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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.

Day 15: Inspiration and Wonder on Deerfield Day

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 26, 2017 3:24:48 PM

Deerfield Day is an Experimentory tradition. It is an opportunity to take advantage of the rich history, culture, and beauty of our corner of Massachusetts. This year students were free to choose between the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, a tour of Historic Deerfield, a shopping trip to Yankee Candle & Richardson's Candy Kitchen, or a visit to two museums. Mr. Schaffer, the...

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Day 14: Weekend Round Up

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 25, 2017 8:41:55 AM

Weekends at the Experimentory are F-U-N. But the activities also provide students with opportunities to grow, both as individuals and as a community. This weekend, we: went head to head with Yao Ming (okay, so it was only a wax figure at the Basketball Hall of Fame); climbed to the top of the world, otherwise known around here as 'the Rock'; picked up some (toy) hedgehogs; visited the Eric...

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Topics: olympics, talent show

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 12: Sewing Together New Skills in Puppet Making

Posted by Abby Shepherd on Jul 22, 2017 12:38:35 PM

Co-curriculars are structured activities that take place before dinner almost every day. Most are athletic, like swimming or tennis. One of this week's more creative co-curricular options, puppet making, featured a group of young sewers of different abilities. Media Proctor Abby Shepherd chatted with the group.

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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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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

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.