COURSES at EXPLO Boston

3 WEEKS · 3 COURSES · 3 ELECTIVES

 

COURSES are introductory explorations for students interested in pursuing strengths and interests in a variety of subject areas. You’ll take three courses over the three week session, plus
electives, trips, and activities.

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CONCENTRATIONS 2 WEEKS · 1 COURSE

Looking for a deeper dive? CONCENTRATIONS are two-week courses in a single subject for students who have a strong sense of what they’re interested in for a career or future study. Students who enroll in a Concentration take just the single course (no electives), and participate in some evening activities and weekend trips.

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COURSE LIST

Looking for more? EXPLO Mini options for Grades 2-7 can be found at the Mini course landing page, here.

<p>This is improv, where you’ll learn how to think on your feet and find humor in any situation.</p>

Acting + Improv

And... SCENE

This is improv, where you’ll learn how to think on your feet and find humor in any situation.

Acting, Comedy, Improvisation, Performance
<p>This is improv, where you’ll learn how to think on your feet and find humor in any situation.</p>

Acting + Improv

And... SCENE

This is improv, where you’ll learn how to think on your feet and find humor in any situation.

Acting, Comedy, Improvisation, Performance
<p>Jump into our business incubator and learn the tools you need to develop and implement a fool-proof business plan.</p>

Business + Entrepreneurship

Swimming With Sharks

Jump into our business incubator and learn the tools you need to develop and implement a fool-proof business plan.

Business, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Marketing, Startup
<p>Jump into our business incubator and learn the tools you need to develop and implement a fool-proof business plan.</p>

Business + Entrepreneurship

Swimming With Sharks

Jump into our business incubator and learn the tools you need to develop and implement a fool-proof business plan.

Business, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Marketing, Startup
<p>Discover how science, cooking, and art intersect to make some of your favorite candy treats.</p>

Candy Cooking

Confection Perfection

Discover how science, cooking, and art intersect to make some of your favorite candy treats.

Candy Making, Cooking, Culinary Techniques, Science
<p>Discover how science, cooking, and art intersect to make some of your favorite candy treats.</p>

Candy Cooking

Confection Perfection

Discover how science, cooking, and art intersect to make some of your favorite candy treats.

Candy Making, Cooking, Culinary Techniques, Science
<p>Experiment with different biological, chemical, and physical reactions as you explore out-of-the-box solutions to solve scientific riddles and puzzles.</p>

Chemistry + Biology

Light Up the Lab

Experiment with different biological, chemical, and physical reactions as you explore out-of-the-box solutions to solve scientific riddles and puzzles.

Biology, Chemistry, Experiments, Innovation, Science Lab
<p>Experiment with different biological, chemical, and physical reactions as you explore out-of-the-box solutions to solve scientific riddles and puzzles.</p>

Chemistry + Biology

Light Up the Lab

Experiment with different biological, chemical, and physical reactions as you explore out-of-the-box solutions to solve scientific riddles and puzzles.

Biology, Chemistry, Experiments, Innovation, Science Lab
<p>Cook, bake and chop your way to culinary success as you take on our daily cooking challenges!</p>

Cooking Challenges

Become a Master Chef

Cook, bake and chop your way to culinary success as you take on our daily cooking challenges!

Baking, Cooking, Culinary Arts, Food Science
<p>Cook, bake and chop your way to culinary success as you take on our daily cooking challenges!</p>

Cooking Challenges

Become a Master Chef

Cook, bake and chop your way to culinary success as you take on our daily cooking challenges!

Baking, Cooking, Culinary Arts, Food Science
<p>Looking for a creative challenge or the chance to prototype a new idea? Explore innovative solutions as you dream, design, and invent!</p>

Creative Problem-Solving

Invention Convention

Looking for a creative challenge or the chance to prototype a new idea? Explore innovative solutions as you dream, design, and invent!

Construction, Creative Challenges, Engineering, Innovation
<p>Looking for a creative challenge or the chance to prototype a new idea? Explore innovative solutions as you dream, design, and invent!</p>

Creative Problem-Solving

Invention Convention

Looking for a creative challenge or the chance to prototype a new idea? Explore innovative solutions as you dream, design, and invent!

Construction, Creative Challenges, Engineering, Innovation
<p>Step into our writer’s workshop, hone your craft, and explore strategies for sharing your work with peers and the world.</p>

Creative Writing

Writer’s Workshop

Step into our writer’s workshop, hone your craft, and explore strategies for sharing your work with peers and the world.

Fiction, Poetry, Read Alouds, Workshop, Writing
<p>Step into our writer’s workshop, hone your craft, and explore strategies for sharing your work with peers and the world.</p>

Creative Writing

Writer’s Workshop

Step into our writer’s workshop, hone your craft, and explore strategies for sharing your work with peers and the world.

Fiction, Poetry, Read Alouds, Workshop, Writing
<p>From the arts to science and engineering, the daily challenges in our Creativity Lab will stretch your creative muscles.</p>

Creativity Challenges

Build Outside the Box

From the arts to science and engineering, the daily challenges in our Creativity Lab will stretch your creative muscles.

Challenges, Construction, Creativity, Engineering, Innovation
<p>From the arts to science and engineering, the daily challenges in our Creativity Lab will stretch your creative muscles.</p>

Creativity Challenges

Build Outside the Box

From the arts to science and engineering, the daily challenges in our Creativity Lab will stretch your creative muscles.

Challenges, Construction, Creativity, Engineering, Innovation
<p>From the cop on the beat to the judge on the bench, investigate a crime scene and take the case through the system.</p>

Criminal Investigation + Prosecution

Crimes, Clues + Courtrooms

From the cop on the beat to the judge on the bench, investigate a crime scene and take the case through the system.

Courtroom Trial, Forensic Evidence, Law + Order, Science
<p>From the cop on the beat to the judge on the bench, investigate a crime scene and take the case through the system.</p>

Criminal Investigation + Prosecution

Crimes, Clues + Courtrooms

From the cop on the beat to the judge on the bench, investigate a crime scene and take the case through the system.

Courtroom Trial, Forensic Evidence, Law + Order, Science
<p>Learn how to express yourself publicly in a calm, confident way and how to argue thoughtfully and effectively.</p>

Debate

Stand Up + Speak

Learn how to express yourself publicly in a calm, confident way and how to argue thoughtfully and effectively.

Confidence, Debate, Persuasive Speech, Public Speaking
<p>Learn how to express yourself publicly in a calm, confident way and how to argue thoughtfully and effectively.</p>

Debate

Stand Up + Speak

Learn how to express yourself publicly in a calm, confident way and how to argue thoughtfully and effectively.

Confidence, Debate, Persuasive Speech, Public Speaking
<p>Design your own projects as you explore the basics of graphic design, animation and photo editing in our digital art studio.</p>

Digital Media Sampler

All the World’s a Screen

Design your own projects as you explore the basics of graphic design, animation and photo editing in our digital art studio.

Animation, Digital Content, Graphic Design, Photography, Visual Arts
<p>Design your own projects as you explore the basics of graphic design, animation and photo editing in our digital art studio.</p>

Digital Media Sampler

All the World’s a Screen

Design your own projects as you explore the basics of graphic design, animation and photo editing in our digital art studio.

Animation, Digital Content, Graphic Design, Photography, Visual Arts
<p>With every click of the shutter, you’ll frame great shots, and you’ll turn them into amazing works of art.</p>

Digital Photography

Light + Image

With every click of the shutter, you’ll frame great shots, and you’ll turn them into amazing works of art.

Composition, Digital Photography, Photo Lab, Visual Art
<p>With every click of the shutter, you’ll frame great shots, and you’ll turn them into amazing works of art.</p>

Digital Photography

Light + Image

With every click of the shutter, you’ll frame great shots, and you’ll turn them into amazing works of art.

Composition, Digital Photography, Photo Lab, Visual Art
<p>WANTED: Doctors, detectives, and scientists to crack the mystery of a recent epidemic ravaging the EXPLO community.</p>

Disease Outbreak

Finding Patient Zero

WANTED: Doctors, detectives, and scientists to crack the mystery of a recent epidemic ravaging the EXPLO community.

Biology, Lab Science, Medicine, Public Health
<p>WANTED: Doctors, detectives, and scientists to crack the mystery of a recent epidemic ravaging the EXPLO community.</p>

Disease Outbreak

Finding Patient Zero

WANTED: Doctors, detectives, and scientists to crack the mystery of a recent epidemic ravaging the EXPLO community.

Biology, Lab Science, Medicine, Public Health
<p>If you like to think and tinker with creative challenges you’re just the engineer we need!</p>

Engineering Challenges

Think-Build-Solve!

If you like to think and tinker with creative challenges you’re just the engineer we need!

Construction, Design Thinking, Engineering, Innovation
<p>If you like to think and tinker with creative challenges you’re just the engineer we need!</p>

Engineering Challenges

Think-Build-Solve!

If you like to think and tinker with creative challenges you’re just the engineer we need!

Construction, Design Thinking, Engineering, Innovation
<p>Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, and other fabrication tools while developing your Design Thinking.</p>

EXPLO Makerspace for Pioneers

MAKE!

Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, and other fabrication tools while developing your Design Thinking.

Create, Design, Engineering, Innovate, Maker, Tools
<p>Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, and other fabrication tools while developing your Design Thinking.</p>

EXPLO Makerspace for Pioneers

MAKE!

Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, and other fabrication tools while developing your Design Thinking.

Create, Design, Engineering, Innovate, Maker, Tools
<p>Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, paper circuits and more as you tinker about in Design Thinking.</p>

EXPLO Makerspace for Voyagers

Dream, Design, Build!

Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, paper circuits and more as you tinker about in Design Thinking.

Create, Design, Engineering, Innovate, Maker, Tools
<p>Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, paper circuits and more as you tinker about in Design Thinking.</p>

EXPLO Makerspace for Voyagers

Dream, Design, Build!

Try basic hand tools, 3D printers, sewing machines, paper circuits and more as you tinker about in Design Thinking.

Create, Design, Engineering, Innovate, Maker, Tools
<p>Study a crime scene: as you uncover clues, you’ll learn basic crime lab skills and key intelligence gathering techniques.</p>

Forensic Science

Whodunnit?

Study a crime scene: as you uncover clues, you’ll learn basic crime lab skills and key intelligence gathering techniques.

CSI, Detective, Evidence, Forensics, Science
<p>Study a crime scene: as you uncover clues, you’ll learn basic crime lab skills and key intelligence gathering techniques.</p>

Forensic Science

Whodunnit?

Study a crime scene: as you uncover clues, you’ll learn basic crime lab skills and key intelligence gathering techniques.

CSI, Detective, Evidence, Forensics, Science
<p>Welcome to the world of hovercrafts, where air becomes fuel and where a small push forward can send you soaring.</p>

Hovercraft Physics

Hovercraft Heroics

Welcome to the world of hovercrafts, where air becomes fuel and where a small push forward can send you soaring.

Construct, Design, Hovercrafts, Model Building, Physics
<p>Welcome to the world of hovercrafts, where air becomes fuel and where a small push forward can send you soaring.</p>

Hovercraft Physics

Hovercraft Heroics

Welcome to the world of hovercrafts, where air becomes fuel and where a small push forward can send you soaring.

Construct, Design, Hovercrafts, Model Building, Physics
<p>Enjoy continuous laughs and learn to think on your feet and perform in situations using nothing but your quick wits.</p>

Improvisational Theater

Ready, Set... Act!

Enjoy continuous laughs and learn to think on your feet and perform in situations using nothing but your quick wits.

Acting, Humor, Improv, Physical Comedy, Skits
<p>Enjoy continuous laughs and learn to think on your feet and perform in situations using nothing but your quick wits.</p>

Improvisational Theater

Ready, Set... Act!

Enjoy continuous laughs and learn to think on your feet and perform in situations using nothing but your quick wits.

Acting, Humor, Improv, Physical Comedy, Skits
<p>Build your programming prowess from the ground up as you click, drag, and code your way through various robotic challenges.</p>

Introduction to Computer Programming: Root Robotics

Click, Drag, Code!

Build your programming prowess from the ground up as you click, drag, and code your way through various robotic challenges.

Coding, Computers, Engineering, Gaming, Programming
<p>Build your programming prowess from the ground up as you click, drag, and code your way through various robotic challenges.</p>

Introduction to Computer Programming: Root Robotics

Click, Drag, Code!

Build your programming prowess from the ground up as you click, drag, and code your way through various robotic challenges.

Coding, Computers, Engineering, Gaming, Programming
<p>Programming and coding are the ‘magic’ of all technology, and in this course, you’ll become the magician.</p>

Introduction to Programming

Code Orange

Programming and coding are the ‘magic’ of all technology, and in this course, you’ll become the magician.

Coding, Gaming, Logic, Programming, Robotics
<p>Programming and coding are the ‘magic’ of all technology, and in this course, you’ll become the magician.</p>

Introduction to Programming

Code Orange

Programming and coding are the ‘magic’ of all technology, and in this course, you’ll become the magician.

Coding, Gaming, Logic, Programming, Robotics
<p>Explore hands-on science in our lab with exciting daily experiments. By the end of the week, create your own.</p>

Lab Science

Trigger a Reaction

Explore hands-on science in our lab with exciting daily experiments. By the end of the week, create your own.

Experiments, Exploration, Hands-on, Laboratory, Science
<p>Explore hands-on science in our lab with exciting daily experiments. By the end of the week, create your own.</p>

Lab Science

Trigger a Reaction

Explore hands-on science in our lab with exciting daily experiments. By the end of the week, create your own.

Experiments, Exploration, Hands-on, Laboratory, Science
<p>Learn to use Programming software to translate your imagination to your LEGO<sup>®</sup> NXT robot with just a click and a drag.</p>

LEGO Engineering

Rig a Robot

Learn to use Programming software to translate your imagination to your LEGO® NXT robot with just a click and a drag.

Creativity, Engineering, Lego, Math, Programming
<p>Learn to use Programming software to translate your imagination to your LEGO<sup>®</sup> NXT robot with just a click and a drag.</p>

LEGO Engineering

Rig a Robot

Learn to use Programming software to translate your imagination to your LEGO® NXT robot with just a click and a drag.

Creativity, Engineering, Lego, Math, Programming
<p>Save the planet from Dr. Diablo, as you meet challenge after challenge, each testing your quick wits and problem-solving skills.</p>

Math Adventures

Defeating Dr. Diablo

Save the planet from Dr. Diablo, as you meet challenge after challenge, each testing your quick wits and problem-solving skills.

Collaboration, Logic Puzzles, Math, Problem Solving
<p>Save the planet from Dr. Diablo, as you meet challenge after challenge, each testing your quick wits and problem-solving skills.</p>

Math Adventures

Defeating Dr. Diablo

Save the planet from Dr. Diablo, as you meet challenge after challenge, each testing your quick wits and problem-solving skills.

Collaboration, Logic Puzzles, Math, Problem Solving
<p>Grab a lab coat (and an apron!) as we head into the kitchen to explore the science behind some of your favorite snacks and desserts.</p>

Science of Baking

Bake!

Grab a lab coat (and an apron!) as we head into the kitchen to explore the science behind some of your favorite snacks and desserts.

Cooking Techniques, Culinary Arts, Science
<p>Grab a lab coat (and an apron!) as we head into the kitchen to explore the science behind some of your favorite snacks and desserts.</p>

Science of Baking

Bake!

Grab a lab coat (and an apron!) as we head into the kitchen to explore the science behind some of your favorite snacks and desserts.

Cooking Techniques, Culinary Arts, Science
<p>Welcome to the Super Secret Spy Society, where you’ll learn the tricks of the spy trade, secret identity and all.</p>

Spying + Surveillance

Super Secret Spy Society

Welcome to the Super Secret Spy Society, where you’ll learn the tricks of the spy trade, secret identity and all.

Code Cracking, Espionage, Spy Games, Technology
<p>Welcome to the Super Secret Spy Society, where you’ll learn the tricks of the spy trade, secret identity and all.</p>

Spying + Surveillance

Super Secret Spy Society

Welcome to the Super Secret Spy Society, where you’ll learn the tricks of the spy trade, secret identity and all.

Code Cracking, Espionage, Spy Games, Technology
<p>Tiny homes are solving problems around the world from homelessness to the environment — but in this course you will solve the problem of fitting your great big life into this tiny home.</p>

Tiny Home Design + Engineering

This Tiny House

Tiny homes are solving problems around the world from homelessness to the environment — but in this course you will solve the problem of fitting your great big life into this tiny home.

Architecture, Design, Engineering, Model Building, Visual Arts
<p>Tiny homes are solving problems around the world from homelessness to the environment — but in this course you will solve the problem of fitting your great big life into this tiny home.</p>

Tiny Home Design + Engineering

This Tiny House

Tiny homes are solving problems around the world from homelessness to the environment — but in this course you will solve the problem of fitting your great big life into this tiny home.

Architecture, Design, Engineering, Model Building, Visual Arts
<p>Explore the architectural form and function of a secret clubhouse as you design and build a model of your dream (tree) house!</p>

Treehouse Architecture

Clubhouse Creation

Explore the architectural form and function of a secret clubhouse as you design and build a model of your dream (tree) house!

Architecture, Creativity, Design, Engineering, Visual Arts
<p>Explore the architectural form and function of a secret clubhouse as you design and build a model of your dream (tree) house!</p>

Treehouse Architecture

Clubhouse Creation

Explore the architectural form and function of a secret clubhouse as you design and build a model of your dream (tree) house!

Architecture, Creativity, Design, Engineering, Visual Arts
<p>Create brave, bold, and beautiful art using paints, paper, canvases, pencils, sculpting wire, and even a water balloon.</p>

Visual Arts

Sculpt It, Sketch It, Sign It

Create brave, bold, and beautiful art using paints, paper, canvases, pencils, sculpting wire, and even a water balloon.

Display, Painting, Sculpting, Sketching, Visual Art
<p>Create brave, bold, and beautiful art using paints, paper, canvases, pencils, sculpting wire, and even a water balloon.</p>

Visual Arts

Sculpt It, Sketch It, Sign It

Create brave, bold, and beautiful art using paints, paper, canvases, pencils, sculpting wire, and even a water balloon.

Display, Painting, Sculpting, Sketching, Visual Art
Please choose a grade level

CONCENTRATIONS

2 WEEKS · 1 COURSE

CONCENTRATIONS are two-week courses in a single subject for students who have a strong sense of what they’re interested in for a career or future study. Students who enroll in a Concentration take just the single course, and participate in some evening activities and weekend trips.

Concentrations at EXPLO Boston are only available for students entering grades 6 + 7.

Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Grades 6-7 • 2 Weeks

Picture yourself trying out the latest in medical technology, techniques, and equipment.
Then picture yourself getting to do it shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Boston’s best doctors and surgeons. At Emergency Medicine, you’ll skip the lectures and textbooks fo...

<p>Picture yourself trying out the latest in medical technology, techniques, and equipment.
<br />
Then picture yourself getting to do it shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Boston’s best doctors and surgeons. At Emergency Medicine, you’ll skip the lectures and textbooks for a year four medical school experience — intubate, suture, treat, diagnose, and run simulations like you’ve been doing them all your life.</p>

Emergency Medicine

Grades 6-7 • Weeks

Picture yourself trying out the latest in medical technology, techniques, and equipment.
Then picture yourself getting to do it shoulder-to-shoulder with some of Boston’s best doctors and surgeons. At Emergency Medicine, you’ll skip the lectures and textbooks for a year four medical school experience — intubate, suture, treat, diagnose, and run simulations like you’ve been doing them all your life.

Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science

Grades 6-7 • 2 Weeks

Love animals? You’ve come to the right place. Working with professional veterinarians and technicians, you’ll diagnose animal diseases, check vital signs, learn to suture wounds, splint broken limbs, perform life-saving CPR, and “read” animals for both injury and illne...

<p>Love animals? You’ve come to the right place. Working with professional veterinarians and technicians, you’ll diagnose animal diseases, check vital signs, learn to suture wounds, splint broken limbs, perform life-saving CPR, and “read” animals for both injury and illness. In Veterinary Science, you’ll work directly with animals and their caretakers, getting to know the field of veterinary medicine from the inside out.</p>

Veterinary Science

Grades 6-7 • Weeks

Love animals? You’ve come to the right place. Working with professional veterinarians and technicians, you’ll diagnose animal diseases, check vital signs, learn to suture wounds, splint broken limbs, perform life-saving CPR, and “read” animals for both injury and illness. In Veterinary Science, you’ll work directly with animals and their caretakers, getting to know the field of veterinary medicine from the inside out.

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