I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. E.B. White
Why not do both?
We started thinking how cool it would be to start a summer camp. It would be fun and active and involve some cool trips. We began designing it, excited about the possibilities. We wanted it to be educational (we are teachers, after all). We wanted to take advantage of cool people and places around us. We wanted kids to want to be there.
As we started to talk more specific logistics, though, the where and when and how started to sound too much like what we do all year long. We didn’t want to spend our summers stuffed in some building trying to convince kids they should be interested in all the stuff we were talking about. As classroom teachers, we spent all year with kids on terms we didn’t design. We’re traveling learners, adventurous explorers, mobile investigators. And we know enough about kids to know that they are, too. That’s how we humans really learn things, by digging into them.
So the idea evolved from a camp where kids would learn cool things into a camp where we would all go and do cool things. It turned into something we wanted to do with our time and something our family and friends couldn’t wait to do with us. And then piece by piece, we built it into something that incorporates our entire educational philosophy:
- Kids need context in order to learn. Without some experience to hook their learning to, information is meaningless. Expedition Ed provides tons of those experiences.
- Human connections, especially the exotic and unexpected ones, enrich and empower our learning and our lives.
- We learn best by doing, not sitting. We have to be up and moving or we’re all gonna be bored.
- Learning is cool. If we can ignite a passion for discovery, the world becomes a giant opportunity to be constantly engaged and amazed!