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Summer Camp 2016 at Explora

Spark curiosity this summer!
Week-long camps for Pre-K - 8th graders CAM 010713 22784 amycropellipse
June 6 - August 5, 2016

   Also, for 10th - 12th Graders:
   Computer Game Development Camp,
   with Sandia Labs engineers, July 11-15th

 

Camp Info:
More details in left sidebar

  • 5 full days of camp:
    Explora members $260, Non-members* $300
    Choose one week-long morning camp
    and one week-long afternoon camp,
    or one all-day camp, and stay the day 9am-4pm.

  • 5 half days of camp: Explora members $130 Non-members* $150
    Choose one week-long morning camp or one week-long afternoon camp.

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

*Buy a membership online before you register for camp, and get camp discounts plus free admission all year! Or call 505-224-8341 to buy a membership and register for camp.

*Some scholarship opportunities may be available. Call 505-224-8341 for more information.

You can enroll your child according to the highest grade level completed.
Register online, download & mail a form, or call 505-224-8341.

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12-15 YEAR OLDS - BECOME A YOUTH APPRENTICE

Join Explora's Youth Apprentice Program
Looking for a unique summer experience? Have fun with peers as you learn about science and make a positive impact on your community through educational outreach. Apply by May 13 for the summer program!
Call Sarah Pratt at 505-224-8320   Download Application 
 

Explora Summer Camp Class Schedule:

Note: Grade level refers to the highest grade level your child has already completed.

Is the camp you wanted full? Sometimes we add more camp sections!
Please call 505-224-8341 or 505-224-8323 to explore camp options and/or be included on a wait list.

June 6 - 10
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Exploring 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 - Tactile Textiles: Put fabrics to the test! You'll concoct your own dyes, experiment with stain removers, test the breakage strength of yarn, make a patterned quilt top and more. 
  • 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 - Materials Camp: Harden metal, make an alloy, build a light bulb, concoct foamy creations and more while you use basic science to examine and discover what materials make up the "stuff" around you.

June 6 - 10
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - We Love Dirt: Get ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the world of soil, sand, and silt. Use microscopes to look at dirt samples up close and discover how different they are from each other. We'll also make our own sand, build a house of mud, and more.
  • 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 - Toy Engineering: Are existing toys not quite what you want? Can't find an 8-wheeled car anywhere? Use your imagination, then tinker, engineer, and custom-build your own toys. Adapt designs and create with repurposed, recycled, and new materials to make your own playful creations.

June 13 - 17
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Exploring Air: Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble. Use it to turn pinwheels, float parachutes, and more.
  • K-1st - Little Green Thumbs: Get your hands dirty as you compare and contrast different seeds and growing mediums, dissect lima beans and fruit, and plant seeds in a terrarium you make and take home.
  • 2nd-3rd - Food Detectives: Food is not just for eating! Conduct experiments using a smorgasboard of edible items. Make discoveries about nutrition and how the things we eat and drink can affect our daily lives.
  • 4th-6th - Egg Crash Test Dummies: Get egg-cited about testing and analysis as you work out ways to protect eggs during car, rocket, and parachute crashes. Design and build protective gear, analyze crash events, then improve your designs to boost crash survival rates.

June 13 - 17
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Chemistry Galore: Put on your goggles and smock as you mix chemical concoctions that fizz, foam, bubble, and even change colors. You'll also use chemistry to launch a mini-rocket and make invisible pictures appear. 
  • 2nd-3rd - Crazy Cars: Become a speed demon as you experiment with rubber band-powered, balloon-powered, and mousetrap-powered cars.
  • 4th-6th - Inventive Robitics: Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with EV3® LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots. Program robots to compete in a contest of strength and to solve the Mars Missions® challenge. Program PicoBlocks® Crickets® and Little Bits™ 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.

June 20 - 24 
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 - Matter Mysteries: Investigate the properties of solids, liquids, and gases as you experiment with "pouring" blocks and other shapes, building a tower of water, and catching pockets of air.
  • 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 - 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 20 - 24
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall: Investigate reflection and symmetry as you compare images in flat, concave and convex mirrors, build a variety of kaleidoscopes, explore tessellations, make symmetrical art, 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 - Dimensions of Design: Transform drawings into unique architectural models using recycled materials and simple circuits. Draw upon a variety of techniques and tools to engineer your vision and build structures for your unique city.

June 27 - July 1
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Artbots for Tots: Explore circuits and currents using clay, pickles, and foil. Assemble a simple robot to make your own creative mark. 
  • K-1st - Amazing Circles: Create art with loops and circles, be an architect with cylinders and domes, experiment with spheres and spirals, and test discs that spin, roll and twirl.
  • 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 - Whales to Worms: Delve into the Kingdom called Animalia! Make discoveries about extreme life cycles, design a "home sweet home" for a particular creature, and work with living samples to observe their behaviors.
  • 4th-6th - Nano Science: Come explore the science of the super small. Nanometer-sized things are too small even for ordinary microscopes to see them! Investigate how scientists are able to work with things that are too small to see, explore products that use nanotechnology, and discover how nanotechnology can give ordinary materials special properties.

June 27 - July 1
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Amazing Circles: Create art with loops and circles, be an architect with cylinders and domes, experiment with spheres and spirals, and test discs that spin, roll and twirl.
  • 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 - It's Electric, and Magnetic! Explore electricity, magnetism and their connection. You'll build electrical circuits, experiment with static electricity, make and test electromagnets, discover magnetic switches, and more. 
  • 4th-6th - Game On! What are the rules of the 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.

No camps July 4-8. Explora is closed July 4. Have a safe holiday! ​

 

July 11 - 15
All Day Class 9am - 4pm

  • 10th-12th - Computer Game Development: Learn from the pros! This full-day lab is taught by Sandia National Lab programmers! Video games, one of the fastest growing media industries, applies all of the essentials of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the Arts. Learn how to apply knowledge of basic physics and computer science, along with visual design and storytelling, toward building your own two-dimensional computer game using the same tools adopted by professionals. ($260 Members - $300 Non-Members)

July 11 - 15
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Exploring 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 - Tactile Textiles: Put fabrics to the test! You'll concoct your own dyes, experiment with stain removers, test the breakage strength of yarn, make a patterned quilt top, and more.
  • 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 - Super Sturctures: 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 - Materials Camp: Harden metal, make an alloy, build a light bulb, concoct foamy creations and more while you use basic science to examine and discover what materials make up the "stuff" around you.

July 11 - 15
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - We Love Dirt: Get ready to get your hands dirty as we explore the world of soil, sand, and silt. Use microscopes to look at dirt samples up close and discover how different they are from each other. We'll also make our own sand, build a house of mud, and more.
  • 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 - 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 - Toy Engineering: Are existing toys not quite what you want? Can't find an 8-wheeled car anywhere? Use your imagination, then tinker, engineer, and custom-build your own toys. Adapt designs and create with repurposed, recycled, and new materials to make your own playful creations.

July 18 - 22

All Day Class (Note Price Difference)

 

  • 6th-8th - Programmable Pi: 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. ($260 Members - $300 Non-Members)

July 18 - 22 
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Exploring Air: Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble. Use it to turn pinwheels, float parachutes, and more.
  • K-1st - Little Green Thumbs: Get your hands dirty as you compare and contrast different seeds and growing mediums, dissect lima beans and fruit, and plant seeds in a terrarium you make and take home.
  • 2nd-3rd - Food Detectives: Food is not just for eating! Conduct experiments using a smorgasboard of edible items. Make discoveries about nutrition and how the things we eat and drink can affect our daily lives.
  • 4th-6th - Egg Crash Test Dummies: Get egg-cited about testing and analysis as you work out ways to protect eggs during car, rocket, and parachute crashes. Design and build protective gear, analyze crash events, then improve your designs to boost crash survival rates.

July 18 - 22
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Chemistry Galore: Put on your goggles and smock as you mix chemical concoctions that fizz, foam, bubble, and even change colors. You'll also use chemistry to launch a mini-rocket and make invisible pictures appear.
  • 2nd-3rd - Science Storytelling: Kids, become a storytelling star in this workshop led by a professional storyteller. Make your experiences with and ideas about science come alive as you refine your skills for sharing experiences and connecting with your audience. Funding assistance for this workshop is provided by the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund of the City of Albuquerque. UTEF color lg
  • 4th-6th - Inventive Robotics: Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with EV3® LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots. Program robots to compete in a contest of strength and to solve the Mars Missions® challenge. Program PicoBlocks® Crickets® and Little Bits™ 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.

July 25 - 29
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 - Amazing Circles: Create art with loops and circles, be an architect with cylinders and domes, experiment with spheres and spirals, and test discs that spin, roll and twirl.
  • 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 - 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 - 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 - Catapult Your Way Up: Engineer some fun as you experiment with trebuchets and explore how stored energy can send things flying. You'll find the best loads, the optimal fulcrum positions, and the right counterweights to send the balls the farthest and be right on target!

July 25 - 29
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Amazing Circles: Create art with loops and circles, be an architect with cylinders and domes, experiment with spheres and spirals, and test discs that spin, roll and twirl.
  • 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 - 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 - Dimensions of Design: Transform drawings into unique architectural models using recycled materials and simple circuits. Draw upon a variety of techniques and tools to engineer your vision and build structures for your unique city.
  • 6th-8th - Arduino™ Adventures: Learn programming and electronic prototyping skills while you tinker with an Adruino™ microcontroller. Explore the difference between analog and digital input and output using LEDs, range finders, flex sensors, servos, switches. Make a lighted object wearable trinket. Use the Processing™ language to control components on the Adruino™ microcontroller.

August 1 - 5
Morning Classes 9am - 12pm

  • Pre-K - Artbots for Tots: Explore circuits and currents using clay, pickles, and foil. Assemble a simple robot to make your own creative mark.
  • K-1st - Matter Mysteries: Investigate the properties of solids, liquids, and gases as you experiment with "pouring" blocks and other shapes, building a tower of water, and catching pockets of air.
  • 2nd-3rd - Whales to Worms: Delve into the Kingdom called Animalia!  Make discoveries about extreme life cycles, design a "home sweet home" for a particular creature, and work with living samples to observe their behaviors.
  • 4th-6th - Nano Science: Come explore the science of the super small. Nanometer-sized things are too small even for ordinary microscopes to see them! Investigate how scientists are able to work with things that are too small to see, explore products that use nanotechnology, and discover how nanotechnology can give ordinary materials special properties.
  • 6th-8th - Science of Stuff: Create unique metal art objects and jewelry pieces using sand and lost-wax castings, build a light bulb, concoct foamy creations, and more as you investigate the properties of metal, and use science to discover more about what makes up the "stuff" around you.

August 1 - 5
Afternoon Classes 1pm - 4pm

  • K-1st - Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Investigate reflection and symmetry as you compare images in flat, concave and convex mirrors, build a variety of kaleidoscopes, explore tessellations, make symmetrical art, and more.
  • 2nd-3rd - Geology Rocks: Unearth the marvels of geology as you experiment with a variety of materials to make "lava" flow, explore rocks that fizz, float, or glow, and identify mystery rocks and minerals.
  • 4th-6th - Game On! What are the rules of the 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.
  • 6th-8th - Eco Artists: Explore the natural world through observation and sketching. Reduce, recycle, and reuse materials to create sculptures, cast plaster, make prints, and more.
You can enroll your child according to the highest grade level completed.

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