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.
Spring 2020 Semester
January 20–April 14, 2019
No class the week of March 30–April 3 for Explora Spring Break Camps.
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 Spring Semester 2020
- Online: Select a session day and time to register online
We’ve updated our online registration! You may be asked to provide a new password when you login.
2. Mail: Download, print, and mail registration form:
3. Call Reservations at 505-224-8341.
January 20–April 14, 2020
Spring 2020 Explorations Schedule
Looking Up Close
1/20 or 1/21
Use microscopes and magnifiers to discover the fascinating world of organisms and elements among us! Explore the structures and functions of a variety of interesting features among a micro-world of bugs, plants, and rocks.
Acids and Bases
1/27 or 1/28
We use acids and bases every day. What’s the difference? We’ll find out as we prepare an acid-base indicator and compare the relative strengths of some common acids and bases.
2/3 or 2/4
Do heavier objects fall faster than lighter objects? Investigate the force of gravity by balancing unusually-shaped objects and experimenting with their centers of gravity.
2/10 or 2/11
Let’s become “sensitive” to light! Experiment with black-and-white photographic paper, penlights, and photo chemicals to create abstract drawings and prints with light.
Forced into Action
2/17 or 2/18
Get on the move with Sir Isaac Newton and discover the laws that govern motion. Eggs may break and balls will fly as we experiment with simple tools to learn about inertia and to determine the forces, velocity, and acceleration of objects in motion.
2/24 or 2/25
Why do we see ourselves in mirrors? How are shadows made? Use light boxes to explore the basic properties of white and colored light, including reflection and refraction, and investigate the properties of lenses.
3/2 or 3/3
From forensics to fireworks, chemists learn about interesting substances by performing various tests. Using chemical analysis and powers of observation, participants will each determine the composition of a mystery mixture. Chemical reactions, suspensions, solutions, and mixtures are all part of this mysterious exploration.
3/9 or 3/10
Soil, mud, dust, earth, terra – there are lots of names for stuff beneath our feet. Come discover the amazing world of dirt.
Facts of the Matter
3/16 or 3/17
Atoms in motion—fast or slow—determine the states of matter we know. We’ll use liquid nitrogen (-320° Fahrenheit) and other materials to explore the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
Go with the Flow
3/23 or 3/24
What is Bernoulli’s Principle? Levitate balls and make an egg jump from one container to another to find out how airplanes fly and birds soar. The science of fluid dynamics is a great way to engage participants’ natural curiosities and connect them to the world.
No class the week of March 30‒April 3 for Explora Spring Break Camps.
Jump Rope Math
4/6 or 4/7
How far will you go as you jump, skip, measure, investigate, and graph? Jumping rope can be seriously fun when you go to great lengths making predictions about travel, proportions, and number of skips.
Water on the Move
4/13 or 4/14
How does water move through the soil? Be a water engineer as you design, build, and test aquifer models to track contaminants, water tables, and well levels.
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 more than 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administrative fee.
- Cancellations received 5 business days or fewer before the first class will not be refunded.
- Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program.