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Exp Summer Daily Blog

The blog becomes active each summer starting just before we're in session. Its a great place to see what our students are doing on a daily basis.

Day 11: Up the River (Without a Dictionary)

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 20, 2017 9:00:35 PM

At the Experimentory, we speak our own language. Every morning we start out together for breakfast from the “Crow,” short for “Crow Commons,” the big common room that connects the boys’ and girls’ dorms. A cluster is an interdisciplinary class. DFG? Nope, not a book by Roald Dahl, but “Dorm, Field, Greer,” which are options students can choose from during their field time. Oh, and "Greer"?...

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Topics: Deerfield, Experimentory, field trips, whitewater rafting

Day 10: Music + Film, Hitting the Right Note

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 20, 2017 8:21:20 AM

At the Experimentory, we believe that innovation happens at the intersections between disciplines, people, and ways of thinking about the world, which is why our course clusters are the heart of our program. Our projects-based clusters pair disciplines together in fresh and exciting ways, allowing students to learn by doing and to discover new passions. While our students are busy creating,...

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Interlude: The MC Squared

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 19, 2017 5:11:11 PM

Last week we sent out the inaugural issue of the MC Squared -- a weekly summer newsletter summarizing the events of our program with links to interesting blog entries and social media posts. 

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Day 9: (LED) Lights, Camera, Action!

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 18, 2017 4:30:08 PM

The iLab pulses with energy: coming from both the twelve Theater + Electronics students and the dozens of wires, lights, and batteries. For the second big Theater + Electronics project, students designed an LED light-up superhero or supervillain costume and an accompanying skit. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd tells the story of this project through the eyes of two students: Kevin C. and Elena.

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Day 8: Making Friends, Building Community

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 17, 2017 2:22:24 PM

At the Experimentory, we’ve been busy designing houses, creating superheroes, giving speeches, holding music concerts, and doing crafts. But we’ve also been busy making friends and getting to know each other. After our first week together, Media Manager Kayla Corcoran reflects on community life at the Experimentory.

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Topics: Deerfield, friendship, community, Experimentory

Day 7: Balancing Silly and Studious

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

We like to keep our students engaged when maximizing their creativity + character here at the Experimentory. While the full schedule keeps them busy all day, they still have a lot of fun. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd gathers student narratives about balancing of "the silly and the studious."

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Topics: creativity, Deerfield, fun

Day 6: Theater + Electronics, Super Charged Energy

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 15, 2017 2:02:15 PM

At the Experimentory, we believe that innovation happens at the intersections between disciplines, people, and ways of thinking about the world, which is why our course clusters are the heart of our program. Our projects-based clusters pair disciplines together in fresh and exciting ways, allowing students to learn by doing and to discover new passions. While our students are busy creating,...

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Topics: creativity, character, Deerfield, innovation, electronics, theater, tech, superhero

Day 5: Architecture + Culture, Where the Buildings Tell Stories

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 14, 2017 10:04:49 AM

At the Experimentory, we believe that Innovation happens at the intersections between disciplines, people, and ways of thinking about the world, which is why our course clusters are the heart of our program. Our projects-based clusters pair disciplines together in fresh and exciting ways, allowing students to learn by doing and to discover new passions. While our students are busy creating,...

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Topics: creativity, character, culture, architecture, history, Deerfield

Day 4: Rain or Shine, On or Off the Ground

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 13, 2017 3:28:02 PM

Taking forty middle schoolers to a ropes course is no small feat. Taking forty middle schoolers to a ropes course with a sixty percent chance of thunderstorms is a recipe for unpredictability. Luckily, our students know the recipe for success and fun: you've got it, it's creativity + character. Media proctor Abby Shepherd shares some details of the day below:

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Topics: team building, inspiration

Day 3: Creativity and Character in Action

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 12, 2017 12:10:09 PM

While the morning may have been dark and dreary, the students were in great spirits for our first program meeting with all of the students, faculty, and staff! Our meeting, called "All X," takes place weekly, and includes activities and chats designed to maximize our time as a community. Below, media proctor Abby Shepherd gives us the low-down on the meeting.

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Topics: creativity, character