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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.

Odes to Biscuits and Buttonwoods

Posted by Ben Grimm on Jul 19, 2019 2:43:35 PM

In room B09 of the Library, guitars are playing, iPad pianos tinkling, and dogs and trees alike being extolled through sound. The cacophony emanates from Mr. Correa’s class, “Your First Drop: Lyric Writing and Video Production,” where twelve students have been hard at work to produce an original song and music video in just two weeks.

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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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Something New: Student Publications

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Jul 17, 2019 1:13:22 PM

Student Publications started in a staff brainstorm. If we want to grow in our creativity (and we at Exp definitely do!) trying something new can be a good starting point.  So we asked: how might we try to tap into our students' interest in writing and publication during co-curricular time? A yearbook club? A newspaper? Contributions to this blog? We decided to give the group loose parameters:...

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Weekend Roundup – Week 1

Posted by Ben Grimm on Jul 16, 2019 10:36:52 AM


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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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Putting a New Spin on Tennis

Posted by Ben Grimm on Jul 11, 2019 9:57:50 PM

Today, we visited Mr. Lawlor’s class, “Lab Coat Jerseys: The Science of Sports.” In addition to getting to play tennis in Deerfield’s beautiful, recently-inaugurated Jay & Mimi Morsman Tennis Pavilion, his students learned about how the material a court is made of (red clay, hardcourt, or grass) affects the behavior of the tennis ball after it bounces on the ground.

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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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Posted by Ben Grimm on Jul 10, 2019 11:11:36 AM

Water bottles have been labelled, fans have been turned on, and first-day outfits have been picked out: now the Experimentory can begin in earnest! Today, students had their very first day of class, where they designed and pressed buttons, played acting games, and studied the lyrics of famous 80s pop hints (hint: A-ha). What did they do outside of class, you might ask?

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"The Best 4 Weeks of My Life"

Posted by Ben Grimm on Jul 9, 2019 10:16:42 PM

Over the course of five hours, Experimentors from 14 countries and 21 states made their way to the Pioneer Valley. 82 lime green folders later, all of our students were checked in and ready to get rolling with the next few weeks at Deerfield. Hear more about the first day of the Experimentory below:

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Page and Screen: A visit to comics and film

Posted by Tim Schaffer on Aug 3, 2018 2:24:35 PM

Session 2 Showcase Day is here! In anticipation of the big day, Ian visited our French Culture, Comics and Film course. Here's what he learned!

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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.