2019 Summer Programs
A Life of Daring + Courage Starts at
We Bring the World Together
What is Exploration?
Exploration is a state of becoming. Of seeking a path — perhaps well-worn, perhaps hardly carved — and knowing that the end isn’t a destination, but the next beginning. It’s the process by which you unearth the curiosities and truths within you, and begin to develop a sense of self that will illuminate your purpose and your potential to make a difference in the world. EXPLO is short for Exploration, a not-for-profit education innovator that brings curiosity, engagement, and humanity to teaching and learning. Since 1976 our summer programs have enrolled more than 80,000 students from 50 states and 90 countries, and we continue to work with schools, policymakers, and business leaders to challenge traditional approaches to education in favor of creativity, design thinking, and a critical making mindset. Our summer programs are internationally acclaimed and we are experts at what we do. With more than 40 full-time employees and an extensive teaching and learning team, we spend all year planning for our summer sessions and dedicate every moment to making sure that this will be your child’s most incredible summer.
Imagine growing up with friends from six continents and developing an intimate understanding of their customs, beliefs, and ways of thinking without even realizing it. At EXPLO, students interact with individuals from more than 70 countries starting the moment they arrive on campus. And what begins as an international program very quickly becomes a global community. To prepare our students to navigate an increasingly interconnected world, we make sure we expose you to students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ways of life from day one. You could share a room with a student from Rio or Helsinki, explore musical influences with Koreans or Spaniards, or scout out and analyze marine life with Italians, Australians, or New Yorkers. And all with the purpose of ensuring that early exposure to people from all over the globe will open you up to seeing the world not just from your perspective — but also from theirs.
The Crossroads of the World of People and Ideas For 10 months a year — while traditional schools are in session — we are breaking everything we can get our hands (and minds) on. Every notion. Every course idea. Every lesson plan. Every engineered design. Every (built on-site) prototype. We do this (a) because it’s fun, and (b) because we want to push the boundaries — of learning, building, discovering, engineering, designing, and exploring — as far as they will go. But to truly deepen our understanding and see how far we can go, we must bring together the most creative minds and makers from around the world who similarly seek to transform the way young people learn and live. Our advisors and partners include: Pasi Sahlburg, world-renowned Finnish educator, author, and scholar Yong Zhao, award-winning education scholar and influencer Sunflower County Freedom Project The Agastya Foundation
The EXPLO Difference : CHOICE
It was such a once-in-a- lifetime experience and I’m so happy that I took the chance. EXPLO changed the way I look at things. It changed the way I handle situations and the way I interact with others. It made me really come out of my shell and be fully myself.
At school, your teachers and administrators choose for you — what topics you study, when you study them, how you should arrive at a solution. At EXPLO, the choice is yours: what subjects you explore, how to approach a problem, who you’ll work with to solve it. There are no tests — no right or wrong answers. Just demonstrated understanding through hands-on projects that you’ll share with the community. Not for a grade, but for the sheer joy of learning, of sharing your new knowledge with a group of equally enthusiastic individuals, and of discovering what you’d like to explore next.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Academy Rolf Landua, CERN Head of Education … and many more
Stephanie B., EXPLO STUDENT
Experience Real Learning Today’s students are growing up into what’s known as the VUCA future — an unprecedented era of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and anxiety. Many of the jobs they will prepare for don’t exist yet. So, how do we prepare them to thrive? By raising a generation of explorers — students who are unafraid to step out of their comfort zone and try new things. Who strive to be the best creators, thinkers, and human beings they can be. Learning — the way we do it — has nothing to do with a test, a grade, or a GPA. It’s about getting your hands on things, tinkering and testing, exploring the unknown, discovering opportunities, and grabbing hold of them. It’s about failing and finding the courage to try again. That’s how we ensure that they are ready for a future we’re still imagining — by opening doors to mind-bending experiences, fueling the quest for innovative thinking and creative problem-solving, and connecting them with people who can light the trail they will blaze.
Mission to Mars Ready for an out-of-this-world summer experience? Explore the red planet using the Mars Rover you engineer — and some guidance from Dr. Katie Stack, an EXPLO alum who happens to be NASA’s Deputy Project Scientist for the Mars 2020 mission. Learn more at: blog.explo.org/exploratory- robotics-at-wellesley
I only realized what I’d learned at the end. Everything had been so hands-on, and it didn’t seem like a class, just a fun place to experiment.
Armelle C., EXPLO STUDENT
Desperately Seeking Seaweed Our instructor is passionate about marine habitats and the species that inhabit them. Here, she introduces Marine Biology workshop students to the different species living along Connecticut’s rocky shoreline.
Learn from the Best At EXPLO, we believe that who you become is a carefully balanced process. Much like a photograph, it takes time to develop — and everything you immerse yourself in will contribute to the reveal. That’s why we make sure that our students are surrounded by positive mentors and role models — people who are actively undertaking the process of finding their purpose and making meaningful contributions to their communities.
The staff ENGAGE the kids! They never let a kid walk by without a gregarious hello... They never let a kid sit alone... They make every single child feel welcome. I cannot stress this enough.
What Learning Looks Like Here Imagine a program where the traditional concept of learning is turned on its head, where experiments take the place of lectures, and where failure is just another word for trying. EXPLO is a place where you’ll spend your days surrounded by mentors who will inspire and challenge your worldview. Our programs will most definitely expand your notion of what learning is — and how much fun it’s supposed to be. EXPLO encourages the unorthodox, expects the imaginative, and demands the inspiring. Our instructors don’t only come to EXPLO to teach — they come to transform the lives of their students.
Our students learn from: A national debate champion NCAA Division I scholar-athletes Fulbright, Thiel, and Rhodes Scholars Former Supreme Court clerks New York Times best-selling novelists
Forbes 30 Under 30 winners International entrepreneurs A pioneering organ transplantation surgeon and chief of surgery … and so many more!
Kerry S., EXPLO PARENT
My cultural awareness increased and I am extremely happy because of it. I can proudly say that I am friends with kids from France, Australia, and Canada because I met them while designing and fabricating a dress out of a garbage bag. EXPLO just kind of works like that.
Make friends with students from 40 states and 70 countries.
Armani C., EXPLO ALUM
You might sit. But you won’t sit still.
Our Flagship Programs
RESIDENTIAL/DAY Grades 2-12
Our 3-week Exploration programs encourage students to explore a wide variety of subjects to help them identify their strengths and interests. Customized by age and interest, EXPLO champions rigor with playfulness because we believe deep learning is achieved when students are at ease and having fun. Why? Because they are more willing to take intellectual and creative risks that lead to greater learning and burgeoning curiosity.
EXPLO at Yale
Sustainable Fashion There is often great beauty in the mundane. With a nip here and a tuck there, EXPLO’s daily campus newsletter goes from being yesterday’s chronicle to tomorrow’s avant-garde fashion.
EXPLO at Wellesley
Wellesley College Residential/Day
8 + 9
EXPLO at Wheaton
Wheaton College Residential/Day
4+5, 6+7 9-12
EXPLO Mini at Wheaton
2+3, 4+5, 6+7
Wheaton College Day
You’re constantly being asked what you want to be. At EXPLO, we’re more interested in who you want to be — and helping you plan to make it reality. Develop your strengths and discover new interests as part of a community of creative thinkers and doers from more than 70 countries who will become friends for life. With more than 90 courses and workshops to choose from, you can explore careers and topics that you’ve always been interested in and begin to uncover the range of possibilities available to you. EXPLO is the place that connects you to the experts, innovators, and interrupters that are shaping the world and reimagining the future. Our alumni are proof: they are social media titans, serial entrepreneurs, acclaimed actors, best-selling novelists, award-winning researchers, and patent-heavy inventors. Who will you be? On the Campus of Yale University Entering Grades 10-12 EXPLO at Yale
We learn to love people who are our polar opposites; we live, eat, sleep, learn, run, sing, dance, talk with people who we might’ve never even crossed worlds with if it wasn’t for EXPLO.
Professional Partnerships — at Your Fingertips When we say hands on, we mean it! With guidance from emergency medical professionals, EXPLO at Yale Surgical Interventions students learn to assess symptoms, distinguish medical conditions, and practice proper intubation techniques on a (non-living) breathing, blinking simulation dummy.
Maria Camila P., EXPLO STUDENT
Pre-College with a Purpose
College/University Prep Options Planning for life after high school? EXPLO provides a collection of college/university preparation opportunities designed to help you choose the best school for you: • Princeton Review Courses • Campus visits to many schools from Boston to New York, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Brown, and more • College/University Admissions Seminar • College/University Fair Our College/University Advisory Committee • Logan Powell, Dean of Admission, Brown University • Norma Greenberg, College Counselor • Don McMillan, International Consultant + CEO, McMillan Education
More than College Preparation — Preparation for Life
You spend a majority of high school figuring out where to go to college and checking the boxes to get in. But what happens once you get there? At EXPLO, we think that in order to make the best decisions about what you do — in college, career, or in life — you need to start with a real knowledge of who you are, where your strengths and interests lie, and how you can meaningfully impact the world. We think of this process as developing a sense of purpose: Unearth skills you never knew you had. Learn about the winding paths professionals have taken in their careers. Identify your personal set of values. A summer at EXPLO is a pre-college experience that prepares you for a well-lived life — in college and beyond.
I had the chance to spend three weeks away from home, on a beautiful campus. I met great people, took interesting classes, and now I can’t wait for college.
Kerla M., EXPLO STUDENT
Chart A New Course!
The courses at EXPLO will fuel your creativity and spark your innovative spirit. Simply put, they will inspire you. Whether your interests lie in producing (and making) music, filming a documentary, or testing muscle mass while running at your peak performance, our 90+ courses give you the chance to follow your passions, develop your talents, and explore interests you’ve always been curious about. We design our courses to give you just the right access point into the subject matter of your choosing and the chance to explore it to the fullest each day: dissect a sheep’s brain, run a presidential campaign, or choreograph a performance art piece to make a political statement. You can write lyrics for a modern hip-hop song speaking to the issues of today, learn how to start a business, or stop a global pandemic in its tracks. And every step of the way, our dynamic faculty of instructors will encourage you to take risks and open yourself to new ways of thinking about the world and your place in it.
I loved my courses. They were brief introductions into the topics, but a great way to figure out if it’s something I’d be interested in pursuing.
Connect the Dots What can you tell about a crime from a spatter of blood? A lot, actually. Given the height of a victim, students in Forensic Science measure the length of the (mock) blood spray to determine the direction, force, and angle of an attack.
Blake M., EXPLO STUDENT
Activities, Arts + Ideas Afternoons at Yale offer a number of activities that mirror the extracurricular environment you’ll find when you get to college. With plenty of options to choose from, our activities and discussions change daily giving you the chance to make each day a new experience — and help prepare you for the task of managing your time and interests in college.
And Away We Go! Navigate the rapids on the Deerfield River.
See a Broadway show. Visit the Guggenheim. Take a stealth stroll through the Spyscape Museum. Tour the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. EXPLO at Yale offers more than 40 fantastic trips each session, allowing you to explore locations throughout New York City and the New England area. On any given weekend, we offer up to 25 different trips to choose from. Trips vary from year to year.
Clubs Meditation Book Adventure Board Game Photography Philosophy
Societies EXPLO Union (EXPLO's Debate Society) Current Affairs + Politics True Colors (EXPLO's LGTBQ+ Society)
Activities Scavenger Hunt: Famous Yalies
New Haven Food Tour Water Balloon Vollyball Yale Architecture Tour
NBC Studios Tour Mystic Seaport Museum of Modern Art Silo Cooking School Coney Island Mystic Aquarium Rock Climbing Guggenheim Museum Harlem Food Tour Lion King
Golf Clinic Paintball Whitewater Rafting Yankees Baseball Hammonasset Beach Brownstone Adventure Park Statue of Liberty + One World Trade Center Tour Brown University Tour Harvard University Tour Princeton University Tour MIT
Film Critique Salsa Dancing Sushi Making
Sports Leagues Rugby
Popular On-Campus Destinations EXPLO Student Lounge
Popular Off-Campus Destinations Shake Shack Atticus Bookstore Cafe Starbucks Yale University Official Bookstore Yorkside Pizza + Restaurant Urban Outfitters
Volleyball Swimming Basketball
Beincke Rare Book + Manuscript Library
Aladdin Wicked Six Flags
Yale University Art Museum Sterling Memorial Library The Women's Table Sculpture
There are two types of people who come to EXPLO at Wellesley: people who love doing their thing — and people who are finding the thing they love to do. At EXPLO, we want you to do both. So whether you’re an expert in algebra, basketball, or musical theatre, or whether you’ve only imagined being a fashion designer, a sports agent, or a crime scene investigator, you can explore what you love and what you dream about. From as close as Boston to as far away as Colombia, Korea, and Morocco, we are a community of artists, writers, athletes, musicians, leaders, scientists, activists, dancers, and scholars who come together for a perfect summer of personal exploration, learning, and growth. You’ll work with some of the best teachers you’ve ever had. And while EXPLO is all about the fun, the experience can lead you to amazing things. Our alumni have gone on to become the founder of Instagram, to act on some of television’s most acclaimed shows, to write bestselling novels, to engineer life-saving medical devices, to attend Harvard Law School, and to clerk for Supreme Court Justices. After a summer at EXPLO, you’ll see yourself, and what learning can be, in new ways. As we like to say: EXPLO is what school would be if school were always awesome. On the Campus of Wellesley College Entering Grades 8+9 EXPLO atWellesley
She’ll teach us something and we have the rest of the period to discuss it and experience it. At school, they don’t allow you so much time to explore. I guess that’s why it’s called Exploration.
Flight (Some Strings Attached) Find one helium tank, a bunch of balloons, some string, and a dummy. That’s all you need to calculate the lift capacity of helium. Figure out how many balloons it takes to lift the mannequin and you can figure out what it would take to send yourself soaring.
Samantha G., EXPLO STUDENT
The Quad EXPLO at Wellesley makes its home in the Wellesley College residence halls, which surround a central quadrangle. The hub of activity throughout the day, the Quad is a place to gather for meetings, activities, and pick-up games of Frisbee and Gaga Ball. Along with the residence halls’ common areas, the Quad is perfect for relaxing with friends and checking out the wide range of activities. All program offices, along with the infirmary and dining hall, are located around the Quad, and classrooms are just a short walk away.
It’s Your Campus An arboretum, one large lake, woodlands, ponds, and miles of footpaths to explore. From exhibits at the Davis Art Center to a full-production theater, the 500-acre campus of Wellesley College is bursting with amazing resources. You’ll take morning courses in Wellesley seminar rooms, art studio spaces, kitchens, and performance venues. In the afternoons, you can sail across Lake Waban, swim in Wellesley’s pool, and take advantage of the basketball courts, dance studios, and practice fields of Wellesley’s multimillion-dollar athletic complex. From performing in an outdoor amphitheater to observing a wetland habitat on a nature trail to flinging a Frisbee across a beautiful, grassy quad, Wellesley provides EXPLO with unparalleled recreational and academic opportunities.
I find it really fun that our hall has gotten so close in such a short amount of time. Everyone in our hall has something different about them.
Tori F., EXPLO STUDENT
You Choose Your Day
EXPLO courses are unusual. Active, hands-on, and fun, our 80+ courses and workshops are taught by passionate teachers who make sure each day in class is more experimental, dynamic, and engaging than the day before. You might learn how to survive in the wild, race robots down a zipline, or learn the sewing skills to start designing your own line of bags. Whichever you choose, our courses will give you the opportunity to deepen your passion for the things you love, and encourage you to explore new interests and ideas. After lunch, you’ll embark on something altogether different: clubs, workshops, and class extensions that let you check out new interests and pick up new skills. Hone your prowess in your favorite sport (soccer, tennis, volleyball) or try out a new one (water polo, yoga, hip-hop dance). Explore the world of interior decorating, video editing, pasta making, improv comedy, personal finance, medical illustration, treasure hunting, orienteering, and more.
I loved that the courses were so hands-on. We learned through doing, and through trial and error.
Sarah C., EXPLO STUDENT
...to do what you love, experiment with something new, or even act a little silly. All over campus, our activities provide the perfect opportunity to unwind and have some fun. Sculpt balloons. Play water polo. Go canoeing. Roll sushi. Fence your friends — or henna tattoo them. No matter what the activity, there will always be a chance to try something completely new. The Time is Yours...
Weekend Adventures Talk to a robot, touch a stingray, or find your balance on a paddleboard. Take in a pro soccer match or somersault (with a harness) off a high-flying trapeze. Soak in the sun on Horseneck Beach — or soak in the colors and compositions of paintings at the Institute of Contemporary Art. On any EXPLO weekend, you’ll have a unique opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Boston and the New England area, with 15 to 20 different trip options to choose from — such as hiking in a state park, exploring Boston’s Quincy Market, or riding the coasters at Six Flags New England. You’ll also have the choice to stay on campus, where you can participate in staff-led workshops or athletic clinics, which are taught by Wellesley College’s Division III athletic coaches.
Baseball Improv Comedy Club Dramatic Monologues Wall Ball Ultimate Frisbee League Yoga
Rugby Basketball League Dumpling Making Fencing Gaga Ball Soap Making Water Polo Staff vs. Student Dodgeball Flash Mobs
Board Game Club Philosophy Club Kayaking
Museum of Science Six Flags New England Zip Line Adventure Park Chinatown Tour Boston Harbor Cruise
Sail Boston Red Sox Paintball Soccer Clinic Horseback Riding New England Aquarium Boston Duck Tours
Museum of Fine Arts Horseneck Beach Trapeze School NYC Overnight Indoor Skydiving Limo Scavenger Hunt Salem Witch Tour
T-Shirt Design Speed Murals Anime Club Art Studio
Mexican Cooking Folk Music Club Archery Karaoke Indoor Cycling Circuits + Soldering Juggling
MIT Museum Glassblowing
Running Club Soccer League Marshmallow Cannons
Things may get a bit out of hand.
Pioneers Grades 4+5
Voyagers Grades 6+7
Ever dreamed of a place where friendships happen easily, where learning and doing cool things (like defending a medieval castle with the trebuchets you built) fill your days, and where you belong and feel welcomed just as you are? That’s EXPLO. EXPLO is a place of firsts: Make your first app. Make your first Moroccan feast. Make your first friend from another state or another country. Living on campus means a first chance to be away from home... and in the process, to learn how to make choices for yourself. You can also choose our unique day program that will let you act on a stage, or go rock-climbing, but also gives you the chance to eat lunch with a student from Shanghai or Paris or Venezuela before going home to your own bed (or you can stay over twice a week with us). Whether you’re local or international, a 4th grader or a 7th grader, a summer at EXPLO is the best time to try new things. You’ll work with some of the best and coolest teachers you’ve ever had. You’ll make amazing friends. And after a summer at EXPLO you’ll see yourself, and what learning can be, in new ways. On the Campus of Wheaton College Entering Grades 4+5, 6+7 EXPLOatWheaton
My son LOVED his three weeks at EXPLO. He told me at the end of the program that ‘it was only three weeks, but I felt like I belonged there.’ It was a terrific experience.
ZOOM ZOOM What better way to learn about inertia than by rolling down a hill lying just inches above the Earth? You won’t learn Newton’s Third Law from a book. At EXPLO, you will study science on the ground level. Literally.
Susan B., EXPLO PARENT
ACTIVITY SAMPLES Wall Ball
What if your teacher was Dumbledore? What if you had to crawl across the Sahara Desert on your way to lunch? What if pirates were trying to invade your summer program and the only way to stop them was in an Electric Slide dance-off? At EXPLO, we inspire active imaginations. We believe that, like math or reading, creative thinking is a learnable and valuable skill. And it’s a skill we teach at EXPLO at Wheaton. Our students invent stories. They build spacecrafts. They solve crimes. They paint landscapes. They start businesses. When students use their imaginations to think and play, they become more engaged in their learning, they discover how to be adaptable problem-solvers, and, frankly, they have a great time. We Cultivate Creativity It’s the building block of everything we do.
Improv Comedy Puddle Portraits Beginning Guitar Introductory Yoga Global Warming Discussion Canoeing Bead Making Hawaiian Shark Encounter Lacrosse T-Shirt Design Pick-up Basketball Hip-Hop Dance Pointless and Redundant Signs Rugby Sushi Making Random Acts of Kindness Wilderness Survival Conflict Resolution Discussion Tie-Dye Launch Paper Rockets World Cooking Synchronized Swimming Logic Puzzles
AMAZING!! EXPLO has been a life- changing experience for my daughter — all for the good. You run the most incredible program. THANK YOU!!!
Uncover How to Hover As a final project, students in Hovercraft Heroics use battery- powered leaf blowers and plastic sheeting to build ride- on hovercrafts. It’s just like air hockey, only you’re the puck!
Lora K., EXPLO PARENT
Sample Weekend Trip Destinations Boston Science Museum Fenway Park Tour New England Aquarium Tea at the Taj Broadway in Boston Canobie Lake Park Indoor Rock Climbing Sky Venture Indoor Skydiving Laser Tag PawSox Games Water Wizz Hub Parkour Training Center TreeTop Adventures MIT Museum Canoeing Kayaking Family Funway TD Garden Sports Museum Freedom Trail EcoTarium Boston Public Garden + Swan Boats
You Can’t Do All This at Home
Scale a (rock) wall, sit on a Green Monster, or learn to fly. Canoe your way across the calming waters of Watson Pond, hike a mountain, or slip down some wild and twisty turns at one of New England’s coolest water parks. Each weekend day, you’ll have between four and six different trips to choose from — like the Boston Science Museum or the New England Aquarium — giving you a chance to discover the sights, sounds, and incredible locations that Boston and New England have to offer. And if you want to spend a day on campus, we have options for that, too — from cooking workshops, large-scale art projects, engineering challenges or even making your own movie. So no matter what you choose, you’ll be thinking just one thing: this is so not like home.
Ward’s Berry Farm Boston Duck Tours
Narragansett Beach Surfing Revolution Trapeze School
On the Campus of Wheaton College Entering Grades 2+3, 4+5, 6+7 EXPLOMini at Wheaton
1-Week Programs DAY ONLY
Pick and Choose! Six Weeks — Six Courses Samples include:
EXPLO Mini helped my child build self- confidence and practice social skills. EXPLO is such an excellent program. He always feels a real sense of belonging. It gives him the courage to be himself.
For Explorers (Grades 2+3) Explore! A hands-on approach to multidisciplinary exploration
Fit the wonder of EXPLO into your summer schedule. This week, program a computer. Next week? Solve a crime, paint with light, govern a nation, or launch rockets to the moon. In each of our one-week courses, you can explore a subject with an excited and enthusiastic group of your peers. We call it project-based learning; you’ll call it fun. EXPLO Mini courses are designed to give you an introduction into a particular subject or field. Through hands-on activities and lessons, you’ll experience each topic from the inside — and have a hand in guiding its outcome. At EXPLO Mini, you’ll interact with the world in ways you never imagined possible. It’s a whole new world — one week at a time.
For Pioneers (Grades 4+5) Visual Arts
Science of Baking Lego Engineering
Voyagers (Grades 6+7) Hovercraft Physics Government Simulation Sustainable Urban Planning
Explorers Grades 2+3
Pioneers Grades 4+5
Voyagers Grades 6+7
Cinta W., EXPLO PARENT
It’s important to dance the Numa.
EXPLOFocus Here’s your chance to dive in, dig deeper, and explore one special interest. You could spend your days repairing an injured knee, negotiating a ceasefire, or intubating a patient. You’ll learn from working professionals — such as Foreign Affairs editors, orthopedic surgeons, or zoo veterinarians — and get an insider’s view of their world. Focus Programs are all about arriving as a student, but leaving as a budding professional.
I cannot recall a time I have had as much fun. We went on field trips to places I had never even dreamed of going. When you go to Emergency Medicine, it’s all at your fingertips!
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Future of Medicine
Psychology + Neuroscience
Orthopedics + Sports Medicine
BOSTON MEDFLIGHT Once each session, Emergency Medicine visits Boston MedFlight, experts in critical care medicine who provide life-saving transportation to more than 2,700 patients every year. Boston MedFlight exemplifies the kind of industry leaders Focus Program students meet on a daily basis.
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Bioengineering for Girls
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Eujin K., EXPLO STUDENT
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Collaborative. Creative. Interconnected. The future of medicine combines talents and specialities that go beyond traditional lab coats and stethoscopes. Take on contemporary case studies and explore career options beyond the hospital, from research and administration to patient care and integrative healthcare. Dig into big data and tailor medical interventions with regard to sociological factors surrounding a particular patient. Interview medical practitioners and pharmaceutical companies about strategies to deal with the opioid epidemic. Practice diagnostic methods with top doctors at a state of the art MRI laboratory that is advancing how we see patients inside and out. As medical interventions advance, ethical questions arise. Employ the EXPLO Collaborative Discussion Method to approach complex conversations around technology and treatment, biomedical ethics, and patient advocacy. Connect with current experts in the medical field who navigate the rapidly shifting terrain everyday to keep their facilities at the leading edge of research and delivery. Through this balanced approach of intellectual inquiry and experience-based investigation, you’ll begin to see the many opportunities available to you beyond the exam room — and be better prepared as you pursue a future career in medicine. On the Campus of Yale University Entering Grades 10-12 Future ofMedicine
On the Campus of Yale University Entering Grades 10-12 ForeignAffairs
International Policy, EXPLO-Style. Create foreign policy and work towards cross-border solutions.
As an EXPLO Foreign Affairs Fellow, you’ll foster understanding across national and international lines, learn about the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the major issues affecting American foreign policy today, and create policy that offers real-world solutions with a number of political and international thinkers and decision makers.
EXPLO Foreign Affairs immerses you in a curriculum developed through a joint effort by EXPLO and the staff of Foreign Affairs . Since its founding in 1922, Foreign
Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and global affairs. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas.
Curious about what your days at Psychology + Neuroscience could look like? Here’s a sample schedule:
Discover the business behind sports. You love the game, the athleticism, the challenge, the hype. Even more so, you love the idea of getting into the business on the ground floor and helping to shape the direction of the sports world over the next five, 10, even 15 years. Get insider access to the fields that make sports a multi-billion dollar industry, from agents and news producers to directors of sabermetrics, media reps, and marketing VPs. You’ll bring the vision, the innovation, and the awareness of what the sports industry looks like now — and what you want it to look like once you’re the one calling the shots. Get In The Game (For Real). This summer, you’ll hone a broad range of skills needed to thrive in the world of sports management. From media and marketing to negotiations and business strategy, you’ll practice making key management decisions on the business, media, and PR sides of the field. On the Campus of Yale University Entering Grades 10-12 SportsManagement
On the Campus of Yale University Entering Grades 10-12 Psychology+ Neuroscience
Get off the couch and step into the world of the mind. From avatar therapy to building business brands to refining pharmacological treatment of mental health through genetic markers, the applications of psychology and neuroscience far exceed the traditional counseling track. These transdisciplinary fields can be applied to nearly any topic that involves a brain — and they help us to unlock the mysteries of how the mind works so that we can better develop solutions to the complex questions of human behavior and experience. Dig into hands-on projects and simulations as you connect with professionals in a range of careers that utilize a background in psychology and neuroscience. Work with the Yale MRI Lab to diagnose a range of neurological conditions. Design an intervention for children with autism and pitch it to a panel of psychologists. Assess a star athlete and develop preparation strategies to help mitigate performance anxiety. Testify on behalf of a client who claims to have made a false confession. The human mind holds many mysteries; EXPLO hands you the key to explore them.
On the Campus of Wellesley College Entering Grades 8-10 Medical Rounds
Orthopedics + SportsMedicine
Step into the shoes of a medical doctor as you try your hand at several specialties from cardiology and pulmonology to radiology and more. Practice taking vital signs, taking a patient history, and refining your bedside manner before tackling real world case studies — created by Dr. Andrew Eyre of Brigham and Women’s Hospital — and collaborating with your peers to assess patients’ symptoms and quickly solve each case. The Doctor Will See You Now. As a Medical Rounds student, you’ll work with medical professionals from top hospitals, practices, and simulation labs to develop skills from suturing and intubation to starting an IV and reading an X-ray. Ask questions, get advice, and make connections that can help you visualize future career paths in medicine.
On the Campus of Wellesley College Entering Grades 8-10
To keep athletes in the game — and to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities — orthopedic surgeons, sports physiologists, and physical therapists need to be at the top of theirs. At Orthopedics + Sports Medicine, we’re giving those future clinicians an enormous head start. Keeping Athletes in the Game. In the Orthopedics + Sports Medicine Program, students learn how to keep athletes and individuals in top shape — in the operating room, training room, and on the field. Step into training centers, rehab clinics, and onto the fields. You’ll uncover the up-close life of sports medicine specialists as you set fractures, treat injuries, analyze spine trauma, and operate to get your athletes back in the game.
You’re in your scrubs, stethoscope at the ready. The ambulance sirens get louder, the ER doors swing open, and EMTs rush in with your next patient. What do you do next? At Emergency Medicine, you’ll focus on learning how to treat any case that comes crashing through those emergency room doors — but you’ll also understand why it’s important to treat the person as well as their symptoms. Instead of lectures and textbooks (think medical school years one and two), you’ll skip right to year four — intubate, suture, treat, diagnose, and run simulations like you’ve been doing them all your life. Picture yourself trying out the latest in medical technology, techniques, and equipment. Then picture yourself getting to do it shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Boston’s best doctors and surgeons, who will treat you not as the students you are, but as the doctors and surgeons you are set to become. On the Campus of Wheaton College Entering Grades 6+7 EmergencyMedicine
On the Campus of Wellesley College Entering Grades 8-10 Startup Entrepreneurship Ever wonder why the world is full of great ideas, but few turn into successful businesses? Launching a new business is one of the most challenging things you will ever do. At Startup Entrepreneurship, we’ll give you the tools you need to get your ideas up and running — from preparing a pitch and landing seed money to defining your business model and building a functioning business organization. Together, we’ll get you on track to start changing the world. Tango with the Big Shots. Get ready to dance, because at Startup Entrepreneurship, you’ll be quick-stepping with some of the most creative (and successful) minds in the business. Pitch your plans to an angel investor, tour operations at successful business incubators, and discuss your competitor analysis with startup CEOs. As you network with serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, you’ll get real-world advice on what’s needed to land funding, how to handle staffing, and what to strive for in building a successful organizational culture.
You love animals, and you want to learn everything there is to know about how to make animals (including your pets at home) as healthy and happy as possible, right? Welcome to Veterinary Science. You’ve come to the right place. Jump right into treating animals your very first day. Working with professional veterinarians and technicians, you’ll diagnose animal diseases, check vital signs, learn to suture wounds, splint broken limbs, perform life-saving CPR, and “read” animals for both injury and illness. At vet clinics and hospitals, rescue shelters and assistance-animal training centers, you’ll work directly with animals and their caretakers, getting to know the field of veterinary medicine from the inside out. From the zoo to the farm, you won’t just study what it takes to become a great vet — you’ll be well on your way to becoming one yourself. On the Campus of Wheaton College Entering Grades 6+7 VeterinaryScience
On the Campus of Wheaton College Entering Grades 9-11
Science doesn’t just live in a lab — it spans the real world and is applied to our daily lives in more ways than we typically think about. From robotics to genetics to medical technology, STEM scientists are exploring the far limits of the field (and in some cases, redefining them completely). Connect with leading women in STEM and explore the possibilities of careers in biomechanics, prosthetics, environmental science, neuropsychology, tissue engineering, epidemiology, biophotography, pharmacology, and beyond. With this launchpad, you’ll feel informed and prepared as you apply to university — and jump right into your major field of study. The most interesting work in bioengineering and medicine transcends a single discipline. At EXPLO, you’ll be introduced to these transdisciplinary fields. Work with top researchers and visit leading labs throughout the Boston area to network with future mentors. Hone your foundational science skills in hands-on labs and grapple with real-life cases in medical simulations. Design, build and test a medical device under the guidance of professionals in the field.
On the Campus of Wheaton College Ages 9-13 English Immersion
3-Week Program ELL Students RESIDENTIAL Ages 9-13
I was a little scared to travel alone for the first time where I would be living in an native English environment. But, in no more than two days, I overcame my fears and recognized how rewarding the program was going to be.
For more than 40 years, EXPLO has brought together bright, curious, and interesting young people from around the globe to learn through exploration. At EXPLO, we believe deep learning doesn’t mean boring. In fact we know that when children and teens are at ease and having fun, they are more willing to take intellectual and creative risks that lead to greater accomplishment. World-renowned for making learning interesting, fun, and hands on, English Immersion is not about workbooks, lectures, and language labs. It’s about learning by doing. And because true fluency happens when students understand both language and culture, at EXPLO, students learn both. Teachers from the most selective U.S. colleges are role models and guides in this three-week residential summer program that yields meaningful results for early English language learners ages 9-13. We have over 80,000 EXPLO alumni around the globe who have gone on to achieve remarkable things in every career imaginable from law to business, medicine, the arts, and more. And there’s a reason why more than 30 EXPLO alumni have been named to recent Forbes' magazine “30 Under 30” lists for “game changers, movers, and makers.”
Fernando M., EXPLO STUDENT
Don’t be afraid to make your mark.
The EXPLORATION Center
Unlike most other summer programs, EXPLO has a year-round army of curriculum developers that spend 10 months creating the best learning experiences they can imagine, just for you. As part of our commitment to bringing you courses and workshops that you can’t find anywhere else — and that are always future-looking. The Exploration Center also hosts educator camps and hands-on professional development retreats for teachers, administrators, and business leaders from around the globe who are seeking to infuse more creativity and inspire curiosity throughout their classrooms, schools, and organizations.
EXPLO works around the world, but our headquarters is the Exploration Center — a 15,000 square foot innovation hub located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Here, our year- round staff — whose expertise ranges from curriculum design to canoe sailing — builds, tests, breaks, revises, and refines until we create something we’re so confident and excited about that we can’t wait to share it with our students. We also work with advisors from different fields and professionals all over the globe. That includes CERN physicists, roller coaster engineers, bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize-winners, Forbes 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs, former FBI and CIA agents, national security analysts, and award-winning screenwriters, architects, journalists… the list goes on and on.
Remarkable Teaching + Learning This is our workshop. Our idea lab. Our center of innovation and the one place where all of our visions for the summer come to life. Here, Curriculum Advisors work on a loop-the-loop for the Mini Golf Engineering course.
80,000 and Counting After a summer at EXPLO, we hope our students understand this: the possibilities are endless . You might: clerk for a Supreme Court Justice, win a Rhodes Scholarship, write a bestseller, win elected office, work in the White House, build a wildly successful company, create award-winning designs, revolutionize social media, or devote your life to caring for those who need it most. (And yes, EXPLO alumni have done all of these things.) Our students come to EXPLO from all over the world, and stay connected like never before. We’ve been teaching, inspiring, and building creative learning environments for 40 years, and our core principles still guide us: fostering curiosity, approaching learning through questions, and creating a culturally inclusive environment where doing is synonymous with learning — only way more fun.
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.
EXPLO is a community 80,000 strong — and still growing.
Malik D., EXPLO ALUM
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