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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Many Paths to Engineering

January 25, 2018

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 give you the materials and the tools, you create the ideas, bend the rules, and execute the plan.

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

November 1, 2017

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 time, delighted shrieks, and a swell of voices accompanying the cacophony of sound.

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

November 1, 2017

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 chemical reaction that produced an explosion; a camera angle that framed the world just so. The constant in that transcendent moment is the physical act of discovery played out on the child’s face.

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

October 30, 2017

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 each age group and suggests various teaching strategies to best work with each group of students. 

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