Exploring Education

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

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be True, Be Curious: EXPLO Ambassadors Reflect on Community Expectations Poster

 In every classroom at EXPLO hangs a Community Expectations Poster, a reminder to students of the expectations we have for them while they are a member of the EXPLO community.  On the first day of classes for any new course or workshop, students sit down with their instructor and thoughtfully...

Summer 2018 Brings The Annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge To EXPLO

Sometimes it just clicks and you realize you’ve grasped a revolutionary scientific theory, concept, or principle — but the moment someone asks you to explain it, you find yourself fumbling through the evidential definitions that were once clear to you just moments ago.

The Argument for Physical Literacy in an Increasingly Virtual World

Recently, one of my colleagues — Director of EXPLO Studio, Dave Hamilton — shared a story with me about a group of high school students he has been working with in one of Studio’s critical making courses.

A Tale of Two Teachers: Mr. Bulger + Mrs. Swanson

When I started the ninth grade, I had a homeroom teacher named Mrs. Swanson. In those days, at my school, homeroom was a big deal. It was where all things began and ended, and if you had a study hall, it was likely to occur there as well. Ninth grade was the culminating year for Junior High in my...

Assessment is Ruining the Universe (or at Least our Understanding of It)

Rolf Landua, Ph.D., is on a mission to change the landscape of science education. He chatted with EXPLO about the importance of curiosity in the classroom and how too much testing inhibits joyful learning — and deeper understanding of Nature and the universe. 

The Key to Engaged Learning? An Environment that Encourages Flow

There’s life — and then there’s living a life with flow.

EXPLO + MIT Media Lab: Open Leadership Conference with Joi Ito

For the past two years, MIT Media Lab has collaborated with Mozilla — a company whose mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all —  with a collective goal to offer professional development for senior leaders of nonprofit and public sector organizations.

Playful Learning at EXPLO

What if we gave ourselves permission for a radical shift in the way we thought about learning? What if we flipped the binary of a “teacher/student” relationship on its head, and instead accepted that we are all learners engaged in the playful pursuit of discovery?

Rejuvenate, Recharge + Connect: A Toast to MIT's Independent Activities Period

Every year, MIT clubs around the world hold a celebration of the Independent Activities Period (IAP) to invite alumni to rejuvenate, recharge, and connect. This year, MIT alums connected with each other in the city of Boston, celebrating their mutual history of intellectual play and curiosity — and...

Mission Training: Exploratory Robotics at EXPLO

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...