Engineering Investigators

Engineering Investigators

For 3rd–5th graders, at Explora

Spring Semester: January 22 – April 30, 2022

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

   Meets every other week:

  • Saturday Mornings,  9:30–11am
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom and masks for ages 2 and older.

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 2022

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 505-600-6734, 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 2022 Class Schedule

January 22 – April 30, 2022

Catch A Flight

Sat., Jan. 22

Take to the air and float above as we experiment with paper gliders. How can you design your glider to sustain a long flight across the museum?

Paper Making

Sat., Feb. 5

Using recycled cardboard and paper products we will make our own paper! What can you add to your paper pulp to make it thicker, thinner, stronger, or shiny?  

Pigments Of Your Imagination

Sat., Feb. 19

In this session we will make our own set of paints using natural pigments. What materials change the consistency and vibrancy of the paint? How do your paints look on your handmade paper?

Out Of The Blue

Sat., March 5

Paint with photosensitive chemicals to make fantastic cyanotype prints!  Develop your print using the sun and watch your image change before your eyes.

Circuits and Bots

Sat., March 19

Connect your motor and watch your robot spin and jitter.  How can you change your creation’s movement?  Start to prepare your robot for the upcoming robot battle!  

Robot Battle

Sat., April 2

Continue to customize your battle bot and prepare for the arena! Using an electric motor and recycled materials, how will you engineer your bot to move and defend itself? Whose bot will stand victorious? 

Sewn Circuits and E-Textiles

Sat., April 16

How can you combine an electrical circuit into a wearable piece of clothing? Dressed to the nines, let’s light up the room! 

Music To your Ears

Sat., April 30

Using a Makey Makey® micro controller, experiment with engineering  new ways to play a song with an instrument of your own creation.  Let’s have a jam session using our newly crafted instruments to create a blend of wild sounds!  

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