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The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy

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Camp Information

  • Tim Schaffer
  • 7 Boyden Lane PO Box 87
  • Deerfield, MA 01342
  • 413.774.1436
  • experimentory@deerfield.edu
  • Jill Schaffer
  • 7 Boyden Lane PO Box 87
  • Deerfield, MA 01342
  • 413.774.1436
  • experimentory@deerfield.edu

Camp Description

Overview



A residential middle school summer program, the Experimentory at Deerfield Academy allows students to delve into project-based, interdisciplinary learning. We focus on the intersection of subjects, honing observation skills, fostering creativity, and developing ways of looking at the world.



The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy



Located in Deerfield, Massachusetts, the Experimentory is a fantastic opportunity for all middle school students looking to grow personally, build creative innovation skills, experience New England boarding school life, and have a great summer.



The Experimentory has a motto: The Experimentory: Maximize your Creativity and Character, or E = MC2 for short. This is the vision of what we hope our summer community will be: a safe place to take creative risks and strive to be our best selves. If we’re doing this right, this vision will be expressed in all we do.



Creativity:



One of our core beliefs is that creative innovation happens at the intersections of disciplines, goals, and people. For example, take our course clusters. We take subjects usually taught separately and mash them together in unexpected ways. In 2017 our clusters will be Theatre + Electronics, Music Composition + Film Production, and Architecture + Cultural Studies. These crazy combinations make all of us - teachers and students alike - try new things or see familiar things in a fresh way.



We also believe we learn how to be creative by... well, creating. Our learning is project-based, so our classrooms are more lab than lecture hall. In past years, students have filmed stories based on music they composed; cooked food that could be served in a restaurant they have designed; or read lines for robot actors they've programed to move across stage. These projects are not only a ton of fun, but an opportunity to learn how creative people work - through trial and error, playful experimentation, and refining a design.



Finally, creative learning should be fun exploration. We dedicate lots of time to co-curricular activities and field trips in order to introduce our students to sports, hobbies, and places they may have never experienced before. Some examples from past years include white water rafting excursions, baking, yoga, ultimate frisbee, a visit to Boston, basketball, fishing, and more.



Character:



All of our projects are the work of collaborative teams. As we learn to work together, we refine our character as much as we remix music or design buildings. In particular, there are six character attributes we consider essential to our classwork: Curiosity, creativity, grit & resilience, initiative & independence, effective discussion & teamwork, and disciplined work habits.



We also live, eat, and play together. One of the beauties of boarding school is the way all parts of life intersect. We fully embrace that and spend our summer exploring what it means to be generous, kind, empathetic, and more.



Cost and Session Information



The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy cost includes room, board, field trips, and off-campus excursions. International students and others who need to purchase a US-based health insurance for the duration of our program can do so for an additional fee. We also provide students with optional personal accounts to hold personal spending money for items not included in our program fee, such as food from the campus cafe, items from the school store, and souvenirs when traveling off campus.



The Experimentory offers a limited amount of financial assistance for domestic students. Financial aid is based on need and is applied for along with the program application. We are not able to provide financial aid to cover the cost of the entire program.



All students applying for financial aid must apply for both the program and financial aid by March 10, 2017 to be considered. Financial aid applicants will be notified of their admissions decision and financial aid decision together via email by March 24, 2017.

Camp Details

  • Jill Schaffer
  • 2014
  • 07/09/2017
  • 08/05/2017
  • Boston, MA