Teaching philosophy

Understanding, not Memorizing

Knowledge is not just bare facts, but wisdom you can obtain through experiments, observations, thinking and discussion. One of the major goals we want to achieve is to demonstrate to the children that memorizing facts and using algorithms is worthless without understanding the essence of the phenomena they study. We want to demonstrate to the kids that every concept or theory is quite possible to grasp, and that understanding is the result one must always seek.

Interconnection of All Sciences

Human knowledge is an indivisible entity, all of its disciplines being tightly interconnected. We believe that we will be able to show the children how deeply the different branches of human knowledge are connected to each other. Our students will encounter problems that cannot be solved without realizing the links between mathematics and art, chemistry and literature, physics and history.

Complex Concepts

We believe that kids are prepared to understand much more complex concepts than adults may think. While we do not plan to overwhelm the kids with tons of sophisticated problems, lectures will go far beyond the school program.

Joy of Discovery

There is a huge difference between facts explained by a teacher and knowledge obtained by children themselves through experiments and thought. At Sigma Camp our students will experience the joy of discovery both during theoretical discussions and experimental practice activities.

Conversation, Conversation, Conversation

Another important and distinctive feature of our camp is that communication between the children and their teachers is not restricted to lectures, seminars, formal discussions and practice. The teachers stay in the camp during the day and are always open for informal discussions.As a result, children get a unique opportunity to interact with their mentors for all their worth as intelligent and interesting people,not just as subject teachers. They may freely discuss history of the Middle Ages with a PhD in chemistry, play guitar with a professor of mathematics, or share their vision of a future (or present) with anyone in the camp.

No Separation by Spheres of Interest

Students will be divided into several groups; however, the division will be based neither on the subjects they choose nor on their age. Our previous experience demonstrates that such an approach is extremely beneficial for both younger and older students. And, importantly, one of the principal features of our philosophy is creation of an atmosphere that excludes competition between individual children.