Pre-College & Career Programs

Pre-College & Career Programs GRADES 10-12

Table of Contents

Letter from the President of Exploration Learning - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3

Academic Concentrations - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7

Colby College Overview - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 20

Student Life - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 22

Trips - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23

Residence Halls + Living Groups - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 24

Health Center - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 25

Staff Support - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 26

Admission, Tuition, & Financial Aid - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28



President , Exploration Learning

We’re living in an age of acceleration, uncertainty, and momentous change. Life, college, and careers have been disrupted and the old playbooks are outdated. Those who will thrive in the future are those who can reimagine it. This is why we’ve built an entirely new program that sits at the crossroads of academia and careers. A place of discovery and innovation. An accelerator for ideas and action. A networking incubator. A working lab. A creative studio. A problem-solving center. You’ll engage in the real work of a profession by working on genuine projects in the field. (Some might call themmicro- internships.) Real projects for real people. You’ll get feedback and be asked tough questions frommentors, coaches, and experts. You’ll start building your professional network. You’ll begin to

understand what is possible. You’ll collaborate with peers from all over the world who are interested in being in a place crackling with ideas, laughter, hard work, and fun. This is where lifelong friendships are made. And we only invite those who want to come for the right reasons: You are genuinely curious about the subject of study. That doesn’t necessarily mean you know a whole lot about it — yet — but you have a genuine desire to know more. You’re willing to dig in once you get here. For 45 years, some of the most interesting, collaborative, and boldest thinking people in the world have come to EXPLO. If this sounds like your kind of place, I hope you’ll give us a call. We’d really like to meet you.

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Bring Your Future Into Focus Confidence and conviction come from experience. This summer, experience life as an emerging professional with industry-inspired projects guided by experts pushing the frontiers of their fields.

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Academic Concentrations TWO WEEK, CO-EDUCATIONAL :

Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning


Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Science


Medical Rotations

Psychology + Neuroscience

Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering

Trial Law + The American Justice System

College credit available for some concentrations

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Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the dawning of a new era in human history. From bio-technology and medicine to climate change and the future of democracy, when machines improve their function without us needing to do it for them, we unlock insights about our world that we simply cannot access today. In this Concentration, you’ll be faced with many real-world technical and ethical challenges surrounding the integration of these technologies into current society and our collective futures. Write machine learning code and check its security with our partners at Rapid7, a leading security firm that uses AI and machine learning technology. Discover how some of the world’s best minds harnessed the power of artificial intelligence to develop a Covid-19 vaccine on an unprecedented timescale. Analyze AI-software such as the facial recognition or voice automation built into many smartphones and investigate if its functionality is compromised due to bias in the underlying dataset it’s built on. Connect with the data scientists, researchers, and business leaders who are navigating the impacts of AI now — and start imagining how we can build the future we want with this technology.

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Business Putting a winning idea into action, creating a business plan, and building and leading a successful team is complex and challenging work. It requires leaders who can think analytically, learn quickly, and innovate boldly. They need to be able to work across disciplines — finance, marketing, accounting, human resources — and connect the right people and ideas in order to solve the most pressing problems and move forward. In this concentration, you’ll be challenged to think like these effective leaders. Get case study coaching from Marc Consentino, who McKinsey + Company calls “the Dean of Case Interviews.” Connect with people who have secured investors, launched businesses, and scaled companies. And, for the culminating project, consult with a real business or startup on a problem they currently face. You and a small team will prepare an evidence-backed business solution and present it to the business owner and a panel of consultants from Tyton Partners, Boston.


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Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Science Abductions, murders, and other high-profile violent crimes are a constant fixture in local news, often capturing national and worldwide attention. When they happen, armchair detectives, professional psychologists, and investigators alike attempt to answer the questions: Who did it? Why did they do it? And how? To attempt to answer these questions, EXPLO CSI + Forensics students will receive forensic techniques training in bloodstain pattern analysis, latent fingerprint development, and DNA analysis with Dr. Henry C. Lee, one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists and founder of the Henry C. Lee Institute for Forensic Science. Then join Sheryl McCullom, Director of the Atlanta-based Cold Case Investigative Research Institute, on a multi-day investigation of a real cold case. McCullom will introduce the case file, evidence, witness statements, timelines, and more. She’ll teach you how to “walk the scene,” identify solvability factors, and coach you through devising an action plan that could help reopen the investigation. Students will do extensive research on the presented case and prepare a professional presentation for a panel of industry experts.

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Engineering From fusion power to nanotechnology to artificial intelligence, the potential solutions to many of the world’s most urgent problems lay at our fingertips. Engineers are at the front lines of developing and applying these technologies in the areas of maximum impact, such as climate change and medicine. They’re critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creatives; in this concentration, you’ll be challenged to think along the same lines. Make an AI-enabled self-driving car prototype that uses deep learning to navigate real-world conditions such as avoiding obstacles, obeying traffic signals, or yielding to pedestrians. Create a fuel cell capable of cleanly converting hydrogen to usable electric energy. Write and modify computer code using hardware such as a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino. Connect with leading engineers doing cutting-edge work in robotics, structural engineering, environmental engineering, biomedical engineering, computer software design, data analytics, and more. Many different industries rely on engineers for creative solutions, and this concentration will help you understand the key differences between the various fields.

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Medical Rotations In Medical Rotations, you’ll get access to clinical training experiences that are usually reserved only for professionals and medical students. Preview the field of medicine through the lens of a third-year med school student and gain clinical skills while wrestling with case studies and simulations. Rotate through specialties like internal medicine, oncology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, obstetrics, and surgery. Participate in case-based simulation training at a state- of-the-art medical simulation lab. Measure vital signs, interpret pathology reports, and learn basic techniques such as suturing and surgical knot tying. Connect with medical school admissions professionals and participate in mock med school interviews. You’ll even network with doctors in a variety of medical careers such as immunology, tissue engineering, general surgery, regenerative medicine, and organ transplantation. In this Concentration, you’ll begin to see the world differently — through the eyes of a doctor.


Psychology + Neuroscience

From avatar therapy to building better business brands to refining pharmacological treatment of mental health through genetic markers, explore the vast applications of psychology and neuroscience that influence the way we work, live, and interact with one another. You’ll dive into the interactions between psychology and neuroscience. We’ll ask foundational questions, such as: “What is the biological basis of human behavior — for our emotions, reactions, and memories?” How does the brain give rise to the mind? How does therapy change not only how we think and feel, but also change the structures of our brain? We’ll explore these and other questions in numerous ways, including an extended case study around COVID-19 and the impacts of restricted social interaction, virtual reality exposure therapy, and a brain dissection led by a neuroscientist. You’ll learn to interpret CT scans, EEG readings, and MRI images. And, for the culminating project, develop an original research question, design an experiment that investigates human behavior, and present your findings in our end-of-session Brain Summit Symposium. Professional clinicians will hear presentations and provide feedback to every student.

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TITLE GOES HERE Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering

New advances in biomedical technology are being used to create cutting-edge solutions for the most pressing medical challenges we face today. In this concentration, you’ll get first hand experience with these technologies through simulated surgeries, connecting with leading medical experts and surgeons, and designing and implementing your own medical intervention. Gain experience with treating a clogged artery, engineering a replacement MCL, and designing a reconstructive device to repair a bone fracture. Practice surgical techniques, from holding a scalpel to cutting through layers of tissue with precision. Participate in case-based simulation training at a state-of-the-art medical simulation lab. Work side-by-side with Dr. Erika K. Fellinger, named 2020 “Top Doc” in Boston by Boston Magazine, as she guides you through an abdominal surgery. And, in a culminating surgical simulation, work with Dr. Glenn Gaudette, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, to synthesize cardiac tissue for urgent surgical implantation on a current patient who recently suffered myocardial infarction. Through this program you’ll experience the entire surgical process through the eyes of a doctor, medical illustrator, biomedical engineer, surgeon, and rehabilitation therapist.

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Trial Law + The American Justice System

If you’re passionate about justice, there’s perhaps no more direct way to engage with the moral and ethical challenges of our time than entering the courtroom. In this Concentration, you’ll learn to be prepared for any number of complex legal situations that could arise. Thinking on your feet is critical; creating arguments on the fly is the objective. Former trial lawyer and current Colorado Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Gabriel will take you through the lawyer’s role in all phases of a jury trial, including jury selection, opening statement, direct and cross examination (including objections to the introduction of evidence), and closing argument. Justice Gabriel will also teach techniques for effective advocacy at each of these phases of a trial and the art of persuasion. With this and other training, such as watching a live judicial proceeding in process and debriefing with the lawyers and judge, you’ll be ready to take on a case. Familiarize yourself with the facts, develop the theme and theory of the case, hone lines of questioning, prepare witnesses, draft an opening statement, and go to trial to argue your case in front of a real judge.

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Sitting around a table, having a shared text, debating it, and having your ideas put to the test by the teacher, by one another, and coming out of the classroom in a different place intellectually than you walked in – that’s not the standard education in America. And that’s something: the classroom experience that students have at EXPLO is closer to college than anything they would otherwise have experienced before getting to college.

James Forman J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law Yale Law School


Colby College Your Home Away From Home

With a rallying cry to Dare Northward, Colby College has leveraged its two- century history as a leader in liberal arts education to become one of the top- ranked colleges in the United States. Set on 714 acres atop Mayflower Hill, the campus overlooks the small central Maine city of Waterville along the Kennebec River. First built in the 1930s, the campus has continued to grow and to thrive over the decades, but most of its buildings maintain the Georgian Revival style of the original campus. Colby’s newest facilities rank among the top in the nation, including the LEED Platinum Certified

Grossman Hall and the newly opened 350,000-square-foot Harold Alfond Athletic and Recreation Center — the most advanced and comprehensive NCAA D-III facility in the country, featuring an Olympic-sized pool, a 200-meter track, a regulation ice arena, and a 13,500-square- foot multilevel fitness area. In Fall 2021, the College will open the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the first cross- disciplinary AI institute at a liberal arts college. Colby is also home to the Colby College Museum of Art, which houses a collection of modern American artwork and serves as a teaching museum for students.

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Colby is known for its academic and co-curricular opportunities that prepare students for the coming world and is committed to preparing all students for lifelong success by providing extensive internship, research, and global opportunities. Top-ranked across several categories by Forbes, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report, in categories including liberal arts education, innovation, and undergraduate teaching, Colby is considered one of the “Little Ivies”.

Welcome to Vacationland!

Considered one of the best destinations for summer travel, Maine boasts the best of outdoor adventure, coastal leisure, history, food, and endless unique finds. With one of the most comfortable summer climates in the U.S., daytime highs are in the mid-70s with “natural air-conditioning” evening temps in the 50s.

Learn more about what to do in Maine after you drop your student off at EXPLO.

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Student Life A rich and engaging student life experience is a cornerstone of the EXPLO Pre-Col- lege experience. When students aren’t in their Concentrations, they can take advantage of our robust student programming — from participating in a lively debate with the International Relations club or trying an improv workshop, to meeting up with a guest speaker, playing a game of pickup volleyball on the quad, or enjoying a BBQ with new friends. There are events, activities, and workshops available to students every day that invite them to explore a range of interests and connect with others.

Weekend Programming: Weekends offer students an opportunity to participate in recreational activities and COVID-safe recreational outings through- out the session. Possible opportunities may include:

• Sugarloaf Mountain Activities • Schooner Day Sail • Colby College Art Museum • Blueberry Picking • Tubing on the Kennebec River • Clambake • Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

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Residence Halls + Living Groups

Living in the residence halls at Mount Holyoke College will give you a glimpse of your future as a college student — the independence, the community, and, of course, the late-night snack runs. You’ll share a residence hall with a living group that balances a mix of diverse backgrounds and perspectives — but we can guarantee that each and every person you pass in the halls is curious, bright, and full of life ( just like you!). Also in your living group? Your Resident Advisors. They’ll live right alongside you, there to support you whenever you need them.

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Health Center The safety and health of our community is always top of mind for us here at EXPLO, especially in the age of COVID. To protect and care for our students and staff, we operate an on-campus health center staffed by registered and licensed nurses — open every day, 24 hours a day.

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Our staff ’s main priority has always been one thing and one thing only: you. Most EXPLO faculty, staff, and administrators live on campus, and you’ll see them not only in class, in the lab, or in the studio, but also at the gym, in the community center, in the dining commons, and even in the residence halls. We’re here for you, from start to finish, so don’t hesitate to reach out for a helping hand. Staff Support

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THE ADMISSION PROCESS: Our two week, co-educational concentration programs are designed to be highly immersive and engaging, and they attract students who are deeply curious. If that sounds like you, we encourage you to learn more, or get in touch.

Optional college credit is available for some concentrations.

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TUITION: To learn more about available dates and tuition by concentration, please select from the concentrations below.

Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning Business Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Science Engineering Medical Rotations Psychology + Neuroscience Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering Trial Law + The American Justice System

Not all concentrations are offered each session. College credit available for some concentrations

FINANCIAL AID: Access is important to us. For more information regarding scholarships and grants, please contact our Admission Office at +1 781.762.7400 .


For 45 years, EXPLO has been the premier choice for summer learning among the most interesting, collaborative, and boldest thinking people in the world.

My husband and I had only the slightest idea of what our daughter would take with her from this experience. We were delighted that it evolved into such an influential force for her, further shaping her into what and who she will become. Jia Y., EXPLO Parent


The students who make the conscious decision to attend EXPLO are the type of people who will invent the next Facebook, put humans on Mars, or become the leader of their country. Not only are these people intellectually curious and motivated, they have the interpersonal skills to work with each other to accomplish most anything.

Malik D., EXPLO Alum



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