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 26–April 28, 2021

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.

Class schedule

Choose one day/time:

  • Tuesday 10:30am-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.
  • Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm (Virtual)
    • Some topics may be modified for a virtual format

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

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 Spring 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 505-224-8323, 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 2021 Explorations Schedule

January 23–April 27, 2021

Crazy About Chromatography

1/26 or 1/27

Inside an ordinary black marker is a rainbow of color waiting to escape! Investigate how paper chromatography is used to separate the components of mixtures. Test colored markers, food coloring, and candy to see what unexpected colors each contains!

Drawing Nature

2/2 or 2/3

Become a scientific illustrator as you use grids, stencils, symmetry and more to draw your favorite animals and plants. Investigate how science and art work together as you use magnifying glasses to examine insects and make illustrations of plants. 

Biomimicry: Nature In Art

2/9 or 2/10

Delve into the science of biomimicry. Explore various art forms and the nature that inspired them. 

Get Your Motor Running

2/16 or 2/17

Use batteries, magnets, wire, and paper clips to construct simple motors. Then manipulate variables to improve the performance of your motors. Can the motors be made to run faster? Can they be turned into generators? Find out in this powerful exploration!

Playing Around With Polymers

2/23 or 2/24

What is a polymer? Do the properties of polymers change when they’re made from different substances? Students investigate the properties of this special material by making a number of different polymers and comparing their bounciness, stretchiness, and more. 

Discover the Wonders of Nature

3/2 or 3/3

How is a beak’s shape related to its function? Can you tie your shoes without your thumbs? We’ll use our greatest survival tool—our brains—to discover how adaptations help us survive and make us who we are. We'll also spend time up close and personal with some of Explora’s educational animals.

Shocking Discoveries

3/9 or 3/10

With a touch of the Van de Graaff electricity generator, we'll energize our understanding of static electricity with hair-raising, empowering experiments that tend to create oohs, ahhs, and a few giggles, too!


3/15 or 3/16

Become a maker and inventor as you transform everyday materials to  solve design challenges while building engineering and design skills. What are the many ways cardboard can be transformed?

Muscle Up

3/30 or 3/31

What do a grasshopper’s rear legs, a Ferris wheel, an overpass, and a car jack have in common? Find out as you create and use a variety of simple machines. Change the size and direction of forces to give yourself a mechanical advantage and make your work easier!

Energy That Moves You

4/5 or 4/6

A car needs energy to move. Lights need energy to turn on. Investigate a variety of energy sources ranging from wind power to solar power to biofuels!

Ecology of the Forest

4/13 or 4/14

The forest floor has many stories to tell. Dig in the dirt and discover evidence of who and what is in it. Test soil samples for absorption and percolation, and find out how soil supports the health of the forest and the lives within it.

Be A Rock Star

4/20 or 4/21

This isn’t about music; it’s about geology! Use microscopes and magnifying loupes to discover the main types of rocks, model the rock cycle, and perform a series of tests to unearth a mystery mineral.

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 505-224-8323