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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.