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Get Ready, Get Set...: Where We Are

Jun 30, 2017 4:07:47 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.

The Dining Hall
- Experimentory students go to the Dining Hall for a taste of Deerfield Academy. Of course they literally enjoy some good eating, but they also get to sample our age-old tradition of sit down meals. Bring your appetite and dig in!

Students laughing over lunch in the dining hall.  Meals are a great time to make friends and socialize.

The Academy Greenhouse - Deerfield Academy has its own organic greenhouse where it raises some veggies for the Dining Hall salad bar and some flowers for the grounds. If you love gardening -- or would like to try it for the first time -- Ms. Salinetti will have the Greenhouse open to us during our morning free time. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty!

Students stop in to Greenhouse on a beautiful New England summer day. Bella crouches down to observe pepper plants in the Academy Greenhouse. Aidan checks on the plants that he's tended all week during his gardening time.

The Concert Hall - Everyone is together when we're in the dorms Dining Hall. But when the Experimentory gathers for more structured activities, we head to the Wachsman Concert Hall. As part of the Hess Arts Center, it is the perfect place to hear student presentations, perform in the annual talent show, and gather for our performance-filled All X meetings. If you can play a clarinet, dance a jazz tap, or pull a rabbit from your hat, consider bringing whatever you might need for these performances. You, too, will be featured on this stage!

Seventh and eighth graders stand for one last picture on stage during their final presentations. Eight boys strike a pose while dancing during the Talent Show. The audience participates during a demonstration. Angelique sings a song about creativity that she wrote and composed herself.

The Acting Lab - Located in the Hess Center, this versatile space has a small stage, is large enough for warm-up exercises and games, and can hold a small audience for a performance! Electronics + Theater meets here some times, as do our Communications Classes.

Brandon and Josh, seventh grade international students, practice their lines before a performance. William and Aerin recite their lines for Communications class. Students perform for their classmates in Theater + Electronics class. 

The Music Rooms - In addition to the classroom where Music + Film teacher Mr. Peisch holds court, we have multiple practice rooms at our disposal. They are great for composing at a piano or practicing in a band with some friends.

Students offer feedback on one another's music compositions. Some eighth grade girls having fun in composing in Garage Band in Music + Film class. A student band rehearses in a Deerfield music practice room. A group of students record a commerical promoting a device they invented at the Experimentory.

The Library - This is Experimentory Central. All classes meet here at least part of the time and this is where you'll find Experimentory HQ. The Innovation Lab has all the tools and materials you might need to build a prototype or program a circuit. The Ideation Room has sophisticated displays for editing videos or music with a group. You have easy access to any books you might need as you research architectural design. Boyden Library is a veritable playground for curious minds. 

Electronics teacher Ms. Jimenez explains circuit construction in the Innovation Lab. Proctor Jan gives a crash course on Quiddich in the Architecture + Culture classroom. Students enjoying the Library space during freetime. A group of students edit their film while Shawn composes some additional music for the score. Jennifer and Avery are very proud of the automated theater prop they've just built. Seventh graders hard at work on an Electronics project.

The Experimentory Dorm - The Experimentory will be in the Johnson-Doubleday dorms on the east side of campus. This gives us a huge common area for evening feeds and activities and a fantastic quad for outdoor games. Ready to move in?

Students hanging out in the Dorm Common Room. A heated pingpong match between two siblings, Ava and Abram.

The Main School Building and Boyden Lane - When Deerfield Academy was a single building, the "MSB" was it. Today it houses important Academy offices as well add the History and Philosophy Departments. The Experimentory doesn't utilize the building very much, with one big exception: as students, parents, and friends trickle into town for Registration, this is the building they'll be looking for. Park out front (right about where this picture was taken), head up the walk, and let the fun begin!

Students work on an art project in the MSB's Caswell Library. The exterior of Deerfield Academy's Main School Building as seen from the road. This is the turn you should be looking for as you arrive at campus!

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.