The Exp Summer Daily

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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.

Shawn Simmons

All Work(shops), All Play

Posted by Shawn Simmons on Jul 23, 2019 9:16:58 PM

The Experimentory feels a bit different in the days between the departure of our Session I students and the arrival of our Session II students. In that time, the 40(ish) 4-week students on campus find that things are much quieter than usual – the dining hall has more free seats, the dorm bathrooms are less crowded in the morning, and more time is spent outside the classroom. Even the recent...

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Finding Your Voice in Public Speaking

Posted by Shawn Simmons on Jul 18, 2019 11:32:22 AM

Mark Twain famously said that “there are two types of speakers: Those who are nervous and those who are liars.” While it certainly takes guts to put yourself out there, I was reminded of just how exciting and engaging public speaking courses can be when I set foot into Ms. Cornelius’s classroom this morning. Through Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking, she utilizes new methods to create a...

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A Look Inside the iLab

Posted by Shawn Simmons on Jul 13, 2019 12:29:07 AM

What do you get when you bring a 3-D printer, laser cutter, embroidery machine, andmore cutting-edge gadgets into one room? The answer isn’t a wacky science fiction plot, but theInnovation Lab (or iLab) at Deerfield Academy! Students in HG’s “Makerspace: Creative ProblemSolving” are making full use of this resource to maximize their creativity and character thissummer.

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Back to the Drawing Board

Posted by Shawn Simmons on Jul 11, 2019 10:18:27 AM

Although Boyden Library is fairly quiet during the summer, it plays a central role at the Experimentory. Some of our courses meet in the basement level, students meet with librarians to check out books, and you'll always find a chess game or two happening during DFG. So, what better way to honor our beloved library than to study it as an architectural masterpiece?

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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.