Business students discuss different demographic populations and how to reach them. What platforms reach each age group most effectively? What constitutes good or bad buzz for businesses? Students examine these questions and create strategies for developing a strong, consistent client base.
Medical Rotations students meet in the Colby College Museum of Art. From examining details in the pieces themselves to reading into the context in which they were created, students test their observation skills as they examine the painted scenes presented to them.
Leo McElroy joins Engineering students this morning in the workshop. He guides them on the coding required to create shapes and images on computers. Students end the morning engraving their geometric patterns and fractals.
Mya sits for a brief interview on the academic quad. They describe their role in investigating the simulated crime scene set up for their Concentration and their excitement for researching a cold case. Beyond reopening the cold case, they are also opening up themselves, trying new things, meeting new people, getting out of their comfort zone.
Singing rings through the halls when students join together for karaoke. Hiding out from the rain, they sing their favorite Taylor Swift, Fleetwood Mac, and Queen songs — and cheer each other on.
Could you catch the killer? Students investigate the simulated scene of a crime in the residence halls. Each fingerprint dusted, footprint found, and blood splatter sampled adds to their growing evidence pile.
Activities take over the quad! Students paint pet rocks, draw with chalk on the sidewalk, bowl down pins, and simply hang out on the hill with their friends.
Psychology + Neuroscience students discuss diagnosing patients in the lecture hall before breaking into groups for research. The sunny day brings their work outside as students circle around tables and lawn chairs in the shade to dive into their research topics.
Mason sits for a brief interview on the quad. Discussing his Concentration, new friends, musical talent, his many skills, and the new ones he is learning, Mason gets excited for the new experiences ahead of him this summer and beyond.
Medical Rotations students meet in the lab for a sheep lung dissection. After getting used to the smell they'll never forget, groups place their organs on the table and get to work. Using scissors, clamps, and tools for their dissection, students document their progress with photographs and illustrations.
Engineering students begin building their wind turbines. With the guidance of their Instructor and Teaching Fellows, they craft the blades and construct the machines piece by piece until they're spinning in the breeze.
Students look to decompress playing tennis down at the gym. Denis the staff member leads them in various drills and oversees doubles matches as both students with years of experience and others who just picked up a racket for the first time build up a sweat playing together.
Visiting speaker Dr. Gregory Davis, Professor and Medical Director of Forensic Pathology at the University of Kentucky, speaks with CSI students about the complexities of examining a deceased individual and the surrounding scene. He discusses the importance of scrutiny and gathering as much evidence as possible to determine the nature of how the individual died.
Beth sits for a brief student interview on the quad. She discusses her aspirations as a doctor, her excitement for returning to school after remote learning, and the interests she shares with her friends.
Students in the CSI Concentration meet in the lab to learn about the science of forensics. Students cast molds of footprints, lift fingerprints from surfaces, analyze materials with different light sources, and more as they dive into the physical practice of investigating a crime scene.
Business students take a trip to downtown Waterville to meet with Ms. Kimberly Lindlof, CEO of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce. Meeting in a conference room, students learn about the area's economy and how it has adjusted in recent years to the many changes the city has undergone. Then, the tour takes to the streets as students witness the different businesses that make up Waterville and the unique challenges they face.
Derek sits to discuss his time at EXPLO so far this summer. His experiences in his previous Concentrations have laid a foundation for him, and he's feeling confident as he enters his third and final session in Business.
The first day BBQ had students feasting on hotdogs, burgers, coleslaw, potato salad, watermelon, lemonade — all the good stuff. Everyone gathers on the quad to eat with friends, play games, and simply relax after a long day of work in their Concentrations.
Psychology students meet in their lecture hall for the first time to discuss their preconceptions regarding mental health and neuroscience. Discussing quotes made by experts in the field, students analyze their understandings of their minds.
Students in the Medical Rotations Concentration participate in a traditional Coating Ceremony. Gathering at the Miller Library steps, they're addressed by their instructors as they discuss the symbolic significance of taking the Hippocratic Oath and donning a white coat.
Students meet on the quad after breakfast for the first community meeting of the session. They're introduced to the important community guidelines, staff, offices, and ideals that will make their summer so special as they await their campus tours. Their S.A.s lead them through Colby Campus to show them the major landmarks and where their Concentrations will take place.
Students begin arriving at Colby's campus for Session Three! After checking in, getting their IDs, and taking their luggage to their room, everyone slowly gathers in the commons to meet one another. They get to know each other by playing games like Apples to Apples, bowling, discussing personal art projects around the needlepoint table, and exchanging numbers to stay in contact for the rest of the summer.
Reid walks the hills of Colby Campus as he muses about his time in Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering, and looks forward to his next session at EXPLO. He discusses the bittersweet feeling of saying goodbye to friends, the excitement to meet new ones, and his interests in the medical field.
Students crowd the quad on the last evening of the program. There, they play Gaga ball, make friendship bracelets, dance, paint pet rocks (and each other's legs), and pose for pictures with their friends one last time!
Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering students present their final research projects to their peers, instructors, and guests conferencing in over video. Students introduce ideas for new biomaterials, further improvements to current technologies, and more as they showcase the outcomes of their studies.
Zahra sits for this brief interview in her penultimate evening at EXPLO. She discusses the tight bond she's developed with her Surgical Interventions Concentration, the project they've come together to create, and her excitement for returning to school once the summer ends.
Students in Psychology + Neuroscience work together and individually in preparation for their final presentations later in the day. The halls fill with students practicing speeches, revising the wording of their hypotheses, and discussing the ideas they will present...and a little goofing off with friends. There's always time for that.
Business students use their morning to practice their business proposals set for the afternoon. From perfecting their presentation skills to preparing for all potential questions and concerns regarding their plans, they each use their time wisely to polish their last chance to wow consultants.
Students in the Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning Concentration dive into the setup of their facial recognition software and involved project. As their program downloads, they tweak code, test their camera's hardware, and make predictions as to when their Raspberry Pi is finally ready for use.
Engineering students begin the construction of their self-driving cars. Following the detailed instructions carefully, they test their programming before setting their vehicles loose on the carpet.
Medical Rotations students present the case studies they've conducted to their peers and a visiting medical student. They describe their diagnostic process for a simulated patient, then create a treatment plan based on what the students were able to observe.
Emily sits for a brief interview in front of some flowers on the quad. She discusses the fast friends she made, the inside jokes they share, and her favorite moments from her Concentration and the rest of the summer.
Business students prepare for a consultation as one of the final steps for their business proposals later in the week. Discussing their ideas with an outside source and expert in their field, students gain insight and confidence as they perfect these last details.
The quad fills with games and activities as students clear out of their afternoon Concentrations and look to unwind. A series of Gaga games start, footballs and frisbees fly between friends, and laughter erupts wherever students gather.
Students meet with a guest speaker who specializes in medical ethics. Asking questions about current healthcare issues affecting people in America and around the world, students gain further insight into the complexities of the medical field and how doctors conduct themselves in emergencies.
Engineering students learn how to draw power from even more resources when they create battery cells out of plastic bins, wires, and mud sludge. They draw upon their lessons and knowledge to tap into the natural current running through the biomaterials provided. Then students begin to ponder what else they can create batteries from.
David from the Psychology + Neuroscience Concentration sits to discuss his favorite EXPLO moments (so far). Having already conquered one session in Surgical Interventions, he is well-equipped for the final days of Session Two, and is relaxed in conversation about the experiences he's shared with friends over the last several weeks.
Students let their colorful side show when they take plain white shirts and socks and transform them into vibrant works of art. Everyone simply need to find for their favorite colors, grab a handful of rubber bands, swirl the fabric, and let the dye do the rest.
Medical Rotations students meet with several guest instructors who guide them through various procedures. The doctors-in-training cycle through stations where they learn about and demonstrate skills such as suturing, intubating, CPR, and delivering a child.
Psychology + Neuroscience students learn about memory and neurological disorders that affect it. Their morning begins with group work on their projects before video-conferencing with a guest speaker. A second speaker awaits them in the afternoon before dissecting sheep brains to close out their day.
Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning students work in groups to flesh out their coding projects. With Lead Instructor Ann's lesson on decision making in machines and Teaching Fellow Sam's guidance on working in different cells to code collaboratively, students begin to form the internal structures that will become their artificial intelligence.
Business students formed groups to develop their final projects for the session. Developing their central strategies, assigning roles, and practicing their scripts together helps prepare them for the real deal — coming in just a few short days.
Teams of students compete in a cooking challenge! Given 2 hours, a table of supplies, and as much of the secret ingredient as they could need, students work together to create a pair of dishes to be scored on taste, secret ingredient use, creativity, presentation, and adherence to safety guidelines. Cooking right up to timer's end, their hopes of "beeting" the competition rest in the tongue's of our guest staff judges.
Business students meet with local leaders of enterprise to discuss the different ways Waterville has worked with changing business models and how traditions have transformed over time. They discuss the Taste of Waterville Festival, the many festivities of the past, and the long-term sustainability of working with many businesses in a community.
Students close out their week dancing with their friends, singing their heads off, and getting excited for the trips the next couple of days. The line for the photo booth extends across the floor as everyone poses for shots with their friends.
Students in the Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning Concentration learn about and discuss the ways personal data is used in the real world. After hearing about the current applications of this technology, students are given the assignment to propose legislation that would protect people from the potential of abuse or misuse.
Students in the Medical Rotations Concentration tour the Colby College Museum of Art. Here, they learn how to pay attention to detail and to read into an image they may gloss over otherwise. Each painting they analyze and observe closer gives them practice in examining patients and recognizing warning signs they may present.
Psychology + Neuroscience students break into groups to research specific disorders outlined in the DSM-5. They discuss the social stigma, their own preconceptions, and separate the myths from the facts for each condition. In the end, students share their findings and help everyone in the Concentration deepen their understandings of mental health.
Engineering students begin building wind turbines! Crafting parts from raw materials, it's pieced together until the blades spin and power is generated. In the end, they will test their builds to see their potential in harnessing wind energy.
Alice discusses their Artificial Intelligence Concentration and the trip they went on earlier in the day. They touch on their interests in different fields of computer science in addition to the current ways that learning machines are being implemented today.
Students compete in games of skill, luck, and cheese. Racing against their peers, playing cheese pong, and feasting on the prize, the evening begins with laughter and orange fingers.
Medical Rotations students examine the growth in their Petri dishes and discuss the various organisms present in their bodies. Students discuss other aspects of the healthcare industry back in the lecture hall and simulate possible intake questions for new clients with their instructors.
Students in the Surgical Interventions Concentration learn the science of bypass surgeries, practicing the procedure on the pizza dough organs they formed. Then, they take their knowledge to the lab to test their skills on their cat for dissection.
Students in the Psychology + Neuroscience Concentration discuss neurological disorders, comorbidities, and diagnosing individuals. Later, they met with Dr. Tariq Ahmad to learn about circadian rhythms, the effects the phenomenon has on living creatures, and what happens when the rhythm is disrupted.
Students in the Business Concentration discuss the concepts of the "Steak" and "Sizzle" in their proposals. After gaining an understanding of selling the sizzle, their ideas begin cooking with the intention of drawing in hungry clients
Students enjoy the afternoon after Concentration time playing in the student lounge playing board games, on the quad playing soccer, and posing for pictures.
In this short conversation, Tristan discusses the unexpected experiences he's been having at EXPLO. With a malleable disposition and excitement for expanding his horizons, he is able to come into the summer with an open mind.
Students in the Business Concentration meet in groups to discuss strategies for revitalizing different business models. In order to challenge each other's ideas, everyone cycles through the room to offer feedback and support for everyone's projects.
Students in the Artificial Intelligence Concentration discuss the difficulties of machine learning with visiting Professor Terry Yoo before diving deeper into some of the concepts he introduced them to. With humility and hope for the capabilities of computer science in time, students analyze their own preconceptions of what may be possible with these emerging technologies.
Students in the Medical Rotations Concentration set foot in the lab for the first time to learn safety procedures and dissect a sheep pluck. Students get used to the smell quickly as they pull their gloves on, handle the organs, and identify their parts.
Students in the Engineering Concentration discuss wind turbines and green energy. Each student discusses their own community and understanding of why the technology is not widespread as some may hope. Lead Instructor Avis leads them through a conversation and lesson furthering their understanding of harnessing the energy from the wind.
Students get the chance to tour the Museum of Art during their time at Colby College. Posing with the pieces, lingering at certain paintings and statues, and learning the history of the art and artists, students explore the collection housed at Colby College.
In a conversation between Psychology + Neuroscience sessions, Lainey discusses the reasons she is drawn to the social sciences, the research project she will be conducting, and how she became so good at a Minute to Win It game.
Students in the Medical Rotations Concentration learn about life-saving procedures, the ethics involved in such attempts, and the situations where intervention is necessary. They practice checking pulses, taking blood pressure, and what to do when someone needs immediate medical attention.
Students in the Surgical Interventions Concentration learn anatomy in a lecture before heading to the lab. They learn proper procedures for all future lab work before transitioning to their first projects there.
Students in the Psychology + Neuroscience Concentration discuss neurological patterns that develop in different people including anxiety, depression, and mania. Through discussion, research, and meeting with Dr. Lisa Feldman over video conference, students challenge their preconceptions of these symptoms and begin to develop a deeper understanding of these conditions.
Students in the Engineering Concentration study rockets in preparation for building and testing by hand. Their knowledge of aerodynamics guides their designs — from researching to planning to the creation of the rocket and beyond — to improve their original ideas.
Students participate in competitions with a limit of 1 minute! After selecting teams, students face off in one on one games to determine who can stay coolest under pressure. See students skewer rigatoni noodles with fettuccine, devour dangling donuts without their hands, and stack cup towers as high as they can in these fun showdowns on the first night after Concentrations.
Ali, a student from the Medical Rotations Concentration, sits for a brief interview in the evening. On the steps of a residence hall, he discusses the first day of his Concentration, the oath he took with the other doctors in training, and his hopes for the summer.
In order to comprehend the gravity of the subject they are studying, students in the Medical Rotations Concentration read about and discuss the meanings of the oaths physicians take to practice medicine. Afterward, students were given their coats in a ceremony and stand to swear their oaths.
Students in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Concentration discuss their hobbies and coding languages they're familiar with. In the afternoon, students fill out worksheets to display the knowledge they came with.
Students in the Psychology and Neuroscience concentration meet for the first time in their classroom. Here, they learn about one another through different games to display neurologic processes of memory — and laugh at the many psychology puns their teacher entrusts them to expect from her.
Students gather on the quad after breakfast with their living groups. They play ga-ga, volleyball, and other games to pass the time before the big morning meeting. They crowd closer when Andy Smith takes the stage to introduce the EXPLO staff, eagerly waiting to be sent off for a tour of the campus.
In the first few hours of arrival day, students take their first steps on campus to meet staff and new friends. A few make friendship bracelets in the shade, an UNO game grows until ten students crowd the table, and the ga-ga pit crowns its first champion of the session.
Moving the dancing outside, students move to the beat, embrace the friends they've made, and watch the end-of-session slideshow on the quad.
On the final day of the session, students in the Trial Law + The American Justice System conducted mock trials with two State Supreme Court Justices, the Honorable Richard Gabriel (Colorado) and the Honorable Jospeh Jabar (Maine) presiding. Students spent three days working in teams to develop their arguments under the guidance of esteemed law professor Barbara Bernier and Judge Gabriel.
For the past two weeks, students have spent their days studying the complexities of the human brain and mind, meeting with experts in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, touring labs, and learning what it is like to work in the profession. Today, they showcased their final research projects to a panel of experts and instructors who evaluated their work and provided direct feedback on their theories and ideas.
Trial Law + The American Justice System students discuss and rehearse their final arguments of the session — while soaking up a little sun and enjoying some maskless time with their Concentration cohorts.
Students in the Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering students were enthralled with Dr. Scott Weiner's presentation on how to take a balanced, evidence-based, patient-centric, value-driven approach to surgical interventions. Dr. Weiner is a Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.
Students in Surgical Interventions present their research on heart valves as a medical intervention to their classmates and a panel of experts video-conferencing in to witness it. After making final adjustments to their script, speaking to the knowledge they've accumulated in this short time, and listening to the other presentations, students are able to relax and celebrate all they've accomplished.
Business students prepare their culminating, evidence-backed business solutions and present them to a panel of consultants from Tyton Partners in Boston, Mass.
Racing against time before the real race begins, students in the Engineering Concentration conduct final tests before setting their self-driving cars on the track.
Students in the Engineering Concentration begin testing the self driving cars they built on a test track in the classroom. Each one checks their programming and details to ensure the smoothest ride. Instructors guide students to perfect their construction before the final drive later in the afternoon.
In a morning lecture and discussion, Surgical Interventions students discuss the various ethical implications of theoretical cases. Their conversation centered on the nuances of difficult situations of which surgeons and doctors regularly find themselves at the center.
Surgical Interventions students were thrilled to participate in a Surgical Techniques Session with Dr. Richard King, Medical Director for Trauma at Central Maine Healthcare and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. King talked with students about his own medical training and career journey. After discussing a real patient case of a gunshot wound to "the box", Dr. King, demonstrated how the lungs and chest tubes work using a simple model and then led students through a chest tube simulation and heart repair surgery on a cat specimen. Special attention was given to opening up the chest cavity and using suturing techniques to repair the torn cardiac tissue.
Students in our Business Concentration make their final preparations for their culminating presentation. The energy in the room was a classic mix of nerves and excitement in anticipation of the big day.
Students spend an afternoon after classes posing for pictures, drawing with chalk on the sidewalk, and working on projects together. The session is winding down, but student life is as full of smiles as ever.
In this brief interview, Marco discusses bonding with his living group and classmates. He talks about how they spend their time out of class, playing games and getting closer as a small family.
Students in the Business concentration present their initial proposals to revitalize businesses in the area. Their instructors provide guidance into each group of students' objectives as everyone finalizes their ideas for presentation.
Students in the Engineering Concentration construct remote-controlled vehicles in their final projects for the session. Here, they test circuits, scrutinize the test runs, and discuss ways to improve their designs.
Students prepare for their final days in Engineering. Crafting items with power tools and proper safety gear, students build cells to further showcase their understanding of battery physics.
Students in the Psychology and Neuroscience Concentration work together to perfect the research presentations they've been preparing. Spread out across the classroom and halls of the library, they practice and critique to ready themselves for the afternoon.
Returning for her fourth EXPLO summer, Amari discusses the concentration she is enrolled in, her hopes for the summer, and the exciting things she's already experienced in her first few days.
In an afternoon on the quad, students gather to catch up and relax. The coffeehouse fills with their laughter, the quad buzzes with pick-up sports, and students take a breath before the night of fun ahead.
In this conversation, Professor of Law Dr. Barbara Bernier discusses teaching EXPLO students in her Trial Law + The American Justice system class. She shares her history of teaching law, how her class came together, and her many stops along the way.
The safety glasses, gloves, and lab coat get students ready and curious for their day in the lab. Here, they measure medicine, learn of its effects, and practice anatomical dissection.
In this brief interview, Jack discusses his experiences playing dungeons and dragons with new friends, the struggles of working with artificial intelligence, and his attempts to make a one-man show through video editing magic.
Students meet in the Gaga pit to settle rivalries, determine the undisputed champion, or to simply learn the game for the first time. Here, students dodge their peers' attempts at knocking them out with the ball and wait for their own chance to beat their friends.
Students in the Trial Law + The American Justice System Concentration meet with Justice Joseph Jabar. They discuss his experience as a lawyer and judge as he takes questions, recounts particular cases from his past, and shares his wisdom with the class. Judge Jabar will be back on campus to hear students argue their cases for their final presentations.
Students dive into the meat of their brain science studies by attending a workshop with Visiting Professor Ginny Quinan (Wellesley College Neuroscience Lab) and dissecting sheep brains. Students are tasked with identifying various parts of the brain, documenting their functions, and exploring the mind laid out on the table.
Students in the Business Concentration discuss ideas on how to take cool concepts and heat them up until they are sizzling and irresistible to investors before welcoming president of CaseQuestions and former Associate Director of Career Services at Harvard University, Marc Cosentino, for an afternoon workshop on case interviews and case competitions.
Students on stay back weekend trips enjoyed a relaxing day having poignant conversations, drawing, painting, playing games, and reenergizing at the midpoint of the session.
EXPLO Pre-College + Career student Zoe discusses the weekend trips she's enjoying, how her and her friends relax in their free time, and the painting she took a short break from to speak for this interview.
Students gather around the giant tumbling block tower for a game in the evening during the activity period.
Students in the Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering Concentration practice dissection techniques before being presented with feline cadavers. Students then carefully cut and pull back individual layers with their scalpels and other surgical tools.
Today's focus in Engineering: the physics of flight! From experimenting with aerodynamic structure and analyzing the variables influencing their rocket to building their designs by hand and testing (and retesting) their work, the sky is the limit when it comes to our students' ideas.
Students enjoy their free time after an afternoon of classes, carefully removing tumbling tower blocks, learning the sport of "Ga-ga," playing football, frisbee, poker, corn toss, and other games, while taking moments to laugh with friends on the quad.
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Students construct an apparatus that simulates a blood clot.
Chemist turn pennies into gold.
Investors apply financial knowledge learned throughout the session to popular real estate investing board game Monopoly.
Students conduct a simulated trial, with Justice Richard Gabriel of the Colorado Supreme Court presiding over the proceedings.
A panel from the Yale School of Medicine shares their professional and academic insights about modern medicine.
Psychologists use virtual reality (VR) goggles to explore simulated crime scenes.
Anatomy + Physiology students dissect a fetal pig.
Future of Medicine students visit the Yale Center for Medical Simulation.
Engineers build Bluetooth-controlled cars.
Behavioral Neuroscientists investigate sensation and perception with a taste test.
Surgeons perform heart transplants on cats.
Engineers build and launch rockets, attempting to maximize height and distance.
Students develop designs while also working on a mood board to help refine their style.
Chrissy Fulton, Associate Director of Admission at Brown University, presents to students about the college admissions process.
Students spend Community Time bonding with their living groups through an egg drop challenge.
Representing countries, students brainstorm how to rebuild after a simulated apocalypse.
Students work together to help a blindfolded classmate cross an obstacle course.
Aspiring surgeons perform gastric bypass surgery on rats.
Genetic Engineering students perform polymerase chain reactions.
Anatomy + Physiology students calculate body movement measurements and practice directional terms.
Students experiment with a trebuchet.
Chemists experiment with flame testing.
Heart Science students perform a sheep heart dissection.
Guests from BrainCo visit the Engineering and Computer Programming courses.
Psychology + Neuroscience students attend a lecture given by Assistant Professor of Psychology Yarrow Dunham at the Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University.
Interior Designers learn about color theory before gathering swatches for a collaborative color wheel.
Students experiment with a machine that measures electrical activity in muscles.