Engineering Investigators

Engineering Investigators

For 3rd–5th graders, at Explora

Fall Semester: September 11–December 18, 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

   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 Fall 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

Fall 2021 Class Schedule

September 11–December 18, 2021

Crash Test

Sat., Sept. 11

What safety systems can you build to protect a raw egg in a crash test?  We will experiment with momentum and acceleration and test with bumpers and safety belts, helmets and airbags. Can your egg make it through the crash without a crack, chip or fracture?

Roaming Rovers Part 1:  Sojourner

Sat., Sept. 25

As the first day of a multi-part mission, we will design and wire our programmed rover. How will it move? Connect your circuits and send your motors spinning!

Micro:bits And Creative Coding

Sat., Oct. 9

Build your code and watch it light up your Micro:bit. Create a flashing LED animation that reacts to your touch!

Roaming Rovers Part 2: Spirit & Opportunity

Sat., Oct. 23

Integrate the Micro:bit into your rover! How can you program your motors to move? How can you control its motions? Test it and watch it go!

Home Sweet Home

Sat., Nov. 6

Bees are a welcome guest in our yards, so let’s make them feel at home!  Construct a bee hotel and bee bath to attract and encourage our pollinator pals. Time to sand, drill and nail it all together.

Busy Bees

Sat., Nov. 20

This week we finish up and add a splash of color to our bee hotels and equip them with rooms. Your guests will be buzzing about it!

Cast Away

Sat., Dec. 4

Shape a mold, mix up your plaster and create a cast! Can you make something new look like a fossil from the past?

Roaming Rovers Part 3:  Curiosity & Perseverance

Sat., Dec. 18

We return to our rovers for one last mission. Can your code and circuitry skills help the rover move to its goal?

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