Home School Explorations Series

Home School Explorations Series

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

Fall Semester: September 19 – December 6, 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.

In-person classes will meet all CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety, with a limited number of children per classroom and social distancing implemented when possible. Masks are recommended but not required (Explora staff will be masked). 

Choose one day/time:

  • Mondays, 1-2pm (at Explora)
  • Tuesdays, 1-2pm (at Explora)

Registration Fee

Explora members* $105 per child per semester
Non-members $120 per child per semester

*Join & Save! Explora members get discounts on semester programs, camps, and admission all year!

Register now for Fall Semester 2022

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 2022 Explorations Schedule

Fall 2022 Explorations Schedule

September 19 – December 6, 2022

Acids and Bases

9/19 or 9/20

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.

Building a Monument

9/26 or 9/27

Tension in the room? Put it to good use! Participants will use their bodies to understand tension and other architectural forces in this constructive exploration. They also discover elementary structural principles and model-building techniques as they create their own unique architectural structures.

Crazy Light

10/3 or 10/4

Why do we see ourselves in mirrors? How are shadows made? Use light boxes to explore the basic properties of white and colored light, including reflection and refraction, and investigate the properties of lenses.

Elucidating Illumination

10/10 or 10/11

Investigate light and shadows, and explore different methods astronomers use light to gather information about the universe.

Get Your Motor Running

10/17 or 10/18

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!

Energy Transformers

10/24 or 10/25

These energizing activities offer exploration into the different forms of energy! Investigate how these forms are converted from one to another. Experiment with “Newton’s Cradles” and build wind turbines that produce electricity.

Mobius Twist

10/31 or 11/1

Can you change a donut into a cup for hot chocolate? Explore with the properties of topology to find out. Experiment with ways to stretch, compress, and bend shapes into new ones using various materials. Investigate the topology and geometry of shapes as you solve puzzles and explore Mobius strips.

Play Ball

11/7 or 11/8

Have a ball exploring bounciness, elasticity, velocity, and more! Play with flexible tracks and a variety of balls to make discoveries about the effect of mass on collisions and the ways to affect velocity.

What’s the Attraction

11/14 or 11/15

Through hands-on exploration, students create a magnet and compass, observe magnetic force fields, and discover how these fields are related to electricity. Then they will use all of these concepts to build an electromagnet and an electric motor.

Trash, Compost, and Worms

11/21 or 11/22

What do we throw away? What impact does trash have on the environment? Are there alternatives to throwing things away? Investigate alternative ways to use your trash to help the environment and the role of decomposers in this process.

Kaleidoscope Crazed

11/28 or 11/29

Explore the amazing properties of mirrors and lenses, and discover all the wonderful images and colorful patterns you get when angles and symmetry come into play. Design and build your own unique kaleidoscope.

Genetics and DNA

12/5 or 12/6

What does DNA look like? Investigate DNA and explore how DNA gives you the traits that make you, YOU.

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