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The EDMO Difference
We start with a comprehensive science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum designed by educators and based on engaging themes. From there, we weave in the EDMO Method, our unique approach to social and emotional learning (SEL). In this way, we are able to craft experiences that spark curiosity, catalyze authenticity, and create a sense of belonging for each person who comes through our doors.
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The EDMO Method

At the center of everything we do — from teaching kids to interacting with each other — is the EDMO Method. It was created in partnership with the Education Director of the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and comprises three components — Act, Think, Be. It is a simple yet highly effective approach that is grounded in the understanding that the way you act affects the way you think, which in turn affects the character traits you develop.

Think: 4 Mindsets

Act: 6 RECIPE Skills

Be: 3 Character Traits

Growth Mindset
Connected Mindset
Mindfulness
Maker Mindset
Responsibility
Empathy
Collaboration
Initiative
Problem-Solving
Emotion Management
Curiosity
Courage
Kindness
EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM
EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM
EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM
EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM
EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM
EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM

Research shows that how you think affects how you act. Below are the four mindsets we encourage children to develop. These “I” statements are examples of the ways we encourage campers and staff to embody and practice each mindset.

Growth Mindset.
I believe intelligence can be developed.
I embrace challenges.
I persist in the face of setbacks.

Connected Mindset.
I understand that my actions and words ripple to all those around me.
I make time to connect with people by whatever means available (whether that be over phone, through Zoom, or from six feet away).
I am curious about others who are different from me.

Mindfulness.
I practice being fully engaged and present in the moment.
I observe my thoughts, emotions, and body with curiosity.
I am compassionate with myself and others.

Maker Mindset.
I creatively use my resources and adapt to constraints.
I appreciate failure as a natural process of learning.
I use my curiosity to drive my learning.

*SEL skills adapted in part from the CASEL framework and the research report by Charles Smith, Ph.D., Gina McGovern, Reed Larson, Ph.D., Barbara Hillaker, Ph.D., Stephen C. Peck, Ph.D., (2016) “SEL Field Guide, Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social & Emotional Learning”; David P. Weikhart, Center for Youth Program Quality.

We intentionally design all of our programs to provide kids the opportunity to practice our six EDMO® RECIPE skills:

Responsibility. Honor your commitments and faithfully complete tasks related to your role in a community.

Empathy. Treat others with acceptance, understanding, and a sensitivity to their diverse perspectives and experiences.

Collaboration. Work with others towards a common goal or action.Initiative. Take action, stay motivated, and persevere through challenges.

Initiative. Define a problem, propose solutions, test those solutions, and adapt accordingly.

Problem-solving. Define a problem, propose solutions, test those solutions, and adapt accordingly.

Emotion Management. Be aware of and manage both positive and challenging emotions in a healthy way.

*SEL skills adapted in part from the CASEL framework and the research report by Charles Smith, Ph.D., Gina McGovern, Reed Larson, Ph.D., Barbara Hillaker, Ph.D., Stephen C. Peck, Ph.D., (2016) “SEL Field Guide, Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social & Emotional Learning”; David P. Weikhart, Center for Youth Program Quality.

As kids practice SEL skills regularly and build their emotional quotient (EQ), they become more curious, courageous and kind – the universal character traits that research shows are highly predictive of high achievement and life satisfaction…i.e. happy grown-ups.

How do curiosity, courage, and kindness work to make us better, healthier, happier humans?

Curiosity.  When our curiosity is piqued, our brain releases a chemical called dopamine which makes us feel good. Our hippocampus is also activated, which helps us form memories. This means that curious kids remember more and want to learn more. Studies have also shown that when we express curiosity in others, we build closer relationships with healthier boundaries.

Courage. Treat others with acceptance, understanding, and a sensitivity to their diverse perspectives and experiences.

Kindness. At its core, courage is the willingness to act in the face of fear, uncertainty, and doubt. It is a cognitive ability that can be trained. Our campers practice staying emotionally present and mindful, especially during challenging situations. That way, their actions reflect positive character traits rather than negative instincts, while building grit at the same time.

*SEL skills adapted in part from the CASEL framework and the research report by Charles Smith, Ph.D., Gina McGovern, Reed Larson, Ph.D., Barbara Hillaker, Ph.D., Stephen C. Peck, Ph.D., (2016) “SEL Field Guide, Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social & Emotional Learning”; David P. Weikhart, Center for Youth Program Quality.

The EDMO Vibe Game: The EDMO Method in Action

Our Vibe Game is undergoing some updates for the 2022 season. Check back this Spring to see what magic is in store!.

EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM
EDMO - Summer camps, tutoring, social emotional learning and STEAM

Other ways we incorporate SEL

It doesn’t just stop at the EDMO Method! From daily “snaps” (our own special way of showing gratitude) to team time and intentional team member development, SEL is woven through every fiber of our being.