EXPLO at Wheaton

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

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.


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?

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...


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.

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...

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...

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...

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...