Cryptography and Code Breaking, Dystopian Studies, Tree Bones and Ansel Adams, Eco-friendly Fabric Design, Credit Card 101, Playwriting, a Mock Trial Workshop are just a small sampling of Falmouth Academy’s Exploration Days activities.
Exploration Days, now twice a year, are an opportunity for students to step away from their usual academic schedule and take a deep dive into special topics, fields of study, and careers of interest to them. It’s a chance to pursue learning for sheer pleasure and passion—for both students and teachers. It is a mix of field trips, half and full-day classes, and professional shadowing.
In the fall, students in the seventh and eighth-grade travel to a local historic location. This year they visited the Museum of Science and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Last year the port of New Bedford and the New Bedford Whaling Museum was their classroom for the day.
Upper-school students engage in their own on-campus exploration. Students signed up for two half-day interactive “classes” that delve into a field or topic about which one or more of our teachers have particular enthusiasm and expertise.
In the spring, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders may explore a variety of career possibilities as “professional shadows.” Last year the school arranged for more than 40 students to spend the day in a wide array of professional settings including architecture, oncology, radio broadcasting, biotechnology, and elementary-age teaching, just to name a few.