Home School Explorations Series

Spring 2019 Semester Home School Explorations Series are now open for registration!

Spring semester Home School classes begin January 28, 2019.

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, math, and art 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.

Explora Members- $95 per child, for the semester
Non-members- $110 per child, for the semester

SESSIONS MEET EVERY WEEK for one hour.

There are three Home School Exploration Series available:

Home School Explorations

Grade K-2

Sessions meet every week

Please select one of the following sessions:   

  • Mondays, 11am-12pm  
  • Mondays, 1-2pm   
  • Tuesdays, 1-2pm

September 16–December 9, 2019

Fall 2019 Explorations Schedule

Acids or Bases

9/16 or 9/17
Explore natural acid/base indicators such as red cabbage, black tea, grape juice and turmeric. We’ll watch their colors change as we mix these indicators with acids and bases. We’ll also use them to draw color-changing pictures.

Creepy Crawly Bugs

9/23 or 9/24
Slithering, crawling, wiggling, and squirming. From beetles, to worms, to snails, dig into the world of these creatures. Create your own worm farm, and more!

How Does Your Garden Grow

9/30 or 10/1
Get your hands dirty as you examine, compare and contrast different seeds, dissect lima beans and fruit, and plant seeds and flowers to take home.

Looking for a Pattern

10/7 or 10/8
Investigate patterns in nature, discover designs in animal footprints, experiment with rhythm patterns, and create your own design on a big hat you can wear.

Balancing Act

10/14 or 10/15
Can you balance on one foot? Test out your sense of balance as you explore counter balance and center of gravity. Make a balanced art project to take home.

Adventures in Space

10/21 or 10/22
Be an astronomer and explore the moon, planets, and beyond! Make your own asteroid, experiment with gravity, and create moon craters.

Floaters and Sinkers

10/28 or 10/29
Roll up your sleeves and experiment with fruits, vegetables, and other solids to classify them as floaters or sinkers. We’ll modify materials to make them float or sink, and design a foil boat to carry a cargo of pennies. How many pennies will your boat hold before it sinks?

On a Roll

11/4 or 11/5
Observe and compare rolling systems using recycled materials, cups, and marbles. Test which shapes roll the best and create a roller coaster for marbles.

Color Mix-Up

11/11 or 11/12
Watch colors change before your eyes as you mix colored solutions, make secondary colors from primary ones, and create artwork to take home.

Rocks Rock

11/18 or 11/19
Use magnifying loupes to examine a variety of rocks and crystals. Compare rocks as to how they are the same and different. Experiment to find if any of the rocks roll or fizz or float. Then make your own rock prints.

Discovering Triangles

11/25 or 11/26
It’s time to give triangles the attention they deserve! Where can you find different kinds of triangles being used? Discover their importance as you use triangles to build three-dimensional objects and begin to explore the perimeters and areas of these shapes.

Our Amazing Bodies

12/2 or 12/3
Celebrate our amazing bodies from our fingerprints to our hearts and bones! Test the strengths of bones, discover the uniqueness of your fingerprint, explore how germs spread, and more!

Grades 3-5
Make!

9/16 or 9/17
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?

Circuits, Circuits, Circuits

9/23 or 9/24
Investigate electricity and conductivity with everyday materials, including fruits, vegetables, and graphite. Then design and build your own creative electrical circuits.

Out of the Blue

9/30 or 10/1
How do you create a photographic image using light from the sun? Use UV sensitive chemicals that you apply to paper and manipulate variables to make your own unique print.

Ecology of the Forest

10/7 or 10/8
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.

Drawing Nature

10/14 or 10/15
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.

May the Force Be With You

10/21 or 10/22
They repulse, they attract! We’ll experiment with pairs of magnets to find magnetic objects, create our own magnets, learn about magnets’ properties and behaviors, and find Earth’s North Pole.

Muscle Up

10/28 or 10/29
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

11/4 or 11/5
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!

Crazy About Chromatography

11/11 or 11/12
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!

Discover the Wonders of Nature

11/18 or 11/19
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.

Playing Around with Polymers

11/25 or 11/26
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.

Density Liquid Layers

12/2 or 12/3
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.

Grades 6-8

Sessions Meet Every Week

Please select one of the following sessions:   

  • Mondays, 11am-12pm  
  • Mondays, 1-2pm   
  • Tuesdays, 1-2pm

September 16–December 9, 2019

Fall 2019 Explorations Schedule

Go With the Flow

9/16
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.

Make!

9/23
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?

Water on the Move

9/30
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.

Playing Around with Polymers

10/7
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.

Play Ball

10/14
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.

Forced into Action

10/21
Get on the move with Sir Isaac Newton and discover the laws that govern motion. Eggs may break and balls will fly as we experiment with simple tools to learn about inertia and to determine the forces, velocity, and acceleration of objects in motion.

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