It’s just as important to learn how to code as it is to build a bridge or hug a tree. We don’t know what your child will be when they grow up, but we want them to succeed. Our weekly themes fall under three categories: Science, Technology & Nature. All of them include maker projects that fuse collaborative design challenges with art and individual expression. The point of our programs is to spark kids’ curiosity, stretch their creativity, strengthen their collaboration skills and inspire self-reflection. Along the way, they experience our interconnectedness with each other and the natural world. When 21st Century learning skills are combined with this kind of social emotional intelligence, their potential for good is boundless…and that’s what success looks like to us.
We don’t use kits to build, we use mindsets. Our Science Program curriculum revolves around design challenges that mimic real-life scenarios and lots of household materials (you can even bring your own). With our emphasis on developing both a Maker Mindset and Growth Mindset, campers feel safe to make mistakes and learn from them. They work together in teams to find multiple solutions for a common problem. Projects blur the line between art and science and allow for lots of personal expression. More than learning from our Instructors, we encourage campers to draw knowledge from their experience and each other. This is why lessons learned at EDMO last long after the summer is over.
We use technology to transmit goodness. Our Technology Programs empower campers to make a difference in the world by building fundamental digital media skills. Campers apply both the Maker Mindset and Connected Mindset to create “positive goal” games, apps, and movies. Yes, kids are learning tech skills like coding, animation, and web design that can inspire hobbies or even careers. At the same time though, they are learning life skills that apply to any scenario like how to work in teams, empathize with your audience, convey a personal message, or persevere through challenge. Oh, and along the way, we make sure they get healthy outdoor play and good ol’ fashion camp fun.
We let nature be our teacher. Our Nature Programs turn the environment into our classroom. Campers practice the Maker Mindset and Mindfulness in beautiful regional parks, typically in late July through August. We focus on developing an eco-consciousness by seeing the world through the lens of nature’s creatures. Campers take guided hikes with our naturalists and learn to identify and respect flora and fauna. They use the scientific method and techniques employed by actual physicists, chemists, biologists, or entomologists in the field. We even incorporate survival skills such as tying knots, constructing a shelter or safely build a campfire. Campers leave prepared for life in school…or the wild.