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Summer Camp 2015 at Explora

Spark curiosity with week-long camps for Pre-K - 8th graders!
June 1 - August 7, 2015

Registration/Information
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You can register online,
download a registration form,
or call 505-224-8341.

You can enroll your child according to the highest grade level completed.

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form

  • 5 full days of camp
    (Choose a weekly morning and afternoon camp and stay the day 9am-4pm.)
    Explora members $260, Non-members* $300

  • 5 half days of camp (Choose a weekly 9am-12pm or 1-4pm camp.)
    Explora members $130, Non-members* $150

    *Buy a membership before camp registration, and get camp discounts and free admission all year! Call 505-224-8363 or 505-224-8341, and get your membership code before registering for camp.

Before and after care (Optional, 8-9am and/or 4-5:30pm)
$5 per child per morning or afternoon, per day.

Teens: have your own unique learning experience this summer!
Volunteer as a Junior Camp Assistant and work alongside an Explora Educator.
Teens ages 12 - 15 apply by Friday, June 19.
Contact Drora Schub to learn more: 505-224-8362 or dschub@explora.us

Explora Summer Camp Class Schedule:

 

June 1 - 5
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Water: Droplets fall and things slip and slide! Use a variety of tools—including light!—to discover water’s properties as you explore water in its many forms.
  • K-1st - What's Cooking in Chemistry? Become a kitchen chemist. Experiment with household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of foods, make ice cream, and more.
  • K-1st - Roadways and Raceways: Calling all speed-racers! Make a roller coaster for marbles. Investigate different shapes for wheels to see which roll best on bumpy roads.
  • 2nd-3rd - Crazy Light: Did you know that light can be bounced and bent? Use lenses, mirrors, prisms, and filters to explore the wonderful properties of light and optics.
  • 4th-6th - Magnetic Storms: Have you ever seen a magnetic storm? Use a sunspotter to track one down!  Experiment with magnetic fields to float magnets down copper tubes, launch steel balls, build electromagnets, and investigate ferrofluids.

June 1 - 5
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - What's Cooking in Chemistry: Become a kitchen chemist. Experiment with household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of foods, make ice cream, and more.
  • 2nd-3rd - Roadways and Raceways: Calling all speed-racers! Make a roller coaster for marbles. Investigate different shapes for wheels to see which roll best on bumpy roads.
  • 4th-6th - Dimensions of Design: Transform digital drawings into unique architectural models using recycled materials and simple circuits. Draw upon a variety of techniques, technologies, and tools to engineer your vision and build structures for your unique city.. 

 

June 8 - 12
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Air: Whoosh—Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble. Use it to turn pinwheels, float parachutes, and more.
  • K-1st - The World Beneath Our Feet: Dig down in the dirt and investigate the soil to find out what’s in it. Feel the textures of various soil samples from around the world, and explore the plants and creepy crawlies that live in them.
  • 2nd-3rd - Bathroom Science: Be a bathroom chemist! Test several shampoos and toothpaste brands for effectiveness, try different concoctions to make your own glycerin soap, go on a germ hunt, and more.
  • 4th-6th - Cardboard Architects: Design and build structures using cardboard and other materials. Experiment with the art and science of architecture as you test for strength and stability!

June 8 - 12
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - In the Shadows: Explore the shapes of shadows, experiment with colorful shadows, and use shadows to measure time. Discover different ways to make shadows as you bounce and bend light.
  • 2nd-3rd - The Possibilities of Paper: Make it, fold it, sculpt it, cut it, recycle it, and print on it as you experiment with papel picado, origami boxes, pop-up books, and paper-mâché.
  • 4th-6th - Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, roller coasters, and a newspaper structure you can crawl into. Then, test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes!

 

June 15 - 19 
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Patterns: Look! Do you notice a pattern in the leaves, seashells, stairs… and even in your clothes? Explore patterns in nature and fabrics. Create patterns with symmetry blocks, mirrors, and paper.
  • K-1st - Spring, Stretch, Bounce, and Roll: Can you walk with springs on your feet? Experiment with bouncing balls. Create roller coasters for marbles. Investigate stretchy materials, and explore how materials respond to forces.
  • 2nd-3rd - Game On! What are the rules of this game? You decide. Make your own video game from scratch, program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot, and redesign a remote-controlled car with enhanced technology for missions into the danger zone! LEGO®, MINDSTORMS®, and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group.
  • 4th-6th - Powders and Crystals:  Ever wonder how fireworks get their color? Discover the wonders of chemistry as you watch powders change colors, identify mystery mixtures, grow a variety of crystals, and more.

June 15 - 19
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Measure Me: Master your measuring skills! Weigh some wacky objects. Find out exactly how tall you are. Use scales, measuring cups, and droppers to measure ingredients and make your own snacks.
  • 2nd-3rd - Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, roller coasters, and a newspaper structure you can crawl into. Then, test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes! 
  • 4th-6th - Blast Off: Design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar as you experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics.

 

June 22 - 26
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Shapes: Circles, Squares, and Triangles, Oh My! Discover the unique qualities of shapes as we build with them. Solve challenges like, "What shape of wheel works best on a bumpy road?"
  • K-1st - Taking Flight: Experiment with wind tubes, design parachutes, make gliding toys, construct and test kites, and more. Up, up, and away we go!
  • 2nd-3rd - Water, Water Everywhere: Cool off at Explora as you experiment with siphon water systems, design water clocks, explore liquid density, and build "aquaterriums."
  • 4th-6th - Materials Camp: Cast metal and resin, make an alloy, build a light bulb, and concoct foamy creations while you use basic science to examine and discover what materials make up the "stuff" around you.

June 22 - 26
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Pattern Pizzazz: Go on a scavenger hunt to spot shapes, colors, and patterns. Then create your own patterns using paints, beads, leaves, candy, and more.
  • 2nd-3rd - Blast Off: Design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar as you experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics.
  • 4th-6th - Pinball Wizard: Design a pinball game out of peg boards, rubber bands, and a variety of other materials. Experiment with building and testing pins, traps, bumpers, guardrails, and more.

 

July 6 - 10
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Light and Shadow Play: Catch a shadow! Explore light and shadows as you make shadow shapes, try to hide from your shadow, and make shadow prints. Watch colors mix and mingle in the light.
  • K-1st - Little Green Thumbs:  Get your hands dirty! Plant flowers, examine plants at various stages of growth, and dissect seeds.
  • 2nd-3rd - Chemistry in the Kitchen: Put on your chef apron and try our tempting, tasty, and bubbling kitchen experiments.  You'll conduct a baking soda/baking powder challenge, compare, adapt, and invent recipes, and make green eggs and ham!
  • 2nd-3rd - Game On! What are the rules of this game? You decide. Make your own video game from scratch, program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot, and redesign a remote-controlled car with enhanced technology for missions into the danger zone! LEGO®, MINDSTORMS®, and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group.
  • 4th-6th - Have a Ball: Discover the math and physics of minigolf and rolling games as you experiment with a variety of balls, obstacles, and targets. You'll explore velocity, extrapolate deflection angles, defy gravity, and more.

July 6 - 10
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Bubbles, Foam, and Fizz: Become a curious chemist when you mix up cool concoctions, investigate foamy foods, and create bubbling solutions. We’ll even design our own soda pop recipe!
  • 2nd-3rd - Chemistry in the Kitchen: Put on your chef apron and try our tempting, tasty, and bubbling kitchen experiments.  You'll conduct a baking soda/baking powder challenge, compare, adapt, and invent recipes, and make green eggs and ham!
  • 4th-6th - Dimensions of Design: Transform digital drawings into unique architectural models using recycled materials and simple circuits. Draw upon a variety of techniques, technologies, and tools to engineer your vision and build structures for your unique city.

 

July 13 - 17 
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Water: Droplets fall and things slip and slide! Use a variety of tools—including light!—to discover water’s properties as you explore water in its many forms.
  • K-1st - The World Beneath Our Feet: Dig down in the dirt and investigate the soil to find out what’s in it. Feel the textures of various soil samples from around the world, and explore the plants and creepy crawlies that live in them.
  • 2nd-3rd - Bathroom Science: Be a bathroom chemist! Test several shampoos and toothpaste brands for effectiveness, try different concoctions to make your own glycerin soap, go on a germ hunt, and more.
  • 4th-6th - Cardboard Architects: Design and build structures using cardboard and other materials. Experiment with the art and science of architecture as you test for strength and stability!
  • 6th-8th - Creative Woodworking: Learn the basics of working with wood. Use traditional hand tools, such as chisels, saws, carving tools, and planes. Explore basic woodturning techniques on a lathe. Students will make projects designed to develop an understanding of the nature of wood and the skills for safe and effective shaping technique.

July 13 - 17
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - In the Shadows: Explore the shapes of shadows, experiment with colorful shadows, and use shadows to measure time. Discover different ways to make shadows as you bounce and bend light.
  • 2nd-3rd - The Possibilities of Paper: Make it, fold it, sculpt it, cut it, recycle it, and print on it as you experiment with papel picado, origami boxes, pop-up books, and paper-mâché.
  • 4th-6th - Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, roller coasters, and a newspaper structure you can crawl into. Then, test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes!
  • 6th-8th - Arduino Adventures: Learn programming and prototyping skills while you tinker with an Arduino microcontroller. Explore differences between analog and digital input and output using LEDs, range finders, flex sensors, servos, motors, switches and more. Use the Processing programming language to control components on the Arduino microcontroller. 

 

July 20 - 24
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Air: Whoosh—Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble. Use it to turn pinwheels, float parachutes, and more.
  • K-1st - Spring, Stretch, Bounce, and Roll: Can you walk with springs on your feet? Experiment with bouncing balls. Create roller coasters for marbles. Investigate stretchy materials, and explore how materials respond to forces.
  • 2nd-3rd - Game On! What are the rules of this game? You decide. Make your own video game from scratch, program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot, and redesign a remote-controlled car with enhanced technology for missions into the danger zone! LEGO®, MINDSTORMS®, and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. 
  • 4th-6th - Powders and Crystals: Ever wonder how fireworks get their color? Discover the wonders of chemistry as you watch powders change colors, identify mystery mixtures, grow a variety of crystals, and more. 
  • 6th-8th - Science of Stuff:  Harden metals, make an alloy, build a bulb, cast resin, and make foamy creations while you use basic science to examine and discover what makes up the "stuff" around you.

July 20 - 24
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Measure Me: Master your measuring skills! Weigh some wacky objects. Find out exactly how tall you are. Use scales, measuring cups, and droppers to measure ingredients and make your own snacks.
  • 2nd-3rd - Super Structures: Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, roller coasters, and a newspaper structure you can crawl into. Then, test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes.
  • 4th-6th - Blast Off: Design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar as you experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics.
  • 6th-8th - Green Design: Design with conservation in mind. Use green energy! Is there a relationship between color and heat absorption? Run experiments to improve windmill generators. Collaborate to build an eco-friendly house.  

 

July 27 - 31
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Patterns: Look! Do you notice a pattern in the leaves, seashells, stairs… and even in your clothes? Explore patterns in nature and fabrics. Create patterns with symmetry blocks, mirrors, and paper.
  • K-1st - Taking Flight: Experiment with wind tubes, design parachutes, make gliding toys, construct and test kites, and more. Up, up, and away we go!
  • 2nd-3rd - Water, Water Everywhere: Cool off at Explora as you experiment with siphon water systems, design water clocks, explore liquid density, and build "aquaterriums."
  • 4th-6th - Materials Camp: Cast metal and resin, make an alloy, build a light bulb, and concoct foamy creations while you use basic science to examine and discover what materials make up the "stuff" around you.
  • 6th-8th - Programmable Pi*: (Full day, 9am-4pm, $260 members, $300 non-members) Learn real programming skills as you discover the ins and outs of a Raspberry Pi, a computer the size of a credit card! Note: Raspberry Pi is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

July 27 - 31
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Pattern Pizzazz: Go on a scavenger hunt to spot shapes, colors, and patterns. Then create your own patterns using paints, beads, leaves, candy, and more.
  • 2nd-3rd - Blast Off: Design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar as you experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics.
  • 4th-6th - Pinball Wizard: Design a pinball game out of peg boards, rubber bands, and a variety of other materials. Experiment with building and testing pins, traps, bumpers, guardrails, and more.

 

August 3 - 7
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Shapes: Circles, Squares, and Triangles, Oh My! Discover the unique qualities of shapes as we build with them. Solve challenges like, "What shape of wheel works best on a bumpy road?"
  • K-1st - What's Cooking in Chemistry: Become a kitchen chemist. Experiment with household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of foods, make ice cream, and more.
  • K-1st - Little Green Thumbs: Get your hands dirty! Plant flowers, examine plants at various stages of growth, and dissect seeds.
  • 2nd-3rd - Crazy Light: Did you know that light can be bounced and bent? Use lenses, mirrors, prisms, and filters to explore the wonderful properties of light and optics.
  • 4th-6th - Magnetic Storms: Have you ever seen a magnetic storm? Use a sun spotter to track one down! Experiment with magnetic fields to float magnets down copper tubes, launch steel balls, build electromagnets, and investigate ferrofluids.

August 3 - 7
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - What's Cooking in Chemistry: Become a kitchen chemist. Experiment with household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of foods, make ice cream, and more.
  • K-1st - Marvelous Magnets: Discover how a variety of magnets attract and repel. Investigate magnetic properties as you race cars, create magnetic art, use magnets as tools, and make your own electromagnet.
  • 2nd-3rd - Roadways and Raceways: Calling all speed-racers! Make a roller coaster for marbles. Investigate different shapes for wheels to see which roll best on bumpy roads.
  • 4th-6th - Inventive Robotics: Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with devices that hover or launch balls. Program LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot missions, program PicoCrickets to create a "smart house," build a basic robot from recycled materials and more. LEGO®, MINDSTORMS®, and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

Summer Camps 

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Your Camp Day:

  • Full Day
    9am to 4pm
  • Half Day
    9am to 12pm or
    1pm to 4pm
  • Before and After Care
    (Optional, see fees below)
    8am to 9am
    4pm to 5:30pm


Bring:

Bring a snack for morning and afternoon breaks. Also, bring a cold sack lunch if staying all day.
Campers enjoy supervised lunch and exhibit exploration from 12pm to 1pm.
Explora will provide beverages during breaks
and lunch.
Parents are responsible for dispensing any medication.

Pick-up:

Pre-K, 11:45-12:15.
K-8th graders, 12-12:15
or 4-4:15.

Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.

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.

Fees:

  • Week of Full Days
    (Sign up for a morning and afternoon camp and stay the whole day!)
    Explora members $260
    Non-members* $300
  • Week of Half Days
    Explora members $130
    Non-members* $150
    * Buy a membership and get your camp discount and free admission all year!
  • Before and After Care
    (optional, offered at 8-9am and 4-5:30pm)
    $5 per child per day, per morning or afternoon; $10 for both.


Registration:

Campers must be able to use the restroom on their own.

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 insurance information; any allergy or special needs information for your child; any medications and dosages.

Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Questions may also be emailed to reservations@explora.us

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

Cancelation Policy:

If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.

Cancelations received fewer than 5 business days before the camp will not be refunded.

Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.

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