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

Fall 2017 Semester
September 18 – December 4

Mondays 1-2pm

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

Home School class sessions meet every week.

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Registration will open June 1.

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

Energy Transformers

During these energizing activities, participants explore the different forms of energy and how these forms are converted from one to another. Students will experiment with “Newton’s Cradles” and build wind turbines that produce electricity.

Yucca, Yucca, Yucca

What’s the difference between soap and detergent? How does either one compare with a natural soap made from yucca roots? In this exploration you can “suds up” with lab techniques designed to compare and test the power of these cleansing agents.

Forensic Science

To be announced

Time to Reflect… and Refract

Use flashlights, lasers, rolling balls, prisms, and more to explore reflection and refraction. Explore the properties of reflection in visible and infrared light. Use lasers to measure reflected angles in milky water, observe different reflections in straight, curved, and bumpy mirrors, and build a refracting telescope using foam cups.

Elucidating Illumination

What is light, how important is it, and what color is it, really? Discover how astronomers and planetary scientists use light to explore the planets, the stars, and even the most distant objects in the universe.

Galileo’s Universe

Students gravitate toward experiments that have them swinging pendulums, rolling masses, and dropping objects as they explore several of Galileo’s famous experiments. By recording and analyzing data, students learn about the actions of pendulums and the laws that govern falling objects.

Facts of the Matter

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.

Plasma Scrutiny


Solids, liquids, gases…and plasma! Explore plasma, the fourth state of matter. What happens to gas molecules in plasma, and how does the gas affect the plasma’s color? Students investigate a plasma ball and use a spectroscope to identify the type of gas based on its color.

Very Small in the Universe

Is poking around in the dark science? It is when you are studying things you can’t see. Scientists use their other senses all the time, and they infer from there. Students use bicycle wheels, diapers, water, and their own senses to learn about atoms and other small particles.

Chemistry of Carbohydrates

Perform chemical tests on various foods to see if they contain carbohydrates and on fruits and candies to see what kind of sugar they have inside of them. Additionally, try out experimental baking recipes to see which make the fluffiest biscuits!

Pigments of Your Imagination:The Chemistry of Art and Science

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.

Density Liquid Layers

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.

No class the week of March 20–24 for Explora Spring Break Camps.
Visit www.explora.us for more information.


Monday, 3/27
In this program, students explore the techniques, designs, and materials used by potters from the ancient site of Paquimé in Chihuahua. Using a variety of materials and natural pigments, students make their own pottery and homemade paintbrushes in the Paquimé style.


Monday, 4/3
Use computers and scanners to explore digital art by combining drawing, photography, and collage to manipulate images and make digital prints.


Monday, 4/10
How do you create a photographic image using light from the sun? In this exploration you will apply chemicals to paper and manipulate variables to make your own unique print. Note: This program is weather-dependent


Monday, 4/17
Play in the dirt to discover who and what is in it. Test soil samples for absorption and percolation, and find out how soil supports the health of the forest and the lives within it.

The exploration topics change each semester. 

It’s time for Explora’s 2017 Fall semester 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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