Bioengineering for Girls - EXPLO
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

Your Career – Their Advice. The Best in the Field Come to EXPLO.

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.

Partners +

When you come to EXPLO, we connect you with some of the most brilliant minds in the field. These remarkable individuals lend depth and perspective to your work; answer your questions about careers; and help shape your experience throughout the program.

Outstanding Facilities

The Mars Science + Technology Center was designed to mirror the future of science: collaborative, transdisciplinary, and creative. Its 35 labs, digital imaging center, and makerspace are at the leading edge of STEM  education — and that’s exactly where we want you to be.

Daring +

For many women, the pursuit of STEM careers requires a relentless audacity to pursue their passion. At EXPLO, we call this daring and courage, and our supportive community allows you to practice yours.


    Campus Highlight: The Imaging Center for Undergraduate Collaboration (ICUC)

    Experiment in a state-of-the-art digital imaging laboratory — outfitted with cameras and microscopes, linked to printers, scanners, servers and drones.


    Advisor: Meena Subramanyan

    Meena Subramanyan, Vice President of the Gastroenterology Therapeutic Area Unit at Tekeda, is on the Advisory Board for Bioengineering for Girls. Subramanyan has also been named a “Woman of Influence” and has been published 81 times.


    Course Highlight: Imaging Microscopes

    Curious what the invisible difference is between human and mouse skin? Look no further. (Or at least look through microscopes that interface to an image processing system in real-time to find out for yourself.)


    Campus Highlight: The Mars Center for Science and Technology...

    The Center was designed to mirror the future of science — collaborative, transdisciplinary, and creative. It features glass partitions dividing the Center’s 23 research labs and 12 teaching labs (you’ll find no auditorium-style lecture halls here), multiuse labs to encourage cross-disciplinary study, group study spaces, and a café.


    Course Highlight: Prosthetics

    Ever wonder what it would be like to walk in someone else’s shoes? Discuss the mechanics behind various limb recreation — all while participating in a simulated prosthetic exercise.


    Guest Speaker: Robert Truog

    How do we take an ethical approach to the field of medicine? Robert Truog, the Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesiology & Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard, writes bioethical national guidelines for the United States and now sits on the Advisory Board for Bioengineering for Girls.


    Course Highlight: Anatomy and Physiology

    The basics matter. We make sure you get introduced to the major organ systems of the human body. You'll learn general anatomy and better learn how to read the roadmap to your own body.


    Campus Highlight: Get A Taste For College

    Learn what it means to be a good roommate, make smart nutritional choices, and explore the beautiful upper campus nestled in beautiful New England.


    Campus Highlight: USDA Animal Research Facility

    Examine collections of animal specimens — both living and on display — in a rare liberal arts facility that is dedicated to further research on fish, birds, rodents, turtles, amphibians and invertebrates.

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 is short for Exploration. Each
summer, 90% of students choose
to attend our Exploration Programs.
How to Choose Your Program

I’m so excited to get them thinking about careers they may not have thought about before — to meet with people from a lot of different industries that are incredibly innovative. This is not run-of-the-mill work. It’s super forward-thinking, creative science.

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