On the last night of Session One, students celebrated new friends, hobbies, passions, and experiences made over the last three weeks at EXPLO. The final party was packed with games, activity stations, ice cream, dancing, and shirt-signing before everyone headed to the theater to watch a slideshow of highlights from their time at EXPLO. Students then said their teary-eyed goodbyes and had their final hugs before heading off to bed to be reunited with their families in the morning.
Mascots are a major tradition for our EXPLO Grades 4-7 program, taking on celebrity status among the students. This year's EXPLO mascot, Tutu the Turtle, posed for pictures with students and staff on the quad during the Session One Final Party.
During Off-Broadway night, students shared artwork they've worked on in their courses, electives, activities, and weekend programs. Visual arts students shared their paintings and illustrations with their peers in the gallery before everyone headed to Weber Theater to watch original stop-motion films, musical performances, script readings, and more. Once everyone's work had been shared, students headed outside for a cupcake afterparty with their friends.
Students in the Treehouse Architecture Course this week designed their very own treehouses. With each treehouse optimized for the student's interests, there were a variety of stylistic and practical choices, from a built in aerial defense unit, to a balcony with a bed made out of feathers on it.
During last night's EXPLO graduation ceremony, the 7th graders said their goodbyes to the program with a formal dinner, diploma ceremony, and ice cream sundaes.
The Maker Faire gave students taking creative and building courses the opportunity to share their final products with the rest of the EXPLO community. Taking place in the art gallery, students and staff perused around checking out these students' hard work.
In their last meeting of the session, students in the Kayaking Elective paddled around Peacock Pond exploring and playing games. Students in the Cupcake Decorating Elective presented their final summer-themed cupcakes to a panel of judges made up of staff members with an eye for cupcake artistry.
Students taking the Tiny Home Design Course have spent the week designing their dream homes, the only stipulation being that they must be under 400 square feet. In their latest meeting, students translated their blueprints into scale models using foam core.
Meet our living groups! Floor mates for three weeks, friends for life.