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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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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!  

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… Continue Reading →

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:

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:

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:  … Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

Field Trips

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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