Exploration Programs

Creativity and Curiosity: Universal Keys to Engaged Learning

Partnership with Agastya Foundation explores how EXPLO curriculum can support economically disadvantaged students in rural India

by Communications Staff

Demystifying College Admission

We live in an era where students are consumed by checklists: taking the SATs, navigating GPAs, and designing a schedule to fit all of their extracurriculars in any given Wednesday.

By Communications Staff

How to Help Your Kids Make Friends

How can parents ensure their kids make friends that will help them flourish and grow? Choose the right environment.

by Melissa Patricio

Community is Key to Building Confidence

If you’ve ever met someone who spent their summers at sleep-away camp, you’ve likely heard all about how it was there that they forged the most influential friendships of their lives. Hard to believe, when you consider that summer is a relatively short time frame in the scope of a child’s life.


Stranded at the Salad Bar: Tips to Help Your Kids Make Meaningful Choices

Imagine for a moment being a 16 year-old student at a summer program for intellectually curious teens — surrounded by some of the most interesting international peers you could hope to meet. At lunchtime, you approach the salad bar, and along with the healthy serving of hearty greens, colorful...

Tips on Using the EXPLO Summer Sites

During the summer, our EXPLO Summer Sites explode with photos, interviews, videos, and other stories from our campuses. Take a look at what is happening today: EXPLO at Yale Summer Site EXPLO at Wellesley Summer Site EXPLO at Wheaton Summer Site For additional tips on how to navigate the blog,...

Laurie Santos — Internationally-acclaimed Professor of Psychology + Cognitive Science — Joins the EXPLO Network

EXPLO is excited to welcome Laurie Santos, professor of psychology and cognitive sciences at Yale University, to our growing network of dynamic and innovative thought leaders.

Host of NPR's "Only A Game", Bill Littlefield, to Join EXPLO's Growing Network

Bill Littlefield, whose voice alone is nationally recognized as host on NPR’s Only A Game, will join EXPLO on the Yale campus as a visiting professor-of-practice during summer 2018.

Exploration or Focus: How to Choose Your EXPLO Program

Choice: it’s the cornerstone of all exploration. At EXPLO, we believe that means both providing a wide array of options to choose from and granting young people the agency to make choices for themselves.

Making Summer Meaningful: EXPLO and Beyond

For more than 40 years, EXPLO has created remarkable teaching and learning experiences that inspire curiosity and encourage young people to embark on a lifelong journey of turning over stones, taking healthy risks, and pursuing that which they only ever imagined.


Playful Learning at EXPLO

What if we gave ourselves permission for a radical shift in the way we thought about learning? What if we flipped the binary of a “teacher/student” relationship on its head, and instead accepted that we are all learners engaged in the playful pursuit of discovery?

Who is Taking Care of Your Child? Safety and Supervision at Residential Summer Programs

  When it comes to choosing a summer program for your child, there are a number of boxes most families are looking to check off. Will it be fun? Will my child learn something new? Will they be happy and make friends?

Mission Training: Exploratory Robotics at EXPLO

As the grainy particles settle, the picture comes into focus, slowly. Wide swaths of sand paint the unfamiliar terrain in soft arcs and waves. She inches the Mars Rover forward with a gentle push of the toggle; in turn, the image on the screen reflects back this forward movement. The human engineer...