Engineering Investigators for grades 3-5

Chain Reaction Scientists has been replaced with Engineering Investigators. 

Fall Semester 2017
August 26 – December 16

Register now for 2017 Fall Semester Programs.

Rise to the engineering challenge!

In each class, Engineering Investigators will use the engineering design process to solve a problem. Whether it’s building a suspension bridge or figuring out what gears are best to use on your bike, participants will have fun designing and building, perhaps without even realizing they are honing their problem-solving skills and learning engineering and physics principles!

Engineering Investigators

Explora members $140
Non-members $160


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.

Fall 2017 Class Schedule:

Week 1: Friction

Saturday, August 26
Is friction holding you back? We’ll examine how friction affects motion and harness it in a race to be the slowest.

Week 2:  Heat

Saturday, September 9
Investigate how temperature affects different materials and build a sculpture that changes with heat.

Week 3:  Projectile Motion

Saturday, September 23
Explore the physics of flying objects and then design and build your own launcher.

Week 4:  Pneumatic and Hydraulic Machines

Saturday, October 7
Build a machine that transmits power using air or water.

Week 5:  Scribble Machines

Saturday, October 21
Make a machine that makes a mark! Design and build a bot that draws a design while jiggling, bouncing, or scooting across a surface..

Week 6:  Electricity – An Introduction to Makey Makeys

Saturday, November 4
Have you ever played music on banana piano keys or played Pac-Man with a paper controller? Learn how to do this and more with Makey Makeys and investigate electrical circuits in the process.

Week 7:  Game Design

Saturday, November 18
Learn how to program and then design your own computer game using Scratch software.

Week 8:  Makey Makey Game Controller

Saturday, December 2
Combine what you learned in the last two sessions to make a computer game you can control with something other than the keyboard.

Week 9:  Rube Goldberg Machines

Saturday, December 16
We’ll build a contraption to do a simple task, but use as many unusual and complex steps as we can!

Class topics change each semester.

Reservations office: 505-224-8341
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

Explora’s Fall Clubs & Programs

Explora educators develop 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.


  • 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.

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.


Explora Reservations
1701 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104


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 2018 Class Schedule:

Week 1: Building Skyward

Saturday, January 13
We will start our semester tackling a construction challenge! How tall and strong can you make your skyscraper?

Week 2: Bridging the Gap

Saturday, January 27
Can you build a suspension bridge that will span between skyscrapers? Will it hold any weight?

Week 3: Pinhole Camera

Saturday, February 10
Using a container and light-sensitive paper, can you make a camera to take a picture?

Week 4: Electrician Engineering

Saturday, February 24
Can you wire your model house with switches, lights, and more?

Week 5: Moving Artwork

Saturday, March 10
Using balance and elements of design, construct a standing mobile. Now, how can you make it move?

Week 6: Get Your Motor Running

Saturday, March 24
How can make your electric car go the fastest? Will you use solar, electric, or wind energy?

Week 7: Rocky Road

Saturday, April 7
Traverse various surfaces with your motorized vehicle. How can you modify your car to navigate an off-roading trip?

Week 8: Grand Finale (Part I)

Saturday, April 21
Using concepts for the past seven weeks, begin to draft a final project and test your ideas.

Week 9: Grand Finale (Part II)

Saturday, May 5
This is what we’ve been working toward this semester. Let’s see what wild contraptions we can put together!

Class topics change each semester.

Reservations office: 505-224-8341
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

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