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Creativity and Curiosity: Universal Keys to Engaged Learning

Partnership with Agastya Foundation explores how EXPLO curriculum can support economically disadvantaged students in rural India

by Communications Staff

Demystifying College Admission

We live in an era where students are consumed by checklists: taking the SATs, navigating GPAs, and designing a schedule to fit all of their extracurriculars in any given Wednesday.

By Communications Staff

How to Help Your Kids Make Friends

How can parents ensure their kids make friends that will help them flourish and grow? Choose the right environment.

by Melissa Patricio

President's Day: Civil Rights Scholar, Fred Lawrence, On Protecting Free Speech


Sports Management Program Knocks it Out of the Park

For Dylan, who has been using his summers to explore careers in the business of sports, pitching marketing plans to executives at Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate PawSox giving him a competitive edge as he pursues a career in sports management. 

Not All Academic Summer Camps are Created Equal: How to Compare

When you’re immersed in the field of educational summer programming every day (as we are here at EXPLO), it can be easy to forget that, to parents and children searching for their next summertime experience, the differences between camps aren’t all that obvious. When you’ve narrowed down your list...

EXPLO Welcomes Adam Newman, Jon Chang to Board of Trustees

NORWOOD, MASS., Feb. 7, 2019 – EXPLO is pleased to announce the election of two new Trustees, Adam Newman and Jon Chang, each unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees. Newman is the founding partner of Tyton Partners, and Chang is an expert in digital, growth, and product marketing, currently...

Becoming A Multipotentialite| Weekly Edventure #8

 
This Weekly Edventure is dedicated to everyone that, when asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?", spiraled into existential dread not knowing exactly what to say. For those who ask themselves this same question at five, fifteen, thirty, and fifty, and still find...

Ben Grubner: EXPLO Gave Me My Life as I Know It

Ben Grubner has done quite a few remarkable things for his age. For starters, the Bard College senior has learned four languages, began college at age 16, and studied abroad for a year in Prague. But if you ask him what experience has influenced him the most, he won’t hesitate to tell you that it’s...

Real-World Marketing Project with PEZ Sweetens Summer Learning

At EXPLO, we work to give students real-world experience wherever possible, allowing them to take the skills they gain in our courses and apply them to authentic projects similar to scenarios they could encounter out in the world.


Bioengineering for Girls Program Pushes Access and Mentorship

According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce — but just 24 percent of workers in STEM fields.


A Case for Making: The Roots of Learning

In a lot of ways, Making, rather than being the hot new educational thing, is really the traditional way we learn. “Book learning” was the disruptive, radical technology — a kind of New Math before there was New Math.

Akeela Marin, Internationally-Awarded Public Speaker On The Art of Listening

Growing up, we are constantly encouraged to expand our vocabulary. We look up words we don’t know and practice implementing them in our everyday jargon. For me, it’s fun. It feels exciting to have more “tools” to use when participating in conversation or debate with someone.


At Catholic Memorial School, Critical Making Prepares Kids For A  Future Not Yet Invented

With today’s high school students graduating into a world shaped by the Fourth Industrial Revolution — a post-digital age that is blurring the boundaries of traditional technologies, producing information far faster than it can be consumed, and disrupting every industry in every country around the...

EXPLO to Speak at Leading International Education Conference

NORWOOD, MASS., Jan. 15, 2019 – EXPLO President Moira Kelly and Creative Director Dave Hamilton will present at the Education World Forum, the world’s largest gathering of education ministers held January 20-23 in London.

Delaware-area Summer Camps Thrive Under Expert Guidance From Industry Leader

In November 2014, summer camp administrators from five urban camps in Wilmington, Delaware entered the Exploration Center — EXPLO’s headquarters in Massachusetts — for three days of intensive professional development to learn EXPLO’s methods. If EXPLO was the best in the game, could they take that...

Transformative Teaching and Learning: Critical Making Camp for Educators

It started with an idea.

Real Talk: Student Engagement and Collaborative Discussion


EXPLO: Vision and Core Values

At EXPLO, we believe learning mirrors life — full of questions, tensions, and worthwhile digressions in an ever-changing world. We know that whimsy and wonder have a place alongside pragmatic investigation. We celebrate discovery through doing, and empathy through authentic connection. We know...

Richard Gabriel, Colorado Supreme Court Justice, On Finding A Hobby That Encourages Play|Edventure #6

So, what do you do for fun? It's a question that tends to help us get to know someone far better than any "what do you do for living" or "what's your favorite television show" would. It's also a question I see people struggle to answer all the time.Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, helped...


Year in Review: EXPLO 2018

The New Year brings with it much to look forward to — the prospect of new adventures on the horizon and the excitement of not quite knowing what this next cycle around the sun has in store.

But before we dash forward, we'd like to take a moment to look back on 2018 and celebrate the many...


Embrace Your Creative Limits|Weekly Edventure #5

Let’s try an exercise. I want you to think about writing a song. Any subject you like. Every instrument is available to you. Take as long as you need.

Depending on who you are, you might currently be paralyzed, with no idea where to begin. Now, what if I said that you had five minutes and a...


EXPLO Alumni, Former Staff Earn Forbes + TIME Magazine Honors

It’s often said that fortune favors the bold. So, too, does Forbes and TIME Magazine with their annual 30 Under 30 and 50 Best Inventions honors, respectively.

Creativity and Curiosity: Universal Keys to Engaged Learning

Partnership with Agastya Foundation explores how EXPLO curriculum can support economically disadvantaged students in rural India

Setting the Pre-College Standard: EXPLO at Yale

Thousands of students have attended the EXPLO at Yale pre-college summer program over the past 40 years, and time and again they tell us the same thing: EXPLO is where they discovered something about themselves that they never knew existed. It's where they first glimpsed their future and began in...


Meet Nathaniel from France

Nathaniel, with knack for international affairs, discusses how thinking critically from different global perspectives can widen your community  — for more diverse friendships, unexpected conversations, and a place to stay if you ever find yourself halfway around the world.  

EXPLO's Rules for Critical Making

The most innovative ideas were born under constraints. When faced with a blank canvas, you may easily be intimidated — even paralyzed — by limitless possibilities. Given a problem to solve, however, you're much more likely to find that your creative output is multiplied.


EXPLO's 2018 GIFT GUIDE

Tis the season for good tidings, comfort, joy… and often times the added stress of perfect gift-giving.  There should be a verb in the English language for the act of going on a long and fruitless internet dive in search of the right gift for the people you love.

The Early Bird Catches the Discount

Early Bird Discounts Available Until December 28, 2018 It's the most wonderful time of the year — the 2019 EXPLO Student Application is now available! To celebrate, we're offering Early Bird Discounts for students who enroll by December 28, 2018.

This Holiday, Choose Mindful DIY Gifts | Weekly Edventure #4

During the Holiday season, we tend to weigh back and forth on what type of gifts we want to give. Do we want to one-click purchase something off of Amazon’s “Recommended Gift” list, or buckle down to spend an evening working with a new material and creating something entirely from scratch? Well,...


A Place to Practice Independence: EXPLO at Wellesley

Families often ask us about what makes EXPLO at Wellesley such a transformative experience for our eighth and ninth grade students. Our resident tweenagers are fascinating people. They are in a period of figuring out who they are, trying on different identities, and fearlessly practicing being...


Stranded at the Salad Bar: Tips to Help Your Kids Make Meaningful Choices

Imagine for a moment being a 16 year-old student at a summer program for intellectually curious teens — surrounded by some of the most interesting international peers you could hope to meet. At lunchtime, you approach the salad bar, and along with the healthy serving of hearty greens, colorful...

Happy Thanksploration!

At EXPLO, we believe gathering to share a meal and our minds is inherent to being a community. It’s an important element of our summer programs, and a practice we strive to replicate throughout the year at the Exploration Center with various pot luck lunches, chili cook offs, dip and dessert...

Demystifying College Admission | Weekly Edventure #3

We live in an era where students are consumed by checklists: taking the SATs, navigating GPAs, and designing a schedule to fit all of their extracurriculars in any given Wednesday. These checklists distract students from the essence of what applying to college is supposed to be — which, at its...


How to Find Yourself | EXPLO Toolbox

Figuring out who you are and how you want to be in the world doesn't happen overnight. It's part of a lifelong exploration — a willingness to try new things, even if that's not what everyone else is doing. Our students tell us that finding yourself requires patience and flexibility: don't worry...


Veterans Day at EXPLO: Meals, Ready-To-Eat

Three unopened boxes sit in the middle of a table in the Press Room, a space at EXPLO often used for large gatherings. Eric Edwards, System Administrator and Army Veteran, stands in the middle of the room, hand leaning on one of the lids of a box, eager to open it.

EXPLO Headquarters Highlight: Meet Eric Edwards, EXPLO's System Administrator + Veteran

Eric Edwards is well known at the Headquarters for leaving any EXPLO potluck event with an empty dish — his cooking skills are just that good. People talk about his Turkey Tikka Masala well after Thanksploration, wonder how he makes his homemade soy sauce (which complemented an impromptu dumpling...

Here's How To Keep The Conversation Going After Election Day

At EXPLO, we teach students both in and outside the classroom how to effectively use their voices by engaging each other in substantive and civil conversation on issues important to them. Today, on Election Day in the United States, where individuals come together from diverse backgrounds with...

Empower Your Opinions | Weekly Edventure #2

There’s a reason we all like to be right — and perhaps it’s more biological than you think. According to Judith Glasser from the Harvard Business Review, “in situations of high stress, fear or distrust, a neurotransmitter called “cortisol” floods the brain and, as a result, brain functions that...


From Ghoulies, and Ghosties, Long-legged Beasties . . .

From ghoulies, and ghosties, long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, happy Halloween from EXPLO Studio.


EXPLO Collaborates With Britain's Sevenoaks School

In a small town outside of London, located at the junction of two ancient roads, sits Sevenoaks School, one of the oldest lay foundations in England. Sevenoaks was founded in 1432 — well before individuals like William Shakespeare were writing (or perhaps plagiarizing) some of the finest work in...

The Danger of Faking Perfection | Weekly Edventure #1

More and more, we are beginning to see a rising number of adolescents who, in striving for excellence, have developed elevated levels of stress.


Weekly Edventure: Introducing EXPLO's New Blog Series

When we think about going on an adventure, we imagine an exciting experience with some potentially risky undertaking. In a classic sense, adventure can feel like scaling mountains in far-off regions, trying a food you never would have said yes to, or scuba diving 20-some meters under the sea. At...

EXPLO Headquarters Highlight: Elisabeth Sepulveda

Elisabeth Sepulveda, EXPLO’s Assistant Director of Curriculum and Education Technology Specialist, rarely stops moving. She does aerial acrobatics, dances three nights a week, (having cut back from six so that she could carve out some more time to learn how to code), and can often be found...

Thank You For Sharing Your Summer With EXPLO

We wanted to take a moment to thank you, our inspiring students and families for yet another incredible summer of daring and courage.


How to Help Your Kids Make Friends

Researchers say that we can't choose our children's friends. But strong friendships are a critical indicator of whether a person will thrive in adulthood. How can parents ensure their kids make friends that will help them flourish and grow? Choose the right environment. 

How To Make New Friends | EXPLO Toolbox

Making new friends — at any age — can be daunting. For some of us, it’s as easy as saying hello. For others, it may take some time. We talked to our students during the summer to get their perspectives on friendship, and though approaches may vary, they all agree: friendship is essential to our...


Meet Sirianna From Massachusetts

As someone who aims to inspire global citizenship in young people, Sirianna certainly has walked the talk. With a background in visual arts, Hispanic Studies, and Sociology, she has lived and studied in the U.S., U.K., Scotland, and Cambodia teaching students about leadership development. To...

Tips on Using the EXPLO Summer Sites

During the summer, our EXPLO Summer Sites explode with photos, interviews, videos, and other stories from our campuses. Take a look at what is happening today: EXPLO at Yale Summer Site EXPLO at Wellesley Summer Site EXPLO at Wheaton Summer Site For additional tips on how to navigate the blog,...

Happy people are ones that prioritize time, focusing on their signature strengths — those kinds of things you love in the world. They’re the things that give you flow, that you love so much that you’re really present in the moment. One of the things the research suggests is this focus on grades, this focus on accolades and how you’re performing, can sometimes take the joy away from things we’ve already found joy in.

- Yale University Professor Laurie Santos
Ph.D., delivered the keynote address to more than 300 students at EXPLO's inaugural CORE Day. Dr. Santos is the head of Silliman College, a residential college at Yale University, and has most recently been in the news for her course, "Psychology and the Good Life" — a course offered to first year Yale students that instantly became the most popular course in the University's 317-year history. Students then participated in breakout sessions to explore topics and build skills that will help them develop their strengths and interests as they prepare for college.


Philosophy Friday #9 | Professional Access

If you were to take inventory of the professionals in your field that you admire most, would you feel too intimidated to reach out to them? Kelly Corrigan — EXPLO parent, Writer-in-Residence, and New York Times best-selling author — says it's time you feel otherwise.


Be Kind, Be Safe, Be True, Be Curious: EXPLO Ambassadors Reflect on Community Expectations Poster

 In every classroom at EXPLO hangs a Community Expectations Poster, a reminder to students of the expectations we have for them while they are a member of the EXPLO community.  On the first day of classes for any new course or workshop, students sit down with their instructor and thoughtfully...

Philosophy Friday #8 | Choosing Undecided

Commencement season has arrived. ‘Tis the time for inspiring speeches, advice-giving tales of caution, and everyone in a high school graduate’s extended family asking them what their plans are now that their senior year  has ended.


Philosophy Friday #7 | Taking Chances

Richard Light, distinguished professor at Harvard University, author of Making the Most of College, and founder of How To Live Wisely — a program that aims to strengthen student experiences on undergraduate campuses — discusses how taking chances helps one develop healthy habits of mind and being.


Summer 2018 Brings The Annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge To EXPLO

Sometimes it just clicks and you realize you’ve grasped a revolutionary scientific theory, concept, or principle — but the moment someone asks you to explain it, you find yourself fumbling through the evidential definitions that were once clear to you just moments ago.

Philosophy Friday #6 | Show, Don't Tell

We all have experienced some version of the classic assignment of “Show-and-Tell” — hefting in family heirlooms, jars full of bugs, Pokémon cards, and prized stuffed animals onto our kindergarten desks.  We’d “oooh” and “ahhh” over our neighbors' things, using our senses to learn more about each...


Laurie Santos — Internationally-acclaimed Professor of Psychology + Cognitive Science — Joins the EXPLO Network

EXPLO is excited to welcome Laurie Santos, professor of psychology and cognitive sciences at Yale University, to our growing network of dynamic and innovative thought leaders.

Host of NPR's "Only A Game", Bill Littlefield, to Join EXPLO's Growing Network

Bill Littlefield, whose voice alone is nationally recognized as host on NPR’s Only A Game, will join EXPLO on the Yale campus as a visiting professor-of-practice during summer 2018.

Philosophy Friday #5 | Science of Thriving

So, what's the difference between being happy and really thriving?

This week, learn about the science of thriving from Dan Lerner, Professor of NYU’s most popular elective, “Science of Happiness”, and a keynote speaker at EXPLO at Yale's CORE Day — a day dedicated to teaching students how to lead a...


The Argument for Physical Literacy in an Increasingly Virtual World

Recently, one of my colleagues — Director of EXPLO Studio, Dave Hamilton — shared a story with me about a group of high school students he has been working with in one of Studio’s critical making courses.

A Tale of Two Teachers: Mr. Bulger + Mrs. Swanson

When I started the ninth grade, I had a homeroom teacher named Mrs. Swanson. In those days, at my school, homeroom was a big deal. It was where all things began and ended, and if you had a study hall, it was likely to occur there as well. Ninth grade was the culminating year for Junior High in my...

Philosophy Friday #4 | Sneaky Learning

This week, dive into the concept of "sneaky learning" with us, a term coined by EXPLO parents, Anna and Graeme Lawrie, which gets to the heart of EXPLO's curriculum, both inside and outside of the classroom.


At What Age Independence?

Gifting children the opportunity to live away from home at an early age — even for just three weeks during the summer — helps develop independence and confidence as they start to see their place in the world beyond their bedroom.

Philosophy Friday #3 | Challenge Your Ideas

In this week’s Philosophy Friday, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Nonfiction, James Forman, Jr. — a three-year EXPLO Instructor who went on to launch the Maya Angelou Charter School and is now a Yale Law Professor — discusses the importance challenging your own perspectives. 


Philosophy Friday #2 | Educational Silos

In this week’s Philosophy Friday, EXPLO and MIT Trustee, Brian Hughes discusses the value of dismantling educational silos in favor of liberal arts.


Philosophy Friday #1 | Building Confidence

"EXPLO is one of the first places where Alison really stepped up and started advocating for others... that was for her a start in real confidence, in terms of [Alison thinking]  'This is how I should behave as a citizen of the world.'"

Christine and Brett Rogers, parents of three Exploration...


Assessment is Ruining the Universe (or at Least our Understanding of It)

Rolf Landua, Ph.D., is on a mission to change the landscape of science education. He chatted with EXPLO about the importance of curiosity in the classroom and how too much testing inhibits joyful learning — and deeper understanding of Nature and the universe. 

Celebrated Screenwriter J.V. Hart to Join EXPLO as Professor of Practice

With writing and producing credits including Steven Spielberg’s Hook, Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’sDracula, and Brian Henson’s Muppet Treasure Island to his name, EXPLO welcomes acclaimed screenwriter J.V. Hart to campus in summer 2018.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel to Join EXPLO as Inaugural Supreme Court Justice-in-Residence

EXPLO is pleased to announce its first Supreme Court Justice-in-Residence — Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel.

The Key to Engaged Learning? An Environment that Encourages Flow

There’s life — and then there’s living a life with flow.

EXPLO Book Review: Resiliency In the Face Of Embarrassment and Creative Learning Environments

At the heart of EXPLO, our mission is to teach students the skill sets needed to find joy in life-long learning. We do this by encouraging our students to exercise their courage to self-motivate, their daring to take action, and their confidence to examine beyond the boundaries of their own comfort...

Exploration or Focus: How to Choose Your EXPLO Program

Choice: it’s the cornerstone of all exploration. At EXPLO, we believe that means both providing a wide array of options to choose from and granting young people the agency to make choices for themselves.

Making Summer Meaningful: EXPLO and Beyond

For more than 40 years, EXPLO has created remarkable teaching and learning experiences that inspire curiosity and encourage young people to embark on a lifelong journey of turning over stones, taking healthy risks, and pursuing that which they only ever imagined.


Courage From EXPLO Leads Alum, Christopher Streat, to Intern With Trevor Noah

I was excited to recently learn that my summer colleague Christopher Streat has just started a prestigious internship working on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. If you had been at EXPLO at Yale last summer, you would have seen how talented Christopher is on stage, leading community meetings in the...

EXPLO + MIT Media Lab: Open Leadership Conference with Joi Ito

For the past two years, MIT Media Lab has collaborated with Mozilla — a company whose mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all —  with a collective goal to offer professional development for senior leaders of nonprofit and public sector organizations.

Playful Learning at EXPLO

What if we gave ourselves permission for a radical shift in the way we thought about learning? What if we flipped the binary of a “teacher/student” relationship on its head, and instead accepted that we are all learners engaged in the playful pursuit of discovery?

Iconic Candy Dispenser Creator PEZ Partners with EXPLO

EXPLO is thrilled to announce a new partnership with PEZ, the makers of the beloved PEZ dispensers and candy. Sold in 80 countries, PEZ distributes 70 million dispensers and five billion candies a year. They provided comedic fodder for Larry David to write “The PEZ Dispenser” episode for Seinfeld,...

Rejuvenate, Recharge + Connect: A Toast to MIT's Independent Activities Period

Every year, MIT clubs around the world hold a celebration of the Independent Activities Period (IAP) to invite alumni to rejuvenate, recharge, and connect. This year, MIT alums connected with each other in the city of Boston, celebrating their mutual history of intellectual play and curiosity — and...

Who is Taking Care of Your Child? Safety and Supervision at Residential Summer Programs

  When it comes to choosing a summer program for your child, there are a number of boxes most families are looking to check off. Will it be fun? Will my child learn something new? Will they be happy and make friends?

Mission Training: Exploratory Robotics at EXPLO

As the grainy particles settle, the picture comes into focus, slowly. Wide swaths of sand paint the unfamiliar terrain in soft arcs and waves. She inches the Mars Rover forward with a gentle push of the toggle; in turn, the image on the screen reflects back this forward movement. The human engineer...

Many Paths to Engineering

What do Star Wars Lego robots, sustainable urban planning, and a complex machine designed to paint your dreams have in common? At the heart of each of these imaginative projects is a challenge to our students -- use the principles of engineering to create something extraordinary and original. We’ll...

Making Summer Meaningful: EXPLO and Beyond (Extended Video)

Each summer, EXPLO welcome students from more than 40 states and 70 countries to our campuses where we explore the world of people and ideas, and celebrate the differences that bring us together as a community. The above video is a comprehensive overview of EXPLO summer programs played at our Info...


Award-winning Community The Pinehills to Partner with EXPLO

EXPLO is thrilled to announce a new partnership with The Pinehills, one of the most celebrated examples of thoughtful new town planning and design in the United States — and the ideal site for architecture students to gain on-the-ground insights around the complexities of design, building, and...

Happy New Year From EXPLO

As we welcome the year 2018, everyone here at EXPLO would like to wish you a new year full of exploration and adventure!  We put together a short slideshow of just a handful of our fun summer moments — made all the more meaningful set to the EXPLO Alma Mater, a wonderful tune composed by our former...


EXPLO Alum Salvador Gómez a TIME Magazine Teen of the Year

After launching a global crowdfunding campaign to support the most at-risk citizens in his native Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria left millions in the dark, Salvador has been recognized by TIME magazine as a 2017 Teen of the Year alongside fellow activists, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Traveling Towards Happiness with Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

World’s leading researcher on positive psychology and pioneer of flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , Ph.D., joins ranks of EXPLO Advisors.

At EXPLO, Students Learn to Live with Daring and Courage

We could continue to tell you all of the amazing things we love about EXPLO, but our students and alumni really tell our story best. 


How We Teach English at EXPLO

Something that surprises many families when they arrive at EXPLO is how many languages they hear. Français, Español, Deutsche, Português do Brasil, 普通話 … our students come from 40 states and 70 countries worldwide, and they bring their language and culture with them.

A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO

“At home, I really am the epitome of a shy kid. But here, I have a completely outgoing alter-ego,” says Henry, a high school senior from Maryland. “One of my true passions is dancing. At my school, we have a weekly community meeting that has a talent portion to it. Plenty of people sign up, but...

Amazing Things are Happening at EXPLO

Partnerships with CERN and Lightneer. An alum who recently earned a Teen of Year nomination for his hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. A new Teaching + Learning/R+D Division. Upcoming Focus Programs in Bioengineering, Future of Medicine, Medical Rounds, and Psychology + Neuroscience. There...

Brains in Jars: Psychology + Neuroscience Students at the Cushing Center

At EXPLO, we often discuss the importance of getting out of the classroom and learning in the real world. It’s a hallmark of what we do. That’s why trips are such a critical piece of our curriculum, and happen not only on the weekends but also during academic periods.

Acing the Pitch: Sports Management Students Present Final Projects to PawSox Executives

Nestled in the heart of Pawtucket, R.I., McCoy Stadium brings life to an otherwise sunken city peppered with shuttered warehouses and textile mills — relics of the American Industrial Revolution and reminders of how lively this historic city once was.

Curious + Playful: EXPLO Mini Explorers

When our EXPLO at Wheaton Mini Program was introduced in 2014, rising 2nd and 3rd graders stepped with their little feet onto campus for the first time. It was an instant, natural fit. The seven- and eight-year-olds that comprise our Explorer group are curious — to discover, to invent, to pull...

It’s Important to Dance the Numa (Hey! Hey!)

When it begins, all you hear is the call that pierces the still summer air: “MA-IA-HII, MA-IA-HUU.” For ears new to EXPLO, it sounds bizarre and unusual. Even so, you can’t help but heed the call — it’s sheer curiosity. As the music continues more familiar sounds spring forth — hands clapping in...

The Experts Come to EXPLO

If at EXPLO we’re going to commit students to the task of exploring the world of people and ideas, we cannot expect that to happen in a bubble. Through the years, we have set to task creating partnerships with some of the most brilliant minds in academia and industry, drawing on their expertise and...

The Future of Medicine is at EXPLO: International Leader in Transplantation and Immunology David Mulligan, M.D.

One of the benefits of coming to EXPLO is the direct access to the top experts in a variety of careers and academic fields. Brilliant minds like Dr. David Mulligan, an acclaimed abdominal organ transplant surgeon who recently joined the Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center as Chief of...

Take a Stand: How EXPLO Students Show Courage to Stop Bullying

It’s jarring when you’re standing in the community room watching students physically cross the room to identify themselves as victims or perpetrators, bystanders or allies to bullying in their lives outside of EXPLO. Because whatever prompt the moderator provides — racial slurs, sexist comments,...

Building Confidence to Conquer High School

A few years ago, a mother of an EXPLO student approached us as the summer came to a close. She wanted to share an anecdote about how her family made the decision to send their youngest son to EXPLO that year. He was preparing to enter high school, she said, and though bright and sociable, he was...

Heart, Mind, and Motivation: Teaching Pioneers + Voyagers at EXPLO

In the moment that it happens, it’s as if the world stands still, but for the child alight in front of you. The variable that brought that particular child to that particular moment of discovery could be one of many: the precise combination of computer code that brought a Lego robot to life; a...

Where Learning Mirrors Life: Teaching + Learning at EXPLO

At EXPLO, we believe learning mirrors life — full of questions, tensions, and worthwhile digressions in an ever-changing world. We know that whimsy and wonder have a place alongside pragmatic investigation. We celebrate discovery through doing, and empathy through authentic connection. We know...

By Design: A Pre-College Program for High School Students

When it comes to the quality of care and supervision of our students, EXPLO at Yale is the standard-bearer for all pre-college programs. Because while we are a pre-college program, ours is thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of high school students.

We Mean Business: Startup Entrepreneurship Students Pitch to Boston Innovators

The moment that 22 EXPLO Startup Entrepreneurship students step into the lobby of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Boston’s famed Financial District, the energy shifts from a gentle hum to a feverish buzz. A combination of excitement and nerves hangs in the air while the students adjust...

EXPLO Mini: Em T. on Stepping Away From the Sidelines

Crime scenes, conflicts, and condundrums are places you'll be sure to find EXPLO Mini student Em — but not for the reasons you might think. With big dreams of becoming a forensic scientist, Em leads the way pretty much anywhere. Except for the sidelines. 

EXPLO Mini: Nikhil N. on the Surprising Importance of Back-Up Plans

A (very) recent-aspiring vlogger, Nikhil figured the best way to house his productions was to start with the basics — build a computer from scratch. In week three at EXPLO Mini, he has learned all about what having a 'back-up plan' really means, and why it's so important when it comes to creative...

Greater Minds at EXPLO: Llona Kavege

Llona Kavege is a dynamo. A biology and philosophy double major with her sights set on a career in biomedical ethics, she teaches Medical Careers and Philosophy and Ethics at EXPLO at Wellesley. She’s also the resident anime expert, an Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl national finalist, and according to...

Greater Minds Think Alike… and Sometimes Differently

The students just keep coming. All of the seats are filled 10 minutes before the workshop is set to begin. As the instructor writes a series of guiding questions on the whiteboard, the final few stragglers — still on time — fill in the spaces between desks and backpacks. A confident voice rings out...

Samantha Power Advises Foreign Affairs Students: Get Close and Know Something

Photograph: Official White House/Pete Souza “I meet a lot of young people these days who say, ‘I want to change the world!’ And I have no idea what they’re talking about. There’s no such thing as changing the world. There’s no such thing. You have to choose your little piece of it.”  This was...

Creating a Place for ‘Twelves’ to Thrive: Seventh Graders at EXPLO

Students hang out during  a sevent-grade only event, "7th-Hour". In his acclaimed book, Yardsticks, lifelong educator Chip Wood writes with candor and insight about the developmental markers that shape each year of a child’s life. He outlines the cognitive, social-emotional, and physical needs of...

Teaching Outside the Box: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren walking students through a cow dissection in Behavior Neuroscience. When most people think of a classroom, the image that springs to mind is a square space filled with neat rows of desks, a whiteboard, some pin boards, and a teacher standing in the front. And in most cases —...

EXPLO at Wheaton: Charles Frost On 'Going Beyond The Fence'

During the summer, Charles Frost is a Residence Director in the Dean's Office at EXPLO at Wheaton. During the regular academic year, Charles works in public relations for Debate Mate Jamaica, a program that utilizes civil discourse to develop communication and interpersonal skills. Here, we talk to...

Building Characters: EXPLO at Wellesley's Game Studio

At the EXPLO Game Studio, it’s not a question of “What’s luck and what’s skill?” but of what skills students are learning with each game they play. Negotiation. Crafting a game plan and sticking to it. Being able to adjust on the fly. The art of reading an opponent. . . and the art of a strategic,...

Making the Rounds: Dr. Andrew Eyre to Develop and Advise New Medical Rounds Program

Dr. Andrew Eyre is an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from the University of Vermont’s medical school and completing a residency in emergency medicine, Dr. Eyre pursued postdoctoral...

Out of This World: The Mars Center for Science and Technology at Wheaton College

When EXPLO and Wheaton College began to consider building a new Focus program for young women interested in STEM research and careers, one thing was for sure: “The facilities are just outstanding,” says EXPLO Executive Director and President Moira Kelly. “The Mars Science and Technology Center is...

EXPLO at Wheaton: Lan Crofton on Assessing Authentic Learning

Lan Crofton, once on a pre-med track to becoming a doctor, decided it was time he committed to what he truly loved and took a 180 degree turn — he became a teacher. Having instructed classes ranging from Magic for Muggles to Finding Patient Zero, Lan discusses how we assess project-based learning...

Let’s Get Moving: Sneaker Activities Keep Kids Active at Their Own Pace

When asked to describe EXPLO to newcomers, we often find ourselves saying something along the lines of, “we’re not quite summer camp and we’re not quite summer school — we’re something in between, where you experience all of the things you love about summer camp and so much more.”

Music as a Tool to Inspire Fun and Learning: An Interview with the EXPLO Kapellmeister

Whether it’s the familiar sounds of the Numa wafting out over the quad, a carefully curated folk playlist during meals, or the sweet sounds of tenor sax performing “Jazz Waters” on stage as students settle down for assembly, music shapes the EXPLO at Wheaton atmosphere to inspire fun and encourage...

EXPLO at Wheaton: One Thing Green On Your Plate (Jell-O Doesn’t Count)

At EXPLO, we believe in putting good things into your body. That means filling student hearts and brains with creative ideas and curiosity as they look at the world, but it also means that we feel strongly about the nutritional things our kids put in their bodies — the fruits, vegetables,...

EXPLO at Wheaton: Chase Williams on Facing Our Inner Apprehensions

As a philosophy major, volunteer EMT, award-winning debater, and step dance team member, Chase Williams knows that curiosities are worth pursuing. Besides being an instructor at EXPLO, Chase is commited to creating spaces outside of class where apprehension can exist in a safe and supportive...

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Laura Macesic Ekstrom, Wheaton College

Wander the halls of most colleges and universities these days and you’re sure to see dozens of young women filling seats in science labs — in some cases, more women than men. After decades of effort to close the gender gap in STEM fields, it would appear that the problem is solved. Looks can be...

From Harvard + the NFL to Wearable Tech, Isaiah Kacyvenski Knows Sports Management

We'd like to introduce you to Isaiah Kacyvenski, Harvard graduate, former NFL football player, wearable tech innovator at MC10, and champion for player health and well-being both on and off the field. This summer, Isaiah will be working with our EXPLO Sports Management students. We're excited to...

EXPLO Culinary Arts: Becoming a Master Chef

Is two weeks really enough time to learn how to cook like a professional chef? Yes, yes it is. In fact, judging by the spread laid out by 30 young chefs, it only takes one.

EXPLO Startup Entrepreneurship Featured on CNBC [VIDEO]

A CNBC film crew shadowed EXPLO Startup on the final two days of the program, as students prepared their final pitches for a panel of judges at MassChallenge.

Art of the Arthroscope: Dr. Dinesh Patel

In the Dr. Dinesh Patel Arthroscopic Learning Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, EXPLO Orthopedics + Sports Medicine students don't just observe how a knee surgery works. They pick up the instruments — and dive in.

Harvard University Professor Richard Light Leads Seminar at EXPLO Headquarters

Richard Light, distinguished professor at Harvard University, author of Making the Most of College and founder of How To Live Wisely — a program that aims to strengthen student experiences on undergraduate campuses — recently traveled to EXPLO headquarters to lead a professional development seminar...

Thank You for an Incredible Summer

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Meet Miguel from Venezuela

Fifteen-year-old Miguel came to EXPLO to explore his interest in computer programming and determine if it's the path he wants to pursue. What he discovered is that collaborative learning is far more engaging and effective than the independent method he is used to from school. 

STRATUS Center: Test Drive Your Surgical Skills

The STRATUS Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital brings hands-on learning to a whole new level, putting students in the driver's seat as they hone their surgical skills and respond to medical emergencies in lifelike simulations. 

Startup Entrepreneurship: Sanaa from India

At EXPLO, ninth grader Sanaa has found the supportive environment and guidance necessary for a project that combines her dream of starting a company with her passion for human rights.

Startup Entrepreneurship: Nicolas from Switzerland

At EXPLO Startup, 13-year-old Nicolas is working on a product that he hopes to get on the market soon. With positive feedback from successful entrepreneurs and inspiration from the EXPLO community, Nicolas is prepared to take his product — and his career — to new heights.

Meet Tiffany from Hong Kong

Ninth grader Tiffany is exploring her passions in Costume, Hair + Makeup Design, but she's discovered that her creativity can flourish beyond boundaries in the supportive environment she's found at EXPLO. 

Meet Beyoncé and Yvonne

Fifteen-year-old Beyoncé from Mississippi met 17-year-old Yvonne from China on arrival day and they've been nearly inseparable ever since. While they share similar interests, the pair also celebrates their differing talents. Sometimes, your best friends are from across the world — you just have to...

EXPLO at Wellesley: Chasing the Sun with Gabi

A natural early bird, ninth grader Gabi loves the Early Morning Running, Yoga, and Insanity Clubs. She recommends everyone try waking up early at least once, if only to take in the beautiful view of the lake in the morning.

Meet Maddie from New York

Sixth-grader Maddie loves constructing things, and she plans to make the world more unique through her designs. 

Meet Helen from Connecticut

When students found out that the Philosophy and Ethics workshop wasn't being offered in the final week of the session, they joined forces to petition its continuation. The initiator and author of the petition, 14-year-old Helen, shares what made her feel so strongly about her Philosophy and Ethics...

Meet Aaron from Georgia

With a strong family history in engineering and medical professions, rising sophomore Aaron is an aspiring astrophysicist. But he could just as easily see himself as happy as a musician instead. 

Meet Ex from Massachusetts

Ex is a talented musician and songwriter who, at just 14 years old, already plays seven instruments! They love EXPLO for the diverse community of people and ideas, and is developing confidence by stepping outside the comfort zone engaging in conversation with them.

Meet Henry from Maryland

This is 17-year-old Henry’s sixth summer at EXPLO! He may be shy at home, but at EXPLO he's known around campus as everybody's outgoing and compassionate best friend.

Meet Armance from France

Coming to EXPLO at Yale this summer is a familial rite-of-passage for 11th grader Armance. She's using her EXPLO experience to test the waters for her future course of study. 

EXPLO Ambassadors: Insight on the Upcoming Summer

The EXPLO Ambassador Program is an exclusive leadership training initiative available to EXPLO alumni. Selected students arrive early at the program for Ambassador training, assist in helping acclimate new students to EXPLO, and develop and run a series of reflective initiatives throughout each...

One Tool: An Exploration of Personal Preference


Upcoming EXPLO Info Meeting: Livestream Event

On Monday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m. ET, EXPLO will be hosting a virtual live-session info meeting for prospective and enrolled families. This virtual meeting is a great opportunity for families that live in more remote areas to ask questions and get a first-hand feel for our programs, right in the...

Announcing: EXPLO at Yale's 2017 Guest Speakers

EXPLO is excited to announce some notable speakers who will be joining us throughout the summer on the campus of Yale University. These fascinating folks will feature during Community Meetings, as well as engage with students during related classes and workshops.

Mindset Over Matter: Studio Team Takeaways from SXSWedu

Laser cutters. 3-D printers. Microcontrollers. Power tools. Basic requirements of a makerspace, right?

EXPLO Alum, Alison Rogers, is Looking to Change The Future of STEM

What if she invents the cure for cancer? What if she develops the next spacecraft to Mars? Perhaps she’ll dispute string theory, engineer a robot car, code the next big video game, program a better prosthetic?

From Rare Books to Masterpiece Paintings, EXPLO at Yale has So Much in Store

At EXPLO, we like to say that when you come to EXPLO, you also come to Yale. But what does that mean for our students? Of course it's a wonderful opportunity to experience what it means to live and learn on the campus of one of the finest universities in the world. But beyond the prestige, the...

EXPLO at SXSWedu: Don't Feed the Bears!

If you hear roaring and see bears at SXSWedu this week, don’t be alarmed. You can come close to the exhibit — but please, don’t feed the bears.

Navigating the Skills Gap: What Today’s Students Need to Thrive in 2020 + Beyond

In the last year, the World Economic Forum has published numerous reports forecasting the Fourth Industrial Revolution and what the unprecedented interconnectivity of the technological revolution will yield as we approach 2020. We are, as they say, in unchartered waters — and the tools we use to...

In Memory of Arnie Singal, EXPLO Co-Founder

Imagine, if you will… That was Arnie Singal’s request when he would speak to high school students about a burgeoning summer program rooted in independent exploration back in 1976. The phrase is simple enough; common-sounding, perhaps. But at its heart was an invitation to something profound — a...

The EXPLO Alumni Network: Building Foundations + Making Connections

Ask any of our alums and they will tell you that when you come to EXPLO, you immediately become part of an extended family of curious individuals that you can call on throughout your life’s explorations. We are a vast network, in many ways more connected and expansive than any other school or...

Game Changers: EXPLO Faculty and Staff Set the Gold Standard in Summer and Beyond

At EXPLO, we often talk about our unparalleled faculty — that our staff sets the Gold Standard for summer programs. That we hire emerging leaders with incredible potential, many of them college and graduate students, who are the perfect role models to inspire and energize EXPLO students.  

EXPLO Studio: Harvard Graduate School of Education Visit

Students from the Harvard graduate School of Education traveled to our office to help EXPLO Studio test out some of their latest creations. In just a few hours, HGSE saved a city from certain destruction with bikes on wires,  built tops out of 1/4-20 bolts and washers and donned "thinking caps" —...

Five Tips for Engaging Students in Civil Discourse

As we enter into the Presidential Debate season — one already characterized by strong rhetoric and polarizing opinions — an inherent challenge as educators and parents is how to teach our students to engage in civil discourse with people whose ideas and beliefs are different from their own.

EXPLO Vet: Guest Speaker Dr. Leslie Schwarz

Dr. Leslie Schwarz, a board-certified veterinary radiologist at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, travels to EXPLO at Wheaton to lead a hands-on on session about ultrasounds and suturing. Shoutout to Pipsqueak for being such a fabulous patient for all our Vet students!

Cracking the Case: Forensic Science

Who done it? Crime stoppers solve the case of a mysterious murder by searching for DNA samples and blood samples to find the killer. 

Explo Announces Join The Debates

Explo is pleased to announce Join the Debates in cooperation with the Commission on Presidential Debates and in partnership with PBS Education and the National Governors Association.

Scholar-in-Residence Jonathan London on Returning to Explo

When Scholar-in-Residence Jonathan London came back to Explo last summer, he felt like he was 15 again. To him, the Explo spirit hasn’t changed in 20 years. And that’s a magical thing.


Running the Captain Fraido Booth at SXSWedu: What We Learned

One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of traveling down to SXSWedu was not only experiencing all of the cool and groundbreaking ideas and edtech on hand, but also sharing some of our learning methodology with educators and students alike. Here's what we learned running the Captain Fraido...

Entrepreneur + Bread Baker on a Career Well Done

Kate Wheatcroft, an Explo alumna featured on the Forbes Magazine "30 Under 30" list, co-owns Bien Cuit bakery (literal translation: well done) in Brooklyn. Together with her husband, Wheatcroft offers fine bread and pastry "rooted in the traditions of long fermentation and classical techniques,...

Our Thoughts are with the People of Ecuador and Japan

Watching the news unfold about the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan, we at Explo want to share our heartfelt condolences and support to all those affected by these tragedies.

From São Paulo to Dartmouth, One Explo Student's Journey

Gustavo de A. Silva, an Explo alum from São Paulo, Brazil, will be attending Dartmouth College this fall. "Thanks to Explo," Gustavo says, "my life and my prospects have changed immensely."



Explo's Top Takeaways from SXSWedu

For this year’s SXSWedu — a global education conference in Austin, Texas — Explo packed up the wind tunnels, readied Captain Fraido Heights for flight, and returned more inspired than ever.

Going to the Dogs: 7 Things the Pups of Explo Have Taught Us

They wrestle, they howl, and they race through the halls, but — with 35 full-time employees and seven dogs (and counting!) — we couldn't imagine Explo without them. Pups, here are seven lessons we've learned from you.

10 Ways to Find a Mentor (+ Why You Should)

Whether you're in school, entering the workforce, or looking into switching careers, finding the right mentor(s) — who can offer guidance, direction, and access to people and resources — is key.


Building Empathy: 10 Strategies for Raising Caring Kids

For child and family psychologist Richard Weissbourd, "What matters most as a parent is not whether my wife and I are 'perfect' role models or how much we talk about values, but the hundreds of ways — as living, breathing, imperfect human beings — we influence our children in the complex, messy...

Artist + Entrepreneur Redefines the Future of Fashion

Gemma Sole — an Explo alum just named to Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" list — is the Co-Founder of Nineteenth Amendment, a clothing company that matches emerging designers with shoppers and produces only what it sells. Gemma talks with Explo about cultivating your curiosity, building a business...

Entrepreneur Reinvents Electricity + Overturns 100 Years of History

Max Mankin is the founder of Modern Electron, a startup that seeks to overturn 100 years of history in generating electricity, replacing steam turbines with small, modular devices that convert heat to electricity. The company has raised $11 million so far, earning Mankin — who attended Explo in...

29-Year-Old Creates Handbag Label + Launches a Global Brand

In just three years, Sarah Law — an Explo alum listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s 2015 “30 Under 30” — has turned a nascent handbag label into a global brand. With their minimalist and urban aesthetic, KARA bags are designed for “people that have a strong sense of themselves.” Sarah talks to Explo...

Einstein was Right: Ripples in the Fabric of Space-Time Exist

A century ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves. Today, physicists announced that he was right.

The Puppies of Explo


24-Year-Old Explo Alum Disrupts Journalism with Crowd-Sourcing Startup

Journalist, entrepreneur, and Explo alum, Amanda Gutterman cofounded the startup Slant — a crowd-sourced journalism platform where anyone can submit content — and earned her place on this year's Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list. We're thrilled for her, and excited to share Amanda's thoughts on...

White Out! NYC + Long Island, We're Having an Info Meeting Do-Over

Last weekend, Winter Storm Jonas disrupted Explo's info meetings in New York City and Long Island. So we're launching a do-over, and invite all New York City and Long Island families to join us to come find out more about Explo during the weekend of February 6 and 7.

We've Seen the Future (of Ed Tech), And It Is Good

Robots that respond to your every command, hands-free communication on a homemade device, coding a robotic sequence with a set of ordinary classroom markers, and over 50 kid-tested Makerspace projects. Participants in the FETC workshops may have been asking themselves, “Did I just time travel?”...


How Intelligent Are You? Let Us Count the (8+) Ways

Developmental psychologist Howard Gardner has dedicated his career to studying intelligence — specifically, his theory of multiple intelligences. According to Gardner, there is no such thing as a single form of measurable human intelligence, but something much closer to eight (and counting...). We...

8 Ways to Live Creatively Beyond Fear

Writer Elizabeth Gilbert has become an expert on the awesome art of channeling the muse of creativity. In her latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Through Fear, she invites us to walk through our own fears and do the same.


5 Recent Explo Faculty Win Fulbright Grants

Former Explo faculty Sarah Beam, Lindsay Galeste, Brandon Ouellette, Laura Gabriel, and Allison Fried all recently won Fulbright grants to live and teach abroad. We’re so proud of their success, and wanted to share some of their journeys with you.

Making Explo Bookmarks


Explo DIY: Make a Paper Cone Nightlight

What can you make with a sheet of paper? You could: fold it into a paper airplane, an origami swan, or even a telescope. But what if, with a few cuts, you could transform it into something that's as useful as it is beautiful? Enter the paper cone nightlight, a lamp you can make with paper and just...

Get Up, Stand Up—At Your Desk!

Standing up to work—whether at home, at the office, or at school—is all the rage these days. And for good reason. Schools across the country are testing out standing desks in their classrooms, and students are reaping the benefits physically and mentally.

Read Your Way to Greater Empathy

Got empathy? Want a surefire way to cultivate it in your kids? Get them reading more real books. Not pop fiction, not mysteries or sci-fi, not even good-for-you primary sources. For activating and developing empathy, true literature is the way to go. So, fill some of those lazy vacation days with...

Tis the Season!

This holiday season, we're sharing our favorite gift ideas for kids (and adults) of all ages. We hope you enjoy checking out all the books, gadgets, and gifts listed below — and share the love of discovery and exploration with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!

Our Thoughts are with the People of Beirut and Paris

Watching the news unfold about the bombings in Beirut on Thursday and the brutal attacks that took place in Paris on Friday night, we at Explo want to share our heartfelt condolences and support to all those affected by these tragedies.

Are You Explo Orange? Join Us on Instagram + Share Your True Colors

Color: the colors you hold an allegiance to (your country's flag, your sports teams, your favorite summer program...) can say a lot about who you are as a person. So that leaves us with just one question:. How orange are you? If the color orange has become a bigger part of your life (thanks, in...

The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Share Your Stories on StoryCorps

Stories: they're what shape us, elevate us, and make us who we are. And this Thanksgiving, you'll have the chance to join storytellers (and collectors) from across the country and around the world to record your story — or your mom's, dad's, sibling's, or relative's story — and share it with the...

Happy Halloween!

Han Solo trapped in carbonite, The Morton Salt Girl. A Double Robot R2D2. And the KoolAid Man. This is the year that we upped our game, the year that we asked ourselves, how creative can we get? And we think we rocked it! We give you: The Curriculum Department as Star Wars; Reggie as Yoda; the...

Science Bob Brings Halloween Home: Try These Experiments (If You Dare)

Brilliant teacher, author, scientist, and presenter “Science Bob” Pflugfelder is back with irresistible experiments and explosions for you to try at home, and just in time for Halloween. So gather your supplies, an appropriate chaperone, and get spooking!

The Best Apps in Education: Curated by an Expert Teacher to Save You Time, Money, & Frustration

A technologically-inclined librarian from a top high school in Connecticut published a guide to the best educational apps, all based on input from educators nationwide. Read on—and click away—to learn about the apps that rise to the top in K-12 education. Whether you’re a student, a parent, a...

A Happy Halloween for All: We Support the Teal Pumpkin Project

For many children, Halloween is a night of (safe) revelry, where dentists’ recommendations are put on hold and sweet treats comes by the pillowcase-full. But for many other children with food allergies and sensitivities, celebrating Halloween can be quite tricky.

Most Likely to Succeed: Join Us for a Film Screening + Discussion with Dr. Pasi Sahlberg

“Most Likely to Succeed” has been heralded as the “best film ever done on the topic of school.” And on Monday, October 19 at 7:00pm, we invite you to watch it with us. Check out the details below.

A Quiet Revolutionary

In an age of transparency, globalization, and endless multitasking, introverts are often sorely overlooked. Together with her team of revolutionaries, author Susan Cain is changing how introverts are perceived, and how they themselves experience the world. Her website, Quiet Revolution, aims to...

Casting Call: Are You One of America's Greatest Makers?

This is World Maker Week, which means one thing: Intel, United Artists, and TBS are looking for the next round of great makers — and you could be one of them. And if you make the cut, your invention could be televised. Here's how it works:

Ignorance is More than Bliss, It's a Scientific Necessity

The practice of science is more about what we don’t know than what we do know, or at least that’s how it ought to be. So says Stuart Firestein, professor and Biological Sciences Chair at Columbia University. Real scientific work, he says, “is less like the scientific method and more like farting...

7 Ways an Arts Education Can Foster Great Leaders

In most school districts, it’s an elective, not a core requirement. But here are seven reasons why an arts education is more important than you think.

The Global Goals: This is How We Can Change the World

By 2030, 193 world leaders commit to doing three things: eradicating extreme poverty, fighting injustice and inequality, and figuring out how to stop climate change in its tracks. We only have 15 years to make it happen. Here's how we can get started.

Explo Students: Enter the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!

Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen, and Lena Dunham. These are just a few of the past recipients of the renowned Scholastic Art & Writing Awards — and this year, your name could be among the winners. Here's how to enter.

A Global Day of Collaboration

Tomorrow, September 17, students, educators, and professionals will be gathering together to work together on projects across the globe. It will be an epic day of cross-cultural collaboration and is something not to be missed. Here's how to get involved.

Beyond Booksmart: Explo Alum Engages Learners

Explo Alum Michael Delman is the founder and CEO of Beyond Booksmart, the largest Executive Function coaching company in the world. Beyond Booksmart has offices across the United States and serves elementary through college-aged students. Prior to Beyond Booksmart, Michael, a Brown University...

7 Ways Constraints Can Make You More Creative

As Belle Beth Cooper, co-founder of the Exist app, writes in this Fast Company piece, "Constraints can seem like the last thing you'd want for a creative project, but they're actually beneficial when it comes to doing good work."

Calling All Entrepreneurs! The Team Behind Mythbusters Wants You

If you're an Explo alum between the ages of 19-29 and are launching your own business or startup (one that has a physical component, such as the sunglasses above), then this is for you. Read on to find out more.

What If School Was All A Game?

In 2009, in an inaugural initiative by non-profit organization Institute of Play, the NYC public school Quest to Learn opened the doors to its first class of 6th graders. Designed as a “living lab to develop and evolve a game-like approach to learning,” the school now serves the complete middle and...

Stopping the Summer Slide: EXPLO Partners with the Summer Collaborative

In the early spring of 2014, the Summer Collaborative — an organization that works with community based summer camps serving low-income students in Wilmington, Delaware — asked EXPLO for help. The goal? Combat summer learning loss. This is the story of how EXPLO is helping the Collaborative make...

Preparing for the College Transition: Advice from the Empty Nest

Any parent preparing for, living through, or starting to experience the “empty nest” phase of life, as one or more children leave for college, should read the parenting blog Grown and Flown. Covering a range of topics on raising kids in the later teen and young adult years, the blog is an excellent...

Game On: How to Help Teenagers Learn How to Budget

Gabrielle Blair — graphic designer, Design Mom blogger, AltSummit founder, and mother of six — knows a thing or two about managing a budget. So she invented a budgeting game to help teenagers out, and give them a taste as to what real world money management looks like. Here's how it works:

Explore the World of People + Ideas with NSLI-Y Scholarships

If you're a high school student or recent graduate (15-to-18 years old), an American citizen, and already dreaming about exploring as much of the world as you can, this language-immersion program could be for you. Read on to find out more.

It's About Exploration, Not Passion

From the New York Times parenting blog “Motherlode” comes a fresh take on the role of passion in the lives of children. Writer Lisa Heffernan pens “Our Push for Passion and Why It Harms Kids.” Heffernan worries that we are taking passion too far, and as we spend countless hours and dollars helping...

Our Kids Need Nature: Four Ways to Help

In his book “Last Child in the Woods,” author Richard Louv campaigns for kids to spend unstructured time in nature, something sorely missing in the lives of most children today. Our connection to the outdoors has greatly disintegrated, even compared to what it was decades ago. Learn why Louv says...

Magical Forest Mondays: How to Become Deeper Learners in the Woods

Meet Forest Monday: It's the one day a week — every week — when kindergarten teacher Eliza Minnucci takes her students into the forest for a full, immersive day of outdoor learning. The result, she says, is children who demonstrate more grit, perseverance, and resolve than they would have...

40+ EXPLO Alums Crack Forbes' 30 Under 30 List

Every year, the editors at Forbes Magazine feature individuals who are the most innovative in their fields in their 30 Under 30 issue. To date, 40+ EXPLO Alums are among their number. To them, we'd like to offer our most enthusiastic congratulations! We'll introduce each of them below (and revel in...

Sir Ken Robinson: Life is Your Talents Discovered

Creative education giant Sir Ken Robinson makes a poetic and persuasive argument that finding your talents — often hidden and undiscovered — through a concerted willingness to try and fail lead to a life worth living. And more: creative progress depends on individuals and teams making mistakes....

The 10 Benefits of Failure: J.K. Rowling's Life Advice to Graduates

In 2008, J.K. Rowling was invited to give a commencement address to graduating Harvard students — arguably among the most academically elite students in the world. Her message? Don't be afraid of failure, have empathy for one another, and always use your "power to imagine better."

Explo Foreign Affairs Alum Launches Young Diplomacy for Tomorrow's Global Leaders

Alexia Armstrong (pictured above, with her arm raised) came to Explo Startup in 2013 to find out more about what it means to be an entrepreneur. The next summer, she enrolled in Explo Foreign Affairs, met fellow students Cole Cooper (Explo Foreign Affairs) and Amber Yildizel (Explo at Yale), and...

The Career Path that Finds You: Tim Brown on Choosing Wide over Choosing Deep

No matter which field of study you decide to pursue, you will always have two choices: Do you become a specialist in your field, with a singular, lifelong focus? Or do you embrace a more interdisciplinary approach, where you can draw from a much wider and more varied knowledge base as you delve...

Joi Ito: If You Want to Innovate, Become a "Now-ist"

In this absorbing TED Talk, Joi Ito, head of the MIT Media Lab, advocates for skipping “the future predictions” and instead makes a strong case for “creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea.”

Duality, Guilt + Stigmas: The Challenges Many First-Generation College Students Face

In a Washington Post article, Explo Trustee Dr. Linda Banks-Santilli brings to light the many repercussions first-generation college students are up against when they go to college.

Jonathan London Embraces His Inner Geek and Makes a Great Life

Jonathan London (Explo Student 1995-1996) is the host of the podcast Geekscape, which is simultaneously a website and media empire. A writer for multiple media, including film, television, music videos, and more, London is also a producer, director, actor, and critic. In advance of his summer stay...


Oppi Festival: 5 Things That Wowed Us (And Will Wow You, Too)

The Oppi Learning Festival is a self-described "pop-up learning festival designed to bring global brilliance to a diverse audience on a different continent each year." The Festival moves from country to country, bringing with it a diverse collection of speakers, workshops, and panels about the...

Follow Science Bob and Empower Your Kids to Become Scientists Today

“Science Bob” Pflugfelder is an immediate superstar wherever he goes. We love perusing his website and the oodles of hands-on, DIY experiments he showcases, complete with step-by-step instructions, shopping lists, and videos—everything a budding scientist (and his or her dedicated adult helper)...

Invent to Learn: How to Tinker, Make + Engineer Your Way to Knowing

A century ago, tinkering, engineering devices, and making things in classrooms was the norm. Today, it's more often than not the exception (but that's changing every day). In their book, Invent to Learn, Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager want to bring hands-on learning back and offer dozens of...

This is Incredible! What Happens When Gas, Liquid + Solid Coexist

How can one substance be a liquid, gas, and solid at the same time? All it takes is the right atmosphere.

5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do

Children, as we know, can hurt themselves, especially when playing with pointy things like knives, arrows, scissors, or even fire. But there's a way around that — and it doesn't involve removing "every sharp object, every pokey bit" from their world. In fact, as Gever Tulley points out, it's really...

How to Find + Follow Your "Must" When Your Life is Full of "Shoulds"

You're standing at a crossroads. Do you (a) follow the path you think you should (potentially filled with internal or external expectations and demands), or do you (b) follow the path you feel you were born to take — even if you have no idea what that path is, or where it may lead? Elle Luna,...

You’ve Got Allowance All Wrong: Unspoil Your Kids with these 5 Tips

Unspoil your kids and teach them the most important values—determination, grit, generosity, gratitude, and more—by changing the way you do allowance at home. Too many parents are doing allowance all wrong. Chances are, you don’t give enough, you start too late, and you link it to the wrong stuff....

On Curriculum + Instruction: An Interview with Barb Trainor

Barb Trainor is Explo's Director of Curriculum and Instruction. A master teacher who believes in hands-on learning, Barb is resourceful, fun, and excited about her work with young teachers. We recently sat down with her to ask her a few questions.

Tilling the Soil and Maximizing Impact: Law Professor James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. (Explo Faculty 1986-88) is a clinical professor of law and a supervising attorney at Yale Law School. He is also the co-founder of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School In Washington, DC. Previously, Forman clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. This summer,...

Daily Rituals: How to Become Your Most Creative Self

Is there a magic bullet that could help you become a more creative and productive person? A secret formula that requires just the right mix of ingredients (time + dedication - distraction) to get you to creative success? The answer is yes, but that yes means something different for everyone. Read...

10 Ways to Become a Better Person

"Once we're over about 12 years old, we're seldom encouraged to be nice." Thus begins a video about ten virtues that can help make us more successful not only in our work, but also in our lives.

What the Army Can Teach Us About Leadership

What traits make for a good leader? Jim Collins, author of such renowned business books as "Good to Great" and "Built to Last," delves deeper into that question at West Point.

Kids Love to Fly! (and Two Other Things We Learned at WSTE)

This past weekend, we brought our hovercrafts to the Wellesley Education Foundation’s STEM Expo — and had a blast. We loved meeting with the students and learners of all ages, and were thrilled to get to share our love of hovercrafts with so many people. Check out the event below — and find out...

32 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Kids

Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono, leading researchers and demonstrated experts in the field of gratitude, present their latest findings in their book, "Making Grateful Kids." Their science-based approach to cultivating gratitude in kids of all ages can have a huge (and positive) impact in our homes,...

Step into Professor Kelly's Curiosity Cabinet

A few weeks ago, we went to visit Professor Kelly to find out more about how we could incorporate some of his teaching methods and experiments into our science courses. After that meeting, we knew we had to introduce him and his Curiosity Cabinet to you.

Time Away From Home Builds Self Esteem, Independence, and Joy in Kids

This month, as the weather gets warmer and we are gently reminded of the promise of summer, we have been riveted by Michael Thompson’s dynamic and accessible book on the significance — in fact, the essentialness — of a child’s time away from parents. In "Homesick and Happy," Thompson makes a...

The Waiting Game: What to Remember Every Time the Mail Comes In

For many high school seniors, it's starting: the long wait to find out whether they got into their dream school — or whether they didn't. Here's something to keep in mind, regardless of which envelope comes in the mail.

Community Outreach: EXPLO Works with the Sunflower County Freedom Project

At EXPLO, a large part of our focus is figuring out how can we broaden our reach and inspire even more students not only during the summer, but throughout the year as well. Our work with the Sunflower County Freedom Project is just one piece of that puzzle.

The Millennial Trains Project: This is How You Change Your Life

Ten days, seven cities, and 20 innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents, riding the rails to make a difference. It's called the Millennial Trains Project, and it's a chance for individuals ages 18 to 34 to work towards building lasting change across America. The next journey leaves on May 21,...

Danny Gregory: Creativity is "The Essence of Life."

Earlier this month, artist and author Danny Gregory — who has published several beautiful, honest, and powerful art journals — was interviewed on NPR’s “Here and Now.” During the ten minute segment, Gregory discussed his latest book, “Art Before Breakfast,” and how to make a daily habit out of...

Brain Pickings: Where Curiosity and Wisdom Converge

She calls it her "one-woman labor of love." Part website, part cultural compendium, and part vast encyclopedic archive of thought, wisdom, creative insight, and ideas, BrainPickings.org is a web destination that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. It will inspire you to dig deeper,...

Wes Moore: Find Meaningful Work

Wes Moore, a Johns Hopkins graduate, Rhodes Scholar, and former White House Fellow; a Wall Street executive, Afghanistan veteran, and social entrepreneur, presents his latest book — a second memoir — exploring the path to finding meaningful work and transcending "ordinary." (Wes Moore © Amun Ankhra)

Christopher Emdin: Teaching Teachers How to Create Magic

For months, for years, for decades, even, it stays with you. The memory of a teacher who went above and beyond to teach, to inspire, to make an imprint on your life and show you what it means to truly learn. According to Christopher Emdin, the key to inspiring that level of engagement is learning...


Expecting Greatness: A Win Win Win

In a recent podcast of the popular National Public Radio show “This American Life,” guest hosts Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller explored how expectations can and do shape thoughts, behavior, and achievement. Focusing on the story of Daniel Kish, a man who is blind and uses echolocation as a way to...

Gever Tulley: How to Tinker Your Way to Glory

It seems simple, right? Grab a couple of boards, a handful of nails, a hammer, and build something amazing. But if you’ve never done it (or never been allowed to do it), how exactly do you begin? Gever Tulley talks about why it’s essential to give children the power to create.