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I Was A Geologist!

2018-05-07T08:34:19-04:00August 18th, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

When I was little, I was fascinated by rocks. I loved exploring the colors and textures.I would collect the rocks I found prettiest. I built up a sizable collection of obsidian from Yellowstone without my parents realizing – which, given that it’s illegal, led to a pretty stern talking-to when they found out. After that discussion [...]

Conquering The Pulley Chairs

2018-05-07T08:34:24-04:00August 4th, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Maria*, a first-grader, steps up to a strange machine in the center of WonderLab’s first floor. She looks at it, intimidated but determined to prove that she can conquer this contraption. Her first challenge is height; the seat she must climb on in order to proceed is a foot-and-a-half above the ground - to her, [...]

Great Balls of Fire

2018-05-07T08:34:40-04:00July 21st, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

There is one WonderLab exhibit that you always have to reach out and touch. It stands right in the entrance to the gallery. Playing with it is almost like a rite of passage. It consists of a long wire running to the ceiling and a stack of four balls of descending size. Lift the stack [...]

Through the Grapevine

2019-01-03T11:05:13-04:00July 7th, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Few exhibits are as iconic, as synonymous with “WonderLab,” as the Grapevine Climber, donated by Oliver Winery around the time WonderLab first opened the doors at its present location. The Grapevine is a climbing exhibit that people of all ages, shapes, and sizes can crawl through. It is almost impossible to miss, and is impossible [...]

Nailed It!

2018-05-07T08:34:59-04:00June 30th, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

The first floor of the WonderLab has a whimsical, eclectic appearance with bright colors, exhibits of all shapes and sizes and kids running everywhere.  Even with all this bustle and activity my eye is naturally drawn to the shimmery display in the back of the room. There sits, in all its glory, one of WonderLab’s [...]

Rays from Outer Space!

2018-05-07T08:35:03-04:00June 16th, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

When I first started writing this blog post, I was nervous because there’s something about Cosmic Rays that really freaks people out. I mean, why wouldn’t they? Who wants to think about rays from space constantly bombarding earth, passing through your body? When you stand and watch the Cosmic Dance tiles in WonderLab’s lobby, you [...]


2018-05-21T16:19:41-04:00June 2nd, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

While WonderLab has a number of exciting and eye-catching exhibits, none has ever struck me as much as the Giant Mechanical Crane on the second floor. Signified by a yellow wire cage surrounding a building area, it’s a deceptively simple-looking exhibit. There are no instructions. Visitors, or interns like me, have to sit down and [...]

The Magnificent Magnetoscope

2018-05-07T08:35:14-04:00May 19th, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

On the first floor of the museum, just outside the Bubble Room, sits the MagnetoScope. On my first day here at WonderLab my boss had me play in the with the exhibits in the museum, so I could get familiar with what I would be writing about. Despite its small stature, at least in comparison [...]