Summer Explorations

Explore the science behind cooking. Practice basketball and soccer skills. Try acting. Investigate the world's invertebrates! These are just some of the learning opportunities offered during the Harvard Ed Portal's Summer Explorations for Allston-Brighton students entering grades 1–8!

All programs will take place in-person between July 11 and August 4. All opportunities have a unique schedule and meeting location, so please read all descriptions thoroughly.

Application Deadline: Summer Explorations 2022 is rolling admissions.

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Entering Grades 1–2:

American Repertory Theater | Creative Drama: Ocean Explorations!
Dates: July 18–22, 9:00am–12:00pm
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join your fellow underwater adventurers on a journey through a story using theater techniques! Designed and led by teaching artists from the American Repertory Theater, every day will feature a mix of storytelling, movement, performance, and crafting activities meant to introduce theater skills and awareness of the actor's toolkit: body, mind, voice, and imagination. Grades 1-2 will play through a different story each day!

Harvard Museum of Natural History | Super Scientists
Dates: July 25–29, 9:30am–12:00pm
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Spend a week exploring science like a scientist! Experiment with animal behavior, movement, and diet. Do fieldwork collecting outside. Develop models of movement by making simple robots. Observe light and seek out microscopic views. Meet scientists doing similar work and have fun!

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Entering Grades 3–5:

American Repertory Theater | Creative Drama: Ocean Explorations!
Dates: July 11–15, 9:00am–12:00pm
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Join your fellow underwater adventurers on a journey through a story using theater techniques! Designed and led by teaching artists from the American Repertory Theater, every day will feature a mix of storytelling, movement, performance, and crafting activities meant to introduce theater skills and awareness of the actor's toolkit: body, mind, voice, and imagination. Grades 3-5 will create their own original play based on one story!

Harvard Museum of Natural History | Ins and Outs of Skeletons
Dates: July 18–22, 9:30am–12:00pm
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Investigate the ins and outs of skeletons! Using observations of skulls, bones, and live animals, we will explore how animals use their skeletons for protection, support, and movement, and see how bones and fossils can solve recent and ancient mysteries. Extend the fun and learning through experiments, puzzles, and crafts.

Science of Cooking
Dates: July 18–22, 9:00am–12:00pm
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Explore the science behind cooking and food through hands-on activities, labs, and recipes! In this workshop, students will learn to be and think like a scientist by using scientific inquiry while tinkering with recipes based on their own interests. In addition, students will learn basic chemistry and other scientific concepts through ice cream, bread, and more.

Harvard Museum of Natural History | Invertebrate Investigators
Dates: July 25–29, 9:30am–12:00pm
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

Dive deep into the world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Examine the many amazing adaptations that make these creatures the most successful organisms on Earth. Use a microscope to study anatomy and metamorphosis, get face-to-face with a live tarantula, and learn why spiders and other arachnids are more closely related to horseshoe crabs than their six-legged counterparts. Explore the museum's arthropod and marine galleries and search and capture invertebrates of your own using a variety of humane traps made of household items.

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Entering Grades 6–8:

Science of Cooking
Dates: July 11–15, 9:00am–12:00pm
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

Explore the science behind cooking and food through hands-on activities, labs, and recipes! In this workshop, students will learn to be and think like a scientist by using scientific inquiry while tinkering with recipes based on their own interests. In addition, students will learn basic chemistry and other scientific concepts through ice cream, bread, and more.

2022 Girls Crimson Soccer Camp
Dates: July 11–15, 9:00am–3:00pm
Location: Harvard University Athletics, 65 North Harvard St., Allston

Your child will have fun and learn soccer skills along our coaching staff and partner Soccer Sisters. They will learn skills from members of the Women's Soccer Team and coaches, with a focus on fun, character building, and skill. The team members are great role models for the young players! Each player receives a free t-shirt.

2022 Boys Youth Basketball Academy at Harvard
Dates: August 2–4, 9:00am–3:00pm
Location: Lavietes Pavilion, 65 North Harvard St., Allston

Your child will get to play basketball for three days at Harvard! Players will learn basketball skills in a positive and supportive environment from the coaches and players on Harvard's Basketball team. Your child will learn teamwork and individual skills, such as ball handling, passing, shooting, rebounding, and defense. Each participant will also get to play basketball all three days, grouped by age and ability. Join the Harvard Basketball program for fun, instruction, and friendly competition!

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Summer Explorations 2022 will provide Allston-Brighton students entering grades 1–8 this fall with in-person programming in small group settings. All programs will take place in-person between July 11 and August 4.

Please be aware that COVID-19 precautions differ by program. Please read the program descriptions carefully to ensure you are able to meet all program requirements. Generally, Summer Explorations program requirements are as follows:

  • Harvard Ed Portal & Athletics based programs do not require vaccination and face coverings.
  • Harvard Museum of Nature History (HMNH) based programs require up-to-date vaccination.

 

How to Apply:

Apply online for Summer Explorations 2022! This application should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Please note that you will need information about your student's July and early August schedule.

Select your student's grade cluster to see the opportunities that are available to them this summer. All programs will take place in-person between July 11 and August 4. All opportunities have a unique schedule and meeting location, so please read all descriptions thoroughly.

Apply Online


Application Deadline: Summer Explorations 2022 is rolling admissions.

Media Release: Note there is an optional media release included in the online applications. Please read it carefully.

Who can sign up?
Any Harvard Ed Portal member (or Ed Portal eligible) who meets the age/grade requirements. Ed Portal eligible children will be required to sign up for a free Harvard Ed Portal membership.

How do I sign my child up?
An online application is provided here. Summer Explorations 2022 is rolling admissions.

How many weeks of programming can I sign my child up for?
A student may apply for as many programs within their grade range as they would like. Space is limited and varies among the programs. Therefore, the Ed Portal cannot guarantee placement in all programs an applicant expresses interest in. Placements will be announced 5–7 business days after your application has been submitted.

How much does the programming cost?
Summer Explorations is free for all participants!

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Upcoming Deadlines:

Application Deadline: Summer Explorations 2022 is rolling admissions.

Online Application