Home School Explorations for grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

Fall 2017 Semester

September 18 – December 5, 2017

Mondays, 11am-12pm or 1-2pm
Tuesdays, 1-2pm

Explora members $90 per child per semester
Non-members $108 per child per semester

Home School class sessions meet every week.

Three ways to register

  1. Online: Select a session day and time to register online

2. Mail: Download, print, and mail registration form:

3. Call Reservations at 505-224-8341.

Class Schedule

Density Liquid Layers

9/18 or 9/19
Density is the property of matter that determines whether objects float or sink. Students compare the densities of salt solutions and a variety of liquids, and make a submarine that both sinks and floats.

Drawing Nature

9/25 or 9/26
Become a scientific illustrator as you use grids, stencils, symmetry and more to draw your favorite animals and plants. Investigate how science and art work together as you use magnifying glasses to examine insects and plants to illustrate them.

Crazy About Chromatography

10/2 or 10/3
Inside an ordinary black marker is a rainbow of color waiting to escape! Students investigate how paper chromatography is used to separate the components of mixtures, and test colored markers, food coloring, and candy to see what unexpected colors each contains.

Mobiles: Twisted but Balanced

10/9 or 10/10
Explore balance, movement, and design by constructing sculptures in the style of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. We compare and contrast symmetry and asymmetry in design and weight, and explore cause and effect by trying to balance weights and physically work out visual choices.

Be a Rock Star

10/16 or 10/17
This isn’t about music; it’s about geology! Students use microscopes and magnifying loupes to discover the main types of rocks, model the rock cycle, and perform a series of tests to unearth a mystery mineral.

Good Vibrations

10/23 or 10/24
Catch a wave…a sound wave, that is! Students experiment with vibrations to learn how sound is produced and how it acquires its specific qualities. Find out how sound travels through various materials and how to tell whether it is coming or going.

Food Sleuths

10/30 or 10/31
What’s for dinner? Students test a variety of foods to determine the presence of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins. We also learn the roles these substances have in a healthy diet, and what they really do inside our bodies.

Roller Coaster Bonanza

11/6 or 11/7
Put your engineering skills to work as you use triangles to design a roller coaster for marbles. Can you create a loop-de- loop?

The Heat is On

11/13 or 11/14
Are your students acting like hot little molecules? What else is new? We’ll use their natural tendencies, along with some dramatic experiments, to help them understand how molecules transfer heat through conduction, convection, and radiation.


11/20 or 11/21
Explore the science of the super small. Nanometer-sized things are very small, too small for even ordinary microscopes to see them. Investigate how scientists are able to work with things that are too small to see, explore some of today’s products that use nanotechnology in them and discover how changing things on the nanoscale can give ordinary materials special properties.

In Defense of Spiders

11/27 or 11/28
Live Theater: This interactive courtroom drama will not determine the fate of spiders…or will it? Audience members play a decisive role in arachnid justice.

Discover the Wonders of Nature

12/4 or 12/5
How is a beak’s shape related to its function? Can you tie your shoes without your thumbs? We’ll use our greatest survival tool—our brains—to discover how adaptations help us survive and make us who we are. Students also spend time up close and personal with some of Explora’s educational animals.

Explora’s Fall Clubs & 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.

Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free.

Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.

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