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 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:

  • 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.

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 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 2020 Explorations Schedule

Spring 2022 Explorations Schedule

January 24 – April 19, 2022

Forced into Action

1/24 or 1/25

Eggs may break and balls will fly! Get on the move with Sir Isaac Newton and discover the laws that govern motion. Learn about inertia, forces, and velocity.

Galileo’s Universe

1/31 or 2/1

Let's gravitate toward experiments that include swinging pendulums, rolling masses, and dropping objects as we explore several of Galileo’s famous experiments! By recording and analyzing data, we'll learn about the actions of pendulums and the laws that govern falling objects.

Good Vibrations

2/7 or 2/8

Catch a wave…a sound wave, that is! Experiment with vibrations to learn how sound is produced and how it acquires its specific qualities. Find out how sound travels through various materials and how to tell whether it is coming or going.

Yucca, Yucca, Yucca

2/14 or 2/15

What’s the difference between soap and detergent? How does either one compare with a natural soap made from yucca roots? In this exploration you can “suds up” with lab techniques designed to compare and test the power of these cleansing agents.

Chance or Lucky Guess

2/21 or 2/22

By flipping coins, rolling dice, picking marbles from a jar, and collecting data on candy, we discover that some outcomes are predictable. We'll run experiments, collect data, and determine the probabilities of certain outcomes for independent events.

Go with the Flow

2/28 or 3/1

What is Bernoulli’s Principle? Levitate balls and make an egg jump from one container to another to find out how airplanes fly and birds soar. The science of fluid dynamics is a great way to engage our natural curiosity and connect us to the world.

Out of the Blue

3/7 or 3/8

What did scientists do before Xerox machines? This class will explore Early 19th Century photography.  We will learn the chemistry and history of blue printing. Transform these science techniques and make art from the sun.  

Playing Around with Polymers

3/14 or 3/15

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

Gravity Rules

3/28 or 3/29

Do heavier objects fall faster than lighter objects? Students investigate the force of gravity by balancing unusually-shaped objects and experimenting with centers of gravity. 

Plasma Scrutiny

4/4 or 4/5

Solids, liquids, gases…and plasma! Explore plasma, the fourth state of matter. What happens to gas molecules in plasma, and how does the gas affect the plasma’s color? Investigate a plasma ball and use a spectroscope to identify the type of gas based on its color.

Water on the Move

4/11 or 4/12

How does water move through the soil? Be a water engineer as you design, build, and test aquifer models to track contaminants, water tables, and well levels.

Pigments of Your Imagination

4/18 or 4/19

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!

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