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Listen to the Bees

2019-08-07T16:25:16-04:00August 9th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

“Bees have so much to offer us if we only listen.” – Jay Ebben from Painted Hives After checking weekly and waiting, admittedly not-so-patiently, on the arrival of the new bee colony, I was thrilled when WonderLab welcomed the new bee colony into the gallery and WonderGarden. Before this experience, I had no idea how [...]

Teach the Teachers, Teach the World

2019-07-06T14:24:18-04:00July 6th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Educating for Environmental Change: Summer Science Institutes Prepare Teachers with Real World Training 2018 SSI Institute Poster Session On a sultry June evening in 2018 a crowd of teachers toured a display of posters at Jordan Hall on the Indiana University (IU)  Bloomington Campus. The poster session was a part of the 2018 [...]

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 [...]