The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy


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. Our motto is 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. Creativity The first step of creativity is to break out of the familiar and try something new. Our program introduces students to subjects outside the typical middle school curriculum. Our 2018 courses will be Ethics, Urban Planning and Sustainability, French Culture and Film, and Hydroponic Engineering. Introducing students to elements of engineering, film, architecture, and philosophy can spark a new passionate pursuit early in their academic career. 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. Past student projects have included a tie that changes color to match your shirt; designing a restaurant and learning to prepare food that could be served in it; and creating a short film inspired by a piece of classical music. These projects are both fun and 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, 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 build a working prototype or plan a cityscape. 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.

Additional Information

Gender Coed

Minimum Age 11

Maximum Age 14

Camp Dates 4 Week Program July 8 – August 4, 2018 2 Week Program Session 1: July 8 – 20, 2018 Session 2: July 22 – August 3, 2018

Camp Cities Deerfield, MA

Camp Director Jill Schaffer

Camp Director Email

Camp Capacity 80

Camp Length 2 weeks or 4 weeks

Cost Per Week 1000 (Day) 2000 (Boarding)

Financial Aid Offered Yes


7 Boyden Lane
PO Box 87
Deerfield, Massachusetts 01342
United States

Located in the Historic Village of Deerfield, MA

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