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

Fall 2018 Semester

September 17–December 10, 2018

Mondays 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

Looking Up Close

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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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