Brain Camp is a critical and creative thinking curriculum designed specifically for students in under-resourced communities in Jordan.
Implemented as a six-day, 30-hour day camp, Brain Camp aims to be a pivotal educational experience for students, altering their perceptions about their own abilities, and the role of education in their lives. They learn that education becomes most useful when it is understood as mastering and applying skills, rather than memorizing and reciting facts.
Brain Camp teaches students the building blocks of clear, critical, and creative thinking, focusing on eight key skills:
- Memorization and Study Strategies
- Strategy and Planning
- Decision Making
- Opinion Formation
- Perspective Taking
- Creativity and Idea Generation
Taught through interactive presentations, games, activities, and problem-solving challenges, the Brain Camp curriculum shows students that learning can and should be fun.
Brain Camp trains students to use critical thinking skills in order to solve problems creatively and effectively, and “teaches for transfer,” by helping students see how these skills can be applied to the real world.
The curriculum empowers youth to take charge of their own intellectual development by teaching them how their attitudes about intelligence and learning can affect their ability to achieve. Drawing upon the work of Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, Brain Camp teaches the importance of mindset and effort in solving problems, and introduces games and activities that build patience and persistence.
Brain Camp enhances participants’ achievement motivation, and challenges them to apply what they learn at camp and in the classroom to the improvement of their lives, their communities, and their country.