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

| Explore Maine: There’s Something for Everyone!

They call it Vacationland — and it has earned the title Here at EXPLO, we’re thrilled to be hosting our Pre-College + Career program at the picturesque Colby College campus. If you’re dropping your high schooler off for their summer session, why not stay and enjoy a mini (or full-size) vacation? 

EXPLO to Use POM Contact Tracing to Support COVID-19 Safety Efforts

As we continue to plan for a safe and healthy residential experience this summer, EXPLO has acquired a new contact tracing system for students and staff that will allow us to respond quickly and efficiently in the event that a member of our community tests positive for COVID-19. 

Pioneering Educator's Vision Transformed Thousands of Lives

It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of EXPLO’s co-founder Ann (Rosenthal) Singal. After a brave battle with ovarian cancer, Ann died on April 6, 2021. 

Where Learning Mirrors Life: Teaching + Learning at EXPLO

“EXPLO embodies MIT’s motto, mens et manus, or mind + hand, echoing the ideal of promoting education for practical application. EXPLO’s motto adds spiritus — spirit and heart — capturing the joy of learning that EXPLO tries to spark with each child every summer”. — Brian Hughes, EXPLO Employee #01,...

55+ EXPLO Alums Crack Forbes' 30 Under 30 List

Every year, the editors at Forbes feature individuals who are the most innovative in their fields in their 30 Under 30 issue. To date, 50+ EXPLO Alums are among their number. To them, we'd like to offer our most enthusiastic congratulations! While they are each making an impact in their own unique...

EXPLO Pre-College + Career Program to Offer College Credit

As explorers, we always have our sights set on the future, looking ahead and innovating new solutions to the complex problems that shape our world. 

Reinventing the Pre-College Summer Experience

In 1976, an idea took hold in the halls of MIT: a powerful reimagining of the summer experience for high school students. That idea became EXPLO, a pioneering and world-class summer enrichment program where students pursue their interests unconstrained by grades and tests. The result? A...

EXPLO 2021: A Triumphant Return On-Campus Programming

It would be an understatement of epic proportion to say that 2020 has been a challenging year. But even in the mire of the COVID-19 pandemic that has thrown the world into chaos and forced us to find new ways to connect, there is much to be grateful for. 

College Applications During COVID-19: It's All About Context

As part of the Fall 2020 Competitive College Admissions in the Age of COVID-19 webinar series, EXPLO hosted admission professionals from Colorado College, Harvard University, Minerva, and Washington University in St. Louis to share insights and advice for students applying to college during the...

Applying to College During COVID: What You Need to Know

From how colleges are evaluating applications in 2021 to the impact of test scores, pass/fail grades, and students' limited ability to visit college campuses during the pandemic, one common theme is emerging among admission teams across the U.S. COVID-19 has disrupted the traditional college...

EXPLO 2021 Update | Leading with Safety, Transparency, and Thoughtfulness

Forty-six years ago, EXPLO was a pioneering start up designed by a team out of MIT. The team envisioned a highly engaging experiential summer enrichment program where students explored the world of people, ideas, and themselves in an environment that crackled with energy and excitement. That...

Competitive College Admission in the Age of COVID | Pro Tips to Enhance Your College Application Strategy

Applying to college can be stressful in a typical year. Throw in a global pandemic and the path forward becomes even foggier. Many families have questions about how the introduction of remote learning and pass/fail grading systems, the cancellation of sports and extracurricular activities, and...

Lessons for a Lifetime: A Tribute to David Summergrad (1953-2020)

It is often said that actions speak louder than words. And while David Summergrad may have been soft-spoken, his legacy as an educator, principal, leader, and advocate is a barbaric yawp that echoes across generations of students, colleagues, and friends.

EXPLO Launches Live Web Series for COVID-era College Applicants

In a typical year, families of high school juniors and seniors spend a significant part of the spring, summer, and fall seasons visiting college campuses across the nation, completing early acceptance applications, and finalizing their plans for the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly...

Support for Our Friends + Families in Lebanon

After the explosion in Beirut, EXPLO checked in with our Lebanese families. We’ve heard back from scores of them and though some of their homes have been destroyed, they report they are safe and made it through the explosion. That said, they wrote about the tragic circumstances and devastation of...

The Unsteady Tent Poles of Our Stories

At EXPLO, we have always sought to be a place where we celebrate individual differences and seek the common ground that makes us a community. In many ways, that’s also been the narrative that we have told ourselves is at the heart of America. The protests now happening all over the world are a sign...

A Letter to the EXPLO Community from President Moira Kelly

Dear EXPLO Community, Given the events of the past few days here in the United States, I find myself asking:  “What do I write? What do I say?”   I don’t have any words that can illuminate anyone’s understanding, frame things more clearly, or bring calm and peace. But I need to say something. I can...

COVID-19 Update: Trying to Do Our Part

I write in the hopes that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.  Since the EXPLO community spans the globe, we have been in touch with many of you the world over. I am pleased that some of our families in Asia are starting to see things turn in a more positive direction. At the same time,...

Update on COVID-19

As you have likely heard, colleges and universities (and some schools) across the U.S. are about to go on their regular spring break — two weeks vacation in most instances — and many have asked their students not to return after break. Instead, the institutions will move to online learning in an...

An Update from EXPLO President Moira Kelly | COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

With concerns swirling about COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I wanted to let you know how EXPLO is approaching this outbreak and provide information on how we’ve handled similar situations in the past, lessons learned, and how we are prepared for the summer. Our highest priority has been, and always will...

Does Your Summer Camp Check These Boxes? Must-Haves for a Life-Changing Summer Camp

Summer camp means something different to every camper.

How Summer Camp Can Help With Summer Brain Drain and Boredom

Has anyone ever told you your brain is a muscle, and if you don’t keep it in shape, it will atrophy? Anatomically, this is absolutely false; the brain is not a muscle, but a complex arrangement of nerve cells. But there is an underlying kernel of truth to the sentiment. Brains — especially growing...

Why Enroll Your Child in a Life-Changing Summer Camp

There are plenty of reasons you might send your child to summer camp: to help them make friends, for exercise and fresh air, to give them a break, to give yourself a break, because you heard good things about a particular program … and the list goes on. But often, parents choose summer camp for the...

How to Find a Life-Changing Summer Camp: Search Tips

Summer camp can be so much more than a vacation. The right summer camp can dramatically expand your teen’s perspective, invigorate their curiosity, ignite their creativity, and awaken them to their own limitless potential. Summer camp can be a joyful time for discovery and a chance for your teen to...

The 4 Elements of a Life-Changing Summer Camp

How much can a life change in just a few weeks? As it turns out, quite a bit. Any moment might alter the trajectory of a life. But more often than not, real transformation comes from that special combination of opportunity and environment. An individual’s entire worldview can shift from being in...

5 Things Your Teen’s Summer Camp May Be Missing

Teenagers are, to put it mildly, not the most communicative bunch. Your mileage may vary, but for many parents, prying more than a few sentences out of a teen is always a challenge.

Weekly Edventure #29: Pickling And Its Unlikely Connection To The Creative Process

Weekly Edventure #28: More Than A Game

A board game can feel a lot like an entire universe resting on your kitchen table. Its rules can extend beyond the natural laws of physics, beget creatures you’ve never even dreamed of, or ask you to play the role of a character completely out of, well, character.

Weekly Edventure #27: The Nordic "Right To Roam"

Weekly Edventure #26: The Magic of The Costume


Weekly Edventure #25: Running With Purpose

Running shoes and motivation. According to EXPLO New York Registrar Ariel French, these two things are all you need to transform yourself from a non-runner to a runner. You don’t need to have a sub-8-minute mile or sign up for a race  — although Ariel has competed in roughly 215 in her lifetime...

Weekly Edventure #24: Going With Gravity

We’ve pretty much all heard it. And we’ve definitely all said it. The kind of advice that’s orbited planet earth since the beginning of humankind. That simple phrase that invites you to attempt a vague, absolutely near-impossible task uttered by every parent, every friend, and every inner voice: ...

3 Things the Best Educational Summer Camps Have in Common

Sometimes it seems as if the world is obsessed with best. Why does every pizza place claim to have “the best slice in the city?” Why do we fall into intense arguments about who is the best quarterback of all time? Or the best basketball player? Or the best guitarist? Why do we pour through online...

EXPLO Students Test Drive Their Futures at IKEA

How does an interior designer navigate the world?

That was the question a cohort of EXPLO students set out to explore this summer, and thanks to a partnership with multinational home furnishings outlet IKEA, they experienced firsthand what it takes to create a space that meets a client’s vision —...

Summer Camp Search Tips: What is the Best Staff-to-Student Ratio?

It’s human nature to want to reduce everything to numbers so that when we have to make a decision, we can compare our options side-by-side. Buying a new laptop? Just compare hard drive capacities. Want to know how efficient a car is? Just look at miles-per-gallon. When we’re choosing summer camps...

5 Pro Tips to Find the Best Educational Summer Camp

How can you possibly choose a summer camp for your child with any level of confidence? According to the most recent estimates, there are over 14,000 camps in the United States. That’s more than there are colleges and universities (between 4,000 and 5,000, depending on how you count), and we all...

Tips on Using the EXPLO Summer Sites

During the summer, our EXPLO Summer Sites explode with images and stories from our campuses. Check out all of the activity on our summer sites: Summer Site: EXPLO at Yale Summer Site: EXPLO at Wellesley Summer Site: EXPLO at Wheaton For additional tips on how to get the most out of our summer blog,...

Honest Tea + Beyond Meat Executive Seth Goldman to Share Career Experience with EXPLO Students

Hot off the heels of a record-setting IPO, Beyond Meat Executive Chairman Seth Goldman is set to speak with EXPLO entrepreneurship students during the 2019 summer sessions.

Weekly Edventure #23: Know Your Strengths

Have you ever been good at something but you had no passion for it? Straight A’s in biology but you want to spend all your free time jamming out to cover songs of AC/DC? Or, you’re the high school track star but the idea of pursuing it as a career makes you want to shrivel up and cry. 

How to Stand Out on College Applications: Advice from Admissions Expert Don McMillan

I entered college dead set on majoring in Economics. My family did business, and my SAT Math score was higher than my Verbal. Somehow — four inquiry-filled years later — I graduated with degrees in both English and French.

Weekly Edventure #22: How To Start With Confidence

There have been plenty of times in my life where I’ve failed at something so miserably, I fear even thinking about that failure. I fear processing it. I fear navigating it. I fear even trying again. Although unhealthy, this is a common response: failure becomes an ever-churning fear conditioning...

Spending Spring Break In New England? Ten EXPLO-Inspired Day Trips For Your Family

Traveling can open our eyes to a world beyond our backyard. It can precipitate confidence in doing and inspire a lifelong habit of stepping out of our normal environments in earnest to learn. 

How Summer Camps Have Changed in the Last 20 Years

Do you remember when you went to summer camp?

Weekly Edventure #21: On Stepping Back From Work with Bill Littlefield


For most of the day, your mind works in overdrive to try and solve problems for you. Brains spend their days at proverbial gyms, where they exercise potential solutions for things like work, extracurriculars, and relationships.

5 Strategies for Evaluating Psychology Summer Camps

Whether your teen is thinking of majoring in psychology in college, planning a psychology-based career, or is simply fascinated by the human mind (and who isn’t?), academic summer camps are among the best opportunities to explore the field. Thanks to modern technology and the dedicated efforts of...

4 Teaching Strategies That Academic Summer Camps Use

The leaders of the country’s best educational camps and summer programs aren’t just camp counselors and administrators; they’re committed educators. They know you’ve put your trust in them to guide your child along a journey of exploration and discovery, sparking new interests, creativity, and a...

Community is Key to Building Confidence

If you’ve ever met someone who spent their summers at sleep-away camp, you’ve likely heard all about how it was there that they forged the most influential friendships of their lives. Hard to believe, when you consider that summer is a relatively short time frame in the scope of a child’s life.

EXPLO at Wheaton: Watch the 2019 Online Info Meeting

On Monday, March 25, 2019 we live-streamed an info meeting about EXPLO at Wheaton hosted by Director of Admission, Tim Watson, Head of Programs, David Torcoletti, and Director of Teaching + Learning, Kristi Jacobi. 

Planning Summer Break: Making the Most of Your Kids' Summer


Planning your child's summer can be a daunting task. Whether it's scheduling daily childcare, keeping their skills sharp, or fitting in the family vacation, summer is a puzzle that many parents tell us they struggle to put together. And for most of them, the goal is the same: to...

Weekly Edventure #20: Embracing The Art of Feedback with J.D. Schramm, Ed.D.

For top performing companies, CEO’s, educators, even students, terms like “continued improvement” or “growth mindset” aren’t just showy catchphrases. They're the essence of a lifelong learner, where feedback is at its core. The life benefits of specific, meaningful, and ongoing feedback allow us...

EXPLO at Wellesley: Watch the 2019 Online Info Meeting

On Monday, March 18, 2019 we live-streamed an info meeting about EXPLO at Wellesley hosted by Director of Admission, Tim Watson, and Head of Programs, Elliot Targum, and Registrar, Ariel French. 

How Educational Summer Camps Benefit Child Development

What skills and character traits will your child need to succeed in the world of tomorrow? It’s hard to imagine what the future will bring, as even now, change driven by technological, economic, social, and climatic forces continues to accelerate at a breakneck pace. But we have a few hints.

Career Exploration and Competitive College Admission: Why it Matters

Students and families tell us all the time that navigating the college admission process is one of their top concerns — and often a source of anxiety — as they enter high school. With applications to competitive colleges and universities at historic highs, it's harder than ever to stand out. 

EXPLO at Yale: Watch the 2019 Online Info Meeting

On Monday, March 11, 2019 we live-streamed an info meeting about EXPLO at Yale hosted by Director of Admission, Tim Watson, and Heads of Program, Sarah Ruter and Andy Smith. 

EXPLO Summers Plant Seeds of Risk-Taking and Adventure

As Program Director at the University of South Carolina — Columbia Technology Incubator, Caroline Crowder spends her days connecting startup companies with mentor businesses, along with facilitating a hands-on immersion program to help them get up to speed. An an avid traveler and a three-year...

Weekly Edventure #19: Dan Lerner on Positive Psychology

When we are looking to improve our frame of mind, there are a few go-to’s that doctors recommend. Connections with friends can help us feel more present. Eating healthy foods can increase our emotional and physical alertness. Exercise can feel like straight up mood sorcery.

Moment Number One: Sparking Lifelong Learners

When I am on campus, when I go to classes and watch the workshops and even (maybe especially) the short bursts of unstructured time, I can’t help but think of my neighbor Tony.

EXPLO Students Build Architecture Skills with Pinehills Partnership

We believe the best learning often happens outside of the classroom when students are able to tackle assignments based on real world problems. Working with a variety of world-class organizations allows us to provide these opportunities to EXPLO students.

Weekly Edventure #18: President's Day: Civil Rights Scholar, Fred Lawrence, On Protecting Free Speech

Sports Management Program Knocks it Out of the Park

For Dylan, who has been using his summers to explore careers in the business of sports, pitching marketing plans to executives at Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate PawSox giving him a competitive edge as he pursues a career in sports management. 

How to Compare Academic Summer Camps: Not All are Created Equal

When you’re immersed in the field of educational summer programming every day (as we are here at EXPLO), it can be easy to forget that, to parents and children searching for their next summertime experience, the differences between camps aren’t all that obvious. When you’ve narrowed down your list...

EXPLO Welcomes Adam Newman, Jon Chang to Board of Trustees

NORWOOD, MASS., Feb. 7, 2019 – EXPLO is pleased to announce the election of two new Trustees, Adam Newman and Jon Chang, each unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees. Newman is the founding partner of Tyton Partners, and Chang is an expert in digital, growth, and product marketing, currently...

Weekly Edventure #17: Becoming A Multipotentialite

This Weekly Edventure is dedicated to everyone that, when asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?", spiraled into existential dread not knowing exactly what to say. For those who ask themselves this same question at five, fifteen, thirty, and fifty, and still find...

Ben Grubner: EXPLO Gave Me My Life as I Know It

Ben Grubner has done quite a few remarkable things for his age. For starters, the Bard College senior has learned four languages, began college at age 16, and studied abroad for a year in Prague. But if you ask him what experience has influenced him the most, he won’t hesitate to tell you that it’s...

Real-World Marketing Project with PEZ Sweetens Summer Learning

At EXPLO, we work to give students real-world experience wherever possible, allowing them to take the skills they gain in our courses and apply them to authentic projects similar to scenarios they could encounter out in the world.

Bioengineering for Girls Program Pushes Access and Mentorship

According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, women comprise 48 percent of the U.S. workforce — but just 24 percent of workers in STEM fields.

A Case for Making: The Roots of Learning

In a lot of ways, Making, rather than being the hot new educational thing, is really the traditional way we learn. “Book learning” was the disruptive, radical technology — a kind of New Math before there was New Math.

Weekly Edventure | Weekly Edventure #16: Akeela Marin, Internationally-Awarded Public Speaker On The Art of Listening

Growing up, we are constantly encouraged to expand our vocabulary. We look up words we don’t know and practice implementing them in our everyday jargon. For me, it’s fun. It feels exciting to have more “tools” to use when participating in conversation or debate with someone.

At Catholic Memorial School, Critical Making Prepares Kids For A Future Not Yet Invented

With today’s high school students graduating into a world shaped by the Fourth Industrial Revolution — a post-digital age that is blurring the boundaries of traditional technologies, producing information far faster than it can be consumed, and disrupting every industry in every country around the...

EXPLO to Speak at Leading International Education Conference

NORWOOD, MASS., Jan. 15, 2019 – EXPLO President Moira Kelly and Creative Director Dave Hamilton will present at the Education World Forum, the world’s largest gathering of education ministers held January 20-23 in London.

Delaware-area Summer Camps Thrive Under Expert Guidance From Industry Leader

In November 2014, summer camp administrators from five urban camps in Wilmington, Delaware entered the Exploration Center — EXPLO’s headquarters in Massachusetts — for three days of intensive professional development to learn EXPLO’s methods. If EXPLO was the best in the game, could they take that...

Transformative Teaching and Learning: Critical Making Camp for Educators

It started with an idea.

Real Talk: Student Engagement and Collaborative Discussion

EXPLO: Vision and Core Values

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...

Weekly Edventure #15: Richard Gabriel, Colorado Supreme Court Justice, On Finding A Hobby That Encourages Play

So, what do you do for fun? It's a question that tends to help us get to know someone far better than any "what do you do for living" or "what's your favorite television show" would. It's also a question I see people struggle to answer all the time.Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone, helped...

Year in Review: EXPLO 2018

The New Year brings with it much to look forward to — the prospect of new adventures on the horizon and the excitement of not quite knowing what this next cycle around the sun has in store.

But before we dash forward, we'd like to take a moment to look back on 2018 and celebrate the many...

Weekly Edventure #14: Embrace Your Creative Limits

Let’s try an exercise. I want you to think about writing a song. Any subject you like. Every instrument is available to you. Take as long as you need.

Depending on who you are, you might currently be paralyzed, with no idea where to begin. Now, what if I said that you had five minutes and a...

EXPLO Alumni, Former Staff Earn Forbes + TIME Magazine Honors

It’s often said that fortune favors the bold. So, too, does Forbes and TIME Magazine with their annual 30 Under 30 and 50 Best Inventions honors, respectively.

Creativity and Curiosity: Universal Keys to Engaged Learning

Partnership with Agastya Foundation explores how EXPLO curriculum can support economically disadvantaged students in rural India

Setting the Pre-College Standard: EXPLO at Yale

Thousands of students have attended the EXPLO at Yale pre-college summer program over the past 40 years, and time and again they tell us the same thing: EXPLO is where they discovered something about themselves that they never knew existed. It's where they first glimpsed their future and began in...

Meet Nathaniel from France

Nathaniel, with knack for international affairs, discusses how thinking critically from different global perspectives can widen your community  — for more diverse friendships, unexpected conversations, and a place to stay if you ever find yourself halfway around the world.  

EXPLO's Rules for Critical Making

The most innovative ideas were born under constraints. When faced with a blank canvas, you may easily be intimidated — even paralyzed — by limitless possibilities. Given a problem to solve, however, you're much more likely to find that your creative output is multiplied.


Tis the season for good tidings, comfort, joy… and often times the added stress of perfect gift-giving.  There should be a verb in the English language for the act of going on a long and fruitless internet dive in search of the right gift for the people you love.

The Early Bird Catches the Discount

Early Bird Discounts Available Until December 28, 2018 It's the most wonderful time of the year — the 2019 EXPLO Student Application is now available! This is your opportunity to apply to one of the best summer camps. To celebrate, we're offering Early Bird Discounts for students who enroll by...

Weekly Edventure #13: This Holiday, Choose Mindful DIY Gifts

During the Holiday season, we tend to weigh back and forth on what type of gifts we want to give. Do we want to one-click purchase something off of Amazon’s “Recommended Gift” list, or buckle down to spend an evening working with a new material and creating something entirely from scratch? Well,...

A Place to Practice Independence: EXPLO at Wellesley

Families often ask us about what makes EXPLO at Wellesley such a transformative experience for our eighth and ninth grade students. Our resident tweenagers are fascinating people. They are in a period of figuring out who they are, trying on different identities, and fearlessly practicing being...

Stranded at the Salad Bar: Tips to Help Your Kids Make Meaningful Choices

Imagine for a moment being a 16 year-old student at a summer program for intellectually curious teens — surrounded by some of the most interesting international peers you could hope to meet. At lunchtime, you approach the salad bar, and along with the healthy serving of hearty greens, colorful...

Happy Thanksploration!

At EXPLO, we believe gathering to share a meal and our minds is inherent to being a community. It’s an important element of our summer programs, and a practice we strive to replicate throughout the year at the Exploration Center with various pot luck lunches, chili cook offs, dip and dessert...

Weekly Edventure #12: 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. These checklists distract students from the essence of what applying to college is supposed to be — which, at its...

How to Find Yourself | EXPLO Toolbox

Figuring out who you are and how you want to be in the world doesn't happen overnight. It's part of a lifelong exploration — a willingness to try new things, even if that's not what everyone else is doing. Our students tell us that finding yourself requires patience and flexibility: don't worry...

Veterans Day at EXPLO: Meals, Ready-To-Eat

Three unopened boxes sit in the middle of a table in the Press Room, a space at EXPLO often used for large gatherings. Eric Edwards, System Administrator and Army Veteran, stands in the middle of the room, hand leaning on one of the lids of a box, eager to open it.

EXPLO Headquarters Highlight: Meet Eric Edwards, EXPLO's System Administrator + Veteran

Eric Edwards is well known at the Headquarters for leaving any EXPLO potluck event with an empty dish — his cooking skills are just that good. People talk about his Turkey Tikka Masala well after Thanksploration, wonder how he makes his homemade soy sauce (which complemented an impromptu dumpling...

Here's How To Keep The Conversation Going After Election Day

At EXPLO, we teach students both in and outside the classroom how to effectively use their voices by engaging each other in substantive and civil conversation on issues important to them. Today, on Election Day in the United States, where individuals come together from diverse backgrounds with...

Weekly Edventure #11: Empower Your Opinions

There’s a reason we all like to be right — and perhaps it’s more biological than you think. According to Judith Glasser from the Harvard Business Review, “in situations of high stress, fear or distrust, a neurotransmitter called “cortisol” floods the brain and, as a result, brain functions that...

From Ghoulies, and Ghosties, Long-legged Beasties . . .

From ghoulies, and ghosties, long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night, happy Halloween from EXPLO Studio.

EXPLO Collaborates With Britain's Sevenoaks School

In a small town outside of London, located at the junction of two ancient roads, sits Sevenoaks School, one of the oldest lay foundations in England. Sevenoaks was founded in 1432 — well before individuals like William Shakespeare were writing (or perhaps plagiarizing) some of the finest work in...

Weekly Edventure #10: The Danger of Faking Perfection

More and more, we are beginning to see a rising number of adolescents who, in striving for excellence, have developed elevated levels of stress.

Weekly Edventure: Introducing EXPLO's New Blog Series

When we think about going on an adventure, we imagine an exciting experience with some potentially risky undertaking. In a classic sense, adventure can feel like scaling mountains in far-off regions, trying a food you never would have said yes to, or scuba diving 20-some meters under the sea. At...

EXPLO Headquarters Highlight: Elisabeth Sepulveda

Elisabeth Sepulveda, EXPLO’s Assistant Director of Curriculum and Education Technology Specialist, rarely stops moving. She does aerial acrobatics, dances three nights a week, (having cut back from six so that she could carve out some more time to learn how to code), and can often be found...

Thank You For Sharing Your Summer With EXPLO

We wanted to take a moment to thank you, our inspiring students and families for yet another incredible summer of daring and courage.

How to Help Your Kids Make Friends

Researchers say that we can't choose our children's friends. But strong friendships are a critical indicator of whether a person will thrive in adulthood. How can parents ensure their kids make friends that will help them flourish and grow? Choose the right environment. 

How To Make New Friends | EXPLO Toolbox

Making new friends — at any age — can be daunting. For some of us, it’s as easy as saying hello. For others, it may take some time. We talked to our students during the summer to get their perspectives on friendship, and though approaches may vary, they all agree: friendship is essential to our...

Meet Sirianna From Massachusetts

As someone who aims to inspire global citizenship in young people, Sirianna certainly has walked the talk. With a background in visual arts, Hispanic Studies, and Sociology, she has lived and studied in the U.S., U.K., Scotland, and Cambodia teaching students about leadership development. To...

Happy people are ones that prioritize time, focusing on their signature strengths — those kinds of things you love in the world. They’re the things that give you flow, that you love so much that you’re really present in the moment. One of the things the research suggests is this focus on grades, this focus on accolades and how you’re performing, can sometimes take the joy away from things we’ve already found joy in.

- Yale University Professor Laurie Santos
Ph.D., delivered the keynote address to more than 300 students at EXPLO's inaugural CORE Day. Dr. Santos is the head of Silliman College, a residential college at Yale University, and has most recently been in the news for her course, "Psychology and the Good Life" — a course offered to first year Yale students that instantly became the most popular course in the University's 317-year history. Students then participated in breakout sessions to explore topics and build skills that will help them develop their strengths and interests as they prepare for college.

Weekly Edventure #9: Professional Access

If you were to take inventory of the professionals in your field that you admire most, would you feel too intimidated to reach out to them? Kelly Corrigan — EXPLO parent, Writer-in-Residence, and New York Times best-selling author — says it's time you feel otherwise.

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...

Weekly Edventure #8: Choosing Undecided

Commencement season has arrived. ‘Tis the time for inspiring speeches, advice-giving tales of caution, and everyone in a high school graduate’s extended family asking them what their plans are now that their senior year  has ended.

Weekly Edventure #7: Taking Chances

Richard Light, distinguished professor at Harvard University, author of Making the Most of College, and founder of How To Live Wisely — a program that aims to strengthen student experiences on undergraduate campuses — discusses how taking chances helps one develop healthy habits of mind and being.

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.

Weekly Edventure #6: Show, Don't Tell

We all have experienced some version of the classic assignment of “Show-and-Tell” — hefting in family heirlooms, jars full of bugs, Pokémon cards, and prized stuffed animals onto our kindergarten desks.  We’d “oooh” and “ahhh” over our neighbors' things, using our senses to learn more about each...

Laurie Santos — Internationally-acclaimed Professor of Psychology + Cognitive Science — Joins the EXPLO Network

EXPLO is excited to welcome Laurie Santos, professor of psychology and cognitive sciences at Yale University, to our growing network of dynamic and innovative thought leaders.

Host of NPR's "Only A Game", Bill Littlefield, to Join EXPLO's Growing Network

Bill Littlefield, whose voice alone is nationally recognized as host on NPR’s Only A Game, will join EXPLO on the Yale campus as a visiting professor-of-practice during summer 2018.

Weekly Edventure #5: Science of Thriving

So, what's the difference between being happy and really thriving?

This week, learn about the science of thriving from Dan Lerner, Professor of NYU’s most popular elective, “Science of Happiness”, and a keynote speaker at EXPLO at Yale's CORE Day — a day dedicated to teaching students how to lead...

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...

Weekly Edventure #4: Sneaky Learning

This week, dive into the concept of "sneaky learning" with us, a term coined by EXPLO parents, Anna and Graeme Lawrie, which gets to the heart of EXPLO's curriculum, both inside and outside of the classroom.

The Case for Encouraging Independence in Young Kids

Gifting children the opportunity to live away from home at an early age — even for just three transformational weeks during the summer — helps develop independence and confidence as they start to see their place in the world beyond their bedroom.

Weekly Edventure #3: Challenge Your Ideas

In this week’s Philosophy Friday, 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner for General Nonfiction, James Forman, Jr. — a three-year EXPLO Instructor who went on to launch the Maya Angelou Charter School and is now a Yale Law Professor — discusses the importance challenging your own perspectives. 

Weekly Edventure #2: Educational Silos

In this week’s Philosophy Friday, EXPLO and MIT Trustee, Brian Hughes discusses the value of dismantling educational silos in favor of liberal arts.

Weekly Edventure #1: Building Confidence

"EXPLO is one of the first places where Alison really stepped up and started advocating for others... that was for her a start in real confidence, in terms of [Alison thinking]  'This is how I should behave as a citizen of the world.'"

Christine and Brett Rogers, parents of three Exploration...

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. 

Celebrated Screenwriter J.V. Hart to Join EXPLO as Professor of Practice

With writing and producing credits including Steven Spielberg’s Hook, Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’sDracula, and Brian Henson’s Muppet Treasure Island to his name, EXPLO welcomes acclaimed screenwriter J.V. Hart to campus in summer 2018.

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel to Join EXPLO as Inaugural Supreme Court Justice-in-Residence

EXPLO is pleased to announce its first Supreme Court Justice-in-Residence — Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard Gabriel.

The Key to Engaged Learning? An Environment that Encourages Flow

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

EXPLO Book Review: Resiliency In the Face Of Embarrassment and Creative Learning Environments

At the heart of EXPLO, our mission is to teach students the skill sets needed to find joy in life-long learning. We do this by encouraging our students to exercise their courage to self-motivate, their daring to take action, and their confidence to examine beyond the boundaries of their own comfort...

Exploration or Focus: How to Choose Your EXPLO Program

Choice: it’s the cornerstone of all exploration. Choice is also the cornerstone of the best summer camps around. At EXPLO, we believe "choice" means both providing a wide array of options to choose from and granting young people the agency to make choices for themselves.

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.

Courage From EXPLO Leads Alum, Christopher Streat, to Intern With Trevor Noah

I was excited to recently learn that my summer colleague Christopher Streat has just started a prestigious internship working on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. If you had been at EXPLO at Yale last summer, you would have seen how talented Christopher is on stage, leading community meetings in the...

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?

Iconic Candy Dispenser Creator PEZ Partners with EXPLO

EXPLO is thrilled to announce a new partnership with PEZ, the makers of the beloved PEZ dispensers and candy. Sold in 80 countries, PEZ distributes 70 million dispensers and five billion candies a year. They provided comedic fodder for Larry David to write “The PEZ Dispenser” episode for Seinfeld,...

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...

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?

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...

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...

Award-winning Community The Pinehills to Partner with EXPLO

EXPLO is thrilled to announce a new partnership with The Pinehills, one of the most celebrated examples of thoughtful new town planning and design in the United States — and the ideal site for architecture students to gain on-the-ground insights around the complexities of design, building, and...

Happy New Year From EXPLO

As we welcome the year 2018, everyone here at EXPLO would like to wish you a new year full of exploration and adventure!  We put together a short slideshow of just a handful of our fun summer moments — made all the more meaningful set to the EXPLO Alma Mater, a wonderful tune composed by our former...

EXPLO Alum Salvador Gómez a TIME Magazine Teen of the Year

After launching a global crowdfunding campaign to support the most at-risk citizens in his native Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria left millions in the dark, Salvador has been recognized by TIME magazine as a 2017 Teen of the Year alongside fellow activists, artists, and entrepreneurs.

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.

At EXPLO, Students Learn to Live with Daring and Courage

We could continue to tell you all of the amazing things we love about EXPLO, but our students and alumni really tell our story best. 

How We Teach English at EXPLO

Something that surprises many families when they arrive at EXPLO is how many languages they hear. Français, Español, Deutsche, Português do Brasil, 普通話 … our students come from 40 states and 70 countries worldwide, and they bring their language and culture with them.

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...

Amazing Things are Happening at EXPLO

Partnerships with CERN and Lightneer. An alum who recently earned a Teen of Year nomination for his hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. A new Teaching + Learning/R+D Division. Upcoming Focus Programs in Bioengineering, Future of Medicine, Medical Rounds, and Psychology + Neuroscience. There...

Brains in Jars: Psychology + Neuroscience Students at the Cushing Center

At EXPLO, we often discuss the importance of getting out of the classroom and learning in the real world. It’s a hallmark of what we do. That’s why trips are such a critical piece of our curriculum, and happen not only on the weekends but also during academic periods.

Acing the Pitch: Sports Management Students Present Final Projects to PawSox Executives

Nestled in the heart of Pawtucket, R.I., McCoy Stadium brings life to an otherwise sunken city peppered with shuttered warehouses and textile mills — relics of the American Industrial Revolution and reminders of how lively this historic city once was.

Curious + Playful: EXPLO Mini Explorers

When our EXPLO at Wheaton Mini Program was introduced in 2014, rising 2nd and 3rd graders stepped with their little feet onto campus for the first time. It was an instant, natural fit. The seven- and eight-year-olds that comprise our Explorer group are curious — to discover, to invent, to pull...

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...

The Experts Come to EXPLO

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...

The Future of Medicine is at EXPLO: International Leader in Transplantation and Immunology David Mulligan, M.D.

One of the benefits of coming to EXPLO is the direct access to the top experts in a variety of careers and academic fields. Brilliant minds like Dr. David Mulligan, an acclaimed abdominal organ transplant surgeon who recently joined the Yale-New Haven Transplantation Center as Chief of...

Take a Stand: How EXPLO Students Show Courage to Stop Bullying

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,...

Building Confidence to Conquer High School

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...

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...

By Design: A Pre-College Program for High School Students

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.

We Mean Business: Startup Entrepreneurship Students Pitch to Boston Innovators

The moment that 22 EXPLO Startup Entrepreneurship students step into the lobby of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Boston’s famed Financial District, the energy shifts from a gentle hum to a feverish buzz. A combination of excitement and nerves hangs in the air while the students adjust...

EXPLO Mini: Em T. on Stepping Away From the Sidelines

Crime scenes, conflicts, and condundrums are places you'll be sure to find EXPLO Mini student Em — but not for the reasons you might think. With big dreams of becoming a forensic scientist, Em leads the way pretty much anywhere. Except for the sidelines. 

EXPLO Mini: Nikhil N. on the Surprising Importance of Back-Up Plans

A (very) recent-aspiring vlogger, Nikhil figured the best way to house his productions was to start with the basics — build a computer from scratch. In week three at EXPLO Mini, he has learned all about what having a 'back-up plan' really means, and why it's so important when it comes to creative...

Greater Minds at EXPLO: Llona Kavege

Llona Kavege is a dynamo. A biology and philosophy double major with her sights set on a career in biomedical ethics, she teaches Medical Careers and Philosophy and Ethics at EXPLO at Wellesley. She’s also the resident anime expert, an Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl national finalist, and according to...

Greater Minds Think Alike… and Sometimes Differently

The students just keep coming. All of the seats are filled 10 minutes before the workshop is set to begin. As the instructor writes a series of guiding questions on the whiteboard, the final few stragglers — still on time — fill in the spaces between desks and backpacks. A confident voice rings out...

Samantha Power Advises Foreign Affairs Students: Get Close and Know Something

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...

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...

Teaching Outside the Box: Elizabeth Warren

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 —...

EXPLO at Wheaton: Charles Frost On 'Going Beyond The Fence'

During the summer, Charles Frost is a Residence Director in the Dean's Office at EXPLO at Wheaton. During the regular academic year, Charles works in public relations for Debate Mate Jamaica, a program that utilizes civil discourse to develop communication and interpersonal skills. Here, we talk to...

Building Characters: EXPLO at Wellesley's Game Studio

At the EXPLO Game Studio, it’s not a question of “What’s luck and what’s skill?” but of what skills students are learning with each game they play. Negotiation. Crafting a game plan and sticking to it. Being able to adjust on the fly. The art of reading an opponent. . . and the art of a strategic,...

Making the Rounds: Dr. Andrew Eyre to Develop and Advise New Medical Rounds Program

Dr. Andrew Eyre is an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School. After graduating from the University of Vermont’s medical school and completing a residency in emergency medicine, Dr. Eyre pursued postdoctoral...

Out of This World: The Mars Center for Science and Technology at Wheaton College

When EXPLO and Wheaton College began to consider building a new Focus program for young women interested in STEM research and careers, one thing was for sure: “The facilities are just outstanding,” says EXPLO Executive Director and President Moira Kelly. “The Mars Science and Technology Center is...

EXPLO at Wheaton: Lan Crofton on Assessing Authentic Learning

Lan Crofton, once on a pre-med track to becoming a doctor, decided it was time he committed to what he truly loved and took a 180 degree turn — he became a teacher. Having instructed classes ranging from Magic for Muggles to Finding Patient Zero, Lan discusses how we assess project-based learning...

Let’s Get Moving: Sneaker Activities Keep Kids Active at Their Own Pace

When asked to describe EXPLO to newcomers, we often find ourselves saying something along the lines of, “we’re not quite summer camp and we’re not quite summer school — we’re something in between, where you experience all of the things you love about summer camp and so much more.”

Music as a Tool to Inspire Fun and Learning: An Interview with the EXPLO Kapellmeister

Whether it’s the familiar sounds of the Numa wafting out over the quad, a carefully curated folk playlist during meals, or the sweet sounds of tenor sax performing “Jazz Waters” on stage as students settle down for assembly, music shapes the EXPLO at Wheaton atmosphere to inspire fun and encourage...

EXPLO at Wheaton: One Thing Green On Your Plate (Jell-O Doesn’t Count)

At EXPLO, we believe in putting good things into your body. That means filling student hearts and brains with creative ideas and curiosity as they look at the world, but it also means that we feel strongly about the nutritional things our kids put in their bodies — the fruits, vegetables,...

EXPLO at Wheaton: Chase Williams on Facing Our Inner Apprehensions

As a philosophy major, volunteer EMT, award-winning debater, and step dance team member, Chase Williams knows that curiosities are worth pursuing. Besides being an instructor at EXPLO, Chase is commited to creating spaces outside of class where apprehension can exist in a safe and supportive...

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Laura Macesic Ekstrom, Wheaton College

Wander the halls of most colleges and universities these days and you’re sure to see dozens of young women filling seats in science labs — in some cases, more women than men. After decades of effort to close the gender gap in STEM fields, it would appear that the problem is solved. Looks can be...

From Harvard + the NFL to Wearable Tech, Isaiah Kacyvenski Knows Sports Management

We'd like to introduce you to Isaiah Kacyvenski, Harvard graduate, former NFL football player, wearable tech innovator at MC10, and champion for player health and well-being both on and off the field. This summer, Isaiah will be working with our EXPLO Sports Management students. We're excited to...

EXPLO Culinary Arts: Becoming a Master Chef

Is two weeks really enough time to learn how to cook like a professional chef? Yes, yes it is. In fact, judging by the spread laid out by 30 young chefs, it only takes one.

EXPLO Startup Entrepreneurship Featured on CNBC [VIDEO]

A CNBC film crew shadowed EXPLO Startup on the final two days of the program, as students prepared their final pitches for a panel of judges at MassChallenge.

Art of the Arthroscope: Dr. Dinesh Patel

In the Dr. Dinesh Patel Arthroscopic Learning Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, EXPLO Orthopedics + Sports Medicine students don't just observe how a knee surgery works. They pick up the instruments — and dive in.

Harvard University Professor Richard Light Leads Seminar at EXPLO Headquarters

Richard Light, distinguished professor at Harvard University, author of Making the Most of College and founder of How To Live Wisely — a program that aims to strengthen student experiences on undergraduate campuses — recently traveled to EXPLO headquarters to lead a professional development seminar...

Thank You for an Incredible Summer

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Meet Miguel from Venezuela

Fifteen-year-old Miguel came to EXPLO to explore his interest in computer programming and determine if it's the path he wants to pursue. What he discovered is that collaborative learning is far more engaging and effective than the independent method he is used to from school. 

STRATUS Center: Test Drive Your Surgical Skills

The STRATUS Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital brings hands-on learning to a whole new level, putting students in the driver's seat as they hone their surgical skills and respond to medical emergencies in lifelike simulations. 

Startup Entrepreneurship: Sanaa from India

At EXPLO, ninth grader Sanaa has found the supportive environment and guidance necessary for a project that combines her dream of starting a company with her passion for human rights.

Startup Entrepreneurship: Nicolas from Switzerland

At EXPLO Startup, 13-year-old Nicolas is working on a product that he hopes to get on the market soon. With positive feedback from successful entrepreneurs and inspiration from the EXPLO community, Nicolas is prepared to take his product — and his career — to new heights.

Meet Tiffany from Hong Kong

Ninth grader Tiffany is exploring her passions in Costume, Hair + Makeup Design, but she's discovered that her creativity can flourish beyond boundaries in the supportive environment she's found at EXPLO. 

Meet Beyoncé and Yvonne

Fifteen-year-old Beyoncé from Mississippi met 17-year-old Yvonne from China on arrival day and they've been nearly inseparable ever since. While they share similar interests, the pair also celebrates their differing talents. Sometimes, your best friends are from across the world — you just have to...

EXPLO at Wellesley: Chasing the Sun with Gabi

A natural early bird, ninth grader Gabi loves the Early Morning Running, Yoga, and Insanity Clubs. She recommends everyone try waking up early at least once, if only to take in the beautiful view of the lake in the morning.

Meet Maddie from New York

Sixth-grader Maddie loves constructing things, and she plans to make the world more unique through her designs. 

Meet Helen from Connecticut

When students found out that the Philosophy and Ethics workshop wasn't being offered in the final week of the session, they joined forces to petition its continuation. The initiator and author of the petition, 14-year-old Helen, shares what made her feel so strongly about her Philosophy and Ethics...

Meet Aaron from Georgia

With a strong family history in engineering and medical professions, rising sophomore Aaron is an aspiring astrophysicist. But he could just as easily see himself as happy as a musician instead. 

Meet Ex from Massachusetts

Ex is a talented musician and songwriter who, at just 14 years old, already plays seven instruments! They love EXPLO for the diverse community of people and ideas, and is developing confidence by stepping outside the comfort zone engaging in conversation with them.

Meet Henry from Maryland

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.

Meet Armance from France

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 Ambassadors: Insight on the Upcoming Summer

The EXPLO Ambassador Program is an exclusive leadership training initiative available to EXPLO alumni. Selected students arrive early at the program for Ambassador training, assist in helping acclimate new students to EXPLO, and develop and run a series of reflective initiatives throughout each...

One Tool: An Exploration of Personal Preference

Upcoming EXPLO Info Meeting: Livestream Event

On Monday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m. ET, EXPLO will be hosting a virtual live-session info meeting for prospective and enrolled families. This virtual meeting is a great opportunity for families that live in more remote areas to ask questions and get a first-hand feel for our programs, right in the...

Announcing: EXPLO at Yale's 2017 Guest Speakers

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.

Mindset Over Matter: Studio Team Takeaways from SXSWedu

Laser cutters. 3-D printers. Microcontrollers. Power tools. Basic requirements of a makerspace, right?

EXPLO Alum, Alison Rogers, is Looking to Change The Future of STEM

What if she invents the cure for cancer? What if she develops the next spacecraft to Mars? Perhaps she’ll dispute string theory, engineer a robot car, code the next big video game, program a better prosthetic?

From Rare Books to Masterpiece Paintings, EXPLO at Yale has So Much in Store

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...

EXPLO at SXSWedu: Don't Feed the Bears!

If you hear roaring and see bears at SXSWedu this week, don’t be alarmed. You can come close to the exhibit — but please, don’t feed the bears.