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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.

The Final Days

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Aug 9, 2017 1:33:23 PM

Our final days at the Experimentory were a whirlwind: the students prepped for the Showcase, shared s'mores together, signed each other's Experimentory calendars, welcomed parents and families and friends to campus to share what they had been working on all summer, and, perhaps most difficult of all, tearfully said goodbye when it was time to leave. Media Manager Kayla Corcoran reflects on...

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Day 24: Witnessing the Growth of Our Students

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Aug 4, 2017 1:13:23 PM

The activities proctors and teaching fellows at the Experimentory have a special role of being able to work with the students inside and outside of the dorm. The activities proctors organize and facilitate co-curricular activities and the teaching fellows assist the teachers in each cluster. For Media Proctor Abby Shepherd's final blog post, she talked to proctors and teaching fellows about...

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Day 23: Where I'm From

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Aug 3, 2017 11:42:43 PM

In Communications Class this summer, students have been working not only to develop skills to make them stronger speakers, but to practice telling stories that can lead to meaningful human relationships. Media Manager Kayla Corcoran, who teaches Communications with Mr. Schaffer, reflects on the process below.

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Day 22: Reflecting at the Final All-X Meeting

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Aug 3, 2017 8:29:18 AM

Today was our final All X meeting. The concert hall filled with emotion as our students reflected on their final days at the Experimentory, and how they will bring creativity and character back home on Saturday. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd talked to the director of All X, as well as three students about the meeting.

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Day 21: Shipping Off to Boston

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Aug 2, 2017 3:50:55 PM

At the Experimentory, we believe that innovation happens at the intersections between disciplines, people, and ways of thinking about the world. What we learn in the classroom isn’t simply a function of learning to move onto the next thing. Instead, learning helps us understand our place in the world, empowering us to shape the world into the kind of place we want it to be. Media Manager Kayla...

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Day 20: Playing and Picnicking in the Park

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Aug 1, 2017 9:40:15 AM

We started off the last week of the Experimentory with a field trip at Look Park in Northampton, MA. The students and staff who went to the park loved all of the activities. Mr. Kelly and Sam even cooked up a great barbecue! Media proctor Abby Shepherd talked to students on the bus back to Deerfield Academy. 

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Day 19: Color Wars

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 31, 2017 1:23:55 PM

This past Saturday, proctor Katie Samiljan organized an all-day Color Wars event. Team Orange, representing character, and Team Green, representing creativity, competed against each other in a series of challenges. The spirit of sportsmanship carried the day, and the activities revealed each team's true colors as friends and fellow Experimentors. Media Manager Kayla Corcoran writes below with...

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Day 18: Learning by Doing (and Redoing)

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 29, 2017 1:06:43 PM

At the Experimentory, we believe that hands-on learning is impactful, informative, and fun! We don’t just want to teach our students about the world: we want to let them be in the world. We want to make sure they can put to use all of the things they’re learning in the classroom, but we also want to make sure that the classroom isn’t just limited to the four walls of their cluster room in the...

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Day 17: Starting Final Projects with One Week Left

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 28, 2017 10:45:39 PM

Less than a week remains until our students get to share all the knowledge they've gathered this summer at our final showcase! Students are starting their final projects, which means there’s a lot of brainstorming happening in the library and all over campus. Jack and Alexandra told media proctor Abby Shepherd all about the beginnings of their projects in their respective clusters.

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Day 16: Mise En Scène

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 28, 2017 7:15:59 AM

In film and theater, the mise en scène, which translates directly to "putting in place," is the setting and staging of actors, props, scenery, and lighting - it is the intentional arranging of the things in front of the camera. Oftentimes the director and producer of a film work intently on the mise en scène, which is like a visual theme, before ever even filming. To give our students practice...

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The Exp Summer Daily provides news and updates while we are in session in July and August. The rest of the year, check out the Experimentory Blog for posts feature our students, teachers, classes, values, goals, and plans for the coming year.