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

## Spring 2017 Semester January 23 – April 17

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

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

#### Home School class sessions meet every week.

No session Mar. 20 and 21 due to Spring Break Camps.

### 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

###### FORCED INTO ACTION

Monday, 1/23
Get on the move with 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.

###### TURN, TURN, TURN

Monday, 1/30
Students feel torque as they spin on turntables, and explore the rotational momentum of spinning objects as they manipulate variables like size, mass, distribution, and shape in this exploration that will leave their heads spinning.

###### GALILEO’S UNIVERSE

Monday, 2/6
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.

###### THE HEAT IN ON

Monday, 2/13
Are your 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.

###### MUSIC MATH

Monday, 2/20
Almost everyone enjoys music — now unlock the mystery of it’s structure!  Find the math in music as you design rhythm patterns, discover music fractions, and keep the beat while putting it all together.

###### ARDUINO MICROCONTROLLERS

Monday, 2/27
Practice some basic programming while you explore applications of input and output using an Arduino microcontroller.  Discover the difference between analog and digital sensors and components by reading and writing to them while you experiment with LEDs, switches, sensors and more.

###### BUILDING A MEMORY

Monday, 3/6
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.

###### DELVE INTO DRAFTING

Monday, 3/13
Let your budding architects explore the concepts of computer-assisted drafting. Students design their own spaces, landscape them, and print out the aerial plans to take home.

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

###### DISCOVERING PAQUIME POTTERY

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.

###### DISCOVERING DIGITAL ART

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

###### OUT OF THE BLUE

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

###### ECOLOGY OF THE FOREST

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 Spring 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.

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:
reservations@explora.us

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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