Omega Learning® Center
Tutoring K-12 by Certified Teachers • AdvancED Accredited System
Educators across the world are thinking S.T.E.A.M…. with the “Arts” playing a critical role. Traditionally, S.T.E.M. has represented the academic areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Recent studies have led educators nationwide to the conclusion that it is crucial to provide our students with an interdisciplinary education that brings the arts and sciences together, especially at an early age. Hence, the term S.T.E.A.M. has become the latest educational focus. The concept of S.T.E.A.M. (and not just S.T.E.M.) is becoming a household name as more parents and educators are learning the importance of nurturing both sides of the brain and creating the critical-thinking skills our youth will need in their economy.
Problem-solving seems to have a new definition as students are encouraged to look at a problem through different perspectives to find a solution through varying means. Parents have expressed agreement that our students must understand the growing “creative and innovative” economy represents America’s future.
As S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps are being offered by early adopters means there is an increased demand for the Arts in education, and Omega Learning® Center is leading its competitors in this educational surge. It is clear our students are challenged by technology. For American students to stay competitive in a global environment, S.T.E.A.M.-based skills will need to be strengthened. More teachers are focusing project-based learning and that’s where S.T.E.A.M. camps are a great place to start.
Numerous types of S.T.E.A.M. summer camps represent a new approach to learning curriculum. “K-12 education is being reinvented through the integration of sciences and arts, creating a stronger, more intuitive foundation for our students,” says Kimberly Smith, Co-Founder and CEO of Omega Learning® Center. With tutoring centers across the U.S., Omega Learning® Center partners with up to 15 public and private schools per franchise territory and sees the challenges our schools, teachers, students and communities are experiencing.
“Today, students need to think more creatively, express themselves with confidence, and understand the real world application of the math and reading concepts they are learning in school,” Kimberly Smith continues.
Omega Learning® Center is launching S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camps in 2017 to help students jump start their education for the school year. Omega’s summer S.T.E.A.M. Camps will provide fun, hands-on learning activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Students will develop new skills, expand creative thinking, foster team building, and meet new friends. In Omega’s AdvancED® accredited learning environment, summer camp students benefit from small-group instruction led by certified teachers.
Depending on the student’s grade in school, activities may include Math Games, Hands-On Science Activities, Art Projects, Speech/Presentation, Creative Problem Solving as well as learning about Robotics and Computer Technology. Omega campers are placed into grade clusters to better tailor activities, instruction and curriculum content for a more engaging and fun experience! Upon completion, each student will be presented a certificate of Omega Learning® Center’s S.T.E.A.M. Summer Camp, which builds confidence for a lifetime of success.
To stay competitive our students need a S.T.E.A.M.-based education by exploring concepts like “divergent thinking skills” and “intuitive instructional plans.” Both terms represent more creativity from both teacher and student. Environments that promote S.T.E.A.M.-based learning include tutoring centers, small-group classrooms, hybrid schools, and academic camps. It is believed that our global competitive edge will be our ability to solve real world problems and emerge from the proficiency our students develop in S.T.E.A.M.-based skills.
Omega Learning® Center believes this way of teaching and learning is an inherent part of the company’s mission statement, “to provide customized instruction that achieves each family’s educational goals.” Leading this educational trend since 2005, Omega Learning® Center has supported enrichment-based curriculum by implementing intuitive, multi-sensory instructional materials in the small classroom.
“A child’s experience is limited, yet their abilities are boundless,” says Kimberly Smith. “At Omega Learning® Center, students thrive when they are given the tools and encouragement to think creatively. When you combine that with our tutors who provide the flexibility to creative an intuitive instructional path, the possibilities are limitless.”
“A modern education is rigorous, but takes the student into context in development. A student may simultaneously, as opposed to solely, be a scholar, athlete, artist, and public speaker,” Kimberly Smith adds. “In addition to seeing a trend towards project-based learning in public schools, the problems themselves are beginning to revolve around the context of S.T.E.A.M. to provide a broader, more meaningful learning experience.”
Omega Learning® Center is AdvancED accredited nationwide and provides tutoring and test preparation services for grades K-12. To find a learning center near you, visit OmegaLearning.com.