Home School Explorations Series for grades 3-5 (ages 8-10)

Home School Explorations Series

For 3rd–5th graders (ages 8–11 years), at Explora

Spring Semester: January 24 – April 19, 2022

Be curious, discover, experiment!


Explora’s Home School Explorations Series offers your child a semester of weekly, hour-long experiential science, technology, and art programs. Each Exploration is facilitated by Explora educators. These are hour-long, materials-rich classes that actively engage every child in inquiry activities. In these classes, children will make discoveries in science, technology, engineering, art, and math through questioning, experiencing, and investigating. Children will be encouraged to build their own knowledge and cultivate skills such as observation, creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning, communication, and innovation as they explore a different topic each week. Class topics change each semester.

Choose one day/time:   

  • Monday, 1-2pm (at Explora)
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.
  • Tuesday, 10:30-11:30am (at Explora)
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.
  • Tuesday, 1-2pm (at Explora)
    • 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* $95 per child per semester
Non-members $110 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
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2. Call the Reservations office at 505‐600-6734 or e‐mail reservations@explora.us.

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.

Email: reservations@explora.us

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 Explorations Schedule

Spring 2022 Explorations Schedule

January 24 – April 19, 2022

Acids and Bases

1/24 or 1/25

We use acids and bases every day. What’s the difference? We'll find out as we prepare an acid-base indicator and compare the relative strengths of some common acids and bases.

Discovering Triangles

1/31 or 2/1

It’s time to give triangles the attention they deserve! In this exploration, students discover the different kinds of triangles and their importance. They also use triangles to build three-dimensional objects and begin to explore these objects’ perimeters and areas. 

Creative Programming with Micro:bits

2/7 or 2/8

Build a stack of block codes and watch the LEDS on your microcontroller light up!  Can you create an animation or a new way to interact with your Micro:bit?

Looking Up Close

2/14 or 2/15

Use microscopes and magnifiers to discover the fascinating world of organisms and elements among us! Explore the structures and functions of a variety of interesting features among a micro-world of bugs, plants, and rocks. 

Motion Picture Math

2/21 or 2/22

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!

May The Force Be With You

2/28 or 3/1

Do artists need to understand chemistry? Explore the art-science connection by using pigments to make your own paints. Then use your handmade paints to create an original work of art!

Trebuchet Basketball

3/7 or 3/8

Using and modifying catapults, we will test our distance and accuracy to shoot some hoops! Who will make the first three-pointer?

Mobiles: Twisted But Balanced

3/14 or 3/15

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.

Seed Science

3/28 or 3/29

Take a closer look at the structures and developments of seeds and plants!  How do seeds move?  How can you help your seeds grow this spring?  

Density Liquid Layers

4/4 or 4/5

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.

Be A Mad Hatter

4/14 or 4/15

Many people wear hats, but have you ever thought about why? Students test fabrics to determine which are the most water repellent, explore how hats’ forms are related to their functions, observe hats in works of art, and make original hats to wear home.

Makey Makeys

4/18 or 4/19

Cover your keyboards, hook up your wires and find new ways to interact with a computer.  Can you draw a button on paper to play an instrument or construct a custom game controller?

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

Phone: 505-600-6734

Email: reservations@explora.us

Para información en español, llame al 505-600-6734