Making Summer Meaningful: EXPLO and Beyond [VIDEO]

February 14, 2018

 

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.

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

January 26, 2018
 

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?

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Mission Training: Exploratory Robotics at EXPLO

January 25, 2018

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 with her hand on the toggle breathes a sigh of relief. It is only the first of many small, carefully calculated movements in an epic scientific investigation, but it is something. She takes solace in the metal being she has created and presses onward, hoping to find a seed of promise in this endless sea of sand.

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Making Summer Meaningful: EXPLO and Beyond [EXTENDED VIDEO]

January 19, 2018

 

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 Meetings where families learn about our  two and three-week Programs. 

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Traveling Towards Happiness with Dr. Mihaly Csikikszentmihalyi

December 18, 2017

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

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A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO

November 7, 2017

“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 I’ve never been able to bring myself to do it. I’m way too scared. But here at EXPLO, I sign up for the talent show every single year, without fail.”

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

November 1, 2017

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, homophobic slander, socioeconomic prejudice — there is never just one student or staff member making the brave trek through the middle of the circle.

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Building Confidence to Conquer High School

November 1, 2017

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 absent-minded. She worried he would be lost as he moved from a small, supportive middle school to a much larger high school. Her older son, a Harvard undergrad and EXPLO alum, had an immediate solution to both his mother’s worries and his brother’s lack of preparedness: send him to EXPLO.

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Where Learning Mirrors Life: Teaching + Learning at EXPLO

November 1, 2017

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 immersing ourselves in the earnest exploration of the world of people and ideas reveals the joy of learning and with it the joy of living.

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Greater Minds at EXPLO: Llona Kavege

October 30, 2017

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 her students, “one of the highest minds at EXPLO.” In fact, her students loved her Philosophy and Ethics workshop so much, they successfully petitioned for an additional section of the workshop.

We sat down with Llona to talk about her path to EXPLO, the characteristics of a great teacher, and why philosophy remains relevant for students today.

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