K. W. Barrett students and teachers have been hard at work this August at Young Scholars Innovation Academy, a two-week program which gives students a chance to participate in rigorous, concept-based academic activities outside of the school year. Students became green engineers and examined real problems in our community. Rising 1st and 2nd graders learned about solar energy and designed their own solar ovens. Rising 3rd graders differentiated between renewable and nonrenewable resources and created their an energy-efficient model community. Rising 4th and 5th graders learned about water pollution, participating in stream monitoring in Lubber Run stream and enjoying a boat ride to explore the Anacostia river. All students attended field trips and worked with guest speakers from the fields they studied. Students and staff shared what they learned and created at the Lubber Run Farmers Market on Saturday, August 18.