• Visiting experts provide engaging, real world connections to enhance learning

    Throughout our curriculum at Powhatan, teachers often bring in experts in various fields to spark enthusiasm, inspire students to think beyond the classroom, and show that we truly do learn not for school, but for life. This year in science classes, we have had visiting physicians, electricians from Rappahannock Electric,…

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  • Brain Science, Bridge Building & the MakerSpace

    If you listened to the podcast conversation we had back in February with our third grade team, Mrs. Slavin and Mrs. Gilpin, you may have been intrigued by a brief example of a bridge building activity they were about to launch. This third grade bridge project was inspired by the…

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  • Having a blast learning about rockets!

    The new deck off the science lab on a beautiful sunny day was the perfect venue for testing rocket propellants with film canisters, vinegar, and baking soda. Experimental results showed that small amounts of propellant created ample pressure and minimized weight, achieving impressive liftoff. Through experimentation, reading, discussion, and interaction…

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  • 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 spent 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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