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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.