The New Codes are practices in our minds and interactions aimed at creating a world full of beauty and joy. These practices have grown out of a math camp for middle and high school students set in a university. In our camp we approach learning math as a team effort, striving together to bring out the best in ourselves. While our methods are designed to foster learning, they are so effective at building community that our work ends up being about more that just math. Continue Reading »
How do we organize our summer camps to achieve a balance between living in a world where no one tells anyone else what to do, but where we are still able to run a math camp for middle and high school students?
The secret lies in letting kids know you care for them and giving them the choice to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We make the choice to join our camp irresistible for kids by building a community of friends and near-peer mentors, making camp fun in every way possible, and engaging our kids' hearts and minds. An important way we engage kids is by including them in our decision-making process, which we see as a philosophical dialogue. Continue Reading »
The goal of our teaching is to inspire kids. We hope that once they have experienced the joy of using their minds, our kids will not see themselves as passive recipients of knowledge, but instead will choose to become active participants in their education for life. Our general approach can be summarized by the quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
"If you wish to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Continue Reading »