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Chain Reaction Scientists (grades 3-5)


Spring Semester 2015
January 17 to May 9

Build a better scientist!

Chain Reaction Scientists delve into the nature of physics and engineering through motion and change. Problem-solving skills are sharpened as participants work to connect separate actions into a running sequence. Meets every other week. Parents are welcome to participate.

Class Fees:
Explora Members- $140.00
Non-members- $160.00

Button-Chain-Sat-930am form
Meets every other Saturday morning, 9:30-11 am

You can also call 505-224-8341 to register.

Class Schedule:

roller coasters! 
Saturday, January 17
With just paper and tape, design a roller coaster that sends a marble flying down hills, around loops and corkscrews, over jumps, and on… until it ends up at your goal, queasy but unhurt.


the ways and means
Saturday, January 31
Not sure where to start?  Chain reactions behaving badly?  Learn some ways to get an idea and the means to make it happen.


Energy - Charge and release 
Saturday, February 14
Chain reactions are all about storing energy, then releasing it one component at a time! Discover different ways to lock energy away, and design mechanisms to let it go! 


Saturday, Febuary 28
Ever wonder how an engine turns a spinning axle into the up and down motion of a piston? A linked cam can help! Build a system with pins, belts, and gears to make the connection!


Challenge Day!
Saturday, March 14
We’re halfway through the semester and it’s time to test your chain-building skills.  Complete as many chain challenges as you can before time’s up!


circuit city
Saturday, March 28
Electricity likes circles. Make them or break them using magnetically-connected circuit blocks to power your chain reaction.


Saturday, April 11
Chemical reactions are chain reactions on the molecular level, in a sense—use them to push, pressurize, block, or support your chain reaction.


Saturday, April 25
You’ve seen a line of dominoes fall, but have you ever toppled a 3D structure of dominoes?  Did you know if you weave craft sticks just right, they can explode along a wave? Use patterns to make common items act in amazing ways! 


Saturday, May 9
Eight weeks of testing and refining, learning how to engineer forces to do our bidding upon a wacky mix of objects, have brought our Chain Reaction Scientists to their final big reaction in this series!


Activities change each semester.


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1701 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

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Mon-Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun: 12 pm - 6 pm

Closed on Jan. 1, July 4, the week after Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Dec. 25. We close early at 2 pm on Dec. 24 and 31.



Explora Members: Free
Children (under age 1): Free
Children (ages 1-11): $4
Adults (ages 12-64): $8
Seniors (age 65+, with ID): $5
Students or Military (with ID): $5

Groups: Reservations Required.
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It’s time for Explora’s 2015 Spring semester programs

Explora educators develop camp activities with children's developmental levels in mind. Your children will have the opportunity to learn from, and work with older and younger peers and make new friends.


  • You can register online, by phone, or download and mail/fax the completed registration form.

  • Please have the following available when you register: emergency contact name and phone numbers; name of alternate adults who can pick up the child; child's medications, dosages, and physician's name; child's insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.


505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9 am - 5 pm.


Explora Reservations
1701 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


Cancelation policy

  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.

  • Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the first class will not be refunded.

  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

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