Home School Explorations Series for grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)

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
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January 20–April 13, 2020

No class the week of March 30‒April 3 for Explora Spring Break Camps.

View Spring 2020 Schedule

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!

  • Mondays, 1-2pm


Home School grades 6-8

Register for Spring Semester 2020

  1. 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 13, 2020

Spring 2020 Explorations Schedule

Acids and Bases

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.

Mobius Twist

Can you change a donut into a cup for hot chocolate? Explore the properties of topology to find out. Experiment with ways to stretch, compress, and bend shapes into new ones using various materials. Investigate the topology and geometry of shapes as you solve puzzles and explore Möbius strips.

What’s the Attraction?

Through hands-on exploration, students create a magnet and compass, observe magnetic force fields, and discover how these fields are related to electricity. Then they will use all of these concepts to build an electromagnet and an electric motor.

Get Your Motor Running

Use batteries, magnets, wire, and paper clips to construct simple motors. Then manipulate variables to improve the performance of your motors. Can the motors be made to run faster? Can they be turned into generators? Find out in this powerful exploration!

Gravity Rules

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.

Mystery Mixtures

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.

Crazy Light

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.

Elucidating Illumination

What is light, how important is it, and what color is it, really? Discover how astronomers and planetary scientists use light to explore the planets, the stars, and even the most distant objects in the universe.

Numbers in Nature

Experience the joy and playfulness of mathematics! Explore pinecones, flowers, and snails, and play with numbers and number sequences. Find out how 1-1-2-3… leads you to the golden mean and the golden rectangle used by many artists. Discover how nature makes use of number sequences to grow a tree and to efficiently arrange seeds, flower petals, and leaves.

Kaleidoscope Crazed


Explore the amazing properties of mirrors and lenses, and discover all the wonderful images and colorful patterns you get when angles and symmetry come into play. Design and build your own unique kaleidoscope.

No class the week of March 30‒April 3 for Explora Spring Break Camps.

Plants Capturing Light

What are the factors that regulate photosynthesis? Experiment with leaf pigments, light intensity, and light frequency to shed light on nature’s own solar cells.

Out of the Blue

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.

For more information about this program please contact our Reservations office.

Phone: 505-224-8341
Email: reservations@explora.us
Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323

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.
Email: reservations@explora.us
Mail: Explora Reservations 1701 Mountain Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104
Fax: 505-224-8325

Cancellation Policy
  • 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.
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