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Dear Explora members,
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More Camp Fun! One-day camps Aug. 4-7 Engaging hands-on activities for K-12 years.

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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:
August 4-7 - Please scroll to the last week of camp descriptions for the descriptions of these camp activities.

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

Just added! Science Storytelling Camp
July 21-25

REGISTRATION/INFORMATION
Call: (505) 224-8341 
Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm
Email: reservations@explora.us
Para Español, llame al
(505) 224-8323
form online

 

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
 

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.  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. 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 a raw material 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? 
 

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.
  • K-7 yrs. Science Storytelling: Sharing science through storytelling with acclaimed author/educator Brett Dillingham. 
  • 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 feeders for 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.  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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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! 

 

New! One-day classes August 4-7

For each class, there will be either two shorter activities or one longer activity, as listed, plus time on the Explora exhibit floor.

Monday morning, August 4, 9 am - 12 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Tie Dye: Fold, twist, tie, dye, design, and play with brilliant color, plus Fabric & Material - Put fabrics to the test! Look at fabric up close and create your own quilt.
  • 8-12 yrs. Tie Dye and Batick: Fold, twist, tie dye, design, and play with brilliant color! 

Monday afternoon, August 4, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Eggs: Design ways to protect delicate eggs from a smashing splat, plus Mad Hatters - Test materials, observe hat's forms and functions, and design a hat to take home.
  • 8-12 yrs. Sock Creatures: Make your own sock creature, and embellish it with lights, stitching, and tie-dye.

 

Tuesday morning, August 5, 9 am - 12 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Foam Prints: Use foamy shaving cream to make swirly designs and marbled patterns on paper 3-D objects, plus Patterns & Symmetry - Explore symmetry through your own name and geometric shapes. Build a symmetrical geometric sculpture with the group.
  • 8-12 yrs. Bubble Prints: Use bubbles to make art! Experiment with bubble-making methods, solutions, and artistic applications, plus Patterns & Symmetry - Explore symmetry through your own name and geometric shapes. Build a symmetrical geometric sculpture with the group.

Tuesday afternoon, August 5, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Pressure Demo: Watch how air pressure can levitate, implode, support and surprise, plus Wahoo Water - Be intrigued by water that won’t drain, water that sticks, and water upside-down. Make your own fountains!
  • 8-12 yrs. Pressure Demo: Watch how air pressure can levitate, implode, support and surprise, plus Wahoo Water - Be intrigued by water that won’t drain, water that sticks, and water upside-down. Make your own fountains!

 

Wednesday morning, August 6, 9 am - 12 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Dough Play: Mix and combine ingredients to make play dough.  Experiment with variables to perfect your recipe, plus Fizzing and Foaming Demo - See chemistry in action with dramatic fizzing, foaming, and colorful reactions.
  • 8-12 yrs. Dough Play: Mix and combine ingredients to make play dough.  Experiment with variables to perfect your recipe, plus Fizzing and Foaming Demo - See chemistry in action with dramatic fizzing, foaming, and colorful reactions.

Wednesday afternoon, August 6, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Beautiful Bubbling: Use different solutions and materials to make bubbles and experiment with bubbles plus color, plus Sun Prints - Use the energy of the sun and chemical reactions to create images.
  • 8-12 yrs. Colorful Titrations: Experiment with acids and bases, drip by drop, and color by color, plus Sun Prints - Use the energy of the sun and chemical reactions to create images.  

 

Thursday morning, August 7, 9 am - 12 pm

  • K-7 yrs. Microscopic Discovery: Inspect natural and man-made objects up close and discover fascinating tiny details, plus Spin It - Experiment with spinning and twirling, looping and whirling. Make tops and "twirly birds" to take home.
  • 8-12 yrs. Microscopic Discovery: Inspect natural and man-made objects up close and discover fascinating tiny details, plus Ecology of the Forest - Dig to discover what is in forest soil, then test your samples for absorption and percolation.

Thursday afternoon, August 7, 1 pm - 4 pm

  • K-7 yrs. On a Roll: Compare ways to roll recycled materials, cups, and marbles.  Test different shapes, and create a roller coaster for marbles, plus Shake and Slide - Make towers out of blocks, then test your creations in simulated earthquakes and mudslides.
  • 8-12 yrs. Disassemble/Reassemble: Disassemble and discover what's inside toys, electronics, and mechanical gadgets. Can you combine and reassemble any of the pieces?
 
Registration/Information
Call: (505) 224-8341
Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm
Email: reservations@explora.us
Para Español, llame al 
(505) 224-8323 

An asterisk (*) indicates pre-registration and fee required. Call 224-8341 or para español, llame al 224-8323.

Explora is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Gifts to Explora are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Explora operates in a unique private/public partnership with the City of Albuquerque.

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