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Gedanken Definition


"Gedanken" is a German word for "thought." A thought experiment is one you carry out in your head. In physics, the term "gedanken experiment" is used to refer to an experiment that is impractical to carry out, but useful to consider because it can be reasoned about theoretically. It was a favorite method of renowned physicist Albert Einstein.

Gedanken Problem-Solving Institute

Creativity is about having ideas and thinking new thoughts. It’s about solving a problem in a new way rather than in the manner one's been trained to do.

Summer 2014 Gedanken Institute

Enrollment Deadline Extended to June 1st!!

Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 11
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the Institute

Led by Dr. Ed Meyer, the Gedanken Institute develops each student's abilities in critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will work independently and in teams to solve a variety of well-tested challenging problems. Dr. Meyer is beloved by students and parents for his leadership in summer camps, and provides a very rewarding learning experience.  This year, Berea Schools will send ten of their students (five high-school & five middle-school) to the Gedanken Institute on a 50% scholarship!

  • Students will work individually and in groups to solve real-world problems.
  • Students will develop not only mental strength, but mental stamina as well.
  • Students will develop their ability to tackle complex problems in an intellectually stimulating atmosphere.
  • The Institute will include topics such as risk management, pattern recognition, operations research logic, and a large variety of puzzles, including the Rubik's Cube.

Who Should Attend?

The camp is ideal for exceptional students who view a difficult problem as an exciting challenge. The week-long class is designed for bright, enthusiastic students from ages 12-17.


Tuition is $399.00 and includes all supplies, lunch and snacks.

Registration and Payment

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Class size is limited. Enroll early!
Deadline for enrollment extended to June 1st! 


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