2017 Summer Camps

Join us for discovery and investigation!

Registration is now open.

Week of June 5 – Week of August 11

No camps July 3-7.                             

Each grade range will have its own unique investigations to keep imaginations active with science, technology, and art.

Camp Info:

All-Day Camp (9am-4p) – 5 full days:
$260 Explora members • $300 Non-members

Morning (9am-noon) – 5 half days:
$130 Explora members • $150 Non-members

Afternoon Camp (1-4pm) – 5 half days:
$130 Explora members • $150 Non-members

Camp Prices:  Any exceptions are noted next to camp description.

Add Before or After Camp Care (optional):
Times: 8-9am and/or 4-5:30pm, $5 per child, per morning or afternoon

summer camp

Financial assistance may be available for your camp registration fee.
Call 505-224-8341 for more information.

Register online, download & mail a form, or call 505-224-8341.

Summer Camp Descriptions by Grade Level

Summer Camp Descriptions by Week

Summer Camps and Descriptions by Week

Week 1:  June 5-9

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Adventures in Air:  Whoosh! Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble, use it to turn pinwheels, and more. Discover how air can work for you. (Full)

K-1st – Creepy Crawlies:  Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. Experiment with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry:  Become a kitchen chemist! Experiment with common household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of substances, mix ingredients using kitchen chemistry to make delicious snacks, ice cream, and more. (Full)

2nd-3rd – Pinball Wizard:  Design a pinball game out of a variety of materials. Experiment with building and testing pins, traps, bumpers, guardrails, and more.

4th-6th – Virtual Engineering Challenges:  Explore the MinecraftEdu world and work to solve a variety of engineering challenges. Note: Campers will use MinecraftEdu accounts on the Explora server instead of any personal Minecraft accounts. Note: Minecraft is a Trademark of Mojang AB. This camp is not an official Minecraft product nor is it approved by or associated with Mojang.


Afternoon Classes

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 – Ready, Set, Create!  Experience art-making for the entire body! From painting to sculpture, we will explore new ways of artistic expression with action, motion, and gesture.

4th-6th – Toy Engineering:  Are existing toys not quite what you want? Use your imagination to tinker, engineer, and custom build your own toys. Adapt designs and create with repurposed, recycled, and new materials to make your own playful creations.

Week 2 –  June 12-16

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Art and Movement:  Capture your movement through brush strokes. Create your own choreography through art and storytelling. (Full)

K-1st – Roadways and Raceways:  Calling all speed-racers! Make a roller coaster for marbles. Investigate different shapes for wheels to see which ones move best on bumpy roads. (Full)

2nd-3rd – Our Five Senses:  Investigate how our senses work, how we use them to explore the world, and maybe even how we can trick them!

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.


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Crazy Concoctions:  Be an inquisitive scientist! Concoct slimy substances and observe their characteristics, watch colors change before your eyes as you mix different colored solutions to create new ones, and much more.

2nd-3rd – Color:  What is color? Is it always the same? Discover how color combines and changes its appearance. Use different materials and media to explore the properties of color and create your own color illusions!

4th-6th – Game On:  What are the rules? 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 Zombie danger zone! LEGO®, MINDSTORMS®, and the LEGO logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

Week 3:  June 19-23

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Light and Shadow:  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 – Mechanics in Motion:  Test your strength against simple machines, explore gears and ramps, and discover ways that simple machines make life easier.

2nd-3rd – Soaring High:  What keeps gliders in the air so long? You’ll use everyday materials to design, build and test gliders and other lightweight flying objects that use air to stay aloft.

4th-6th – Spring Up, Stretch Out:  Stretch it and spring it with marshmallows, bubble gum, springs, rubber bands, balloons, and sewing elastic. Learn about heat hardening and quenching.


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Under Water:  Submerge yourself in the wondrous world of water as you experiment with floaters and sinkers, design a periscope, and explore how density can make liquids sink or float.

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 – Inventive Robotics:  Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with devices that hover or launch balls. Program LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot missions and 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.

Week 4:  June 26-30

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Art Bots:  Explore circuits and currents using clay, pickles, and foil. Assemble a simple robot to make your own creative mark. (Full)

K-1st – Color:  Is it red or is it green? Are you sure? Can you trick your eye? Explore colors and how they change.

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 – Complex Simple Machines:  Learn about the properties of simple machines. Save Rapunzel from her tower, build a marble run, and create your own complex systems using these neat tools called simple machines.

4th-6th – Sci Fi Superheroes:  Come and save the day with the help of Professor E.X. Plora. Create your own superhero characters and test some superpowers, such as magnetism, freezing, and wind power. Save the planet!


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Color:  Is it red or is it green? Are you sure? Can you trick your eyes? Explore colors and how they change.

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 – Stories Coded in Cloth – 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. We’ll explore ancient and modern communications using mud, rock, and cloth. Curious? Join our camp and get muddy! The final day we’ll share our adventures with a presentation/performance for parents.UETF_color_lg
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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 – Windy 500:  Design a wind-powered car that goes the distance! Use cardboard, tubing, dowels, plastic sheets, and more to build your own car, and test variables to refine your design.


All Day

9th-12th – Computer Game Programming:  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.

There will be no Summer Camps offered during this week.

Explora will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Have a safe holiday!

Week 5:  July 10-14

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Adventures in Air:  Whoosh! Let’s explore air! Trap it in a bubble, use it to turn pinwheels, and more. Discover how air can work for you. (Full)

K-1st – Pattern Pizzazz:  Go on a scavenger hunt to spot shapes, colors, and patterns. Create your own patterns using paints, beads, leaves, candy, and more.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry:  Become a kitchen chemist! Experiment with common household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of substances, mix ingredients using kitchen chemistry to make delicious snacks, ice cream, and more.

2nd-3rd – Color:  What is color? Is it always the same? Discover how color combines and changes its appearance. Use different materials and media to explore the properties of color and create your own color illusions!

4th-6th – Toy Engineering:  Are existing toys not quite what you want? Use your imagination to tinker, engineer, and custom build your own toys. Adapt designs and create with repurposed, recycled, and new materials to make your own playful creations.

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.


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Creepy Crawlies:  Investigate dirt and the creepy crawly things we find in it. Experiment with different types of soils and discover red wigglers, snails, mealworms, and much more.

K-1st – What’s Cooking in Chemistry:  Become a kitchen chemist! Experiment with common household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of substances, mix ingredients using kitchen chemistry to make delicious snacks, ice cream, and more.

2nd-3rd – Pinball Wizard:  Design a pinball game out of a variety of materials. Experiment with building and testing pins, traps, bumpers, guardrails, and more.

4th-6th – Virtual Engineering Challenges:  Explore the MinecraftEdu world and work to solve a variety of engineering challenges. Note: Campers will use MinecraftEdu accounts on the Explora server instead of any personal Minecraft accounts. Note: Minecraft is a Trademark of Mojang AB. This camp is not an official Minecraft product nor is it approved by or associated with Mojang.

6th-8th – Light, Color and Luminescence:  Discover the essence of luminescence by making things glow in the dark and by studying fluorescent minerals. Use calculations to hit the target with a laser beam. Make gorgeous polarized light art! Find out how much UV your sun screen blocks. Make a telescope to take home. Apply your discoveries, and turn the classroom into a “Light Effects Club!”

Week 6:  July 17-23

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Water Explorations:  Droplets fall. Things slip and slide. Use a variety of tools to discover water’s properties and to explore its many forms. (Full)

K-1st – Roadways and Raceways:  Calling all speed-racers! Make a roller coaster for marbles. Investigate different shapes for wheels to see which move best on bumpy roads.

2nd-3rd – Our Five Senses:  Investigate how our senses work, how we use them to explore the world, and maybe even how we can trick them.

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.


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Crazy Concoctions:  Be an inquisitive scientist! Concoct slimy substances and observe their characteristics, watch colors change before your eyes as you mix different colored solutions to create new ones, and much more.

2nd-3rd – Ready, Set, Create!  Experience art-making for the entire body. From painting to sculpture, we will explore new ways of artistic expression with action, motion, and gesture.

4th-6th – Super Structures:  Hone your engineering skills as you build bridges, towers, roller coasters, and a newspaper structure you can crawl into. Test your designs in classroom-simulated disasters like earthquakes!


All Day

6th-8th – Raspberry Pi®, Part 1:  Learn real programming skills as you discover the ins and outs of a Raspberry Pi®, a computer the size of a credit card! Camp price of $325, or $285 for Explora members, includes a $25 materials fee. Raspberry Pi® is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi® Foundation. Funding assistance for this camp has been provided by Van Dyke Software.

Week 7:  July 24-28

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Light and Shadow:  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 – Under Water:  Submerge yourself in the wondrous world of water as you experiment with floaters and sinkers, design a periscope, and explore how density can make liquids sink or float. (Full)

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.

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 – Art + Environment:  This partnership camp is offered by Explora and Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Explore the natural world through observation and creative response. Create artworks using recycled and found materials while engaging with the outdoor environment. This camp will involve off-site field trips from Explora to Valle de Oro. An additional release giving permission for camp staff to transport your camper will need to be completed; it will be emailed to you separately after you complete the registration process.


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Mechanics in Motion:  Test your strength against simple machines, explore gears and ramps, and discover ways that simple machines make life easier.

2nd-3rd – Soaring High:  What keeps gliders in the air so long? You’ll use everyday materials to design, build and test gliders and other lightweight flying objects that use air to stay aloft.

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 – Gravity at the Circus:  Learn how to find the center of gravity and use that knowledge to create your own circus act as you balance objects on various surfaces.


All Day

6th-8th – Raspberry Pi, Part 2:  Learn real programming skills as you discover the ins and outs of a Raspberry Pi®, a computer the size of a credit card! Camp price of $325, or $285 for Explora members, includes a $25 materials fee. (Completion of Raspberry Pi®, Part 1 class or prior experience with Raspberry Pi® required to enroll.) Raspberry Pi® is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi® Foundation. Funding assistance for this camp has been provided by Van Dyke Software. 

Week 8:  July 31 – August 4

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Art Bots:  Explore circuits and currents using clay, pickles, and foil. Assemble a simple robot to make your own creative mark. (Full)

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! (Full)

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 – Windy 500:  Design a wind-powered car that goes the distance! Use cardboard, tubing, dowels, plastic sheets, and more to build your own car, and test variables to refine your design.

6th-8th – Blast Off:  Design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar as you experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics.


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Color:  Is it red or is it green? Are you sure? Can you trick your eye? Explore colors and how they change. (Full)

2nd-3rd – Complex Simple Machines:  Come learn the foundational and complex properties of simple machines. Save Rapunzel from her tower, build a marble run, and create your own complex systems using these neat tools called simple machines!

4th-6th – Energy Transformers:  Unlock your potential as we heat things up, stretch our imaginations, and shed light on energy. Where does energy come from, how does it change from one form to another, where does it go? We will initiate many chain reactions in this energetic camp.

6th-8th – Animation Aquarium:  Get experience creating animation by designing an animated aquarium using Scratch software. Create your own characters and objects to drop into the scene. Add musical elements to make objects dance and play music in this virtual “sea.”

Week 9:  August 7-11

Morning Classes

Pre-K – Building:  Is straw better than brick for building a house? Follow in the footsteps of the three little pigs and explore the best materials for building structures. (Full)

K-1st – Little Green Thumb:  Get your hands dirty! Plant flowers, examine plants at various stages of growth, and dissect seeds. (Full)

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.”


Afternoon Classes

K-1st – Keep it Balanced:  What can you get to balance? Explore the concepts of balance and counter-weight by balancing yourself, investigating balancing toys, and making mobiles.

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.


All Day

4th-6th – Brain Hackers – Uncovering the Secrets of the Brain:  Hackers find backdoors and vulnerabilities they can use to their advantage.  Brain hackers do the same by knowing the hidden ways that the brain operates. Participants will learn basic principles of brain function through engaging activities that connect learning to everyday activities. Explora is excited to partner with Brain Hackers Association to offer this camp!


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.

Youth Apprentice Program 2017

Are you age 12 to 15?
Become an Explora Summer Youth Apprentice!

Explore science and engineering through hands-on activities and field trips and gain leadership skills helping with summer camps. Choose from two sessions: June 5-23 or July 10-28. For additional information and to apply by May 1, contact Sarah Pratt, 505-224-8320.

Cost:  $600 for three week session 

New Program for 2017Autism spectrum

EXPLORA-tions Camps

Explora and New Mexico Autism Society will pilot inclusive camps designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their same-age peers, in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Campers will spend time both on the exhibit floor and in the classroom. Camp activities are designed to support the individual developmental level of each camper. Campers will work with and alongside peers as they make discoveries by questioning, experiencing, and investigating.

This summer’s camp is “Build on It!” Exploring Construction & Architecture. Become a builder and an architect, and test a variety of shapes and material for strength and stability. Build a tower! Construct a bridge! Design a building! What type of structure will you engineer and build?

Dates

Each camp session is Monday through Friday, 8:15am-1:00pm.

June 12-16 for children who have completed grades 3rd-5th.

June 19-23 for children who have completed grades K-2nd.

For more information or to apply, email campcoordinator@explora.us.

Due to camp space constraints, applications will be reviewed and a limited number of applicants will be invited to continue the application process.

Summer Camp
Registration Info

  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9 am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8 am.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described, plus exhibit exploration.
  • Food: Please pack morning & afternoon peanut-free snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside on the Explora playground, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: 12 pm for Pre-K and 4 pm for for K-6th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-6th, 4-5:30 pm.

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.

Summer Camp Fees

Half Day Camps

  • $130 for Explora members;
  • $150 for non-members.


Full Day Camps

  • $260 for Explora members;
  • $300 for non-members.
Registration
  • All 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 medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.
  • Click above to register online or call 505-224-8341.
    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.

Registration Info

  • Drop Off: Anytime between 8:45-9 am.
  • Before care: (Extra option), beginning at 8 am.
  • Activities: Classroom activities as described, plus exhibit exploration.
  • Food: Please pack morning & afternoon snacks and lunch as appropriate.
  • Break time: Outside on the Explora playground, weather permitting.
  • Pick-up: 12 pm for Pre-K and 4 pm for for K-6th grade. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-6th, 4-5:30 pm.

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

Pre-K

  • $30 for Explora members;
  • $40 for non-members.


K-8th graders

  • $60 for Explora members;
  • $80 for non-members.
Registration
  • All 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 medications, dosages, and physician’s name; child’s insurance information, as well as any allergy or special needs information for your child.
  • Click above to register online or call 505-224-8341.
    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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