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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.

Tim Schaffer

Mr. Schaffer is a hat rack: he dons so many different rolls here at Deerfield Academy–Experimentory Program Coordinator, Medical Chaperone, Store Clerk, Test Proctor, and Greeter–that you never know where you might bump into him on campus. Before Deerfield, he could be found working for an insurance company, destroying things people don’t want any more, or helping college students ponder the mysteries of life. On the creative side he writes: he contributes to his family’s storybook, keeps a personal blog, and works on a speculative fiction novel. He also reads, doodles, daydreams, teases, tells stories, and cuddles with his cat.

Mentors of Things Obvious Yet Hidden: Architecture + Culture Faculty

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 7, 2017

"Structures for Society" is our invisible cluster. No no, we're not talking ninja stealth or deathly hallows. Architecture and culture are things hidden in plain sight. A delicious pastry or a funny turn of phrase is like the tip of an iceberg: they might poke up into our awareness, but the bulk of cuisine and language remain hidden. Like a fish in water, we live in planned and shaped spaces,...

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Student Voices: A Summer of Fun (Aidan)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 5, 2017

 

Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? What drew you to the Experimentory?

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Exp News: The Domestic Application Deadline Extension!

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 31, 2017
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Mentors on the Stage and in the Lab: Theater + Electronics Faculty

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 25, 2017

We want our course clusters to seem a little... crazy. A good interdisciplinary mashup should make you say, "Wow -- in one class??" In that regard, "Comedy, Tragedy, Circuitry" is a mix that approaches Mad Scientist territory. Thankfully we have a faculty team just crazy enough to pull it off -- hopefully without torches and pitchforks.

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A Day at the Experimentory: Studio

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 22, 2017

"Saved by the bell." That old, jokey phrase refers to the sigh of relief that many of us have let out when the school bell rings ending class just in time. You don't have to answer that question that stumped you -- you won't have to present until tomorrow. Even the best of us have been there on occasion -- but you won't be there this summer. At the Experimentory, we face the opposite problem...

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Mentors in the Dorm: The Doubleday Proctors

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 18, 2017

Our last blog post only told half a story. Today we continue introducing our 2017 Experimentory Proctors Team with the boys' proctors hailing from Doubleday Dorm.

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Mentors in the Dorm: The Johnson Proctors

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 15, 2017

So much in life is determined by the people we have around us. It's time to introduce the Experimentory Cast of Characters for 2017 -- starting with the Girls' Proctors.

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Maximize Your Creativity: Joy

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 9, 2017

Joy is something special. It's too lively to be confused with simple contentment. With roots deeper than your current circumstances, it's more than happiness. Joy is finding something that makes your heart sing.

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A Day at the Experimentory: Sit Down Lunch

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 2, 2017

People bond over food. You won't find anything closer to a universal, cross-cultural truth than that. That's why Deerfield Academy has a long-standing tradition of family-style sit-down meals -- and why the Experimentory has chosen to continue that tradition in the summer.

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A Day at the Experimentory: Field Trips

Posted by Tim Schaffer on April 27, 2017

Not only is the Experimentory on the beautiful Deerfield Academy campus, we're in a great town and region -- so we aren't about to become homebodies. Whether it be a walk down the street through Historic Deerfield, team building at a ropes course, a day of the roller coaster adrenaline rush at Six Flags, a wild whitewater ride down the Deerfield River, our big trip to Boston, or one of our...

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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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