Students construct an apparatus that simulates a blood clot.
Chemist turn pennies into gold.
Investors apply financial knowledge learned throughout the session to popular real estate investing board game Monopoly.
Students conduct a simulated trial, with Justice Richard Gabriel of the Colorado Supreme Court presiding over the proceedings.
A panel from the Yale School of Medicine shares their professional and academic insights about modern medicine.
Psychologists use virtual reality (VR) goggles to explore simulated crime scenes.
Anatomy + Physiology students dissect a fetal pig.
Future of Medicine students visit the Yale Center for Medical Simulation.
Engineers build Bluetooth-controlled cars.
Behavioral Neuroscientists investigate sensation and perception with a taste test.
Surgeons perform heart transplants on cats.
Engineers build and launch rockets, attempting to maximize height and distance.
Students develop designs while also working on a mood board to help refine their style.
Chrissy Fulton, Associate Director of Admission at Brown University, presents to students about the college admissions process.
Students spend Community Time bonding with their living groups through an egg drop challenge.
Representing countries, students brainstorm how to rebuild after a simulated apocalypse.
Students work together to help a blindfolded classmate cross an obstacle course.
Aspiring surgeons perform gastric bypass surgery on rats.
Genetic Engineering students perform polymerase chain reactions.
Anatomy + Physiology students calculate body movement measurements and practice directional terms.
Students experiment with a trebuchet.
Chemists experiment with flame testing.
Heart Science students perform a sheep heart dissection.
Guests from BrainCo visit the Engineering and Computer Programming courses.
Psychology + Neuroscience students attend a lecture given by Assistant Professor of Psychology Yarrow Dunham at the Social Cognitive Development Lab at Yale University.
Interior Designers learn about color theory before gathering swatches for a collaborative color wheel.
Students experiment with a machine that measures electrical activity in muscles.
Investigators learn how to pull a footprint from a crime scene.
Surgical Interventions students practice suturing.
Heart Science students experiment with an apparatus that simulates a blood clot.
Applied Physics students construct and test hoverboards.
Students conduct a mock trial. The Presiding Judge? Justice Richard Gabriel of the Colorado Supreme Court.
Students share ideas with the EXPLO community in a TED Talks-style event!
Surgical Interventions and Anatomy + Physiology students take a trip to Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS to learn the basics of being a paramedic.
Studetns pair up in teams of two and complete mini challanges to try and get the most points for a trip to get ice cream!
Students get into small groups to work on a "power ranking" exercise where they have to rank people, companies, and countries in the order of what they as a group think is most powerful in the world.
It's Wayfinding Day! Students take a mid-session break from the typical schedule to spend the day considering how EXPLO informs their sense of purpose beyond the program.
Chemists use a flame test to detect the presence of various compounds.
Students discuss the ethical implications of artificial intelligence.
Filmmakers learn how to manipulate lighting.
Writers are challenged to create a story with only six words using a peach as their prompt.
Surgical Interventions students learn a skill required of any medical professional: how to suture.
Living groups get to know each other after an exciting arrival day!
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From setting up classrooms to packaging bed linens to professional development workshops and curriculum seminars, staff completed a very busy orientation schedule to prepare for Arrival Day, having a lot of fun along the way!
Students in the Acting and Directing, Modern Dance, Filmmaking, Sketch Comedy, Applied Physics and Musical Theatre classes put on a show at EXPLOPALOOZA!
Crew students head to Yale's Gilder Boathouse and enjoy an outdoor river ride on the final day of their workshop.
student, during conversation about following her passion for programming
Advertising + Marketing students pitch to representatives from PEZ!
Justice Richard L. Gabriel talks to students today about the career path that led him to become a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court, his call to help people in the criminal justice system, and what it is like to be a lawyer in a highly public case — Justice Richard Gabriel was co-counsel for Michael Jackson in the case of Crystal Cartier v. Michael Jackson.
Students in EXPLO art classes put on an exhibition of their final projects in the Yale School of Art's Green Gallery.
Applied Physics students engineer, build, and test-drive personal-sized hovercrafts.
Students split into groups and open discussion with instructors about topics such as optimism, volunteering, and mental health.
Students showcase the hard work they've put into their courses at the One World event through a variety of presentations and simulations about global citizenship.
student, during conversation about courses at EXPLO
Our students lead Community Meeting and it's a hit! The audience sits on the edge of their seats, fully enthralled by the well orchestrated show.
Future of Medicine students split into groups and do research, preparing for their presentation on big data in regards to public health.
Chemistry Lab students try to identify an unknown compound. They use a variety of methods to determine the identity of the substance, including burning to observe if there is any color change and measuring PH.
DIY students cut paper designs and use silkscreen to print them on shirts.
Modern Dance students practice movements and incorporate dance phrases around objects they find in the quad.
Students in Fashion Design work on their final pieces for the Art Show on Wednesday.
Students in Acting + Directing discuss character development within their acting groups before rehearsing their scenes.
Keeping a constant PSI and launch angle, students in Mechanical Engineering launch, modify, and relaunch air rockets to maximize the distance they fly on the New Haven Green.
Aspiring architects work to finalize designs for their assignment from The Pinehills. Students use a variety of techniques for their proposals, including sketches, models, and digital renderings.
Marine Biology students travel to Sandy Point Beach to explore the marine life. The group catches local shellfish and observes their mannerisms.
During Department Time, students interested in writing hear from Shani Petroff, a New York-based author known for her "Bedeviled" series for young adults. Shani discusses her path to becoming a published author, and gives tips to students about how to enter the field.
Advertising + Marketing students prepare marketing pitches for a new candy line that they will pitch to PEZ executives later this week.
Computer Programming + Processing students work on simple game designs which they will present at the upcoming Art Show.
Diplomats debate the topic of climate change, doing their best to represent the interests of their country.
Students in Filmmaking wrap up final shooting of the short films they are producing.
student, during conversation
Students have fun with their peers as they sashay to the music at the Dance on York.
Psychology + Neuroscience students visit Yale's Social Cognitive Development Lab and learn about adolescent development. They then break into groups to discuss methodologies for conducting research in the field.
Students read a story about the consequences of disobeying authority. They then split into groups and open discussion about the character, elaborating on their ideas regarding power and privileges.
Guest speaker Elizabeth Goodspeed, a graphic designer at Pentagram, helps critique student work in the Graphic Design course.
Students in Gender, Politics + Media work in groups to research how media reports on social issues such as the wage gap, birth control, and human trafficking. They will present their research at an exhibit at the One World event next week.
Musical Theatre students rehearse their short musical for their final performance next week.
Students in Applied Physics calculate the relationships between weight, force, and distance in the projectile motion of trebuchets on Old Campus.
A perfect show for a perfect night! Students show their talents to the crowd.
Students tour Yale's engineering facilities during Department Time with a current Yale student and learn about the science programs and student groups on campus.
Sociology of Pop Culture students prepare questions for tomorrow's guest speaker, Daryn Carp, a former EXPLO alum who is assistant to Andy Cohen and host and creator of @sk Andy on Bravotv.
During the middle Wednesday of second session, students can elect to go on college campus tours throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic region. Here, students tour the campus of Princeton University.
Performance artist Stokley Towles joins our Philosophy students as they simulate the allegory of Plato's cave. In his allegory, Plato focuses on prisoners whose only reality is the shadows they see as they have been chained to a wall all of their lives. The allegory alludes to the idea that the human condition is bound to the impressions one gets through their senses.
Guest speaker Elizabeth Goodspeed, a designer with Pentagram, the largest independently-owned design firm in the world, shares her experiences in the agency and talks shop with graphic design students.
student, during conversation
Colleges from far and wide come to introduce our students to the plethora of opportunities each school offers.
In the College Admissions Seminar, Christina Fulton — a graduate of Middlebury College, Associate Director of Admission at Brown University and previously managing international and domestic admission at Princeton University — demystifies what happens behind the closed door of an admissions panel. Fulton provides students with sample applications to explore and evaluate from an admissions point of view and direct access to her esteemed insider's perspective.
Psychology + Neuroscience students participate in an ongoing study through The John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Guided by guest speaker Fabiana Alceste, students learn about the study, its research methodology, and preliminary findings.
Keynote Speaker Dan Lerner, Professor of NYU’s most popular elective, “Science of Happiness,” talks to students during CORE Day. Dan's work focuses on helping people become the best version in themselves. In his talk today, he explains the difference between obsessive passion, which can be detrimental in the long run, and harmonious passion, which is an essential tool in navigating life in the healthiest way possible.
Speaker, during CORE Day
After a busy day of courses, workshops, and activities, students let off steam at Carnival Night.
Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality, Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, speaks to Psychology + Neuroscience students about his work treating psychological issues with VR technology. Skip uses his technology to help with veterans who suffer from PTSD as well as high-functioning individuals with autism.
Students enjoy time with friends, new and old, at the Final Dance!
Students improve their SAT skills to prepare for the college entry exam.
JV Hart, author and screenwriter whose writing credits include the screenplay for Hook, Contact, and Bram Stroker's Dracula, conducts a screenwriting workshop with EXPLO students focusing on character development and his Hartchart story mapping tool.
Students in Acting and Directing and Improvisational Acting meet with representatives of the Yale School of Drama and learn what goes into the making of a production, including a tour of the wood shop and costume closet where the School's sets and costumes are created.
Students in Genetic Engineering break apart and identify gene fragments by running gel electrophoresis on some DNA samples.
Our students are all smiles, excited for the annual Toad's Place Dance.
Jerri Lynn Hogg, Media Psychologist and Director of the Media Psychology Program at Fielding Graduate University, discusses her path to becoming a media psychologist and her work on the cognitive effects of social media addiction with Psychology + Neuroscience students.
Criminal Psychology students work through case studies to discuss and learn how the criminal justice system defines and handles cases involving self-defense.
Students of Utopias + Dystopias discuss the effectiveness of creating alternate societies within existing social structures as a countermeasure to societal injustice.
In Personality + Behavioral Psychology students outline the various components of behavioral research and then split into groups to brainstorm research topics they will pursue through the end of the session.
Students in Sports Management work on their negotiation skills as they participate in a sponsorship simulation where play different roles — athletes, agents, and companies — while dealing with limited budgets, public relation scandals, and campaign goals.
Behavioral Neuroscience students dissect a brain under the instruction of guest speaker Marc Tetel, the Dorothy and Charles Jenkins, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience at Wellesley College. Dr. Tetel’s lab studies how the ovarian hormones, estradiol and progesterone, act in the brain to regulate gene expression and behavior in rodents — and he spoke about the many pathways into a career in neuroscience.
Students let loose with live rock music. Conga lines and salsa dancing were in order as students groove to the tunes.
Students tour Boston, tasting the delicious chocolates and confections the city has to offer.
After a tour of the mansions in Newport, students are able to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather at Newport Beach.
Students dress up for Halloween in July and enjoy a fun night with a Stranger Things themed haunted house!
student, on the value of class discussions and sharing perspectives in Advertising + Marketing
Students in Political Science discuss the relevance of Machiavelli in modern politics, and the extent to which self-preservation remains the reigning priority for governments around the world.
During Community Time, advisory groups elect to explore various facets of Yale's campus. Today, some advisory groups tour the architecture and archives of Sterling Memorial Library, which EXPLO students have access to throughout the summer.
Referencing popular movies such as Mulan and High School Musical, students in Gender Studies assess societal biases around the casting (and typecasting) of roles in popular culture.
Students in Game Theory pair up and play out a variation of the prisoner's dilemma that shows why two completely rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so. Afterward, students calculate the probabilities of various outcomes and discuss the results.
Kristen Kuliga, Director of Business Development at Vanguard Sports Group, speaks with Sports Management students today about working as an agent for pro-football players. Kristen oversees business development across multiple platforms including event management and ownership, corporate consulting, athlete marketing, and sponsorship sales.