Yale Summer Programs for High School Students | EXPLO at Yale
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

Since 1976, EXPLO has reached
80,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

We Don’t Put Classroom Walls Around Learning

Every day at EXPLO is intentionally designed so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.

Courses + Workshops

Our year-round staff works for 10 months every off-season to develop curriculum and programming that will knock your socks off. (Unless you’re in the science lab, where closed-toe shoes are required.)


From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow at lights out, every day at EXPLO is jam-packed with courses, entertainment, trips, and fun!

The Yale

Walk the halls that housed past Presidents. View a Van Gogh on your way to class. Experience what it’s like being a student on one of the preeminent university campuses in the world. When you come to EXPLO, you come to Yale.

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    Pathways to College: Logan Powell

    Engage in discussion with the Dean of Admissions at Brown University, Logan Powell, about the college admissions process in a daylong insider-access seminar

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    Video: Experience EXPLO at Yale

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    Speaker Series: Emilie Wapnick

    Get front row seats to some of the most talked/tweeted about thought leaders in the world! Every summer, EXPLO brings a variety of speakers to share their ideas directly with our students. Emilie Wapnick (whose original Ted Talk has over 1 million views) discusses the term today’s generation of "multipotentialites".

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    Workshop: Marine Biology

    Venture out to coastal New England and explore the host of marine organisms on the Connecticut shoreline.

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    Campus Highlight: Alexander Calder

    During lunch, hang out with friends at Yale Commons, which houses an extensive collection of outdoor sculptures by famous artists; one of which is Alexander Calder, whose work stretches to the MOMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Guggenheim.

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    Workshop: Crew

    Learn first how to pull together as a team at Yale’s championship-quality training tank, then spend an afternoon at the college’s famous boathouse, putting your practice to work in a rowing barge on Connecticut's historic Housatonic River.

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    Course: Genetic Engineering

    In the laboratory, sample and extract live DNA, and run experiments such as PCR Amplification of DNA, the transformation of e. coli, and learn how to alter the proteins in a string of DNA cells to make them glow.

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    Main Event: Explopalooza

    Head into New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater and witness the talented performers, artists and dancers of the EXPLO community with a night of live performances and short films. Celebrate your hard work from the past three weeks with this show-stopping event.

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    Weekend Trip: Times Square

    Always wanted to stand at the “Center of the Universe”? This summer, cross it off your bucket list — head to NYC on a weekend trip to experience the brightly adorned and culturally distinct streets of Times Square.

EXPLO Reinvented the Learning Experience.
We Continue to Do So — Every Day

From the halls of MIT to the minds of curious young people from across the U.S. and around the world, learning through exploration combines an array of experiences — from hands-on courses and workshops to outdoor activities and weekend trips — that transform the way students engage with the world. More than 40 years later, EXPLO continues to reinvent the learning experience. Educators, nonprofits, and corporate leaders alike now seek EXPLO’s knowledge and expertise in engaged learning, critical making, and design thinking to drive their organizations forward.

At EXPLO I finally found people like me. Other people who were interested in learning and exploring. I owe my successes today to EXPLO. If I had not gone to EXPLO, I doubt I would be the same person I am today.


Say Hello!

For many families, attending an info meeting in your local area or on one of our campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a summer at EXPLO has to offer. Meet our Executive Director, Head of Programs, or Director of Admission, ask questions, and get a first-hand feel for our programs.

A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO