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

Spring 2018 Semester

January 22 – April 16, 2018

Mondays, 11am-12pm or 1-2pm Tuesdays, 1-2pm Explora members $90 per child per semester Non-members $108 per child per semester


Except no class the week of March 26 due to Spring Break. View our Spring Break Camp details!

Register for Spring Semester 2018

  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.

Spring 2018 Explorations Schedule

January 22 – April 16, 2018

Crazy Light

1/22 or 1/23 Why do we see ourselves in mirrors? How are shadows made? Students use light boxes to explore the basic properties of white and colored light, including reflection and refraction, and investigate the properties of lenses.

Building a Monument

1/29 or 1/30 Tension in the classroom? Let us put it to good use! Students use their bodies to understand tension and other architectural forces in this constructive exploration. They also discover elementary structural principles and model-building techniques as they create their own unique architectural structures.

Play Ball

2/5 or 2/6 By playing with flexible tracks and a variety of balls, students make discoveries about the effect of mass on collisions and find ways to affect velocity. Students also explore bounciness and elasticity in this engaging exploration.

Chemistry of Clay

2/12 or 2/13 Use microscopes to examine and compare natural clay, polymer clay, and craft dough. Test each material for its strength and stretchiness, and invent your own playful putty to take home.

Discovering Triangles

2/19 or 2/20 It’s time to give triangles the attention they deserve! In this exploration, students discover the different kinds of triangles and their importance. They also use triangles to build three-dimensional objects and begin to explore these objects’ perimeters and areas.

You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

2/26 or 2/27 How do optical illusions work? Use art to investigate persistence of vision, discover how straight lines can “bend,” explore how movies are made, and more!

Chance or Lucky Guess

3/5 or 3/6 By flipping coins, rolling dice, picking marbles from a jar, and collecting data on candy, students discover that some outcomes are predictable. Students run experiments, collect data, and determine the probabilities of certain outcomes for independent events.

Go with the Flow

3/12 or 3/13 What is Bernoulli’s Principle? Levitate balls and make an egg jump from one container to another to find out how airplanes fly and birds soar. The science of fluid dynamics is a great way to engage your students’ natural curiosities and connect them to the world.

The Heat is On

3/19 or 3/20 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.

Explora’s Home School Explorations Series

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. Registration/Information

  • 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.

Call: 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. Email: Mail: Explora Reservations 1701 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 Fax: 505-224-8325 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.

No class the week of March 26-30 for Explora Spring Break Camps.

Visit for more information.

Water FIltration

4/2 or 4/3 Students experiment with a variety of materials to filter water samples. Students test their samples before and after for turbidity, hardness, and pH, and find out how effective different filtration methods may be.

Acids and Bases

4/9 or 4/10 We use acids and bases every day. What’s the difference? Students prepare an acid-base indicator and compare the relative strengths of some common acids and bases.

Be a Mad Hatter

4/16 or 4/17 Many people wear hats, but have you ever thought about why? Students test fabrics to determine which are the most water repellent, explore how hats’ forms are related to their functions, observe hats in works of art, and make original hats to wear home.

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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