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Summer Camp

camp1Weekly Camp Dates:
June 2 - August 1, 2014 

Spend half days or full days immersed in activities that explore science, technology and art. Week-long classes offered for 4- to 15-year-olds; some classes are offered in Spanish. 

NEW! Day Camp Dates:
May 27-30 & August 4-7 

Enroll for half days or full days of engaging activities. 8 different sessions. Day classes offered for K- to 12-year-olds.

REGISTRATION/INFORMATION
Call: (505) 224-8341 or 224-8305   
Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm
Email: reservations@explora.us
Para Español, llame al 
(505) 224-8323  
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REGISTRATION FEES FOR WEEKLY CAMPS:

$130 per class for members

$150 per class for non-members

REGISTRATION FEES FOR DAY CAMPS:

$30 per class for members

$40 per class for non-members

Before & After Camp Care for Weekly Camps
Sign up in advance for Weekly Rate!

$25 per week per child for 8-9 am (5 sessions)

$25 per week per child for 4-5:30 pm (5 sessions)

$50 per week per child for both (10 sessions)

Daily Drop-In Rate:

$10 per day per child for morning or afternoon session

Before & After Camp Care for Day Camps
Sign up in advance for Special Rate!

$5 per day per child for 8-9 am

$5 per day per child for 4-5:30 pm

$20 per child for week

Daily Drop-In Rate:

$10 per day per child for morning or afternoon

 

 

Explora Summer Camp Class SchedulE

June 2-6

Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs. Exploring Water: Splish, Splash! Get your hands wet exploring water. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs. What's Cooking in Chemistry?: Become a kitchen chemist.  You'll experiment with household materials, investigate reactions in a variety of foods, make ice cream and more.
  • 7-9 yrs. Dimensions of Design: Transform digital drawings into unique architectural models using recycled materials and simple circuits. Draw upon a variety of techniques, technologies, and tools to engineer your vision and build structures for your unique city.
  • 9-12 yrs. Magnetic Storms:  Have you ever seen a magnetic storm? Use a sunspotter to track one down!  Experiment with magnetic fields to float magnets down copper tubes, launch steel balls, build electromagnets, and investigate ferrofluids.

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. 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.
  • 7-9 yrs. Magnetic Storms:  Have you ever seen a magnetic storm? Use a sunspotter to track one down!  Experiment with magnetic fields to float magnets down copper tubes, launch steel balls, build electromagnets, and investigate ferrofluids.
  • 9-12 yrs. Digging Archeology:  Piece it all together as you reconstruct 3-D pottery shard puzzles, excavate mystery objects from stratified layers, and deduce the functions of curious artifacts based on their forms. 

June 9 - 13
Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs. Exploring Air: You can't see it but it is everywhere. Come make discoveries about air. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs.  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.
  • 7-9 yrs. Music Explorers: What is music? Where does it come from? How is it made? Explore music, sound, pitch, vibration, and rhythm through singing, playing instruments, and more! Discover the wonder and joy in music.
  • 9-12 yrs.  Dimensions of Design: Transform digital drawings into unique architectural models using recycled materials and simple circuits. Draw upon a variety of techniques, technologies, and tools to engineer your vision and build structures for your unique city.

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Music Explorers: What is music? Where does it come from? How is it made? Explore music, sound, pitch, vibration, and rhythm through singing, playing instruments, and more! Discover the wonder and joy in music.
  • 7-9 yrs.  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 earthquakes, and more.
  • 9-12 yrs. Game On!: What are the rules of this game? You decide, and design.  Make your own video game from scratch.  Program a LEGO® Mindstorm™ robot to follow instructions.  Redesign a remote-controlled car with enhanced technology for missions into the danger zone. 

June 16 – 20
Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs.  Exploring Patterns and Colors: Red, yellow, blue, green. We'll investigate the colors and patterns that are everywhere. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs.  Building Construction:  Become an architect and builder. Investigate construction techniques used for different structures, and experiment with different materials, shapes, and design as you make your own buildings and bridges.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Branch Out:  Experiment with plant growth and take a closer look at the parts of plants as you try your hand at leaf chromatography, dissect seeds and plants, make leaf skeletons, and explore tree rings.
  • 9-12 yrs. Inventive Robotics:  Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with devices that hover or launch balls.  Program LEGO® Mindstorm™ robot missions, program PicoCrickets to create a "smart house," build a basic robot from recycled materials, and more.
  • 9-12 yrs.  Beyond Visible Light: Can you see your body heat? How does sunscreen work?  Explore the electromagnetic spectrum,including infrared and ultraviolet light, as you experiment with spectroscopes, plasma balls, diffraction gratings, prisms, and more.

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Branch Out:  Experiment with plant growth and take a closer look at the parts of plants as you try your hand at leaf chromatography, dissect seeds and plants, make leaf skeletons, and explore tree rings.
  • 7-9 yrs. It's a Small World:  Discover the wonders of the microscopic and cellular world.  Explore what is lurking in your eyebrow, inside your cheek, under your fingernail, in a drop of pond water, and more. 
  • 9-12 yrs. Inventive Robotics:  Explore basic robotic systems as you experiment with devices that hover or launch balls.  Program LEGO® Mindstorm™ robot missions, program PicoCrickets to create a "smart house," build a basic robot from recycled materials, and more.
  • 9-12 yrs. Super Balls:  Explore collisions as balls hit each other on a track, discover how weight affects the distance a ball travels, and find out the secrets of billiards.

June 23 - 27
Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs. Exploring Communities and Building: Look at the buildings around you. Be an architect as you build buildings and design communities. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs. 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.
  • 7-9 yrs. Blast Off:  Experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics as you design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar.
  • 7-9 yrs. Bridging the Gap:  Design, build, and test a variety of bridge types including cantilever, arch, and suspension.  Strength tests will determine load capacity and stability in simulated earthquakes.
  • 9-12 yrs. Crazy about Colloids:  What do shaving cream, milk, fog, and hair gel have in common?  Experiment with these unique colloids to construct shaving-cream towers, create tie-dye milk art, and design your own cloud chamber.

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs.  Science to Go: What makes things move? Experiment with getting things in motion as you use air to propel cars and boats, harness water to make water wheels turn, and explore how static electricity can make salt jump.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Blast Off:  Experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics as you design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Green Design: Design with conservation in mind.  Use green energy!  Is there a relationship between color and heat absorption? Run experiments to improve windmill generators.  Collaborate to build an eco house.
  • 9-12 yrs.  Bridging the Gap:  Design, build, and test a variety of bridge types including cantilever, arch, and suspension.  Strength tests will determine load capacity and stability in simulated earthquakes. 

July 7 – 11
Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs.  Exploring Water: Splish, Splash! Get your hands wet exploring water. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs.  Imaginations Act Up!:  Explore a variety of media in the Explora Theater, including puppetry, circus skills, storytelling, and ensemble work.
  • 7-9 yrs.  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!
  • 7-9 yrs.  Tip the Balance: Shift weight to balance objects or make them fall.  Experiment with center of gravity and your body, counterbalance and construction, and artistically balanced compositions.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Agua, Agua por Todas Partes: Refrésquese en Explora mientras experimenta con los sistemas de sifón, diseña, relojes de agua, construye “acuaterrarios”, explora la densidad de los liquidos y más.
  • 9-12 yrs.  Chemistry of Art: Make your own art supplies including paint, chalk, and clay to create sculptures and paintings. You'll also explore paper making and marbling, and stretch your pennies into impressive metal creations.

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Up, Up, and Away:  Investigate how air all around us takes up space and does work.  Experiment with static, compressed, and moving air and make toys that spin, zoom, float, and fly.
  • 7-9 yrs. 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!
  • 7-9 yrs. Imaginations Act Up!:  Explore a variety of media in the Explora Theater, including puppetry, circus skills, storytelling, and ensemble work.
  • 7-9 yrs. Huevos Experimentales: Diviértete diseñando y experimentando con diferentes sistemas para evitar que tu piloto (un huevo) reviente! Diseña y construye equipo para protegerlo, observa tu huevo-piloto estrellarse en diferentes tipos de colisiones, revisa el impacto en cámara lenta, y trabaja mejorando tus diseños.
  • 9-12 yrs. Water, Water Everywhere:  Cool off at Explora as you experiment with siphon systems, design water clocks, build "aquaterriums," explore liquid density, and more.

July 14 – 18 
Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs.  Exploring Air: You can't see it but it is everywhere. Come make discoveries about air. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs.  In the Shadows:  Discover different ways to make shadows as you investigate light by bouncing and bending it. You'll explore shadow shape, experiment with colored shadows, and use shadows to measure time.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Crazy Cars:  Become a speed demon as you experiment with rubber band-powered, balloon-powered, and mousetrap-powered cars.
  • 9-12 yrs. 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 on slow-motion video, then improve designs to boost crash survival rates.
  • 13-15 yrs.  Making Artistic Innovations: Learn new art processes with household items and explore art and science connections. You’ll work with screen printing on food, plastic fusing, paper and sewn circuits, and tape transfers to make mixed media creations…all by stretching your pennies…literally!
  • 13-15 yrs.  Knives, and Planes, and Lathes! Oh My!: Experience the fun of learning to shape wood by hand, using traditional cutting tools.  Develop valuable skills as you investigate types of wood, the effect of grain, and safe, effective tool use. Discover the wonder of wood as you turn raw materials into a finished piece of your own design.

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Marvelous Magnets:  Discover how a variety of magnets attract and repel.  Investigate magnetic properties as you race cars, create magnet art, use magnets as tools, and make your own electromagnet.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Bathroom Science:  Be a bathroom chemist!  Test several shampoo and toothpaste brands for effectiveness, try different concoctions to make your own glycerin soap, go on a germ hunt, and more.
  • 9-12 yrs. Moving Images:  Investigate early animation techniques, manipulate 16mm film using markers, hole punches, nails, and sandpaper, then explore projection.  You'll also experiment with stop-motion animation.
  • 13-15 yrs. CSI Computer Science Investigation:  Explore the basic structures of programming languages-I/O, data types, arrays, functions, loops, if-else statements, etc.  Write basic programs in Arduino, python, and others, and explore their pros and cons.  Create programs to control light displays, run robot motors, detect motion.  Can you find ways to combine them?
  • 13-15 yrs. Materials Camp: Cast metal and resin, make an alloy, build a light bulb, concoct foamy creations, and more while you use basic science to examine and discover the materials make up the "stuff" around you.  

July 21 – 25
Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs.  Exploring Patterns and Colors: Red, yellow, blue, green. We'll investigate the colors and patterns that are everywhere. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs. Mechanics in Motion: Increase your strength by using mechanical motion to help you complete a variety of tasks, such as using a pulley to lift a heavy bucket, making a drawing machines using gears, pulling a car up a ramp, and going bowling with pendulums.
  • 7-9 yrs. The Polymer Patrol:  Explore polymers made out of everyday and exotic materials like glue and liquid latex.  Investigate polymers' unique properties of shrinking and stretching, bouncing, absorbency, and reaction to extreme temperature. 
  • 9-12 yrs. Blast Off:  Experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics as you design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar.
  • 9-12 yrs. What's Your Story: Starting on Page 1, we will create books together. Make your own paper, experiment with ancient and modern binding and print techniques, and preserve your own photographic and collected treasures in your book.

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs.  Mix It Up:  Get your hands in the mix as you concoct polymers, test the stretchiness of Silly Putty® and chewing gum, compare the consistency of dough recipes, and question the boundary between solids and liquids.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Birds of a Feather:  Investigate beaks to discover what birds eat.  Make feedersfor Explora’s backyard space and to take home. Dissect owl pellets. (Pick up and drop off on one of our days will be at the Bosque nearby, weather permitting.)
  • 9-12 yrs.  Blast Off:  Experiment with inertia, thrust, action/reaction, propulsion, and aerodynamics as you design and test water-powered and air-powered rockets that soar.
  • 9-12 yrs.  Pinball Wizard:  Design a pinball game out of pegboards, rubber bands, and a variety of other materials.  Experiment with building and testing pins, traps, bumpers, guardrails, and more.  

July 28 – August 1
Morning Classes 9 am - 12 pm

  • 4-5 yrs. Exploring Communities and Building: Look at the buildings around you. Be an architect as you build buildings and design communities. (This class ends at 11:30 am)
  • K-7 yrs. 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.
  • K-7 yrs.  Music Explorers: What is music? Where does it come from? How is it made? Explore music, sound, pitch, vibration, and rhythm through singing, playing instruments, and more! Discover the wonder and joy in music.
  • 7-9 yrs.  Pinball Wizard:  Design a pinball game out of pegboards, rubber bands, and a variety of other materials.  Experiment with building and testing pins, traps, bumpers, guardrails, and more.
  • 9-12 yrs. Science of Stuff:  Explore ceramics as you bend, etch, and blow glass.  Investigate the properties of metals as you melt, pound, and roll them into a variety of shapes. Use sand casts and lost-wax casts to create unique metal art objects and jewelry pieces.
  • 13-15 yrs.  Programmable Pi* (full day class): Learn real programming skills as you discover the ins and outs of a Raspberry Pi® -- a computer the size of a credit card! The best part?  At the end you take the Raspberry Pi® home to continue your explorations!  *offered in collaboration with MZA Associates Corporation

Afternoon Classes 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. 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.
  • K-7 yrs.  Under Water:  Submerge yourself in the wondrous world of water as you experiment with floaters and sinkers, design a periscope, make mini-submarines powered by Alka-Seltzer® tablets, and explore how density can make liquids sink or float.
  • 7-9 yrs.  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.
  • 9-12 yrs. Cardboard Architects:  Experiment with the art and science of architecture as you design and build various structures using cardboard and other materials.  You'll also use failure analysis to test strength and stability!
Registration/Information
Call: (505) 224-8341
Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm
Email: reservations@explora.us
Para Español, llame al 
(505) 224-8323 

 

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