Whether it’s one of her high school classes or middle school classes, Biology Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Isquith’s students are often on their feet working collaboratively on a project or lab. From creating a working set of lungs out of balloons and a 2-liter bottle to dissecting a sheep’s brain, Dr. Isquith’s classes are some of the most hands-on classes at school, which is one reason students love her!
In March and April, students in primary, middle, and high school competed and were recognized in state science competitions.
Let's quaranSTEAM! We asked students to show us what this time at home has been like through science, technology, engineering, art, or math (STEAM). Our entries were small, but mighty. We love seeing how our students are expressing their creativity at home. In this contest, we couldn’t help but declare everyone a winner. View all of their wonderful STEAM creations below.
The BASIS Independent McLean Science Olympiad team and two students on the MATHCOUNTS team are headed to their respective state championships!
Humor can be found in any subject, but you can find it daily in Mr. Calhoun’s science and math classes. He loves using humor, especially bad puns, in his classrooms to engage the students. “Math puns are the first sine of madness,” he says with a laugh.
A fan-favorite summer camp is returning from last year: Science Exploration! From building gliders to investigate which design goes the furthest to making ice cream using liquid nitrogen, students will have a blast learning by creating.
Students will engage in hands-on, group-based chemistry, biology, and engineering experiments to deepen their understanding of scientific concepts. There are two age groups for this camp, grades 1–4 and grades 5–8, and each will have age-appropriate experiments. Middle school students will also gain improved laboratory skills, learn how to properly read a graduated cylinder, and light a Bunsen burner.
We spoke with Science Expert Teacher Dr. Hartman to learn more about this electrifying course. Read her full bio here.
If your child likes to get his or her hands dirty, our Ooey Gooey Camp is perfect for them! Kids age 4 through grade 2 can spend a week discovering the messy fun that is science. Students will experiment with goop, slime, exploding soda, volcanoes, and more.
We spoke with Ms. Kimbrough and Ms. Johnson to learn more about what to expect in this Ooey Gooey camp. Read their full bios here.
Spring Break is often a restful week away from school often filled with fun and sun, but for 11 of our students, it was a week of adventure and exploration in the Galapagos Islands!
Eleven students, ranging from grades 4–10, visited the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to explore diverse habitats, exotic animals, and South American culture. Science and Spanish Subject Expert Teacher Dr. Isquith, Science Subject Expert Teacher Ms. McCormick, and four parents went along for the ride (and to chaperone)!
Though we’re still in the throes of winter, here at BASIS Independent McLean we are ready for summer! Over a four-week period in the summertime, BASIS Independent Summer offers 10 full- and half-day camps for boys and girls from PreK to grade 12. We sat down with Director of Auxiliary Programs Mike Anderson, who runs the summer program, to answer the five most frequently asked questions.
Walking into Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Joseph’s classroom brings back memories of mathematics and science experiments from the moment we walk in, thanks to the array of numerically themed decorations and projects on his walls. His classroom is clearly a place of wonder and excitement for his students in grades 1–3. We sat down with Mr. Joseph to learn more about him, his teaching style, and the joy of math and science. Read his full bio here.
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