Engineering Investigators

Engineering Investigators

For 3rd–5th graders, at Explora

Spring Semester: January 20–May 1, 2021

Design, Engineer, Build!

In each class, Explora educators engage children in activities that use the engineering design process to solve a problem. Whether it’s building a suspension bridge or figuring out what gears are best to use on a bike, children will have fun designing and building, perhaps without even realizing they are honing their problem-solving skills and learning engineering and physics principles! Activities change each semester.

Meets every other week for 1½ hours.
Parent or adult caregiver participation is welcome but not required.

Class schedule

 Please select one of the following sessions (meets every other week):

  • Option A: Saturday Mornings,  9:30–11am
    • 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28
  • Option B: Wednesday Afternoons, 1–2:30pm
    • 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1

Classes will meet at Explora if health order allows. If classes cannot meet at Explora they will meet via Zoom with materials kit provided.

In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.

Registration Fee

Explora members* $140 per child per semester
Non-members $160 per child per semester

*Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps, and admission all year!

Register now for Spring Semester 2021

1. Online: Select a session day and time to register online
Register Online
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2. Call the Reservations office at 505‐600-6734 or e‐mail

3. Mail registration form with payment to: Explora Reservations Manager, 1701 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque NM 87104

Explora’s Camps & Programs

Explora educators develop 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: 505-600-6734. 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

Cancellation Policy

  • If a cancellation is received more than 5 business days before the camp, a refund will be issued for the amount minus a 15% administrative fee.
  • Cancellations received 5 business days or fewer before the camp will not be refunded.
  • Full fees will be refunded if Explora cancels a program

Fall 2020 Class Schedule

Spring 2021 Class Schedule

January 20–May 1, 2021

Colorful Chromatography

Class 1

Experiment with separating physical objects using filtering techniques.  What pigments can you find hidden in art materials and plant leaves?  

Movers and Shakers

Class 2

First build an earthquake shake table that simulates a miniature natural disaster.  Next, reinforce a structure against a major earthquake so it stands strong!   

In A New Light

Class 3

How can we play with light?  What happens to an image through a pinhole?  How can you bounce it off of several reflections or alter the shadows made?  Lets see!

Bridge the Gap

Class 4

How can we construct a bridge to make it hold the most weight?  Compare different bridge structures and test your architectural marvel!

Rocky Road (Part 1)

Class 5

Construct a car frame that can support a motor or two.  How can you build an electrical circuit to power your vehicle?  How does it drive?  

Rocky Road (Part 2)

Class 6

Building off of our previous week’s vehicle, add shocks and bumpers to your car to help it traverse over different surfaces.  Build a test track to see how well your car handles.  Buckle your seatbelts!

Moving Sculptures

Class 7

Using balance and sculptural design, construct a mobile that spins and twirls!  Now, how can you get it to move using wind? 

Grande Finale: Crazy Chain Reactions!

Class 8

Set up a chain reaction with a single trigger and send dominoes tumbling down, ziplines sliding, marbles rolling and cheers erupting!  What will your reaction lead to? 

Activities vary from semester to semester. For more information about this program please contact our Reservations office.

Phone: 505-600-6734


Para información en español, llame al 505-224-8323