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

Fall Semester: September 20–December 7, 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.

Choose one day/time:

  • Mondays, 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.
  • Tuesdays, 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.

In-person classes will meet at Explora if health order allows. If classes cannot meet at Explora, they will meet via Zoom with the 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 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 505-224-8323, 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

Fall 2021 Explorations Schedule

September 20–December 7, 2021

Pollinators: From Bees to Bats

9/20 or 9/21

Bees, butterflies, birds, moths, and bats all play an important role in the viability of our food sources and our ecosystem. What type of plants do different pollinators like? What are elements of a garden that encourages butterflies to visit?

Soil Searchers

9/27 or 9/28

Soil, mud, dust, earth, terra— there are lots of names for stuff beneath our feet. Come discover the amazing world of dirt and discover its important role it plays in our environment. 

Density Liquid Layers

10/4 or 10/5

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.

Facts of the Matter

10/11 or 10/12

Atoms in motion—fast or slow—determine the states of matter we know. We’ll use liquid nitrogen (-320° Fahrenheit) and other materials to explore the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.

Mystery Mixtures

10/18 or 10/19

From forensics to fireworks, chemists learn about interesting substances by performing various tests. Using chemical analysis and powers of observation, participants will each determine the composition of a mystery mixture. Chemical reactions, suspensions, solutions, and mixtures are all part of this mysterious exploration. 

Up in Flames

10/25 or 10/26

Put on your safety glasses as we experiment with combustion and explore oxygen’s effect on flames. Can you keep your forest of matchsticks from going up in flames?


11/1 or 11/2

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?

Time to Reflect...and Refract

11/8 or 11/9

Use lasers, prisms, lenses, and mirrors to explore ways to control and direct light. Use a variety of materials to learn about their optical properties, and then use your knowledge to build a refracting telescope!

Motion Picture Math

11/15 or 11/16

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!

In Synch

11/22 or 11/23

Explore the phenomenon of resonance by snapping, plucking, or striking rubber bands, springs, rods, pendulums, and more to observe their natural springiness. Use techniques of matching natural frequencies to “magically” move pendulums, oscillate springs, and amplify vibrations of objects.

Gearing Up and Gearing Down

11/29 or 11/30

Sink your teeth into this exploration! Manipulate and arrange a variety of gears to speed up and slow down. Observe the teeth and turns of the gears to calculate the ratios that govern the transfer of power in a machine.

Turn, Turn, Turn

12/6 or 12/7

For a fun spin on science, try some experiments using rotation! Feel torque as you spin on turntables, and explore the rotational momentum of spinning objects as you manipulate variables like size, mass, distribution, and shape.

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