2017 Summer Camp for Grades 4-6

Join us for discovery and investigation!

June 5 – August 11, 2017

Be a sci-fi superhero, a toy engineer, a nature artist, a game designer, or other adventurer in these camps created for children who have completed grades 4-6.

Registration is now open.

Select a morning, afternoon, or one of each to make a full day of camp.

No camps July 3-7.

View Summer Camp Main Page

Learn about the 2017 Summer
Youth Apprentice Program 

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

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

Grades 4-6 Summer Camp Descriptions by Week

For live, up-to-date, camp availability status, please visit Cogran online, or call 505-224-8341.
Twice weekly we update this page, so some camps that have just filled may appear open.

The following is a list of Explora Summer Camp for children in grades 4-6. The grade refers to the highest grades level completed.

Week 1:  June 5-9

Morning Classes

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 Class

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.  (Full)


Week 2 –  June 12-16

Morning Class

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 Class

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. (Full)


Week 3:  June 19-21

Morning Class

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 Class

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 Class

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 Class

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.


No Camp the Week of July 3-7


Week 5:  July 10-14

Morning Class

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.

Afternoon Class

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.  (Full)


Week 6:  July 17-23

Morning Class

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 Class

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!


Week 7:  July 24-28

Morning Class

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 Class

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.


Week 8:  July 31 – August 4

Morning Class

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.

Afternoon Class

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.


Week 9:  August 7-11

All Day

Camp price is for the full day $260 for Explora members, $300 for non-members.

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! (Full)

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
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 morning camp and 4 pm afternoon or full day camp. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-8, 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.
  • Some camps have greater costs due to materials.
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 morning camp and 4 pm afternoon or full day camp. Adults will be asked to show photo ID at pick-up.
  • After care: (Extra option) for K-8, 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

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.

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