Explo - Learning Through Exploration

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

If You Build It, They Will Come

Nikhil N., Student
A (very) recent-aspiring vlogger, Nikhil figured the best way to house his productions was to start with the basics — build a computer from scratch. Read more

Keeping It Fun, Always

Maddie Chaffer, Instructor
Maddie's spirit is contagious. At EXPLO, her inimitable enthusiasm and authenticity bring even the quietest students into the circle. Read more

Facing Apprehension

Chase Williams, Instructor
For Chase Williams, teaching students to recognize apprehension is just as important as teaching them how to face it. Read more

Step Away From the Sidelines

Em T., Student
Crime scenes, conflicts, and condundrums, are places you'll be sure to find EXPLO Mini student Em — but not for reasons you might think. Read more

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 +

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!

Complimentary Bus Service

EXPLO is an international community where students from across the U.S. and around the globe come together to live and learn for three weeks each summer. For day students, it’s an amazing opportunity to meet the world close to home.

  • Course: Forensic Science



    A group of friends. A dog. A shared meal, and a murder? The body’s gone missing, and it’s up to you to unravel the accusations and alibis. Study the crime scene: as you uncover clues that have been left behind, you’ll learn basic crime lab skills and key intelligence-gathering techniques.

  • Course Highlight: EXPLORE!


    Dig into subjects from art and science to baking, engineering, and team building. With new projects and activities every week, come try as many new things as you can imagine — and discover what excites you about learning and about life.

  • Course: Science of Baking


    oin us in the kitchen lab as we uncover the basic chemical reactions that make our favorite baked goods possible — from cupcakes to cookies, muffins, and more. You’ll bake, test, and taste in order to figure out how ingredients work together — or when they should stay apart!

  • Activity: Zombie Tag



    No game of tag is ever the same when you're playing on Wheaton’s quad. With “zombie,” “blob,” and “freeze” to name a few, you have an opportunity to create a space of camaraderie with an ever-improvised gamebook.

  • Workshop: Canoeing


    Whether you prefer a quiet cruise along the shore or a relay race under the bridge, canoeing on Peacock Pond will fall into the “awesome afternoon” category for you

  • EXPLO Mini at Wheaton



    General Overview Video

  • Course: Building A Medieval Empire

    Build a moat! Retreat inside the bastion! Call on your guards to man the wall walk! Find out what it takes to design, create, and defend a medieval castle.

  • Dining: Something Green



    Dive into our thoughtful menu that reflects the eating interests and needs of our second graders and seventh graders alike. Accommodating to dietary restrictions and allergies, all we ask is you make sure something green is on your plate — and no, “jello” doesn’t count.

  • Course: littleBits Electronics


    Bring your futuristic ideas to life with littleBits electronics — easy-to-use electronic building blocks — that will help you explore the complex property of electrical circuits.

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.

EXPLO Mini provided experiences that helped [my son] develop as an independent person, improve his communication and problem-solving skills, and gain confidence to make lasting friendships. We love that a week at EXPLO can expose him to so many new things!

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


Program Dates

  • Week One June 25 – June 29, 2018 Day
  • Week Two July 2 – July 6, 2018 Day
  • Week Three July 9 – July 13, 2018 Day
  • Week Four July 16 – July 20, 2018 Day
  • Week Five July 23 – July 27, 2018 Day
  • Week Six July 30 – August 3, 2018 Day