The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is an award-winning science museum located on the B-Line Trail in the heart of the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District. WonderLab was incorporated as a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization in 1995 and a core group of volunteers began to offer hands-on science outreach services at community events. In 1998, WonderLab opened in its first physical location, a small space in the historic Wicks Building on the north side of the Bloomington courthouse square. The present two-story facility and garden opened to the public on March 29, 2003, and since then more than one million visitors have been served.
WonderLab provides opportunities to experience the wonder and excitement of science through interactive exhibits and programs that stimulate curiosity, encourage exploration, connect to the arts and everyday life, and foster lifelong learning.
WonderLab strives to build curious and creative problem solvers, inspired by the wonder of science, who will shape a brighter future for themselves and our world.
WonderLab is uniquely positioned to work with learners across the age spectrum bringing to life the WonderLab seven part educational philosophy:
- Science teaching should expose learners to accurate facts, actual tools, and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).
- Concepts and skills are developed through meaningful play and hands-on exploration.
- Each learner is unique with individual learning styles, preferences, and paces.
- Learning is a collaborative endeavor impacted and enhanced by parents, caregivers, and peers.
- Learning happens best in stimulating, inviting, and supportive environments.
- Learning is an ageless process fueled by questions and experiments where risk and failure are key.
- Science teaching should strengthen science identities in all learners.