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News of Note
This is a selected listing of significant news releases, and does not include WonderLab's frequent releases about upcoming museum programs.
Duke Energy Foundation Grant Supports Science Exhibits
June 16, 2015
Bloomington, IN—The Duke Energy Foundation recently renewed its generous support of interactive science exhibits at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington. The new $10,000 grant will help the award-winning museum develop a major new exhibition, Your Amazing Brain, scheduled to open in January 2016, as well as pilot a new Maker Space, which is set to debut in the summer of 2016. Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy government and community relations manager, recently visited WonderLab to present the check to Alison Pitt, WonderLab's development director, and Andrew McQuay, 7, a visitor from Evansville who represents those who will benefit from these new experiences. Calloway stated, “The Duke Energy Foundation is pleased to continue to partner with WonderLab to bring high-quality STEM-related exhibits and activities to the over 80,000 annual visitors each of the museum.”
WonderLab is located at 308 West Fourth Street on the B-Line Trail in the downtown Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD). More information about WonderLab is online at www.wonderlab.org. In Indiana, the Duke Energy Foundation invests approximately $2 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.
WonderLab Reaches 1,000,00th Visitor Milestone with Vincennes Family
April 27, 2015
Bloomington, IN—The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington reached the significant milestone of serving 1,000,000 visitors this past weekend when the Hawkins family of Vincennes walked through the doors. This was their first visit to the Bloomington museum. The family received WonderLab t-shirts, a large basket of fun and educational toys from the museum gift store, and an annual membership, which gives them free admission at WonderLab and more than 300 other hands-on museums for the next year. The award-winning children's science museum had been tracking visitors since it opened in a small, interim space in 1998. WonderLab has been in its current location, 308 West Fourth Street in the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD), since 2003.
WonderLab Museum Announces Board Changes
April 9, 2015
Bloomington, IN—The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington announces the recent election of new Board of Directors officers. Attorney Karen Howe Fernandez will serve as president, Indiana University professor Elizabeth Raff will be vice president, and Old National Bank executive Crystal Taylor-Baker will be the treasurer-secretary of the board.
New board members include: Jacob Farmer (Indiana University Information Technology Services), Bob Flynn (Indiana University Information Technology Services), Mark Franklin (German American Bank), Greg Humphrey (Commercial Service), Brandon O'Leary (Indiana University Foundation) and David Quick (Vistage International). They join currently serving members Michael Baker (Quality Mill Supply Company), Andy Cron (Cook Medical), McKenzie May Goodrich (Shine Insurance), Attorney Robert Mann, Dr. Timothy Steiner (IU Health), Donald Turner (EcoBuild LLC), and John West (FC Tucker/Bloomington, Realtors).
"We'd also like to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding service of several board members who retired during the past year: Sarah Baumgart, Jim Blickensdorf, Dr. Jean Creek, Margaret Intons-Peterson, Hillary Person, Jean Schick, and Scott Smart," said Howe Fernandez.
WonderLab, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an interactive science center and destination in the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District. WonderLab served more than 86,000 people at the museum and through outreach in 2014.
IU Credit Union Donation Supports IU Students at WonderLab
January 21, 2015
Bloomington, IN—IU Credit Union has made a $3,000 contribution to the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology to help support Indiana University student employees in work-study positions and internships at the museum in 2015. This is the eighth annual donation IU Credit Union has made in its ongoing commitment to WonderLab for this purpose.
More than 78 students held such positions at WonderLab in 2014. They were involved in all aspects of the museum, including serving in the areas of programs, exhibit development and animal care, visitor services, and in various administrative capacities pertaining to development, marketing, membership, and volunteer functions. These students gain essential “real world” experience that enhances classroom learning and post-graduation employment opportunities. The students also benefit WonderLab by increasing the museum’s human resource capacity to provide services.
Bryan Price, President & CEO of IU Credit Union, remarked, "IU Credit Union recognizes the impact WonderLab's work-study program has on IU students in helping them gain valuable field experience. We are pleased to extend this opportunity."
Founded in 1956, IU Credit Union is a nonprofit financial institution with 10 branches statewide, more than 64,000 members, and assets of more than $780 million.
Learning Treasures Sponsors WonderLab Pre-K Program
January 20, 2015
Bloomington, IN—Learning Treasures has made a donation to become the 2015 first-quarter sponsor of Discovery Time, a weekly program for preschool-age children and their caregivers held at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. The program, held on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., provides early childhood enrichment with readings of picture books and related hands-on activities with a different science theme each week. Discovery Time is free with museum admission.
Founded in 1981, Learning Treasures is a locally-owned store in Bloomington that offers parents and educators a diverse selection of high-quality, hands-on educational toys and games selected to meet the different learning styles of children from infancy and early childhood through the elementary school years.
"We're delighted to have Learning Treasures as our first sponsor under WonderLab's new 2015 Corporate Giving Program! Although Learning Treasures is a business and we are a nonprofit, we share the same mission," said Alison Pitt, WonderLab's development director.
WonderLab Earns 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
June 17, 2014
Bloomington, IN—The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second year in a row. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence provided by businesses worldwide, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. WonderLab is currently listed as the second most popular Bloomington attraction after Indiana University on TripAdvisor.