The robots of the future are tiny, capable, and… bugs? Explorer Robert Wood draws inspiration from nature to create robotic insects. Learn more about the science behind #exploreracademy
#ExplorerAcademy Book Trailer! Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado at the Explorer Academy, where he and 23 other kids from around the globe will train to become the next generation of great explorers. But in addition to making new friends and attending cool classes, Cruz must also unlock clues to his family’s mysterious past and tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him … and why?
The science behind the book! Zoltan Takacs talks venom! In the book Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret, 12-year-old Cruz and his friends attend an elite school where they study to become world-class explorers. Keep reading to meet real-life Nat Geo explorers who inspired some of the action in the book. #ExplorerAcademy
Meet Marisol Coronado, Professor of Anthropology at #explorer Academy! Cruz’s Aunt Marisol is the Society’s number one expert on anthropology, which she teaches at the Academy. (Cruz is one of her students!) Marisol attended the Academy with her best friend and Cruz's mother, Petra, when they were younger. She loves to wear bright colors and bold patterns. She often sends Cruz coded postcards from her many travels. #ExplorerAcademy
Meet Sailor York from #ExplorerAcademy! Sailor is smart and competitive, loyal and brave—and willing to face any danger to help her friends. Although her New Zealand slang may sometimes confuse Cruz, he enjoys having her around to make him laugh and help him out when things turn a little dark. #ExplorerAcademy
Meet Emmett Lu, a student at #ExplorerAcademy! Cruz’s Canadian roommate at the Explorer Academy, Emmett is a wizard when it comes to wearable tech. He invented his one-of-a-kind emoto-glasses, which change color and shape with his emotions. Emmett quickly becomes one of Cruz’s best friends at the Academy, risking everything to help Cruz on his mission. #ExplorerAcademy
Meet Lani, engineer and Cruz's best friend! Lani is a tech genius and Cruz’s best friend from home in Hawaii. She adapted Cruz’s honeybee drone, Mell, to respond to voice control and will be key in helping him crack the mystery of what happened to his mother—even while Lani is living halfway around the world. #ExplorerAcademy
Meet Cruz Coronado, new student at #ExplorerAcademy! Cruz has just joined the prestigious Explorer Academy, where his mother died in a mysterious lab accident when he was young. Cruz is excited about his high-tech exploration classes, but he’s being followed by a shadowy figure who wants to do him harm. But with the help of his friends, Cruz knows he can face any danger while he’s solving his mother’s mystery. #Explorer Academy
A digital scavenger hunt, you say? Cruz's Aunt Marisol sends him postcards from around the world with secret messages written in code. You can check them out too! Start the postcard scavenger hunt by following the instructions on the first postcard below. See if you can solve Marisol's codes and unlock a secret about Explorer Academy.