For over 40 years, Explorations has created opportunities for young learners to take part in educational experiences that are both challenging and captivating. From its founding, our organization has strived to empower educators to create environments where the true potential of young learners is realized. As we enter a new chapter of Explorations Learning, we look to our past and our principles to guide us forward.
Where it all started
Explorations was founded in 1981 by the Giftedness Centre at McGill University in the spirit of the World Conference on Gifted and Talented Children. The name Explorations stems from what its founders believed to be the very essence of the program: student interest as a powerful learning tool.
Learners were invited to explore a variety of topics, including studio arts, mathematics, computers, humanities, and science. Within the first few years, Explorations adopted an “open-door” policy – no longer requiring tests of giftedness or letters of recommendation to join the summer program. The program soon became a teaching and learning hub by offering supervised internships for educators who wished to learn more about teaching bright students. It also served as a research site for investigations of gifted children and teens.
Today, Explorations has grown to serve over 350 children each summer, and our programs have expanded beyond the summer to after-school, weekends, virtually, Winter and March Breaks. However, at our core, we still believe that by connecting young learners and inspired educators, we can create an exceptional experience.