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The Experimentory Blog

Our year-round blog describes our program, values, and plans for next year.

The Exp Summer Daily

Our summer news consists of daily updates while we're in session -- giving a window into past years.

How do I Apply to the Experimentory?

Posted by Tim Schaffer on December 5, 2017

The short answer to this question is: visit our Application page! Our Application went up this week -- let the season begin!

But we can offer a little more advice than that. Here are five tips we like to share when people ask about our application.

Five Tips When Applying to the Experimentory:

  1. Take your time.

    The first thing you’ll do when applying is create an account in our system....

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Experimentory News: The Exp18 Program Takes Shape

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 29, 2017

In the spirit of trying new things, it is time for some exciting announcements about our 2018 program: We have new flexibility, new courses, and new options for local students. 

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When and Where is the Experimentory?

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 28, 2017

When: Establishing Shot

2018 will be the first year where students will have several options regarding the when of their Experimentory experience. 

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Keeping in Touch: Anna Pettee in the Peace Corps

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 24, 2017


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Who is the Experimentory? The Staff

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 21, 2017

Imagine this: you are going to climb Everest. You have prepared physically for the last year. You traveled all the way to the Himalayas. You are wearing top-of-the-line gear with all the necessary provisions. Ready to go, you turn to your guide… and you see him typing, “top of the world” into his smart phone. He squints at the changing screen, spinning on his heels left and then right....

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Who is the Experimentory? The Students

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 14, 2017

A few years ago we revised our application. The original had fairly standard essay questions of the Why-do-you-want-to-come variety.  Our new questions? Tell us a story about what’s happening in this picture, said one. Sell us a food you absolutely hate, said another. Students chose two out of five to answer in whatever medium and fashion they liked.

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Why Join the Experimentory? Trying Things on for Size

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 7, 2017

Internet shopping is a time-saving modern wonder – especially if you live someplace (like rural Massachusetts, for example?) far from brick-and-mortar stores. But it is also fraught with uncertainties. How big is that toy in the picture? Will that bath mat match the towels we already own? And what size is that “medium,” really? Sometimes you have to throw up your hands and make the hour long...

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Why Join the Experimentory? Learning Innovation

Posted by Tim Schaffer on October 31, 2017

Physicists dream of finding a Unified Theory of Everything – an equation concise enough to write the universe on a t-shirt. We’re one step ahead of them: our motto is E = MC2 or “Experimentory: Maximize your Creativity and Character.”

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What is the Experimentory?

Posted by Tim Schaffer on October 25, 2017

We’ll start with the quick-and-easy answer: The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a fun-filled, academically-challenging summer experience for middle school students. Together we learn how to be innovative and creative while trying on a boarding school lifestyle.

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The Experimentory Blog Returns! -- With a new feature...

Posted by Tim Schaffer on October 11, 2017

Glancing back and looking forward

What a great summer.

Exp17 was just what we'd hoped it would be: full of creativity, growth, and fun-fun-fun. If you haven't already, visit The Exp Summer Daily as well as our FacebookInstagramYouTube, and Flickr pages to get a taste (or a five-course meal) of last summer.  

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Topics: Experimentory, Communications, Summer

Experimentory Blog posts feature our students, teachers, classes, values, goals, and plans for the coming year. It's a great place to learn what we are like and decide whether we're a good fit for your next summer. If you're interested in subscribing, please complete the form below!

You may also enjoy our second blog, The Exp Summer Daily. It runs each summer during the program itself and can give you an idea of what the program is like on a daily basis.

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