Summer Explorations

Explore volcanoes. Dive into an ocean adventure. Paint your own masterpiece. Become an engineer! These are just some of the learning opportunities offered during the Harvard Ed Portal's virtual Summer Explorations for Allston-Brighton students entering grades 1–8!

All programs take place virtually and include a supply box to enable each student to fully participate in program activities. All opportunities run for one week and take place between July 5 and August 13.

Application Deadline: The application deadline has passed for Summer Explorations 2021.

The programs below were offered for Summer 2021.
Please note: The application deadline has passed.

Entering Grades 1–2:

Allston-Brighton students in grades 1-2 were offered the following Harvard Ed Portal sponsored programs, including a collaboration with the American Repertory Theater as well as the Harvard Museum of Natural History.

Harvard Museum of Natural History's Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers
July 12–16, 9:30am–10:30am

Dig into earth science with this virtual museum experience. Explore volcanoes, crystals, and fossils! During the live, small-group Zoom sessions, experiment with "lava," solve a sandy mystery, and see real museum specimens. Continue your investigations at home as you grow crystals, collect rocks, and make your own fossils. A small packet of special materials will be sent to your home to help with your discoveries.

Shapes and Patterns in Our World
July 19–23, 11:00am–12:00pm

Our world is full of hidden shapes! Come explore shapes and patterns in our solar system, in nature, and all around us. Every day, we will make art, engage in fun, hands-on activities you can do at home, solve puzzles together, and much more.

American Repertory Theater Creative Drama: Ocean Adventures!
July 26–30, 11:00am–12:00pm

Join your fellow sea rovers on a deep dive through nautical tales using theater techniques! Designed and led by teaching artists from the American Repertory Theater, each day will feature a mix of storytelling, movement, performance, and crafting activities that introduce theater skills, and awareness of an actor’s toolkit: body, mind, voice, and imagination.

 

Entering Grades 3–5:

Allston-Brighton students in grades 3-5 were offered the following Harvard Ed Portal sponsored programs.

Heroes of the Past, Present, and Future
July 12–16, 10:00am–12:00pm

Come engage with the stories of fictional and real-life heroes through writing, art-making, and movement activities. You will express your thoughts and ideas about what it means to be a hero, the heroes you see in your own lives, and your own capacity to be a hero.

Our World of Biodiversity
July 19–23, 10:00am–12:00pm

Jump into the diversity of environments found on Earth from the frosty tundra to the humid rainforest! You will learn about the strategies used by various plants and animals that have adapted to survive in these different places. Each day will involve crafts and interactive activities—opportunities to use your creativity and imagination while thinking like a biologist.

The Seasons, Shared Through Art
July 26–30, 10:00am–12:00pm

Come share how you see the seasons through art! You will represent what each of the four seasons means to you through a series of creative and active art-making activities. We will look at the representation of the different seasons in famous artworks and see how different shapes and colors generate different messages and feelings. Along the way, we’ll explore the science behind what makes this circle of life our reality.

 

Entering Grades 6–8:

Allston-Brighton students in grades 6-8 were offered the following Harvard Ed Portal sponsored programs, including two collaborations with Artisan's Asylum.

Artisan's Asylum: Fun with Animatronics
July 5–9, 10:00am–12:00pm

We're looking for some animatronic engineers! Get ready to design your creature to move, groove, and do what you tell it to do. You will be making a kinetic critter from your imagination that is controlled by a few simple electronic devices. From start to finish, you'll have fun creating this moveable robot that can take center stage and steal the show! You will learn to use microcontrollers and servos to bring life and motion to your creature.

Express Yourself!
July 12–16, 10:00am–12:00pm

Want to communicate something important to the world? These days there are so many ways to make your opinions and ideas known to an audience! Find your inner voice and express yourself by creating podcasts, song lyrics, poetry, writing, and much more.

Perceiving the World
July 19–23, 10:00am–12:00pm

Do we see with our eyes, or do we really see with our brain? We will try to answer this question by playing with optical illusions, learning about vision, and exploring how we see color and pattern. We will engage in daily experiments that try to trick our brain and reveal how we really see things.

Art that Shapes Community
July 26–30, 10:00am–12:00pm

You’ve seen murals, paintings, sculptures, and other art forms around your neighborhood. Let's take a closer look at art that can communicate ideas and create community. We will try our hand at creating our own collages, paintings, sketches, and more, to make statements about ourselves and our community.

Artisan's Asylum: Mission Control
August 2–13, 10:00am–12:00pm

"Mission Control, we need your help!" Calling all junior engineers and roboticists! Are you ready to help build the first Martian colony? Mission Control needs your help to solve challenging engineering problems and program robots to create safe structures for humans.. You will be our go-to team on Earth for discovering solutions for our astronauts building on the Martian terrain. As part of the team, you will receive model building and robotics equipment to test out at home and explore multiple ways to problem-solve for our astronauts.

 

Summer Explorations 2021 will provide Allston-Brighton students in grades 1–8 with live online programming in a small group settings. All opportunities run for one week between July 5 and August 13. Programs will be run by Harvard Graduate School of Education students and Harvard undergraduates who have experience in working with children online. All registered students will receive a free box of materials to support their participation in online activities.

Please note: The application deadline has passed for Summer Explorations 2021.

 

Entering Grades 1–2:

Harvard Museum of Natural History's Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers
Session runs July 12–16
Monday–Friday, 9:30am–10:30am

Harvard Ed Portal: Shapes and Patterns in Our World
Session runs July 19–23
Monday–Friday, 11:00am–12:00pm

American Repertory Theater Creative Drama: Ocean Adventures!
Session runs July 26–30
Monday–Friday, 11:00am–12:00pm

Online Access: A secure Zoom link will be sent to participants ahead of all programs.


Entering Grades 3–5:

Sessions run July 12–30
Monday–Friday, 10:00am–12:00pm

Online Access: A secure Zoom link will be sent to participants ahead of all programs.


Entering Grades 6–8:

Sessions run July 5–August 13
Monday–Friday, 10:00am–12:00pm

Online Access: A secure Zoom link will be sent to participants ahead of all programs.

How to Apply:


The application deadline for Summer Explorations 2021 has passed.
 

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

Who can sign up?
Any 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. Please note the application deadline for Summer Explorations 2021 has passed.

How many weeks of programming can I sign my child up for?
Identify the weeks for which your child is available to attend. Placements will be announced 5–7 business days after your application has been submitted. Every effort will be made to give each youth a space in the Summer Explorations program.

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

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Upcoming Deadlines:

Application Deadline for Summer Explorations 2021 (Grades 1–8):
The application deadline has passed.

Online Application

The application deadline for Summer Explorations 2021 has passed.