“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.”
If at EXPLO we’re going to commit students to the task of exploring the world of people and ideas, we cannot expect that to happen in a bubble. Through the years, we have set to task creating partnerships with some of the most brilliant minds in academia and industry, drawing on their expertise and connecting them to our students. There are many ways that we do this, from subject-specific expert visits to bigger picture TED-style talks at Community Meetings to site visits with industry leaders.
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.
When it comes to the quality of care and supervision of our students, EXPLO at Yale is the standard-bearer for all pre-college programs. Because while we are a pre-college program, ours is thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of high school students.
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Photograph: Official White House/Pete Souza
“I meet a lot of young people these days who say, ‘I want to change the world!’ And I have no idea what they’re talking about. There’s no such thing as changing the world. There’s no such thing. You have to choose your little piece of it.”
This was Samantha Power’s advice when she met with EXPLO Foreign Affairs students to discuss her journey from journalist to human rights leader just months after stepping away from her post as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for President Barack Obama.
Elizabeth Warren walking students through a cow dissection in Behavior Neuroscience.
When most people think of a classroom, the image that springs to mind is a square space filled with neat rows of desks, a whiteboard, some pin boards, and a teacher standing in the front. And in most cases — whether due to budget constraints or testing schedules — nearly all of the student’s learning experiences are contained to that 20x20 box.
But what happens when a teacher makes the world their classroom? When they encourage students to explore and make every space a place of learning?
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This is 17-year-old Henry’s sixth summer at EXPLO! He may be shy at home, but at EXPLO he's known around campus as everybody's outgoing and compassionate best friend.
Coming to EXPLO at Yale this summer is a familial rite-of-passage for 11th grader Armance. She's using her EXPLO experience to test the waters for her future course of study.
EXPLO is excited to announce some notable speakers who will be joining us throughout the summer on the campus of Yale University. These fascinating folks will feature during Community Meetings, as well as engage with students during related classes and workshops.
At EXPLO, we like to say that when you come to EXPLO, you also come to Yale. But what does that mean for our students? Of course it's a wonderful opportunity to experience what it means to live and learn on the campus of one of the finest universities in the world. But beyond the prestige, the stained-glass windows, and the gargoyles (just look up!), Yale is rich in culture, history, and hospitality — and EXPLO at Yale students get to experience it firsthand.