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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.

Tim Schaffer

Mr. Schaffer is a hat rack: he dons so many different rolls here at Deerfield Academy–Experimentory Program Coordinator, Medical Chaperone, Store Clerk, Test Proctor, and Greeter–that you never know where you might bump into him on campus. Before Deerfield, he could be found working for an insurance company, destroying things people don’t want any more, or helping college students ponder the mysteries of life. On the creative side he writes: he contributes to his family’s storybook, keeps a personal blog, and works on a speculative fiction novel. He also reads, doodles, daydreams, teases, tells stories, and cuddles with his cat.

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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Mentors of Things Obvious Yet Hidden: Architecture + Culture Faculty

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 7, 2017

"Structures for Society" is our invisible cluster. No no, we're not talking ninja stealth or deathly hallows. Architecture and culture are things hidden in plain sight. A delicious pastry or a funny turn of phrase is like the tip of an iceberg: they might poke up into our awareness, but the bulk of cuisine and language remain hidden. Like a fish in water, we live in planned and shaped spaces,...

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Student Voices: A Summer of Fun (Aidan)

Posted by Tim Schaffer on June 5, 2017


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

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Exp News: The Domestic Application Deadline Extension!

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 31, 2017
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Mentors on the Stage and in the Lab: Theater + Electronics Faculty

Posted by Tim Schaffer on May 25, 2017

We want our course clusters to seem a little... crazy. A good interdisciplinary mashup should make you say, "Wow -- in one class??" In that regard, "Comedy, Tragedy, Circuitry" is a mix that approaches Mad Scientist territory. Thankfully we have a faculty team just crazy enough to pull it off -- hopefully without torches and pitchforks.

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