On the last night of Session 2, students celebrated new friendships and experiences made during their time at EXPLO. For the final festivities, students and staff donned costumes, played games, made friendship bracelets, wrote letters, signed shirts, and danced to music curated by none other than the Mixing and DJing Course DJs. Once the final Numa of EXPLO 2021 was performed, students headed over to the theater to watch a slideshow of highlights from their time at EXPLO. Upon completion, teary-eyed students headed outside to say their goodbyes and give final hugs to their friends before heading back to their dorms to be picked up in the morning.
In the last Maker Faire of Session 2, students shared their tiny home models, treehouse architectural concepts, and maker space creations with the EXPLO community.
Spinning discs or spinning tracks, the Hovercraft and DJ students made moves in class. Physics students made functioning hovercrafts using wood, plastic, and a leaf blower to inflate and power them across the gym floor. In Music Mixing, the students worked on their own songs mixing new beats and slowing tempos for a more individual vibe.
Students had a great time how to tie knots, leveling up to make paracord bracelets and keychains.
It was a delightful day for designing as students took their tiny home building to the next level through the interior spaces. Some students chose to create open floor plans while others began making furniture.
Our 7th grade students had their own special night for graduation, including a diploma and stage walk as well as a lovely dinner. Students were delighted for the surprise ice-cream sundae station right after their ceremony. We are so proud of each and every student!
Cup stacking competitions can be intense! Students had a fun time learning about cup stacking, speed, and structural integrity. With as much balance as possible they worked in teams (with the slight help of the instructor to reach the top) to build a pyramid up to the ceiling. As soon as they reached the top, they celebrated by knocking it down!
Our students unwound in this activity where they were taught how to bind their own books. Using paper folding techniques to crease a few pages together, the students created a cover and interior pages to make a small book. Once completed they could use it as a journal or sketch pad (maybe even to make their own story!).