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

Fall 2018 Semester

September 17–December 10, 2018

Spring 2019 Semester Programs will open for registration November 23, 2018.

View Spring 2019 Schedule

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

Explora members $95 per child per semester
Non-members $110 per child per semester.


Register for Spring Semester 2019 starting Nov. 23, 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.

Explorations Schedule

Playing Around with Polymers

9/17 or 9/18
What is a polymer? Do the properties of polymers change when they’re made from different substances? Students investigate the properties of this special material by making a number of different polymers and comparing their bounciness, stretchiness, and more.

Forced into Action

9/24 or 9/25
Get on the move with Sir Isaac Newton and discover the laws that govern motion. Eggs may break and balls will fly as students experiment with simple tools to learn about inertia and to determine the forces, velocity, and acceleration of objects in motion.

Come Get Dirty

10/1 or 10/2
Soil, mud, dust, earth, terra—there are lots of names for stuff beneath our feet. Discover the amazing world of dirt.

Water on the Move

10/8 or 10/9
How does water move through the soil? Students design, build, and test aquifer models to track contaminants, water tables, and well levels.

Gravity Rules

10/15 or 10/16
Do heavier objects fall faster than lighter objects? Students investigate the force of gravity by balancing unusually-shaped objects and experimenting with centers of gravity.

Facts of the Matter

10/22 or 10/23
Atoms in motion—fast or slow—determine the states of matter we know. We’ll use liquid nitrogen (-320° Fahrenheit) and other materials to help students explore the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.

Mystery Mixtures

10/29 or 10/30
From forensics to fireworks, chemists learn about interesting substances by performing various tests. Using chemical analysis and powers of observation, each student determines the composition of his or her own mystery mixture. Chemical reactions, suspensions, solutions, and mixtures are all part of this mysterious exploration.

Patterns, Patterns, Patterns

11/5 or 11/6
Explore patterns all around us. What kind of patterns do you find? Design your own terrific tessellation.

Energy that Moves You

11/12 or 11/13
A car needs energy to move. Lights need energy to turn on. Investigate a variety of energy sources ranging from wind power to solar power to biofuels. Discover the benefits, possibilities, and challenges of different types of energies as you move cars and look for the hidden energy sources of sugar.

In Contrast: Light, Color, and Photos

11/19 or 11/20
In this exploration, students become “sensitive” to light. Experiment with black-and-white photographic paper, penlights, and photo chemicals to create abstract drawings and prints with light.

Jump Rope Math

11/26 or 11/27
How far will you go as you jump, skip, measure, investigate, and graph? Jumping rope can be seriously fun when you go to great lengths making predictions about travel, proportions, and number of skips.

Looking Up Closer

12/3 or 12/4
Students use microscopes and magnifiers to discover the fascinating world of organisms and elements among us. Explore the structures and functions of a variety of interesting features among a micro-world of bugs, plants, and rocks.

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.


  • 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.
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.

Spring 2019 Home School Explorations Series

January 28–April 23, 2019

For 3rd–5th graders (ages 8–10 years)

Explorations Schedule

Energy Transformers

1/28 or 1/29
These energizing activities offer exploration into the different forms of energy! Investigate how these forms are converted from one to another. Experiment with “Newton’s Cradles” and build wind turbines that produce electricity.

Kaleidoscope Crazed

2/4 or 2/5
Explore the amazing properties of mirrors and lenses, and discover all the wonderful images and colorful patterns you get when angles and symmetry come into play. Design and build your own unique kaleidoscope.

Galileo’s Universe

2/11 or 2/12
Let’s gravitate toward experiments that include swinging pendulums, rolling masses, and dropping objects as we explore several of Galileo’s famous experiments! By recording and analyzing data, we’ll learn about the actions of pendulums and the laws that govern falling objects.

Building a Monument

2/18 or 2/19
Tension in the room? Put it to good use! Participants will use their bodies to understand tension and other architectural forces in this constructive exploration. They’ll also discover elementary structural principles and model-building techniques as they create their own unique architectural structures.

Exciting Electricity

2/25 or 2/26
Use batteries and wires to light a bulb, and explore open and closed circuits. Then make a gigantic complete circuit you won’t forget!

Shocking Discoveries

3/4 or 3/5
With a touch of the Van de Graaff electricity generator, we’ll energize our understanding of static electricity with hair-raising, empowering experiments that tend to create oohs, ahhs, and a few giggles, too!

No class the week of March 11–15 for Explora Spring Break Camps.

Pigments of Your Imagination: The Chemistry of Art and Science

3/18 or 3/19
Do artists need to understand chemistry? Explore the art-science connection by using pigments to make your own paints. Then use your handmade paints to create an original work of art!

Be a Rock Star

3/25 or 3/26
This isn’t about music; it’s about geology! 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.

Mobiles: Twisted but Balanced

4/1 or 4/2
Explore balance, movement, and design by constructing sculptures in the style of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. 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.

Good Vibrations

4/8 or 4/9
Catch a wave…a sound wave, that is! 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.

Nature in Art: Biomimicry

4/15 or 4/16
Delve into the science of biomimicry. Explore various art forms and the nature that inspired them.

Food Sleuths

4/22 or 4/23
What’s for dinner? Test a variety of foods to determine the presence of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins. Learn the roles these substances have in a healthy diet, and what they really do inside our bodies!

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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