Home School Explorations for grades 6-8 (ages 11-13)

Spring 2018 Semester

Janaury 22 – April 16, 2018

Mondays 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

What’s the Attraction?

1/22 Through hands-on exploration, students create a magnet and compass, observe magnetic force fields, and discover how these fields are related to electricity.

Get Your Motor Running

1/29 Use batteries, magnets, wire, and paper clips to construct simple motors. Then, manipulate variables to improve the performance of your motor. Can the motors be made to run faster? Can they be turned into generators? Find out in this powerful exploration!

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

2/5 Make machines move without the use of electricity, motors, or computers. Use water and the laws of thermodynamics to bring your own creation to life. Use your creativity to overcome various challenges or create an original hydraulic machine.

Acids and Bases

2/12 We use acids and bases every day. How do they differ? Students prepare an acid-base indicator and compare the relative strengths of some common acids and bases.

Altered States

2/19 Use sonar to measure distance. Graph the relative pH levels of a variety of liquids. Collect data using computers and a variety of probes, graph and analyze the results, and develop conclusions about the correlations between two variables.

Chance or Lucky Guess

2/26 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.

Möbius Twist

3/5 Can you change your donut into a cup for your hot chocolate? Find out how by using the properties of topology! Experiment with ways to stretch, compress, and bend shapes into new ones using various materials. Investigate the topology and geometry of shapes as you solve puzzles and explore Möbius strips.

Kaleidoscope Crazed

3/12 Explore the amazing properties of mirrors, lenses, and light, and discover all the wonderful images and colorful patterns you get when angles and symmetry come into play. Students design and build their own unique kaleidoscopes.

Crazy Light

3/19 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.

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.

An introduction to Makey Makeys

4/2 Have you ever played music on banana piano keys or played video games with a paper controller? Learn how to do this and more with Makey Makey devices and investigate electrical circuits in the process.

Nature’s Numbers

4/9 Experience the joy and playfulness of mathematics! Explore pinecones, flowers, and snails, and play with numbers and number sequences. Find out how 1-1-2-3… leads you to the golden mean and the golden rectangle used by many artists. Discover how nature makes use of number sequences to grow a tree and to efficiently arrange seeds, flower petals, and leaves.

Plants Capturing Light

4/16 What are the factors that regulate photosynthesis? Students experiment with leaf pigments, light intensity, and light frequency to shed light on nature’s own solar cells.

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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