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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.

Who is the Experimentory? The Students

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 14, 2017

A few years ago we revised our application. The original had fairly standard essay questions of the Why-do-you-want-to-come variety.  Our new questions? Tell us a story about what’s happening in this picture, said one. Sell us a food you absolutely hate, said another. Students chose two out of five to answer in whatever medium and fashion they liked.

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Why Join the Experimentory? Trying Things on for Size

Posted by Tim Schaffer on November 7, 2017

Internet shopping is a time-saving modern wonder – especially if you live someplace (like rural Massachusetts, for example?) far from brick-and-mortar stores. But it is also fraught with uncertainties. How big is that toy in the picture? Will that bath mat match the towels we already own? And what size is that “medium,” really? Sometimes you have to throw up your hands and make the hour long...

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Why Join the Experimentory? Learning Innovation

Posted by Tim Schaffer on October 31, 2017

Physicists dream of finding a Unified Theory of Everything – an equation concise enough to write the universe on a t-shirt. We’re one step ahead of them: our motto is E = MC2 or “Experimentory: Maximize your Creativity and Character.”

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What is the Experimentory?

Posted by Tim Schaffer on October 25, 2017

We’ll start with the quick-and-easy answer: The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a fun-filled, academically-challenging summer experience for middle school students. Together we learn how to be innovative and creative while trying on a boarding school lifestyle.

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The Experimentory Blog Returns! -- With a new feature...

Posted by Tim Schaffer on October 11, 2017

Glancing back and looking forward

What a great summer.

Exp17 was just what we'd hoped it would be: full of creativity, growth, and fun-fun-fun. If you haven't already, visit The Exp Summer Daily as well as our FacebookInstagramYouTube, and Flickr pages to get a taste (or a five-course meal) of last summer.  

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Topics: Experimentory, Communications, Summer

Get Ready, Get Set: Who we are

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 28, 2017

It's time to introduce you to the heart and soul of all that we do each summer: our students. Of course, we ourselves here in the Experimentory Office have only met them from a distance. But after months of applications, phone calls, emails, surveys, and more, we are starting to get a strong sense of who they are - and we are excited by what we see. Here is some interesting information about...

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Mentors Behind the Scenes: Our Office Staff

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 20, 2017

We are nearly done introducing our 2017 Staff Team. Can you guess who is left?

You've met the girls and boys proctors; teachers from our three clusters; and our Community and Residential Life Heads. But if you've called, emailed, or applied to the Experimentory, you didn't communicate with a teacher or a proctor. This final post introduces those who plan, tweet, bandage, organize, stock,...

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Mentors in Making Friends: The Community Life Staff

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 17, 2017

You can't build a tree. Sure, you might make something out of plastic and silk that can trick the eye for a moment or two. But the best art is still artificial. Your creation won't grow, won't bend towards the light, won't freshen the air, and won't feed you with fruit. The process of making a tree involves clearing space, watering, pruning, nurturing -- and knowing when to get out of the way...

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Mentors in Modern Storytelling: Music + Film Faculty

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 14, 2017

Surrounded as we are by speakers and screens, we take in more music and film than any other cultural art form... But why settle for just being a consumer -- why not become a creator as well? "Storytelling for the Eyes and Ears" is an opportunity to learn the rudiments of music theory and visual literacy so that you can join in the fun. Let's meet the teachers that will help you on this...

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A Day at the Experimentory: Dorm Life

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 12, 2017

You're probably thinking: A blog post about the place where you sleep? Is this going to be about folding hospital corners and counting sheep?? But, just like more happens at meal time than chewing and clearing your plate, Experimentory dorm life is as much about building community as it is about a shower and a good night's rest. Hall sharing, evening snacks, epic ping pong matches, birthday...

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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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