algebra I, seventh and eighth graders were given the opportunity to complete a math video lesson project with their peers. The purpose of this project was to have students review previous material through a fun activity involving technology. Students were expected to teach a topic on…

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  • Magnets & the MakerSpace

    Second graders took their study of magnets over to the MakerSpace last week to put their skills to the test! Follow along as second grade teacher, Mrs. Brondstater, walks you through this fun exercise:  

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  • STEM Competition Champions!

    A Powhatan School STEM team placed first out of 22 teams in the region at the sixth annual Expedition K2M STEM Competition held on the campus of Foxcroft School over the weekend. Powhatan sent three teams to compete against 13 other middle schools across the region, including public schools and…

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