Putting tech to work
Explore computing, robotics, energy technology + more to solve practical problems
Engineers are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creatives who harness cutting-edge technology to develop solutions to many of the world's most urgent problems. From fusion power to nanotechnology to artificial intelligence, engineers are on the front lines of developing and applying these technologies in the areas of maximum impact, such as climate change and medicine.
Find creative solutions to the world's challenges
What you'll do
Create a fuel cell capable of cleanly converting hydrogen to usable electric energy.
Biologically Inspired Origami Robot
Design and build a biologically inspired robotic mechanism by combining foldable origami elements with electronic components and code to create biologically inspired robots.
Design and build functional electronics using breadboards, servo motors, LED displays, and other electronics hardware while writing and modifying computer code using hardware such as a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino.
Integrate feedback as part of the iterative design framework from professional engineers in order to hone project prototypes.
In EXPLO Engineering, challenge yourself to think along the same lines. Investigate a problem, understand end-user requirements, design a solution, create and test a prototype, collect data to measure effectiveness, and optimize for efficiency. Work side-by-side with the experts across disciplines — from robotics and mechanical engineering to software and civil engineering. Here, you can deepen your understanding of the key differences between the various fields engineers can pursue.
Prerequisite for Engineering:
We recommend that students in this course who have no prior experience with text-based coding take this free, self-paced course that starts with the block-based coding language Scratch, then introduces students to text-based coding with CS50: Introduction to Computer Science. Students are only asked to complete weeks 0-3.
Explore with leaders in the field
Take a look at some of the program faculty and speakers over the years to get a sense of who you’ll be learning with. You get the real deal here at EXPLO.
Earn college credit
All EXPLO Pre-College Career Concentrations offer the opportunity to earn two to three college credits before you even enroll in college.
Everything you need for a summer to remember
Explore future careers as a residential student...
Live the on-campus life with a roommate, meals in the dining hall, and all the support you need from live-in deans, and residence directors and advisors.
...or a commuter
Enjoy access to all the same facilities and activities as residential students, with the option to spend three evenings of your choice on campus included in your tuition.
Live the EXPLO life
At EXPLO, we combine mind-expanding discovery with serious summer fun. Join a club, play sports, take in a movie or show, or just relax by beautiful Lake Waban. Or take a quick train into Boston for a foodie tour, cruise, or ball game—all with curious and inclusive new friends.