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

November 9, 2018

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 party in the warehouse last year), and eagerly await his pulled pork every year at our Holiday Party. Cooking aside, Eric is the System Administrator at EXPLO, helping us with just about any piece of technology you can imagine. We chose Eric as our Headquarter Highlight this week not only because he is an IT wizard, but also to celebrate his service in the U.S. Army infantry. We wanted to take a moment to thank him for his service this upcoming Veterans Day.

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

November 6, 2018

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 different opinions, families, cultures, and religions, we celebrate using our voice and our vote. It is an important day as it allows U.S. citizens to exercise one of the most meaningful rights and responsibilities they have for themselves and to their nation.  

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Empower Your Opinions | Weekly Edventure #2

November 2, 2018
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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 help with things like trust-building and compassion can completely shut down.

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Tags: Weekly Edventure, Video

Happy Halloween from the Exploration Center!

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween from all of us here at the Exploration Center! Being an organization that loves imaginative play, experimentation, and all things orange, it's no wonder we take this holiday so seriously year after year.

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

October 31, 2018

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

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Tags: Video

EXPLO's Rules for Critical Making

October 30, 2018


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.

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Tags: Critical Making, Video

EXPLO Collaborates With London's Highly-Accredited Sevenoaks School

October 29, 2018

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 English language. Since then, Sevenoaks has become known as one of highest ranked co-educational environments in the world, serving a diverse and talented international student body.

So, what does a small boarding school in London and an educational think tank in Boston have in common? You’d be surprised.

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Tags: Teaching and Learning, EXPLO Studio, Exploring Education

The Danger of Faking Perfection | Weekly Edventure #1

October 19, 2018


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

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Tags: Video, Philosophy Friday

Weekly Edventure: Introducing EXPLO's New Blog Series

October 19, 2018

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 its core, adventure can feel a lot like allowing yourself to commit to uncertainty with an open heart and a willingness to learn and engage. 

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Meet Nathaniel from France

October 17, 2018

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.  

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Tags: EXPLO at Wellesley, Community

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