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.
Students listened to music, sang karaoke, and played games in the gym while the sixth graders enjoyed s'mores and campfire stories at the fire pit.
Our talented Pioneers put on a showcase for the EXPLO community with a variety of performances including singing, dancing, improvisational theater, comedy sketches, gymnastics, and musical performances.
There is no such thing as a Medieval life crisis here on campus as our young learners gather on the Quad for a party fit for any knight, king, queen, or imperial! Students had shield-making and crown-making activities throughout the day to prepare themselves for the journey to the middle ages. They make a goblet for their root beer floats, join the jousting tournament, and even make catapults.
In a classic Wheaton event and EXPLO appropriated tradition, students work with their living groups to create boats and rafts using pool noodles, plastic tarps, duct tape, rope, and cardboard to be raced across the pool by a brave team member. The winning team wins points for their element group and bragging rights for the rest of the session.
Voyagers shared their music, poetry, jokes, skits, and artwork to the EXPLO community during a packed talent show on Wednesday night.
Students taking the Makerspace, Treehouse Architecture, and Tiny Home Design Courses this week share their work with friends and staff during the EXPLO Maker Faire at Wheaton's Watson Gallery.
During EXPLO's scavenger hunt, students in their living groups learn more about Wheaton Campus and one another as they travel to different locations to record skits and perform tasks. Student group's submissions are rewarded for creativity and effort, and the team with the most points at the end wins!
Each day, after courses, students report to Community Meeting. There, the answer to the Daily Challenge is announced, the Minute-to-Win-It contest takes place, announcements are made, and much, much more. During the first Community Meeting of Session Two today, students learned the Numa —EXPLO's signature dance performed by everyone after lunch each day — and watched as three of their friends participated in the Minute-to-Win-It contest. Afterwards, students had time on the quad to relax and play games with friends.