EXPLO students become celebrities for the evening at our Hollywood-themed Closing Ceremonies extravaganza. Students dress to the nines for a night of photos, awards, music, and friendship — not to mention the announcement of Phoenix victory in the House Cup! After the festivities, students make their way to the South Lawn to dance the night away and revel in the memories of what's been another extraordinary EXPLO summer.
On the last day of the Archery Elective, students participate in an epic tournament. The objective: pop the balloon placed in the center of your target. The prize: a coveted archery pin — presented in Olympic medal ceremony fashion, of course!
Students participate in a full-fledged mock trial on their last day of courses. Witnesses are interrogated and objections are sustained as students work together to present their side of the case of the State of New Hampshire vs. Dawn Loder.
EXPLO students take on Rye Playland Amusement Park— laughing, screaming, and making memories until the sun went down.
The long-awaited student vs. staff kickball game proved suspenseful as ever, with the score going back and forth for the majority of the game. After a hard-fought battle, the staff are ultimately crowned champions this time around.
Students in Fictional Criminal Psychology discuss lie detection and how it relates to interviewing criminals — What does the twitch of an eye or a faint smile reveal? Can reaction be a tell of truthfulness...or deceit?
Students then act as criminal psychologists, developing questions of their own for a simulated interview with the Joker (another staff member) where they analyze his reaction to questioning in order to uncover the truth about a fictitious crime.
Criminal Investigations students double down on three "suspects" (EXPLO staff members) in a fabricated crime, seeking out their stories and alibis as they try to figure out who the culprit could be.
Architecture students are hard at work designing their dream homes! Using tools like cardboard, X-Acto knives, and glue guns, students make miniature cardboard models that bring the vision of their buildings to life.
The final Trivia Night of the summer was a big hit amongst students — some being old hands at Trivia Night, opting to test their knowledge whenever we have Evening Experiences, while some were first-time trivia participants. New and old trivia-goers were equally as successful, with each and every team proving victorious against the team of staff members and thus earning a coveted "Smarter than a Staff Member" pin for their lanyards.
Through a variety of technique-building drills, EXPLO teammates improve their soccer skills. They learn offensive and defensive strategies, and then apply them in a friendly, competitive match.
Acting for the Stage + Screen students never know exactly who they'll be transforming into when they walk into their course each day. Today, EXPLO students take on the personas of astronauts on a space mission, students taking a test in school, architects building a house, and more! The catch: students aren't able to speak during their assigned scenes; their peers have to guess what's going on based solely on their actions.
Students in Off-Road Vehicle Design make final tweaks to their cars before racing them in a mini elastic car competition. Using engineering strategies, students build and modify the cars to adjust speed and stability.
Claire, back for a sixth EXPLO summer, is as passionate a person as you can meet, with interests including everything from the Alice in Wonderland movie wardrobe to skateboarding to space travel. Claire expounded on some of these wide-ranging pursuits, recounted a fun day, and reflected on what it is about EXPLO that makes you want to come back summer after summer.
Students in Neuropsychology + Misdirection create posters as part of a color theory investigation. They examine through Garfield how color can be used to increase or shift attention and the effects of color on personal reactions.
Mentalism card tricks, sleight of hand, and lots of audience involvement encapsulates The Magic of Alexo Evening Event. Students are wowed as Alexo, magician, swallows sewing needles, materializes a bird, and even reads their minds.
The final group of Medical Careers students have been welcomed to the EXPLO Hospital! For their first activity, students take part in a Vitals Clinic, practicing skills like taking blood pressure and recording the data.
Highlights of Zeke's first summer at EXPLO include triumphing at Trivia Night, discovering a critical piece of evidence in Criminal Investigations, exploring The Ville, and so much more. Read on for a peek into two of Zeke's interests: medicine and impressions!
Students in Competitive Debate identify skills and techniques used in effective argumentation from body language and vocal projection to accurate research and articulation. And even though it's conflict-oriented, students laugh, smile, and deepen their friendships with every disagreement.
The weekend means a lot of things at EXPLO: some especially awesome events take place, unique activities are offered, and students get some extra free time to hang out together on campus. And, of course, we have our trips to The Ville! The final Ville trip of the summer consisted of stops at the many stores that Bronxville has to offer from Topps Bakery, Cookies N' Cream, and Häagen-Dazs to the ever-popular CVS and Starbucks.
For the students who opted to join in on the Lawn-a-Palooza weekend activity, their morning consisted of an epic game of volleyball, fun music to jam out to, and relaxing spots to read books or play card games with friends.
Students head to the theatre for a Family Feud game show contest. What's the best dining hall treat? Who actually works in the OSL (Office of Student Life)? Which house will win the house cup? These were just some of the questions for students to answer.
The weekend is for taking it easy. Students sip Capri Sun juice boxes and participate in a guided painting session in the Art Room. They relax as the instructor demonstrates step by step how to paint a sunset mountain landscape.
It's every player for themselves out on the softball field for Colorfest, a merciless battle with dye-soaked sponges. Red, yellow, blue, and green dye fly every which way until the white t-shirts students started out with are covered in color.
For one night each session, The Lawn becomes EXPLOstock — an evening event like no other. The joy on campus was palpable all evening as students played games, did crafts, painted their faces, and sang and danced their hearts out to some open mic performances by their peers.
Students chill in The Blue Room — our Board Game Studio. This is one of the students' favorite rooms to enjoy some down time playing Twister, Chess, Risk, and more with friends.
Explosé is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents — and that they did. Week Two's event was complete with ballads, rap battles, ballet, salsa dancing, and lots of cheering and support from the audience.
A levitating chair. A barbershop with an attached restaurant. An off-road skateboard. A fuzzy wall. These are just some of the creative products — dreamt up by Entrepreneurial Foundations students this week — that were backed by four "investors" (EXPLO staff members) after students gave powerful pitches in their final class meeting.
Computer Programming students have been working in teams all week to create their very own coding projects. On the final day of class, they put the finishing touches on their projects before presenting them to their peers, answering questions such as "What did you choose for your project and why?" "What challenges did you face?" and "What would you do to continue developing your project if you had more time?"
In Stock Market Investing, students analyze stock portfolios to formulate investment recommendations about real businesses. They conduct company analyses to better inform their decisions and present to their peers a final decision — invest, or don't.
Marina loves fashion — everything from styling friends to jewelry pairings to general aesthetics. This week, Marina practices that visual intuition in Photography, taking photos of the world and people the way a fashionista sees it. Keep reading to find out more about Marina and how EXPLO is going.
Students gather in the Art Room for Open Art Studio, where they create clay-sculpted figures, portrait drawings, friendship bracelets, slime, tissue paper flowers, and anything else their imagination dreams up.
Robotics — Mars Exploration students had the opportunity, along with students in the Aeronautical Engineering Course, to Zoom with Katie Stack Morgan, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Deputy Project Scientist for NASA’s Perseverance rover, about her background as well as the mission's current work. After this exciting opportunity, Robotics students made the final touches on their own Mars rovers, which will soon be visiting a simulated "Mars" space in the classroom.
One of the tasks given to students during House Pump Up was as follows: develop a House Castle using cardboard, general supplies, tape, and scissors to be voted on by a panel of judges for house points. With the house rankings still very much in flux, the House Pump Up tasks could powerfully establish a house as a frontrunner for the House Cup. The pressure was on, but Javier and the Boulders were up for the challenge. Keep reading for a glimpse into the boulder-building process and an image of the final product!
Students in Experimental Engineering mold cardboard, Dixie cups, and straws with hot glue to create model roller coasters. Marbles fly around the loops, drops, and turns as students test the rides.
One of the many topics Medical Careers students delve into during their week taking the course is emergency medicine. One of their tasks is to practice suturing — a skill used by surgeons who work in emergency medicine — using pieces of artificial skin as their patients for the day.
Students in Architecture turn 2D blueprints into 3D constructed models. Taking into account scaling, practicality, and budget, students evolve their designs throughout the building process just like real architects.
Reisinger Concert Hall was electric during one of the most anticipated evening events of the session: Night at the Races! With an abundance of house points at stake, students brought their A-game to a plethora of hilarious challenges.
If anyone ever has any questions about what it's like to be an EXPLO student, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone more knowledgeable than Addie. Back for a seventh(!) summer of EXPLO magic, Addie has already had an exciting and jam-packed session — and we're only halfway through! Read on to learn what's brought Addie back to EXPLO seven summers in a row.
It's Week 2 of Session Two, and students are participating in a new club — Duck, Duck, Bracelets. Student-founded, this club allows anyone who wants to play Duck, Duck, Goose, and craft friendship bracelets to do so. Each student chooses a duck name for themselves — Quackerton, Waddles, Sir Quacks-a-lot — and they go by that name for the remainder of the time in Clubs, Leagues, + Activities.
Students in the Improv Elective make quick word associations, learning to trust their initial instincts and their fellow classmates who pick up the conversation where they leave off. They work to lean into uncertainty, thinking on their feet instead and charming the audience during their performance.
Sophia has quickly been gaining a reputation on campus as a friend to all, but the name Sophia may not ring a bell to those friends. Bite-y, on the other hand, may. Keep reading to find out why.
If you go up to any EXPLO student and ask them what their favorite place is on campus, there's a solid chance their answer will be the Gaga Pit. During Clubs, Leagues, + Activities, many students opt to sharpen their Gaga skills by playing some fun and intense rounds against other students and staff members.
In Marketing + Advertising, students design print advertisements for the company of their choice and present their creations to their peers. Target, Twitch, and Spotify may want to look into hiring these students in a few years!
Students in Photography leave the classroom to practice photographing other courses. They act like flies on the wall, quietly capturing the laughs and focused faces of their peers. Curious, experimental, and intentional, these students work to find the best angles for each storytelling opportunity.
Students in Yoga Elective bend, breathe, and set intentions during practice. On and off the mat, students work to stay centered and present.
How many people can say they started the day off like Jack did — by delving into the mind and motives of Bellatrix Lestrange, one of the villains in the Harry Potter series? Read on for a peek into the Fictional Criminal Psychology Course and more on Jack's exciting first EXPLO summer.
Students head indoors for Library Night — a cozy, quiet space to read, draw, and chill out. Through whispered giggles and focused stares, students turn the pages of their favorite books and bond with their favorite friends.
Stella is quite the performer — a singer and co-host at EXPLOSÉ, a guitar player in Jam Band Club, and now a musical theatre star. Keep reading to find out more about Stella’s experience at EXPLO.
EXPLO students transform into the Secretary of Defense, Director of National Intelligence, Attorney General, and more for their first International Law + Diplomacy simulation: Cyber Clash with China. Students delivered some powerful opening statements before the floor was opened up for discussion and debate.
Students in Musical Theatre rewrite a song; "Love Is an Open Door" turns to "Love is a Cup of Joe." The storyline? A couple meets in a coffee shop when the barista's favorite drink is the drink ordered by the customer. They marry, of course, and live happily ever after.
Students in Criminal Investigations inspect a simulated crime scene for incriminating evidence. Hand-written notes, hair, and even a USB drive are recovered in the sweep of the room. Students analyze the evidence they find in hopes of closing the investigation and defining a list of suspects.
Fictional Criminal Psychology students create "Wanted" posters, imagining they're the lead detective on a case to track down the fictional villain of their choosing. Throughout the week, they'll be delving into the minds of these infamous characters as they learn about different psychological disorders.
EXPLO students became improv stars when Magnet Theater Improv visited us on the Sarah Lawrence campus. The theater group played a number of hilarious interactive games featuring student volunteers, creating skits about everything from a group of pirates who wanted to form a boy band to a strange new invention called the Snifferwoofer!
The EXPLO houses face off in an intense game of Capture the Flag! Students wait stealthily behind trees, strategize in corners, and run as fast as they can across The Lawn as they attempt to bring home victory.
You may have heard that the EXPLO community comes together each Friday for Explosé: a student performance showcase. What you may not know about Explosé, however, is just how much hard work and preparation goes into each and every song, dance, and demonstration. During Clubs, Leagues, + Activities, students begin planning and practicing for this Friday's Explosé, the final Explosé of the summer, which is bound to be the most amazing one yet!
In Pin Pals, students design their own pins to go on their lanyards. The designs range from emoji faces to flags to decorative patterns — whatever best helps each student express themselves.
What is forensic science? What are evidence and motive? What words or images come to mind when you hear these words? Students shared their thoughts on these questions and more before beginning their first of many hands-on activities: dusting for and transferring fingerprints.
Figure Drawing + Portraiture students jumped right into their first exercise: creating their own value scales, training their artistic eyes to see the subtle differences between shades.
Students in Aeronautical Engineering create air-powered paper rockets. They carefully construct the fins, nose cone, body, and weight of the rockets in order to have a successful launch. Each rocket represents the individual student in some way — be it the color, the patterns on the outside, or even the words they choose to write on the rockets.
Students compete in an intense game of Jeopardy for house points. The categories? EXPLO History, EXPLO Staff Knowledge, The Olympics, Candy, and Film Series.
Friendships at EXPLO are everywhere. Meet Ari, Taleah, and Zuri — or, as they call themselves: Thing 1, Thing 2, and Thing 3. They're students, artists, and really great friends.
Students create DIY tie-dye t-shirts using Sharpies and a rubbing alcohol solution. They draw patterns and spray until the colors soften into a beautiful, blended design of their own creation.
Students venture into the Ville — Bronxville — this weekend as part of their weekend activities. There they buy books, ice cream, Starbucks, candies, and more while hanging out with new and old friends. Some bop from shop to shop while others cozy up in the bookstore to read a newly purchased book.
From prosecuting defendants in a zoo conspiracy in Mock Trial to back-flipping out on The Lawn, Ainsley has been up to a lot these first few days of Session Two. Read on for a peek into Ainsley's first week at EXPLO.
Quite a few lucky EXPLO students left Reisinger Concert Hall with awesome prizes after Bingo Night! Students played some classic five-in-a-row bingo but also took part in challenging variations in which they had to get all perimeter numbers — or even the full board.
EXPLO students are grouped into four houses: the Boulders, Comets, Phoenixes, and Whales. Throughout the summer, students earn house points in different events and activities as they set their sights on the ultimate goal: winning the coveted House Cup. For the House Pump Up event, students can receive house points by getting into the House Cup spirit and creating a cardboard castle, a house flag, and a lip dub video.
On weekend mornings at EXPLO, students can choose to participate in one of a number of different activity options. For example: a Spoons Tournament — a fast-paced card game in which students try to avoid being the last to grab a spoon after a player has gotten four cards of a kind. Another option: time in the Art Studio to create DIY Mosaics and other art projects.
Explosé is one of the highlights of the EXPLO experience, as the community comes together to celebrate our students' and staff members' many impressive talents. This week, acts included EXPLO band renditions of Billy Joel's "Vienna" and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," a spontaneous TikTok dance competition, a SPAR debate with a food theme — is a hot dog a sandwich? — and so much more.
Students enjoy all Beach Fest has to offer from lawn games like cornhole and volleyball to playing air guitar and having good old-fashioned conversation.
Part of the EXPLO experience is having the autonomy to make different choices and pave a new path. What does that look like? This session, students created a new club — Latin Dance Club — where they could Salsa, laugh, and spin the day away.
On the final day of Espionage + Deductive Reasoning, students design challenges for each other and work to crack the codes using the skills they've developed throughout the week. We're happy to announce that all Espionage + Deductive Reasoning students have officially graduated from spy school!
One of the many cerebral tasks given to students in Neuropsychology + Misdirection is to brainstorm different brain games to challenge and stretch their classmates' minds. On the last day of the course, they share the games they've created with each other.
Students in Robotics send their robots to "Mars" (a partitioned corner in the back of the classroom constructed from cardboard). They work in pairs to get their robot up and running and oversee its venture into space via cameras and controllers.
On the last day of our Painting Elective, students can paint anything their hearts desire. For this group of students, that meant beautiful landscapes, whimsical trees, abstract shapes, and a purple Garfield!
Reisinger Concert Hall plays host to many EXPLO events throughout the summer, and, most recently, it became EXPLO's own personal karaoke room on Choice Night, when students have the opportunity to pick the activity that most interests them. Many students hit the stage, performing bops by artists such as Olivia Rodrigo, Dua Lipa, and Justin Bieber, dances like the Cha-Cha Slide and Cotton Eye Joe, and even an enthusiastic rendition of the Pokémon theme song!
It’s Dylan’s first summer at EXPLO, and it’s going really well so far! Dylan is quickly gaining a reputation as the funny one here on the Sarah Lawrence campus, making lots of friends in the process. Keep reading to find out more about Dylan's day.
Students at EXPLO can choose their own adventures — what courses and electives they want to take, how they would like to spend Flex time, what club they prefer — and that's exactly what Intro to Dungeons & Dragons is all about as an elective. Students dream up stories about wizards and heroes, and it's up to them where that story leads.
In Creative Writing, students work on an exercise called "Little did I know." Each student begins with the same introductory prompt and writes a response beginning with "little did I know." They then pass their story to their neighbor and continue the story based on the previous person's writing. Playful, humorous, and thoughtful — this free-writing story exercise helps get the creativity flowing.
Highlights of the Global Economics Course are the imaginative simulations used to demonstrate different economic concepts. One simulation students participate in is the Trade Union Simulation, in which students put together a puzzle in two different ways: collaboratively and independently, with the independent group receiving penalties for any collective work. A discussion followed, relating the activity to real-life trade unions and their benefits and drawbacks.
Students in Medical Careers practice rapid trauma assessments as part of an emergency medicine simulation. Students trade off pretending to be doctors and patients utilizing prop oxygen masks, needle-less epipens, prop neck braces, and even loosely tied tourniquets to gain hands-on medical experience treating fictitious traumas.
Students in Criminal Investigations learn interrogation tactics and practice interrogating simulated witnesses. They take notes and analyze human responses to questions such as muted body language, nervous speech, and inconsistencies in time recollection.
As we near the end of the week, Architecture students are nearing the completion of their model dream homes. Today, students put the finishing touches on their floor plans and got right to building.
In Cardio Bootcamp, students complete circuit-style exercises to improve their core strength, flexibility, and overall fitness.
EXPLO staff love to perform for students in the theatre as part of a Staff Variety Show! Improv skits, choreographed dance, instrumental performances, and more excited roars of laughter and cheers from the audience.
Beginning around 2:30 pm across the Sarah Lawrence campus, you're likely to hear the faint sound of a whistle coming from the archery range. This whistle accompanies each line command that archers are given, for example: "Archers to the line!" "Line ready?" "Fire!" and "Retrieve your arrows!" The other sound you're bound to hear is raucous cheering as students support one another when they shoot a bullseye, which has already happened quite a few times this summer.
One of the focuses of our Tennis Elective is on serving. Students work on each element of their serve, perfecting their toss, overhead stroke, and follow through to achieve maximum power.
In Reading + Writing Club, students enjoy a cozy afternoon curled up on the couches indoors. Quiet smiles and furrowed eyebrows fill the silence of the room as eyes skim pages quickly.
Beach Fest — a summertime celebration featuring games, snacks, and more — is coming up later this week. In anticipation of the event, Marketing + Advertising students design advertisements to hype up EXPLO students for the festivities and present them to their peers.
Students in Computer Programming use classes, objects, arrays, and loops to build their own coding projects. They work in groups of two to brainstorm ideas for what games might be interesting to create.
Students in Fictional Criminal Psychology work to match Disney characters' motives to different psychological disorders. They analyze everything from Ariel's thievery of human objects to Captain Hook's determination to get revenge on Peter Pan to Gaston's arrogance and chauvinism.
Bridge construction day in Experimental Engineering was a resounding success. In this course, students work in teams to design, build, test, and critique bridges made of objects like popsicle sticks, cups, toilet paper rolls, and tin foil. Many students even added special touches like balloons and origami birds to make their designs stand out.
Above: Role-Playing Game Design student Ren speaks to other group members about an aspect of the game they're creating (working title: The Church of Holy Chaos)
There's always something exciting happening in the Blue Room. Functioning both as our Board Game Studio as well as a classroom space for courses and electives, you never quite know what you'll find going on in there. You might stumble across a group of students around the ping-pong table during an especially intense ping-pong match, a bunch of first-time Catan players learning the rules of the game, or a massive line of Chess boards getting set up for an upcoming tournament. If you stop by during a course period, you'll find the creative and ambitious students of Role-Playing Game Design.
In Probability in Poker today, students discuss how likelihood and probability can offer an effective strategy when playing poker. After learning the rules and how math can help, students played a game. They wore glasses, hats, and masks in full Pokerface fashion.
Tonight, students had the opportunity to choose their own evening event from a list of fun options. Would it be DIY dorm decor? A coffee house jam session? An UNO tournament? Many students opted to run around on a beautiful evening and embrace their competitive side by joining in on an exciting game of Capture the Flag.
It was an exciting afternoon in Mock Trial as students were introduced to the case they'll be working on this week. Students oriented themselves to the case — a criminal hacking conspiracy at the New Hampshire Zoological Park — and were assigned the roles they'll be playing on either the prosecution or defense.
The Secretary of State, Director of National Intelligence, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, and more convene to discuss a pressing international conflict. Each member pitches an idea of how to reach resolution in today's collaborative course simulation.
Students in the Intro to Acoustic Guitar Elective are already strumming up a storm! Their first meeting covered some introductory chords and strumming patterns, and students with prior guitar experience were quick and eager to offer help to peers who were picking up a guitar for the first time.
Do aliens exist? Which came first: the chicken or the egg? Is technology more helpful or harmful to our society? These are some of the topics explored today during their first SPAR (Spontaneous Argumentation) tournament, in which students debate a different topic each round (with limited preparation).
In our Role-Playing Game Design Course, students are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. Today, students picked a game genre and started designing a room in which their game would take place. With concepts ranging from a Western game taking place on a train to a horror game hidden in a secret underground space beneath a nightclub, it's clear that Role-Playing Game Design students are bursting with inventive ideas.
Elan has been to Spain, Portugal, France, and many other countries, but we’re happy that this summer, Elan has settled here with us on the Sarah Lawrence Campus in New York. Keep reading to find out more about how the first few days at EXPLO are going for Elan.
Students in Stock Market Investing today talk about the revolutionary iPhone — a device that has existed before they were born. But way back when, the iPhone was a completely new concept. Navigating large cities, ordering food, taking high-quality pictures — these ideas all encompassed within the same device were (and continue to be) new and exciting.
Phoebe is as well-versed an EXPLO student as you can come across, having been an EXPLO student for a whopping five summers! A Session One student back for more EXPLO magic in Session Two, Phoebe reflected on the Program, described a favorite EXPLO moment, and shared a hidden interest.
Students at EXPLO dance to the beat of their own drum — but tonight, they danced to the beat of a Brazilian one. The evening event was a special visit from Grooversity, a high-energy Brazilian drumming experience. Students were a big part of the show, and their participation made the night all the more vibrant.
Allie and Vivian just met in Art Club, where they happened to sit at the same table together. Keep reading to find out more about their new friendship and time at EXPLO.
The EXPLO Update — a news videocast created by and for students — is a must-see each morning, complete with a number of announcements, a weather report, helpful tips for the day ahead, and creative jokes. During Clubs, Leagues, + Activities, students storyboard the different segments, scoping out good filming locations and putting in their own original twists, like today when students ended each clip with an enthusiastic thumbs up!
Note from the editor: these lovely students were part of the Community Immersion Club during Session 1 and kindly submitted this blog to share their experience. Enjoy!
Forensic Science students dust for fingerprints on the first day of courses today. In this simulated crime scene, students work carefully to lift fingerprints off of evidence and transfer them to paper.
Lights up on EXPLO Session Two! In our Acting for the Stage + Screen Course this morning, students showed off their range as they rehearsed and performed a comedic or dramatic scene for their peers.
It's the first day of courses for Session Two students! In Off-Road Vehicle Design, students begin discussing the mechanical functionalities of cars. Later this week, they will work to mesh design goals and physics concepts to engineer an R/C car ready to race.
Welcome to Session Two at EXPLO! Students arrived on the Sarah Lawrence campus throughout the day and leaped right in, playing games and creating artwork with friends old and new. We're looking forward to an exciting three weeks ahead!
The stars were out tonight at the Barbara Walters Campus Center as students filed in — via red carpet, of course — for our Hollywood-themed closing ceremonies. Students got glammed up for an evening of awards, paparazzi photos, and autographs, culminating in a dance party on the South Lawn. Heartfelt tears were shed as students began to say their goodbyes to new lifelong friends and celebrated memories of the past three weeks — the best summer ever!
On the last day of Session One, Graffiti Art students use spray paints to tag the orange wall ball wall. They have certainly made their mark on the campus!
Students in the Badminton Elective — held in the Andrews Courtyard, perhaps the prettiest place on the Sarah Lawrence campus — put all they've learned this week on full display today during some heated doubles matches.
Students in Mock Trial approach the bench today to try a simulated criminal case. With permission from the judge, evidence was entered into the record, witnesses were cross-examined, and objections were sustained. It's the last day of courses for Session One students, and as it stands, there are no further questions, Your Honor.
You could feel the excitement in the air all day yesterday as EXPLO students got pumped up for an evening trip to Playland Park, a nearby amusement park. Students definitely made the most of their time there, scoping out the many rides, playing carnival games, eating cotton candy and funnel cakes, and enjoying time with friends.
Students in Engineering Challenges design prototypes out of paper, pipe cleaners, and tape to race down a zip line. The fastest craft wins, but it isn't easy! Alterations like adding weight or rebalancing made each design better competition.
This afternoon's student vs. staff kickball game was a nail-biter, as the staff, initially down by as many as 5, clawed their way back into the game. Yet, the students ultimately proved too good to catch, defeating the staff 9-8.
Today was Interrogation Day in Criminal Investigations! Students were split into teams and questioned three suspects (staff members) in a fabricated EXPLO crime.
Students in Neuropsychology + Misdirection discuss color psychology today. How can color be used to increase or shift attention? What effects do colors have on personal reactions? These are questions students work to answer when analyzing color in coordination with marketing, branding, and fashion.
How fast does light travel? How many subway stations are in the whole of New York City? Was the word wanderlust adopted from German, Dutch, or Arabic? These were just a handful of the topics of debate for students at trivia night tonight.
Students are honing their bumping, setting, and spiking skills in EXPLO's Volleyball Elective. Today, they played a warm-up game together before jumping into their first match.
Today was the first day of electives for Week Three. Students in the Board Game Studio practiced implementing different long-game strategies to win the game of Risk.
On the first day of their Improv Elective, students learned some of the cardinal improv rules; for example, saying "yes, and" to support your partner's choices when creating a scene together. Then, students got on their feet and played some improv games together, applying the concepts they had learned.
You can truly sense the creative energy flowing the second you step into the Creative Writing room. This morning, Creative Writing students' task was to brainstorm ideas for a "One Page Novel," an exercise in plot and character development.
Kamala, Pippa, and Ananya didn't know when they woke up this morning that, by the end of the day, they'd be able to add "Magician's Assistant" to their résumés. Read on to find out what they did in tonight's astounding evening event, as well as their reflections on their time at EXPLO.
Off-Road Vehicle Design students broke out the racing flags today as they tested their newest innovative creations: miniature vehicles powered solely by rubber bands!
Student architects take measurements, draft blueprints, and share ideas to create residential spaces. They discuss purpose, how space and environment interact, and design with intention.
Students in Photography were out in the field today— literally, they took pictures outdoors. Fieldwork offers students the ability to get hands-on experience working with skills like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. During this exploratory time, they had the artistic freedom to photograph whatever subject however they saw fit.
Awestruck gasps could be heard all evening in Reisinger Concert Hall as magician Henry Carlyle performed mind-boggling sleight-of-hand magic and mental illusions for EXPLO at Sarah Lawrence students. Several students even had a chance to jump in on the action and assist Henry with some of his tricks.
Students in Medical Careers get to practice placing IVs on phlebotomy arms. The fake arms have "veins" — tubes with food coloring and water — running through them to simulate a real human arm.
Forensic Science students began their third week at EXPLO by examining and comparing different hair follicles through microscopes. Throughout the week, they'll experiment with other aspects of criminal evidence from fingerprints to dental impressions before applying their knowledge by investigating their own fabricated crime scenes.
Be Kind, Be Safe, Be True, Be Curious — EXPLO's Community Expectations and the topic of performance for the Acting for the Stage + Screen Course today. Students learned how to illustrate a greater message through a skit of their own creation.
The Gaga pit is a frequent destination for many EXPLO students whenever they have a free moment. Some particularly avid gaga players have elected to join Gaga League during Clubs, Leagues, + Activities time in order to squeeze some extra games into their day.
Computer Programming students began Week Three with an exercise in which they had to "program" their instructor to make a paper airplane. Students learned that they had to give very specific instructions to ensure the end product was created as they intended, and they also practiced patience when things didn't go as planned. Then, they applied these crucial lessons to their first coding project: creating their own personal circle icon!
Students in Figure Drawing + Portraiture get familiar with drawing materials and elements of drawing such as proportions, shading, and values.
Zachariah carries a Kindle with him everywhere he goes. He loves to read— sci-fi fantasy being his favorite genre. It’s his fifth summer at EXPLO, and even though this coming week is the end of Session One, it definitely isn’t the end of Zachariah's time at (and love for) EXPLO!
It's time to play...Family Feud! Our four houses — the Boulders, Comets, Phoenixes, and Whales — met once again to battle it out in an EXPLO-themed Family Feud, with questions such as "Name a food in the dining hall" and "Name a staff member who wears glasses." Each house gave a valiant effort, but tonight, it was the Phoenixes that emerged victorious.
Weekends are for having fun! This weekend, students enjoyed the EXPLO Beach Fest, featuring, lawn games, volleyball, and popsicles!
Today, we asked students to rip pages out of books — not as an act of rebellion, but for blackout poetry! Students sharpie out sections of the page to express a different message on the same page and to use as creative writing prompts for students to write entirely new prose.
Another weekend at EXPLO means another opportunity for students to check out the many stores and eateries located in The Ville! Students enjoyed scoping out the town and spending time together as we approach our third and final week of Session One.
A West Coaster spending her first prolonged period of time on the East Coast, Taylor has been making the most of her time here at EXPLO. Taylor gave us a sneak peek into her first sleepaway program experience, from obliterating staff with colorful "bombs" during Colorfest to raving about Park Place Bagels...and so much more.
This afternoon, students headed to the softball field for an EXPLO tradition: Colorfest! Students were given colorful water and powder to throw all over themselves — and each other.
Happy Saturday from EXPLO! Students started off their weekend by choosing from several different exciting, creative, and relaxing activity options such as a lively Catan tournament, DIY canvas bag-making, and outdoor fun on The Lawn.
Last night, students attended Explostock, a Woodstock-themed event. EXPLO's free spirits could make crafts, perform songs, write, listen, and compete for prizes.
Every Friday, students have the opportunity to perform at Explosé. It's an opportunity to share whatever talent it is that they have with a supportive audience of friends. Tonight, students celebrated original songs, covers, film debuts, and dances.
Students in Marketing + Advertising have been working all week long on imaginative campaigns for Apple. In this hands-on simulation, students engaged with target audiences, social media avenues, and other strategic communication plans. Today, they presented their inspired projects.
Students in Neuropsychology + Misdirection created brain games that strengthen working memory. They also discussed why false memories and their implementation can be convincing. The brain can be tricked, but in class, students learned that it can also be directed and trained.
Forensic Science students were the masterminds behind some chilling "crime scenes" today! Each team of students carefully set up several different pieces of evidence, much of which was covered in "blood" — water and red food coloring — for the other team to investigate.
It was a dark and stormy evening here at EXPLO, but students didn't let the bad weather get them down! Tonight's evening event was Choice Night. Some students joined in heated games of mafia, while some chose to spend a quiet evening at the Student Center, and others chose reading or writing or rehearsing for tomorrow's Explosé performance. Students made the most of whichever activity they chose, and enjoyed spending time together as we near the end of Week Two!
Natalya, Charlotte, and Natalie had a packed day — they went from planning a creative Explosé performance to designing a dream apartment building to divulging a certain RA's unique fear! Read on for more about the highlights of their day, their thoughts on their time at EXPLO so far, and their bucket list travel destinations.
Students in Jewelry Design work with glass beads, metal wire, fibers, paper, and ribbon to make jewelry during electives today. They braided, beaded, glued, and coiled wire to design one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces of art.
Robotics students have been preparing all week to launch their rovers. Today, they went to "Mars" — a closed off fortress in the corner of the classroom built out of cardboard. Once their rover has gone to Mars, students must steer from a separate location via remote control and video functionalities as if the rovers truly are in space.
To kick off their afternoon class, three Medical Careers students were assigned fabricated injuries. The other students were given a number of materials and split into teams to create improvised splints for their peers, following their instincts. After this imaginative introductory activity, students then learned how to properly stabilize a fractured bone and practiced doing so together.
Students in Fictional Criminal Psychology acted as criminal psychologists today, developing questions and protocol for interviewing "The Joker." Then, they regrouped and brainstormed conclusions they could draw from their interrogation.
Students in Stock Market Investing allocate $10,000 between preselected stocks as part of an in-depth simulation. They must use relevant information about a company's financials, leadership, and product to decide how much money goes where and why.
Boulders v.s. Whales v.s. Phoenix v.s. Comets. Each house competes for points tonight in hopes of winning the House Cup at the end of Session One.
Students in the Hip-Hop Dance Elective learn a choreography today. It's eight counts, high energy, and lots of fun.
Archery students showed incredible precision, focus, and enthusiasm today when they picked up their bows and arrows, and it's amazing to see all they've learned in just two days.
Alex participated in EXPLO's online program last year and is thrilled to be here for her official first year on an EXPLO campus! I happened to chat with Alex at the perfect time today, as she had her kalimba on hand, as seen pictured! Alex spoke about the fun day she's been having, her kalimba-playing, and her time at EXPLO so far. And if you're hoping for a clip of Alex playing the kalimba, you'll have to stay tuned for footage from Friday's Explosé!
Tennis novices and pros alike headed to the tennis courts today for the newly formed Tennis League, which met during our Clubs, Leagues, and Activities period. Smiles and laughter abounded as the students played some fun and exciting rounds of doubles. I think you'll be seeing some EXPLO students playing at the U.S. Open before long!
In Clubs, Leagues, and Activities today, students in the Game Club played video games, card games, ping pong games, and more. There was music, a lot of competition, and even more laughter to be had this afternoon.
Figure Drawing + Portraiture students were on the move today! First, they worked on some multimedia drawings outside, enjoying the sunshine on The Lawn. Then, they headed back to the classroom to get started on some drawings using a new medium: charcoal.
In Experimental Engineering today, students work to build bridges out of cardboard. Utilizing physics concepts is a must so that these bridges can withstand the strength test. Just like skyscrapers have to withstand natural elements like severe winds and rain, these cardboard bridges will have to withstand the elements.
Students in Architecture work to translate 2D draft blueprints into scaled 3D models. The buildings they are creating are entirely student-envisioned with functionality, purpose, and aesthetics in mind.
Today, Entrepreneurial Foundations students practiced their elevator pitches by pretending they were on the TV show Shark Tank. Students first had time to brainstorm their pitches before sharing them with the rest of the class. Many innovative, nifty, and entertaining ideas were shared; for example, one student pitched a golf cart rental service on the Sarah Lawrence campus for EXPLO staff and students!
Students relaxed their minds and bodies this afternoon during our Yoga Elective, learning a number of different poses and stretches. It was a great way for them to center themselves after a busy start to Week Two!
It's Anita's first summer here at EXPLO, and her longest time being at a sleep-away camp — and she loves it so far. The close friendships she has already made are one of her favorite parts about being on campus — well, that and the curly fries at the dining hall. Keep reading to find out more about her experience at EXPLO.
Musical Theater students put their vocal chords to work today as they began learning a medley of show tunes that they'll be performing on Friday at Explosé. Students also showed off their acting chops as they used improv to get into the minds of the characters in the musical The Phantom of the Opera.
Ice cream vs. cake, phones before the age of 18 or not, green energy vs. nuclear energy— these are all topics of debate in Competitive Debate today. Students in this course strategically implicate questions, confidence, facts, and procedure to compete in a full-scale debate tournament.
Students in Criminal Investigations collect and record evidence from a staged, fictitious crime scene. While bagging and tagging clues, they worked together to hypothesize about the criminal, motives, and next steps.
Students in our Cinema Studies Course get to enjoy their own personal movie theater on the Sarah Lawrence campus! Today, when students reported to the screening room, they dove into a conversation about cinematic terminology before watching the award-winning short film, The Maker. The students were on the edge of their seats as the film progressed, and they had lots of thoughts and reactions to share with each other following the viewing.
Ceci was the star of the show tonight. Literally — there was a show tonight, and Ceci ended up being in it. Keep reading to find out what happened.
Tonight's evening event was a special visit from North Coast Musical Improv — a hip-hop improv comedy team from New York City. The students got to pick a topic for them to create a performance around. In almost complete unison, Kanye West was chosen as the focus for the night. It was an interactive, hilarious, and unforgettable evening for everyone who attended.
Those who stopped by the hula hooping challenge at our Fourth of July Field Day are sure to have seen Caroline hula hooping her way to a landslide victory. When I first stumbled across Caroline, she had already been hula hooping for an astounding fourteen minutes, cheered on by a hoard of supporters. And she wasn't even close to being done.
During Clubs, Leagues, and Activities every other afternoon, students can choose what they want to do each day out of a number of different offerings. Will it be Art Club? Improv? Guitar? Gaga? Board Games? If you're looking for Jeremy or Milan, you'll want to head over to Science Society. Jeremy and Milan shared with us what Science Society is all about and talked more about their scientific interests and endeavors. I also heard some talk about a potential Explosé performance involving some sort of watermelon explosion experiment, so you'll definitely want to stay tuned for more from Science Society!
The EXPLO lanyard is an EXPLO trademark, as they're worn by each and every member of our community. Today, students got crafty during Clubs, Leagues, and Activities and started a "Pin Pals" club, in which they design and create their own original pins with which to decorate their lanyards. Keep an eye out in our posts to come and see which pins you can spot!
This afternoon, The Lawn was home to an exhilarating game of Capture the Flag, where students had another opportunity to win points for their houses. The Boulders and Comets faced off against the Phoenixes and Whales, and, though the teams were neck and neck, the Phoenixes and Whales ultimately claimed victory.
EXPLO didn't have a guitar club when Session One started, so students proposed to start one! That's part of the agency and independence this program helps students to build. If they want something to happen (like a club), students can take action and responsibility to make an idea become reality.
In International Law + Diplomacy, students took on the role of diplomats who were in trouble. They were given international crises and were instructed to reach a solution based on the conflict at hand. Some students were able to strategize to reach compromise, while others discussed alternative tactics like war and espionage.
On the first day of Week Two, the new group of photography students were already out in the field. They started getting used to their cameras while reflecting on the essential question: "What makes a good photo?" Then, back in the computer lab, they got to take a look at the cool things they had captured.
At the Fourth of July Field Day, students played a plethora of exciting and hilarious games to win points for their houses (either the Boulders, Comets, Phoenixes, or Whales). The event began with a massive rock, paper, scissors tournament, with other stations including a wheelbarrow race, a hula hoop competition, a game of HORSE at the basketball hoop, a beanbag toss, a cup-stacking challenge, and, of course, the ever-popular gaga and curb ball. The festivities concluded with a thrilling round of tug-of-war!
What better way to get pumped up for the day than some salsa dancing?! Students showed off some great moves in our Sunday morning Salsa Dancing activity, learning several different steps before putting them to music.
Several students opted to start off their Sunday with some curb ball, a popular EXPLO game in which volleyball and four square are melded together, with some other unique rules thrown in there, as well. Between matches, students also faced off in a Four Square tournament.
This weekend students adventured into Bronxville! A big part of the EXPLO experience is practicing independence. Students were given supervised boundaries within the village and were able to use their time, money, and energy however they best saw fit. For some, grabbing a drink from Starbucks was their choice, and for others ice cream or CVS were top stops. All of it builds agency, and getting to explore more of New York was only an added bonus.
At EXPLO, students decide what their jam is-- Art Elective or Archery, Theatre or Engineering, and even Billy Joel or Olivia Rodrigo. There's a lot of independence here to decide what works for each individual. Today, students exercised that by picking what songs and artists they wanted to be a part of their Spotify playlist.
Those of us lucky enough to have been in attendance at the first Explosé of the summer were in for a treat when the students of Acting for the Stage + Screen took the floor. The actors performed an original skit which is, in the words of Simon, one of the students in the course, "the greatest play I've ever seen, and I got to see Hamilton in theaters twice."
Sarah Lawrence's Reisinger Concert Hall was transformed into Reisinger Bingo Hall as students participated in a bingo night evening activity. We had quite a few lucky winners, who each got to pick out a fun prize!
All week, students have been preparing for our first Explosé — a showcase of performances and class presentations produced by EXPLO students. The crowd was wowed by everything from original songs and engineering projects to computer programs and hilarious skits. The afternoon concluded with the EXPLO band's showstopping rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." We already can't wait see what's in store for next week's Explosé!
Mackenzie was really excited about venturing to Bronxville. Keep reading to hear how her Saturday in town went.
As we wrap up Week One, engineering students put their off-road vehicles to the test — and their hard work paid off as they navigated their RC Car builds on different track surfaces.