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

Fall 2018 Semester

September 17–December 10, 2018

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


Register now for Fall 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.

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. 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.

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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