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Portal to the Public (PoP)

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Visitors of all ages are invited to meet scientists and engineers who are neighbors in the community. In Explora's Portal to the Public (PoP) programs, visitors participate in materials-rich, engaging activities as they learn about the current research of Albuquerque-area scientists and engineers.

Past activities, with scientists from Intel, Sandia National Labs, University of New Mexico, Qynergy Corporation, and Linac Systems, have included experiments with lasers and optics, investigations on how steam can generate electricity, explorations on how tools can help us 'see' infrared and ultraviolet light, and challenges with brain teasers, just to name a few. 

Presentations are free to the public with general admission.

PoP Science

Saturday, February 8

Sunday, April 13

Saturday, June 14

Sunday, August 10

Saturday, October 11

Sunday, December 14

PoP Engineering

Saturday, April 12

Sunday, April 27

Saturday, May 10

Sunday, May 25

Saturday, June 14

Sunday, June 29

Saturday, Sept. 13

Sunday, Sept. 28

Upcoming PoP event details:

  • October 11:
    Discover fluorescence and phosphorescence with Patrick Johnson from the University of New Mexico;
    Delve into nanometer-scale chemistry with Bernadette Hernandez-Sanchez from Sandia National Labs;
    Investigate how steam can generate electricity with Jeff Mahn from Sandia National Labs;
    Explore how steam engines produce electricity with Curtis Peters from Sandia National Labs

Visitor Information

1701 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

(505) 224-8300
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Mon-Sat: 10 am - 6 pm
Sun: 12 pm - 6 pm

Closed on Jan. 1, Jul. 4, the week after Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Dec. 25.



Children (under 1): Free
Children (1-11): $4.00
Adults (12-64): $8.00
Seniors (65+): $5.00

Groups: Reservations Required.
Please contact us if you require special assistance.

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