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Heroes and the Imagination: A New Moonshot

by Ross Peters, Managing Partner. My memory of the moon landing, fifty-three years ago this July, is no doubt a blend of memory and embellishment. I was so young it is difficult to unknit what actually happened from what has filled the space between fact and a four-year old’s fantasy of it. I definitely remember […]

Gravitational Lensing and the Educational Universe

by Greg Cooper, Dean of Studies at EXPLO Senior. How the laws of physics informed my school’s decision to cut APs. The first images from the James Webb telescope introduced the uninitiated public to the idea of gravitational lensing. This might be nothing new to those with an amateur fascination of physics and space. But […]

Practice Vertical Empathy… Please! Vital Ingredients for a Healthy School Culture

by Ross Peters, Managing Partner. Steamy stuff in our part of the world. This week my family and I started in Atlanta, GA, went to Norris Lake, TN, and now are in Richmond, VA, my hometown. It is aggressively hot and humid – as soon as we open the door to go outside the heat […]

Elevate Newsletter: The Far and the Near: June 24th 2022

by Ross Peters, Managing Partner. The Far and the Near: Keep long-term strategy and shorter-term tactics operating in relation to each other This week my daughter and I are in Glacier National Park. Even with some trails flooded and others still too icy, it has been a special and wonderful trip. The decision to come […]

It’s Time to Teach Undisciplined: The Power of Interdisciplinary Thinking

by Casey Baird, History Teacher, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. I’m a teacher and a generalist thinker. My interests aren’t bounded by any subject. So over the last couple of years, as a history teacher at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA, I have been trying to teach in a […]

Designs in 90 Seconds: Shadows + Trigonometry

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs. In our latest “Designs in 90 Seconds” video, we explore the connection between shadows and trigonometry. Trigonometry comes from the greek words “trigona” (triangle) and “metrisei” (measure). It is the branch of math dedicated to measuring triangles. Shadows are all about triangles. If you’re a fan of math, or […]

This is Me, Learning About How I Learn

by Gary Chapin, Consultant and Writer for Educating for Good, Boston. We free the chickens. Well, not all of them. Trial and error can be harsh. I met with Dave Hamilton at the Explo office in Norwood, Massachusetts. Explo is a non-profit org devoted to creating innovative learning experiences for kids. This is Dave Hamilton […]

Chicken Run: Documenting Process Without Sucking the Life Out of PBL

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs. “Do you have astroturf?” That was Gary Chapin’s first question when I introduced this challenge: There is a chicken on a car about to roll down a ramp onto a table. You must design a system to keep the chicken in the car and prevent the vehicle from rolling […]

Elevate Newsletter: June 10, 2022

by Ross Peters, Managing Partner. It has been a busy week at EXPLO Elevate. Good busy. Earlier in the week we had a fantastic team meeting. As our team of Senior Consultants grows to meet various types of school needs, we spent time getting to know each other better and discovering the areas of deep […]

Designs in 90 Seconds – Shadow Casting

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs In our latest “Designs in 90 Seconds” video, we explore shadow casting. With a few pieces of cardstock, some Playdoh, and your smartphone, you can have a quick and easy way to explore composition, movie-making effects, visual story-telling, and even (coming soon) trigonometry. We like using shadows as a […]

Improving Your Teaching with One Piece of Data (Part 2): Observing Robots

by David Hamilton, Director of Programs, EXPLO Elevate. Recently, a high school robotics teacher asked me to observe her class. When I asked her what kind of feedback she was looking for, she said, “Anything you think could be better.” On the one hand, a welcome response – she’s open to and actively seeking feedback. […]

Elevate Newsletter: May 26, 2022

by Ross Peters, Managing Partner. The gigantic warehouse and studio at the Exploration Learning Center near Boston is what I imagine Willy Wonka’s warehouse and studio would be like. In and amongst crates and boxes, bikes and folding tables, frisbees and board games you discover bright lights, scraps of orange paper, a laser cutter, 3D […]

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