Home School Explorations Series for grades 6-8 (ages 11-13)

Spring 2019 Semester
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January 28–April 22, 2019

View Spring 2019 Schedule

Mondays 1-2pm

Explora members $95 per child per semester
Non-members $110 per child per semester.


Register for Spring Semester 2019

  1. 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.

January 28–April 22, 2019

Spring 2019 Explorations Schedule

Density Liquid Layers

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.

Time to Reflect…and Refract

Use lasers, prisms, lenses, and mirrors to explore ways to control and direct light. Use a variety of materials to learn about their optical properties, and then use your knowledge to build a refracting telescope!

Music Math

You’ve probably enjoyed listening to your favorite music. Now you can unlock the mystery of its structure! Find the math in music as you design rhythm patterns, discover music fractions, and keep the beat while putting it all together.

Motion Picture Math

Explore persistence of vision with optical toys like zoetropes, flip books, thaumatropes, and a variety of computer programs. Use measurement skills and other applied math concepts to animate pictures and make them come alive!

Building a Monument

Tension in the room? Put it to good use! Participants will use their bodies to understand tension and other architectural forces in this constructive exploration. They’ll also discover elementary structural principles and model-building techniques as they create their own unique architectural structures.

Energy Transformers

These energizing activities offer exploration into the different forms of energy! Investigate how these forms are converted from one to another. Experiment with “Newton’s Cradles” and build wind turbines that produce electricity.

No class the week of March 11–15 for Explora Spring Break Camps.

The Heat is On

Do we sometimes act like hot little molecules? We’ll use natural tendencies, along with some dramatic experiments, to understand how molecules transfer heat through conduction, convection, and radiation.

In Synch

Explore the phenomenon of resonance by snapping, plucking, or striking rubber bands, springs, rods, pendulums, and more to observe their natural springiness. Use techniques of matching natural frequencies to “magically” move pendulums, oscillate springs, and amplify vibrations of objects.

Mobiles: Twisted but Balanced

Explore balance, movement, and design by constructing sculptures in the style of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Compare and contrast symmetry and asymmetry in design and weight, and explore cause and effect by trying to balance weights and physically work out visual choices.

Gearing Up and Gearing Down

Sink your teeth into this exploration! Manipulate and arrange a variety of gears to speed up and slow down. Observe the teeth and turns of the gears to calculate the ratios that govern the transfer of power in a machine.

Turn, Turn, Turn

For a fun spin on science, try some experiments using rotation! Feel torque as you spin on turntables, and explore the rotational momentum of spinning objects as you manipulate variables like size, mass, distribution, and shape.

Ecology of the Forest

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.

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
Fax: 505-224-8325

Cancelation policy

  • If a cancelation is received at least 5 business days before the first class, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administration fee.
  • Cancelations 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.

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