Professional Development

Enliven your job of learning and teaching, and build new skills to use in your classroom.

Get Creative Ideas to Implement in Your Classroom!

Get fresh ideas for teaching strategies and activities! Explora’s two-hour workshops immerse participants in thought-provoking science-rich experiences that equip educators with resources and ideas. These workshops embrace an inquiry approach to learning, involve participants in fun, active exploration of physical materials, and foster 21st Century Skills: critical thinking, cooperative learning, creativity, communication, and innovation. Workshops also can be customized to meet your staff’s needs.

Professional Development

Creative Coding

Learn simple and fun activities to develop coding skills in you and your students. This workshop is designed for all skill levels – no previous coding experience required. Participants will learn how to incorporate physical computing into their classrooms using micro:bit microcontrollers. Participants will leave with a kit with a micro:bit and accessories.

Upcoming date at Explora: Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9am–12pm

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

Everyone Counts: Making Sense of the 2020 Census

Want to bring home the 2020 Census to your students? Join the GeoCivics team and Explora for a FREE workshop diving into geo-spatial technology, New Mexican history, geography, and local economies. You’ll explore hands-on mapping activities and free online geo-spatial resources for your classroom.

Upcoming date at Explora: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:30–11:30am

Easy, Breezy: A Gust of Air

Have you ever marveled at the air around you? Can you make a ball levitate? Can you make an egg jump from one container to the next? You’ll experiment with the power of air as you discover how airplanes fly and birds soar. You’ll also learn techniques for making and testing hot air balloons in the classroom!

Upcoming date in Farmington: Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10am–12pm

Offered in collaboration with the New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children.

NM Association for the Education of Young Children Navajo Transitional Energy Company

*This workshops is offered at no cost with the generous support of the Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

Family Engineering – Ingenieria para la Familia

Join the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering for this bilingual English/Spanish workshop for teachers to discover simple engineering challenges with everyday materials that can easily be done at schools.

Upcoming date at Explora: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 , 1–7pm

Art with a Spark!

Can a painting light up an LED? Can a sculpture power up a motor? Create a painting , build a sculpture, weave a pattern or sew a design that functions as simple circuitry in this hands-on art and science workshop.

Upcoming date at Explora: Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 1–4pm

Once Upon a Time: STEM in Fairy Tales

How tall is the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk? How much weight can Rapunzel’s hair hold? Discover the answers as you explore the STEM in your favorite fairy tales. Using hands-on activities ranging from measurement and ratios to structure and function, this workshop will uncover science and engineering principles that are almost too good to be true!

Upcoming dates at Explora: Friday, February 28, 2020, 1–3:30pm & Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 9–11:30am

Rocks Rock!

Capture that natural curiosity about rocks and turn it into a deeper experience of discovery! We’ll use microscopes and magnifying loupes to examine a variety of rocks. Discover the main types of rocks, model the rock cycle, and perform a series of tests to unearth a mystery mineral. Create your own rock prints and examine crystals.

Upcoming date in Las Cruces: Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:30–3pm

Color-liscious

Combining colors can yield surprising results. What happens when you mix pigments? What happens when you mix colored light? Learn to use chromatography to separate colors and find the hidden colors in everyday objects such as markers and coated candies.

Upcoming date in Gallup: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 5:30–7:30pm

Making & Tinkering as a Way of Knowing

An engaging workshop, great for educators and staff at libraries, schools, and out-of-school time programs. Gain skills and experience in integrating engineering with art and design through the practice of making.

Upcoming date at Explora: Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 9am–12pm

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

Making & Tinkering as a Way of Knowing

Friday, March 29 from 1-4 pm

An engaging workshop, great for educators and staff at libraries, schools, and out-of-school time programs. Gain skills and experience in integrating engineering with art and design through the practice of making in this free workshop.

Makey Makey® Workshop!

makeyLearn to use and program your own Makey Makey® device in this fun and engaging 5-hour workshop for K-12 educators and after-school professionals who teach STEM subjects! Even beginners can quickly gain confidence to animate all kinds of objects and do amazing projects with this device that integrates everyday items with coding and circuit building. For details, call 505-224-8341.

Learn more about Makey Makey®
 www.makeymakey.com

Book a workshop for up to 25 participants and a date and time of your choosing! Choose from two workshop pricing options:

  • $400 – includes 5 Makey Makey® devices for your school (retail value $249.75)
  • $600 – includes 10 Makey Makey® devices for your school (retail value$499.50)

Participants will need to bring their own laptops (must have USB port), their charging cable, and their own sack lunch.

Registration/Information:

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

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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