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

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

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

SESSIONS MEET EVERY WEEK


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

Looking Up Close

9/17
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.

Water on the Move

9/24
How does water move through the soil? Design, build, and test aquifer models to track contaminants, water tables, and well levels.

Be a Rock Star

10/1
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.

Motion Picture Math

10/8
Explore persistence of vision with optical toys like zoetropes, flip books, thaumatropes, and a variety of computer programs. Use measurement skills and other applied math concepts to animate pictures and make them come alive!

Triangles and Tribulations

10/15
Have you always thought the triangle was just the shape between the circle and the square? It turns out that a triangle has some very important properties for engineering and construction. Find out more in this challenging trial-and-error exploration using triangles to construct games and roller coasters.

Food Sleuths

10/22
What’s for dinner? Test a variety of foods to determine the presence of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and vitamins. We also learn the roles these substances have in a healthy diet, and what they really do inside our bodies.

Good Vibrations

10/29
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.

Muscle Up

11/5
What do a grasshopper’s rear legs, a Ferris wheel, an overpass, and a car jack have in common? You’ll find out in this exploration by creating and using a variety of simple machines. Change the size and direction of forces to give yourself a mechanical advantage and make your work easier!

Gearing Up and Gearing Down

11/12
Sink your teeth into this exploration! Manipulate and arrange a variety of gears to speed up and slow down. Observe the teeth and turns of the gears to calculate the ratios that govern the transfer of power in a machine.

Circuit City

11/19
Discover the relationships among voltage, current, and resistance in a DC (direct current) circuit. Connect your batteries to a variety of motors, buzzers, LEDs, resistors, lights, and switches to investigate resistance, conductivity, and the making of a flashlight.

Creative Programming

11/26
Get creative with computers and MSW-Logo programming language. Develop colorful graphic designs of geometric objects and animate them. Design mini-animations with their own backgrounds and move creatures through their scenes.

In Contrast: Light, Color, and Photos

12/3
In this exploration, become “sensitive” to light. Experiment with black-and-white photographic paper, penlights, and photo chemicals to create abstract drawings and prints with light.

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, 9am-5pm. Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
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.

Spring 2019 Home School Explorations Series

January 28–April 22, 2019

For 6th–8th graders (ages 11–14 years), at Explora. Beginning Spring 2019, prices will change to Explora members $95 per child per semester Non-members $110 per child per semester.

Explorations Schedule

Density Liquid Layers

1/28
Delve into density, the property of matter that determines whether objects float or sink! Compare the densities of salt solutions and a variety of liquids, and make a submarine that both sinks and floats.

Time to Reflect…and Refract

2/4
Use lasers, prisms, lenses, and mirrors to explore ways to control and direct light. Use a variety of materials to learn about their optical properties, and then use your knowledge to build a refracting telescope!

Music Math

2/11
You’ve probably enjoyed listening to your favorite music. Now you can unlock the mystery of its structure! Find the math in music as you design rhythm patterns, discover music fractions, and keep the beat while putting it all together.

Motion Picture Math

2/18
Explore persistence of vision with optical toys like zoetropes, flip books, thaumatropes, and a variety of computer programs. Use measurement skills and other applied math concepts to animate pictures and make them come alive!

Building a Monument

2/25
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.

Energy Transformers

3/4
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.

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

The Heat is On

3/18
Do we sometimes act like hot little molecules? We’ll use natural tendencies, along with some dramatic experiments, to understand how molecules transfer heat through conduction, convection, and radiation.

In Synch

3/25
Explore the phenomenon of resonance by snapping, plucking, or striking rubber bands, springs, rods, pendulums, and more to observe their natural springiness. Use techniques of matching natural frequencies to “magically” move pendulums, oscillate springs, and amplify vibrations of objects.

Mobiles: Twisted but Balanced

4/1
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.

Gearing Up and Gearing Down

4/8
Sink your teeth into this exploration! Manipulate and arrange a variety of gears to speed up and slow down. Observe the teeth and turns of the gears to calculate the ratios that govern the transfer of power in a machine.

Turn, Turn, Turn

4/15
For a fun spin on science, try some experiments using rotation! Feel torque as you spin on turntables, and explore the rotational momentum of spinning objects as you manipulate variables like size, mass, distribution, and shape.

Ecology of the Forest

4/22
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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