There’s life — and then there’s living a life with flow.
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.
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?
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.
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.
World’s leading researcher on positive psychology and pioneer of flow Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi , Ph.D., joins ranks of EXPLO Advisors.
“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.”
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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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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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.