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The Bustling World of Beetles

2019-12-06T10:58:20-05:00December 15th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Eastern Hercules Beetle carcass. Photo by Niha Alaspuri Beetles are pretty awesome insects. They can be found in gardens and forests all over the world and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In fact, there’s probably a beetle living somewhere close to you, since some species of beetle are native to [...]

Bubbling Over with Science

2019-12-06T10:56:30-05:00December 6th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Some of my favorite memories from childhood include running around, blowing bubbles in my backyard. A neon bottle of bubbles in one hand, a matching plastic wand in the other and I was ecstatic with my long braids flowing behind me as my laughter filled the air. My favorite part was looking at the rainbows [...]

SandScapes Exhibit a Hit with WonderLab Visitors

2019-12-02T11:41:25-05:00November 25th, 2019|Exhibits, Mission, News, Support|

Major Support from Royal on the Eastside/Subaru of America Completes Funding for Augmented Reality Sandbox Exhibit Since opening in mid-November 2019 WonderLab’s latest exhibit, Sandscapes, has proven popular, engaging and, according to one visitor: “Super fun!” The interactive sandbox uses augmented reality (AR) technology to project colors onto kinetic sand, representing topographical features that change [...]

Does it flow? Can it flow?

2019-11-20T15:52:17-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Yesterday, while working on a paper, I spilled a cup of coffee. It went everywhere! While rushing around trying to find paper towels, I wondered - wouldn’t it be great if the coffee didn’t spill everywhere. So, much time would be saved in cleaning! This made me wonder about properties of liquids that make them [...]

WonderLab Receives Funding from Rotary Foundation and Rotary District 6580 for Sprouts Lab

2019-11-20T14:54:36-05:00November 21st, 2019|Exhibits, Mission, News|

WonderLab is pleased to announce funding from Rotary Foundation for Sprouts Lab - a laboratory and experiment space for the youngest scientists. Sprouts Lab is adjacent to Science Sprouts Place, the new exhibit area for children birth-3 years of age and their caregivers that opened October 2019.  Sprouts Lab is a hands-on laboratory and will [...]

WonderLab Welcomes Eric Slotegraaf to the Board of Directors

2019-12-02T12:07:55-05:00November 20th, 2019|News|

WonderLab is pleased to announce the addition of Eric Slotegraaf to the WonderLab family. Slotegraaf has joined the WonderLab Board of Directors for a three year term. The entire museum team is excited to welcome him aboard.  Slotegraaf is the founder/owner of Slotegraaf Niehoff PC, a local law firm. Eric and his family have been [...]

YPB (Young Professionals Bloomington) Announces Bloomington Arts Passport

2019-11-14T19:25:05-05:00November 14th, 2019|News|

Bloomington, IN (November 15, 2019) – YPB (Young Professionals Bloomington) and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced the launch of a new arts and entertainment series called Bloomington Arts Passport. The Passport is an eight-ticket sampler subscription designed for young professionals age 21-40 to explore the thriving performance and visual arts scene in Bloomington from January through May [...]

Meet Cleese, the Rough-Skinned Newt!

2019-11-14T11:57:39-05:00November 14th, 2019|WonderLab Alive!|

This is Cleese, Wonderlab’s Rough Skinned Newt, lounging in his habitat. Photo by Layne Sermersheim. This map highlights where in the world you can find the Rough Skinned Newts talked about in this article: the Pacific Northwest Coast, from southeastern Alaska to the Bay Area of California. Cleese is an amphibian [...]

WonderLab After Dark: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Scientists

2019-10-23T13:45:47-05:00October 23rd, 2019|News, Programs|

WonderLab is teaming up with Bloomington PRIDE for WonderLab After Dark: Over the Rainbow. This 21+ event will feature food, fun, and activities paying tribute to LGBTQ+ pioneers in Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Come dressed in your Halloween best and experience a spooky science lab with plenty of scary-fun tricks. Enjoy local treats, (including [...]

SandScapes: Augmented Reality Sandbox Coming to WonderLab

2019-11-22T14:46:56-05:00October 22nd, 2019|Exhibits, News|

WonderLab announces funding for new Earth Science Exhibit WonderLab is pleased to announce funding from Brabson Library and Educational Foundation for a new exhibit on geography, topography and other earth science topics. With the award WonderLab will be adding the new exhibit, SandScapes - an augmented reality sandbox, to the second floor gallery.  Augmented reality [...]