Home School Explorations Series for grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)
Be curious, discover, experiment!
Explora’s Home School Explorations Series offers your child a semester of weekly, hour-long experiential science, technology, and art programs. Each Exploration is facilitated by Explora educators. These are hour-long, materials-rich classes that actively engage every child in inquiry activities. In these classes, children will make discoveries in science, technology, engineering, art, and math through questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Children will be encouraged to build their own knowledge and cultivate skills such as observation, creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning, communication, and innovation as they explore a different topic each week.
Fall 2019 Semester
September 16–December 9, 2019
Explora members $95 per child per semester
Non-members $110 per child per semester.
*Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps, and admission all year!
Please select one of the following sessions:
- Mondays, 11am-12pm
- Mondays, 1-2pm
- Tuesdays, 1-2pm
SESSIONS MEET EVERY WEEK
Register for Fall Semester 2019
- Online: Select a session day and time to register online
2. Mail: Download, print, and mail registration form:
3. Call Reservations at 505-224-8341.
September 16–December 9, 2019
Fall 2019 Explorations Schedule
9/16 or 9/17
Become a maker and inventor as you transform everyday materials to solve design challenges while building engineering and design skills. What are the many ways cardboard can be transformed?
Circuits, Circuits, Circuits
9/23 or 9/24
Investigate electricity and conductivity with everyday materials, including fruits, vegetables, and graphite. Then design and build your own creative electrical circuits.
Out of the Blue
9/30 or 10/1
How do you create a photographic image using light from the sun? Use UV sensitive chemicals that you apply to paper and manipulate variables to make your own unique print.
Ecology of the Forest
10/7 or 10/8
The forest floor has many stories to tell. Dig in the dirt and discover evidence of who and what is in it. Test soil samples for absorption and percolation, and find out how soil supports the health of the forest and the lives within it.
10/14 or 10/15
Become a scientific illustrator as you use grids, stencils, symmetry and more to draw your favorite animals and plants. Investigate how science and art work together as you use magnifying glasses to examine insects and make illustrations of plants.
May the Force Be With You
10/21 or 10/22
They repulse, they attract! We’ll experiment with pairs of magnets to find magnetic objects, create our own magnets, learn about magnets’ properties and behaviors, and find Earth’s North Pole.
10/28 or 10/29
What do a grasshopper’s rear legs, a Ferris wheel, an overpass, and a car jack have in common? Find out as you create and use a variety of simple machines. Change the size and direction of forces to give yourself a mechanical advantage and make your work easier!
Energy that Moves You
11/4 or 11/5
A car needs energy to move. Lights need energy to turn on. Investigate a variety of energy sources ranging from wind power to solar power to biofuels!
Crazy About Chromatography
11/11 or 11/12
Inside an ordinary black marker is a rainbow of color waiting to escape! Investigate how paper chromatography is used to separate the components of mixtures. Test colored markers, food coloring, and candy to see what unexpected colors each contains!
Discover the Wonders of Nature
11/18 or 11/19
How is a beak’s shape related to its function? Can you tie your shoes without your thumbs? We’ll use our greatest survival tool—our brains—to discover how adaptations help us survive and make us who we are. We’ll also spend time up close and personal with some of Explora’s educational animals.
Playing Around with Polymers
11/25 or 11/26
What is a polymer? Do the properties of polymers change when they’re made from different substances? We’ll investigate the properties of this special material by making a number of different polymers and comparing their bounciness, stretchiness, and more.
Density Liquid Layers
12/2 or 12/3
Delve into density, the property of matter that determines whether objects float or sink! Compare the densities of salt solutions and a variety of liquids, and make a submarine that both sinks and floats.
Explora’s Home School Explorations Series
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.
- You can register online, by phone, or download and mail/fax the completed registration form.
- 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.
Call: 505-224-8341. Our reservations office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Para español, llame al 505-224-8323, de lunes a viernes, 9am-5pm.
Mail: Explora Reservations 1701 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104
- If a cancellation is received at least 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
- Cancellations received fewer than 5 business days before the first class will not be refunded.
- Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.
Explora is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all purchases at our store are always tax-free. Proceeds from your purchases at Ideas, the store at Explora, help fund our programs and exhibits.