Engineering Investigators for grades 3-5

Rise to the engineering challenge!

Fall Semester 2018

August 25–December 15, 2018

Register for Fall Programs Today!

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 a bike, children will have fun designing and building, perhaps without even realizing they are honing their problem-solving skills and learning engineering and physics principles! Activities change each semester.

Explora members $140
Non-members $160


Engineering Investigators

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.

Fall 2018 Class Schedule:

August 27–December 15, 2018

Week 1: Trebuchet Basketball

Saturday, August 25

Using and modifying catapults, we will test our distance and accuracy to shoot some hoops! Who will make the first three-pointer?

Week 2: In Flight

Saturday, September 8

Soar through the air in a blast! Let’s build the fastest, farthest flying rocket we can! Up, up and away!

Week 3: Wind-Powered Cars

Saturday, September 22

Design a model car that can race across a room using only wind power! How can you build a sail that will catch the breeze and runwith it?

Week 4: Wiring a House

Saturday, October 6

After creating a model house, we will light it up with our own electrical circuits! How can you best light the rooms? How and where will the switches go?

Week 5: Arcade Engineering

Saturday, October 20

Let’s bring a new spin to arcade games! How can you best engineer your game to make it the most fun possible?

Week 6: Crack the Code

Saturday, November 3

Mysteries abound as we build puzzle cryptexes. Will you be able to solve the twists and turns in the puzzle in time?

Week 7:  In Contrast – Chemistry, Light & Photos

Saturday, November 17

Using only photosensitive paper and light, can you expose a fantastic print? With light and shadow in mind, we will develop photograms using darkroom processes.

Week 8: Chain Reaction with Magnets

Saturday, December 1

Will your magnets attract or repel? Build a chain reaction track and see if your magnets will go all the way!

Week 9: Grand Finale

Saturday, December 15

This is what we’ve been working toward during the past eight weeks. Let’s see what crazy contraptions we can put together!

Class topics change each semester.
Reservations office: 505-224-8341
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

Explora’s 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.

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.
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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