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2020 EXPLORE Program Updates

The health and safety of our IEA community is a priority. As this unprecedented pandemic continues to affect many of our community members, we will not be able to offer the EXPLORE program in 2021. This program delivers incredible experiences for young learners but the biggest value comes from the in-person, on-location learning. Many of our mentors have shifted to at-home or very restricted work settings that don’t allow for the rich, immersive experiences that have been a hallmark of this program.

We are committed to offering a high school program such as the EXPLORE program when it is safe to do so. Our hope is that our 2022 program year will be our best yet. Thank you for supporting us and please continue to stay safe. We look forward to all being together soon. Please see our other program offerings in the meantime such as Spyglass, LABS, and Academy.

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There’s nothing like hands-on learning. We provide ways for gifted and advanced young adults to explore a career field of interest and start applying their knowledge in an intellectually limitless and nurturing environment.

Externships Providing Leadership Opportunities in Research and Education (EXPLORE) program matches gifted and advanced high school students with distinguished mentors, hands-on research opportunities, and professional experience in their field of interest. With the support and guidance of volunteer mentors and IEA staff, students learn about working in a variety of professional settings and advance their skills through the pursuit of knowledge and exposure to optimally challenging learning experiences. Students not only experience growth intellectually and personally, but are able to make pertinent and lasting connections with their mentors and like-minded peers.

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A gifted mind that is fed and fostered can achieve great things. By funding the IEA EXPLORE program, you will not only change a life, you might also spark a discovery that changes the world. Please consider:

Hosting an Extern. Share your professional expertise, time, and support through direct mentorship.

Sponsoring an Extern. Help ensure that no child is ever turned away due to lack of funds.We’ll match you with an IEA Extern and keep you posted on his or her progress and the results of their efforts.

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