Orthopedics + Sports Medicine - EXPLO
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

Get in the Game — and Get Your Athletes Back in Action

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.

Teaching +

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!

Kindness Matters Here

EXPLO is what we like to call a community of active kindness. That means practicing empathy and understanding, and taking a stand against intolerance and cruelty towards others.

  • Trip Highlight: Spaulding Rehabilitation Center


    Visit Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the U.S., and discover what it takes to provide comprehensive rehabilitation treatment to all types of patients.

  • Course Highlight: Splinting Techniques


    Practice your splinting techniques on your peers and learn about how this method treats musculoskeletal system abnormalities.

  • Guest Speaker: Dr. Dinesh Patel


    In the Dr. Dinesh Patel Arthroscopic Learning Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, you won't just watch how a knee surgery works; you'll get to pick up an instrument and try the simulation yourself.

  • Course Highlight: Radiograph Analysis


    Find out what it takes to be a radiographer in the medical field. Study human anatomy from radiographic films to determine the difference between compound, oblique, and transverse fractures.

  • Course Highlight: Prosthetic Limb Testing


    Surgically implant a prosthetic hip into a chicken bone, then test its function, strength, and effectiveness using a computerized hydraulic press.

  • Video: Experience Orthopedics + Sports Medicine at EXPLO


  • Trip Highlight: Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Northeastern University


    Learn in a facility that U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren recently called “a true temple of science.” Built in 2017, this building is Boston’s hub for path-​​breaking research across disciplines.

  • Course Highlight: Sheep Heart Dissection


    In the morning, become a doctor-in-training, getting a hands-on approach to anatomy and physiology through the dissection of the closest known organ to a human heart — that of a sheep!

  • Main Event: Cruise Night


    Venture to Boston Harbor to watch the sunset fall over New England’s most historic skyline. Spend your evening dancing with friends, admiring the sights, and taking a few selfies, as you sail out into the Atlantic Ocean.

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

She loved [the program] so much that I asked her if she was interested in pursuing a career in sports training or physical therapy. She quickly replied, "No, I want to be a pediatric orthopedic surgeon now!" I was speechless and knew at that moment how EXPLO truly changed her life.

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

  • Session One July 1 – July 14, 2018 Residential
  • Session Two July 15 – July 28, 2018 Residential