Home School Explorations Series for grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)

Home School Explorations Series

For 6th–9th graders (ages 11–15 years), at Explora

Spring Semester: January 25–April 27, 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:

  • Mondays, 1-2:15pm (Virtual)
    • Some topics may be modified for a virtual format
  • Tuesdays, 1-2:15pm (at Explora)
    • In-person classes will meet all CDC and CYFD guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom.

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 25–April 27, 2021

Intro to Programming - Micro:bits

1/25 or 1/26

Discover the basics of programming using a Micro:bit microcontroller. Learn about inputs, outputs and loops while coding and building several hands-on projects that you can interact with.

Making a Digital Pet

2/1 or 2/2

Using the Micro:bit microcontroller, design and program a digital pet that will respond to certain actions. What pet will you design? An octopus? A Yeti? Imagine it and then build it.

Mobiles: Twisted but Balanced

2/8 or 2/9

Experiment with balance, movement, design and sculpture. Learn about the artist Alexander Calder and then design and build your own mobile.

Circuit City

2/15 or 2/16

Discover the relationships among voltage, current, and resistance in a DC (direct current) circuit. This includes everything powered by batteries, and more!  Connect your batteries to a variety of motors, buzzers, LEDs, resistors, lights, and switches to investigate resistance, conductivity, and the making of a flashlight .

Looking Up Close

2/22 or 2/23

Plants, rocks, and insects have many features that are small enough to be invisible to the human eye. Students observe objects that are man-made, non-living, and living while exploring the concepts of scale and size with the use of magnifiers and microscopes.

The Heat is On

3/1 or 3/2

Investigate how heat gets from one place to another. Find out what it takes to keep heat from getting in or out. You know heat when you feel it, but how do you explain it scientifically? Just what is it, and what is cold?

Creative Programming: Makey Makey

3/8 or 3/9

Can you play a banana piano or draw a picture that makes actual sound? You can with a Makey Makey! Explore physical computing and computer interfacing in this fun and musical session.

Be a Rock Star

3/15 or 3/16

Rocks can be sorted into groups based on a number of characteristics. However, geologists sort them by the way in which they were formed. Sort rocks and then perform a number of tests on a mystery mineral in order to identify it.


3/29 or 3/30

Don’t let the robots take over. Learn how to control them! In this session learn the basics of programming a robot and code yours to complete a series of challenges. 

Water Filtration

4/5 or 4/6

Water is life. Experiment with a variety of filtering materials and design your own water filtering system. Test your water samples and see how your filter affects the hardness, pH and general quality of the water.

Muscle Up

4/12 or 4/13

Instead of just using our muscles we can use our brains to make work easier. Investigate the ways that work is accomplished using simple machines such as pulleys, levers and inclined planes.

Food Sleuths

4/19 or 4/20

What nutrients do our bodies need, and how can we test foods for the presence of these nutrients, specifically proteins, fats, carbohydrates and vitamins? Students will learn the importance of the above nutrients and perform several tests to determine their presence in different foods.

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