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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.

Why Join the Experimentory? Learning Innovation

October 31, 2017

Physicists dream of finding a Unified Theory of Everything – an equation concise enough to write the universe on a t-shirt. We’re one step ahead of them: our motto is E = MC2 or “Experimentory: Maximize your Creativity and Character.”

Two middle school students show off a prototype of their creative, collaborative summer project
Ethan (Grade 8) and Cami (Grade 7) combined music and technology to build a piano glove.

Take a survey of successful, innovative people across a variety of fields.  They take creative risks and learn from their failures; they are disciplined while still finding great joy in their work; they mix ways of thinking and modes of expression; they receive help and inspiration from others. These are the sorts of skills and values we need to teach students who want to be creative innovators themselves. Yet with curriculum demands, the need for formal assessment, and the drive for excellent grades, it is very difficult for even the best schools to incorporate collaborating with others or learning from failure during the autumn-to-spring school year.

The Experimentory is an opportunity for middle school students to learn and strengthen these skills in a creative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative setting.

Middle school students collaborate on a visual music box  Creativity at work: A colorful wheel spins and an electric eye translates colors into musical notes.

This post is part of a series: Four W’s and an H: Getting to know the Experimentory. Read the first post -- What is the Experimentory? -- and stay tuned for more posts to follow.

Experimentory Blog posts feature our students, teachers, classes, values, goals, and plans for the coming year. It's a great place to learn what we are like and decide whether we're a good fit for your next summer. If you're interested in subscribing, please complete the form below!

You may also enjoy our second blog, The Exp Summer Daily. It runs each summer during the program itself and can give you an idea of what the program is like on a daily basis.

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