Cryptography and Code Breaking, Dystopian Studies, Tree Bones and Ansel Adams, Eco-friendly Fabric Design, Credit Card 101, Playwriting, a Mock Trial Workshop. These courses and more are just a small part of Falmouth Academy’s Exploration Day activities. Exploration Day—typically held in November—is 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.
On Exploration Day students in the seventh and eighth-grade travel with the Assistant Head of School and others to a local historic location. Last year the port of New Bedford and the New Bedford Whaling Museum was their classroom for the day. Once known as The City That Lit the World because of its central role in the whaling industry, New Bedford remains a key seaport for the region today. Students spent the day discovering the modern working port of New Bedford, the history of the whaling industry, and learning about whale biology.
Meanwhile, a group of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders explored 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.
Finally, the ninth graders, and remaining tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders engaged in their own on-campus exploration. Students signed up for two half-day interactive “classes” that explored in detail and depth a field or topic about which one or more of our teachers have particular enthusiasm and expertise.