Grades 10–12:
EXPLO Pre-College + Career

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Earn college credit and gain professional experience with industry experts

EXPLO Pre-College + Career programs are an unparalleled opportunity for students to explore an academic major and career they’re most curious about — not through textbooks and lectures, but by completing real-world projects created exclusively for EXPLO by the experts and academics shaping the future of the profession.



Living and learning together

Dive into a subject you’re curious about or are considering pursuing professionally alongside new friends who share the same interests

Real-world projects

Get hands-on experience in the work of the profession with projects created by industry experts who are leading the future of their fields.

Personal coaching by industry experts

Get direct feedback and coaching from career mentors who will become the foundation of your professional network

Earn optional college credit

Our exclusive partnership with Sarah Lawrence College, ranked 3rd in Forbes top Liberal Arts College in the U.S., offers college credit for EXPLO students who choose to participate in this unique opportunity


Artificial Intelligence + Machine Learning

Students in this concentration will write machine learning code and get first-hand feedback from experts from Rapid7 security firm on the reliability of your code, as well as analyze the bias in AI facial recognition software, learn to identify and combat “Deepfakes”, and learn how AI helped develop the COVID-19 vaccine — and hear from the experts about how this advancement could shape the future of medical research. 

Experts + Advisors:

  • Dr. James (“Jim”) C. Spohrer
    Director of Cognitive OpenTech, including open source artificial intelligence
  • Roger Smith, Ph.D., MBA
    Senior Scientist with Soar Technology, which provides AI solutions in national security for customers that include DARPA, Defense Health Agency, and the US Army
  • Erick Galinkin, Ph.D.
    Principal AI Researcher at Rapid7; hacker and scientist specializing in the theory of machine learning and the application of artificial intelligence to cybersecurity problems
  • Raluca Crisan
    CEO and co-founder of ETIQ, Inc., an organization that builds software solutions to help identify and mitigate algorithmic bias


Optional college credit available through a partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.


Business students at EXPLO will analyze real business problem cases, present solutions in a Business Case Competition to a panel of  consultants from Tyton Partners, take a deep-dive into Harvard Business School case studies, and practice professional networking and business collaborations in preparation for future internships and career opportunities.

Experts + Advisors:

  • P.Y. Nicole Chang, MBA, JD
    President/Owner, Coder’s School Los Angeles + Global Business Consultant
  • Marc Cosentino
    Founder of Case Questions; CEO, Burgee Atlantic
  • Kimberly Kalb Baumgarten, MBA
    Head of Marketing for Houseparty; Marketing Director for Fortnite
  • Marc Bodnick
    Co-founder and Executive Chairman at Telepath; Co-Founder and former Managing Director at Elevation Partners


College credit is not available for this concentration.

Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Science

Investigate a real cold case with forensic experts? Only at EXPLO Pre-College + Career. Here, you’ll work on case files and document evidence, witness statements, and timelines; learn how to “walk the scene”; work with physical evidence, evidence markers, crime scene photography techniques, and latent fingerprints; and identify solvability factors and devise an action plan.

Experts + Advisors:

  • Dr. Henry C. Lee
    World-renowned forensic scientist consulted on over 8,000 criminal cases including the O.J. Simpson case
  • Sheryl McCollum
    American Crime Analyst, Director of the Cold Case Research Institute in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dr. Saul Kassin
    Distinguished Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.
    Professor of Forensic Psychology, DeSales University


Optional college credit available through a partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.


At EXPLO Pre-College + Career, students take on a variety of projects designed by top engineers and researchers shaping the future of the profession, including: writing and modifying computer code using Raspberry Pi or Arduino; designing and building functional electronics using breadboards, servo motors, and LED displays; creating a fuel cell capable of cleanly converting hydrogen to usable electric energy; learning iterative design from engineers while working on project prototypes; and building an AI-enabled self-driving car prototype.

Experts + Advisors:

  • Dr. Steven Goldfarb, Ph.D.
    Particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics
  • Lauren Lyons
    Senior Systems Lead at Blue Origin, an organization whose mission is to build a road to space with reusable launch vehicles to “so that our children can build our future” 
  • Marcia Isakson, Ph.D., IR&D
    Strategic Programs Director, Applied Research Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin 
  • George T. Whitesides
    Chief Space Officer of Virgin Galactic, a firm developing commercial space vehicles; former Chief of Staff of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Optional college credit available through a partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.

Medical Rotations

Work side-by-side with physicians, nurses and medical researchers as you explore different specialties — and the complex issues facing these medical professionals — at state-of-the-art medical simulation centers and research laboratories. Get up close with some of the newest technology used in patient care, such as the daVinci Surgical System, participate in case-based simulation training, and create sample records using medical SOAP notes and plan next steps in patient care. Ready for medical school? We’ll match you with admission professionals who will give you the top tips for applying to pre-med and medical programs, and participate in mock med school interviews.

Experts + Advisors:

  • Dr. Celine Gounder, MD
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases, New York University Grossman School of Medicine Celine Gounder; appointed to the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board in November 2020
  • Dr. Enrico Benedetti, MD
    Professor and Head, Department of Surgery,  University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Dr. Talia Baker, MD
    Director of the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program and the Surgical Director of Transplant Oncology at UChicago Medicine
  • Dr. Anthony Atala, MD
    Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine


Optional college credit available through a partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.

Psychology + Neuroscience

Learn about the vast applications and areas of study related to psychology and neuroscience. Learn about the anatomy and inner workings of the brain, explore the latest technology applications (such as VR exposure therapy) used to diagnose and treat PTSD and anxiety, and use psychological theory to design, test and run an experiment that investigates human behavior. Complete a research project and present your findings in our Brain Summit Symposium where professional clinicians will provide feedback, and get advice from advisors and admission officers in psychology and neuroscience on how to prepare for and apply to competitive programs.

Experts + Advisors:

  • Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D
    Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Temple University
  • Laurie Santos, Ph.D.
    Professor of Psychology, Yale University
  • Olivia Moorehead- Slaughter, Ph.D.
    Clinical Psychologist
  • Saul Kassin, Ph.D
    Distinguished Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Optional college credit available through a partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.

Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering

Investigate medical interventions from diagnosis to design to implementation. In this concentration you will: explore current issues in surgery and approaches to patient care and recovery, the impact of socioeconomics on patient outcomes, and the use of robotics and AI in surgical procedures and medicine; rotate through a variety of hands-on skill stations and high-fidelity clinical scenarios; create tests to push the limits of functionality, durability, and ease of deployment; and design a medical solution — testing its viability with scaled prototypes and specimen — to present to a panel of medical research experts

Experts + Advisors:

  • Dr. David C. Mulligan Md, FACS
    Professor of Surgery at Yale Medical School; Chief of Transplant Surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Dr. Erika Fellinger, MD, FACS
    General Surgeon, Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Dr. Daniel Kosoy, MD, FACS
    Transplant Surgeon + President, KMD Medical Group
  • Guillermo A. Ameer, Sc.D.
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering + Surgery, Northwestern University


Optional college credit available through a partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.

Trial Law + The American Justice System

With guidance from the top legal minds in the United States, students at EXPLO learn the ins-and-outs of the American justice system, watch a live judicial proceeding and analyze the techniques and choices of practicing attorneys and judges, and engage in fast-paced dialogue on cases using the Socratic Seminar approach (typically used in law schools to examine complex ideas) — all in preparation to argue a mock trial case with a sitting state supreme court justice

Experts + Advisors:

  • Hon. Richard Gabriel, JD
    Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
  • James Forman, Jr.
    Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School; Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Catherine Peña Gonzalez
    Senior Staff Criminal Defense Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services
  • Michael C. Dorf, AB, JD
    The Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University
  • Jill Wichlens, JD
    Retired Appellate Assistant Federal Public Defender
  • Fred Lawrence, JD
    CEO of the Phi Beta Kappa Society; Civil Rights Scholar


Optional college credit available through a partnership with Sarah Lawrence College.


Countless moments of discovery, endless possibilities




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Lifelong exploration starts here

Some of the most ambitious and brilliant minds of our time have started their journey at EXPLO Summer Programs. Among their ranks are:

  • Kevin Systrom | Co-founder of Instagram
  • Eran Hodis, M.D | Discovered which gene mutations are among the most common across different cancers
  • Sarah Law | Founder + Designer of Kara Handbags, featured at NYC Fashion Week
  • Alexander Smith, Ph.D. | Used proprietary proteins to create Natural Power Units (NPUs)
  • Katie Stack Morgan, Ph.D. | NASA scientist who recently landed a robotic rover on Mars

Let's get started...

Here are some of the details families find helpful when exploring our programs. Looking to learn even more? Fill out the form at the top of this page to Get Info, or chat with an Admission Team member.


Session 1June 27 – July 9, 2021

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Psychology + Neuroscience
  • Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering
  • Trial Law and the American Justice System


Session 2: July 11 – July 23, 2021

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Psychology + Neuroscience
  • Surgical Interventions + Biomedical Engineering


Session 3: July 25 – August 6, 2021

  • Business
  • Crime Scene Investigation + Forensic Science
  • Engineering
  • Medical Rotations
  • Psychology + Neuroscience

One residential two-week session:


Tuition includes all programming costs, course supplies, room and board, entertainment, and tuition insurance throughout a student’s stay on campus.

Grants and Scholarships are available.

For more info, email us at

or call us directly at 781.762.7400



EXPLO’s college-like atmosphere opened my eyes to future experiences by giving me a chance to try so many of them ahead of time.

Evan S., EXPLO Student

COVID-19 Safety

Keeping students and staff safe is our top priority at EXPLO (and always has been). With extraordinarily strong partnerships with our host institutions, we are thrilled that we are able to confirm that we will be back in person and on campus at all of our EXPLO programs. Below are some of the common questions families have been asking. You can learn more on our COVID-19 Safety Page.

We will provide enrolled families more information closer to summer, but for now, we are anticipating the following:

  • Students must quarantine for five days prior to the start of the program
  • Three days prior to arriving on campus, students will need to have a PCR test; students will need to bring a negative test result to registration, along with a completed health screening form
  • Upon arrival on campus, we anticipate doing both an antigen test plus another PCR test
  • Masks will be required as will social distancing
  • COVID surveillance testing twice weekly

In addition to these measures, we are expanding EXPLO’s dedicated 24/7 health centers to include both quarantine and isolation areas; dispersing and reducing the number of students and educators on campus by lowering enrollment; additional training for staff; limiting coming and going from campus; modifying the curriculum; implementing daily health assessments; and requiring enhanced sanitation and disinfecting of classrooms, public areas, athletic facilities, and restrooms. Finally, we are adjusting protocols and procedures — including how arrival day works, the first day of the program, how we approach meals, and robust on-campus programming if weekend trips are not possible.

We expect all students, families, and staff to take the EXPLO Health Pledge that acknowledges that, regarding keeping the entire community safe, individual choice and action will need to be subordinate to the common good.

Enrolled families can get 100% of tuition back until May 1, 2021, for any reason.

We know that attending a three-week residential summer program is a carefully-considered investment in your child’s development. Therefore, we have made arrangements for families to purchase optional insurance to cover their investment at a very reasonable cost. This means you can enroll with little risk and with peace of mind. As one insurance expert has told us, “EXPLO leads the industry for insurance. Families cannot get better coverage than what EXPLO is offering. Period.”

All locations where we host programs have already approved overnight summer program operations, but should something change so that the programs cannot operate this summer, we will return all tuition (just as we did in 2020).

We will require students and staff to have PCR tests in the days leading up to coming to campus, followed by additional testing on campus. As we near summer, we’ll be in contact with specific requirements.

Upon arrival at the program, students and staff will be required to take both a rapid test and a PCR test. We plan to administer additional COVID tests at least two times per week to all members of the community.


For decades, we have had dedicated health centers on campus exclusively for EXPLO students. This will continue this summer. Also, the on-campus health centers overseen by our partner physician’s practices will expand this year to include areas for quarantining, isolation, and testing.

Based on current recommendations, all members of the EXPLO community will need to wear masks. Upon the advice of our medical team, members of the community will be expected to wear disposable masks. Prior to the start of the program, we will notify families as to which types of disposable masks are acceptable and how many to bring. We’ll have designated time throughout the day for students to take mask breaks. As we near the summer, we will be in contact with more specific requirements.

Right now, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state regulations, include quarantining for a period of time prior to travel. As such, we will require students and staff to quarantine before arriving on campus. We will continue to monitor information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, recommendations from the Department of Health in the states where our programs are located, and state regulations. As this information evolves, we will update enrolled families with detailed Arrival/Departure information, including quarantine requirements, prior to the start of the program.

2021 Enrollment Protection Plans 

In order to help protect your investment in your child’s summer program experience, EXPLO is offering a way for families to purchase program/travel protection. There are two optional plans available: a Student Deluxe Plan and a Student Deluxe + Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) Plan. EXPLO tuition becomes non-refundable after certain deadlines, but these protection plans provide a variety of levels of coverage should you need to cancel your enrollment for a reason covered by the plan purchased.

For more details, submit the Request for Information form or contact an admission team member at 781.762.7400.


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