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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.

Kayla Corcoran

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 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 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 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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Day 13: Local Roots

Posted by Kayla Corcoran on Jul 23, 2017 1:55:24 PM

At the Experimentory, we're hands on and feet in. And if someone asks us to try some local food while we're on a field trip for Architecture + Culture, it would just be wrong to say 'no.' Below, Media Manager Kayla Corcoran accompanies the group on a series of field trips this week designed to get the students thinking more intentionally about designing menus reflective of New England culture. 

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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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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 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



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.