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The Experimentory Blog

Our year-round blog has the most recent updates

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.

Student Voices: Maximizing Risk (Xander)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on March 27, 2017

Xander -- a seventh grader joining us for the summer of 2016 -- reflects on how the teachers in his Architecture + Culture class drew out his academic curiosity and encouraged him to take academic risks. The result? Work he can be proud of.

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Maximize Your Creativity: Failure

Posted by Tim Schaffer on March 9, 2017

What is this? Failure as a way to maximize creativity?? No no, failure is bad -- embarrassing -- something to avoid at all costs, right? Aren't we aiming for a résumé with an unbroken chain of wins, A’s, and accomplishments? If you fall short, you should keep your head down and move on to something else... right?

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Student Voices: A Summer of Personal Growth (Natasha)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on March 4, 2017

Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? What drew you to the Experimentory?

For the past four summers, I had been going to the US to attend summer programs. I have always loved the experience of living away from home as it made me more independent. Exploring different communities and new environments has always challenged me to discover a new part of myself.

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Maximize Your Character: Friendship

Posted by Tim Schaffer on March 1, 2017

Exp Elements: Friendship

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Teacher Voices: Architecture and Place (Mr. Payne)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on February 20, 2017

Mr. David Payne is the Architecture teacher in the Experimentory's "Structures for Society: Architecture + Culture" course cluster. I recently stopped in during his Deerfield dorm office hours and asked him what he'd love to have middle school students learn in their class with him over the summer. Here's his response.

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Maximize Your Creativity: Confidence

Posted by Tim Schaffer on February 9, 2017

Imagine this: through dazzling creative genius, you and your friends invent something amazing - perhaps a iPhone app that spontaneously stops wars, or a dance move that slices bread. You could change the world! But sadly, none of you is willing to risk potential rejection to tell anyone about it. As a result, the Pumpernickel Dab never sees its day and deli discotechs never become a thing.

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Student Voices: Diving Deeper into Music and Film (Max)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on February 8, 2017

Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? What drew you to the Experimentory?

Every summer my parents encourage me to go somewhere or do something that I have never done before.  The Experimentory appealed to me because my favorite class in school is in a lab which focuses on innovative technology.  Since I live in Southern California and had been exploring boarding schools, I...

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Student Voices: Finding a Whole New World of Friends (Sami)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on January 25, 2017

Why did you choose to participate in a summer program? What drew you to the Experimentory?

I chose to participate in a summer program because I wanted a new experience. Meeting new people is one of my favorite things, and summer programs are a great way to do this. Specifically though, I chose the Experimentory because of what it would offer me individually. My brother goes to boarding school...

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Teacher Voices: Good vs. Bad Stress (Mr. Bakker, Electronics)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on January 13, 2017

The Experimentory is happy to announce the addition of Mr. Ben Bakker to our 2017 Faculty Team! He will be teaching Electronics along side Theater Faculty member Daniel Thrasher in our Comedy, Tragedy, Circuitry course cluster.

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Preparing to Apply

Posted by Tim Schaffer on December 8, 2016

Sometimes it pays to take a few moments to collect yourself before diving into a task. Here are some ways you can prepare to apply for the Experimentory.

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