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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.

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.

Polineering Pineapples!

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 17, 2018 10:39:38 PM

When we challenge our students to maximize their creativity and character, we aren't just setting the bar high for them. Our faculty and staff strive to give our students every opportunity possible to accomplish that maximizing. 

Last week we held an evening "Creative Engineering" night. Special guest Prof. Michael Wilson directed a special, hands-on project. But I'll let our Program Proctor...

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Weekend 1: Escape Rooms, High Ropes, and Deerfield Day

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 16, 2018 10:27:00 AM

Field trips are an important part of the Experimentory. They are, of course, fun, but they can also be part of team building, creative exploration, learning to take risks, and sampling Deerfield.

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Ethics on the Run

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 14, 2018 5:21:57 PM

This is the Experimentory's first summer featuring Ethics on our course roster. Program Proctor Ian visited this week to see what it was all about.

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Striking Balance

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 14, 2018 1:16:31 AM

One of the advantages of boarding school is the opportunity to include bigger-than-the-classroom lessons into the curriculum. Since the Experimentory is a sample of Deerfield and boarding life, we take that to heart.  Daily artistic and athletic co-curriculars and open-ended freetime model a healthy life-work balance and invite student initiative.

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The Lumiere Projects

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 13, 2018 12:40:17 AM

Let's try an exercise in free association. Think about the phrase, "film production." What comes to mind? Is it comic books? What about French culture? Probably not--but perhaps it should. 

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Starting Right

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 11, 2018 10:19:53 PM

Our broad goal at the Experimentory is to maximize our creativity and character. These twin goals are intertwined: our collaborative creative efforts will fail if we don't know how to work hard, treat each other well, fulfill our responsibilities, etc. Here are some ways we've been building our character now to maximize our creativity later in the program!

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Opening Day!

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 9, 2018 11:08:01 PM

It is finally here! On Sunday, July 8, middle school students from near and far descended on Deerfield Academy campus to kick off the Experimentory's 2018 season. Our Exp18 Media Team has some stories to tell.

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Creativity and Character to the Max

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 3, 2018 9:34:19 AM

“Where dreams come true” – Disney World “Just do it.” - Nike “Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus” (“Never tickle a sleeping dragon”) – Hogwarts “Don’t Be Evil” – Google “Be Prepared” – Boy Scouts “Be worthy of your heritage.” – Deerfield Academy


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We Are Here: Deerfield Academy Campus

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jun 19, 2018 1:45:00 PM

When the Experimentory is in session, Deerfield Academy campus is a home-away-from-home for our students. This is a very nice place, but filling in for someone's home... those are some hard shoes to fill! This post will be a little tour of the important spaces and places where you will work, play, and rest this summer.

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We are the Experimentory, 2018

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jun 12, 2018 1:28:25 PM

The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is more than a catalogue of summer course offerings. It is not just a schedule of field trips and activities. It is not a recreational club with buildings and fields reserved for afternoon activities. In fact, the Experimentory isn't really an "it" at all --it's a "we"-- a community of mentors and students. 

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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.