WonderLab’s hands-on activity stations will add STEM learning and fun to your school or special event. Each activity package includes engaging hands-on explorations as well as STEM creations you can take home. We offer themed outreach events in four standard sizes to meet your needs. We can even create hands-on activities specially tailored for your audience and event. See below for themes and pricing.

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Let’s Do Chemistry Activity Stations

Ever played Apples to Apples? This chemistry version helps get participants excited about learning chemistry and build confidence in their knowledge of chemistry concepts!

Can you build a battery and turn on the light bulb? With these materials you can! Learn about the flow of electrons and energy conversion with this experiment. 

What makes a black marker black? Are there different colors within various black markers? Using paper chromatography, participants will be able to see what happens when the ink of different black markers gets wet. The colors may surprise you!

Sometimes it’s hard to tell what a specific scent is! With Chemistry Makes Scents, participants explore the differences and similarities shared on a molecular level of two mystery scents. 

What is air pressure doing to objects on Earth? If we vacuumed away that pressure, how would it affect certain objects? Find out with this vacuum chamber experiment.

Ever wonder what makes ice cream different colors? What about make-up? Test out what happens to dye when you change its pH! 

With rocket reactions, participants will test what happens when water, baking soda, and citric acid are mixed together and confined in a test tube. Fire in the hole!

In this experiment, participants will get to create bubbles filled with carbon dioxide gas as a result of dry ice heating up. This process, of going from a solid straight to a gas, is sublimation! Explore how these bubbles are different from standard bubbles.

What IS in the water? Participants will perform various experiments on two water samples to determine what properties make the samples different. 

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Explore Earth and Space Activity Stations

Ever noticed how lumpy the moon looks? Those lumps are craters! What causes them? In this activity, participants will make their own craters, and learn how they are created!

How do scientists find other planets in our universe? How do they know the size of those planets? With this activity, participants will observe what happens when objects block light and cast shadows, one of the methods scientists use to identify planet size!

Bang! The universe is continuously expanding, but what does that look like, and how does it work? With a group of four, participants will use the tools provided in this activity to see how the universe is expanding!

Have you ever been looking out the car window just to have the sun shine directly in your eyes? Did you reach for your sunglasses to blot out the brightness? With this activity, participants will learn how different filters affect light, and in what way astronomers use them to view the universe!

Is that a man in the moon, or a cow?  What can you spot on the moon? Using binoculars, participants will observe a poster of the moon and seek out ten different animals that are hidden among the image!

How does water affect land? Erosion can happen naturally and slowly, or very quickly due to human impact. In this activity, participants will understand how different landscapes are affected by water and erosion.

Location, location, location! Can you locate the magnetic fields of different celestial bodies? In this activity, participants will use the probe tool to find magnetic fields on the model planetary bodies.

Ground control to Major Tom! In this activity, two participants will act as different roles; one will play Mission Control and the other a Mars rover! Mission Control will give the Mars rover (who is blind folded) directions to navigate the Mars landscape. Can you work together and avoid the obstacles?

Can you balance the Playdough planets? What happens when one is bigger than the other? With this activity, participants will explore how orbiting works with objects in our universe!

Using a solarscope, participants can explore what the Sun looks like! This activity allows the Sun to be safely viewed. What do you notice about it?

Don’t forget your telescope! With this engineering-oriented activity, participants will build their very own space telescope. Make sure it fits in the container so you can take it to space!

Mountains are majestic and beautiful! If you are camping at the base of one, however, you may want to know more about the way rain storms affect that area. With the paper mountains experiment, participants can observe how gravity and land formations impact the flow of water to certain areas!

My very educated mother just….just what? Having a hard time remembering the planets in the solar system? With this activity, participants get to create a pocket model of the solar system! Never forget what planet comes after Jupiter again.

With this experiment, participants will observe coastal sea-level rise. Explore the different environmental effects causing this rise in sea-level and why it’s important to track the changes on coastlines!

With this space themed board game, participants will try to guess their partner’s mystery space object using yes-or-no questions only! First one to guess correctly is the winner.

Ouch! Touching those pesky door handles during winter often results in a zap from static electricity. With this experiment, learn how static electricity is created, and build an electroscope, which can detect electrical charges!

Ready for take-off with the stomp rockets experiment! Participants will build their own rocket and launch it high into the air. 

Explore how different surfaces absorb heat and learn how to read temperature maps! Do you know what the various colors of infrared mean? 

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Full STEAM Ahead Activity Stations

The Order of the Balancing Phoenix. How do we stay upright and balanced against the force of gravity? Learn the physics behind this with the balancing phoenix and try to find its center of gravity?

The language of computers is a versatile tool! In this activity, explore how Binary Code is used to program computers and robots, then make your very own coded jewelry to take home.

Acids and bases and the pH scale, oh my! Watch as an acid and base react with the pigments in goldenrod paper, and learn what the pH scale has to do with it all. Create a science-art masterpiece to take home! 

What happens if you put shaving cream in a vacuum chamber and suck out the air pressure? Explore those outcomes with this colorful, bubbly activity!

Physics and gravity meet art! The gravity graph shows the physical effects of gravity on an object in motion…and creates a really cool art piece!

Math is a wonderful thing! This activity explores geometry. A normal sheet of paper has multiple sides and edges, but a mobius strip is non-orientable, meaning it has only one side and one edge! Build one and take it home.

Ever wonder what makes ice cream different colors? What about make-up? Test out what happens to dye when you change its pH! 

Why do oil spills look like rainbows on water? This activity explores thin film interference, the interaction between a film of oil on water that results in its rainbow sheen. Take home your very own rainbow!

What is fluorescence? In this activity, participants will create art pieces using various paints, and then observe what happens to the paint under a UV light. We will also explore how scientists use fluorescence to identify specific compounds on Earth!

It’s all an illusion! Thaumatropes originated as a toy in the 19th century with lots of cool science behind it. This activity shows the physics behind this optical illusion, and allows participants to make their very own thaumatrope toy.

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The Science of Sound and Music Activity Stations

Can you play a keyboard? What about a keyboard made up of bananas? This activity explores circuits and sound! When you complete the circuit of the Makey Makey keyboard, it allows the bananas to be used as keys. 

What all can you do with a tuning fork? In this activity, participants will hear the different frequencies of the tuning forks, as well as explore what the vibrations do when interacting with various mediums, like water, the table, or even your body!

Is that a…..chicken? It sounds a bit funky. This activity explores how our vocal cords work to create sound. Just like the funky chicken, our vocal cords create vibrations. 

Which two are the same?! With this activity, participants will try to decipher which shakers make the same sound. Notice how the vibrations caused by the different materials make various sounds!

Make a mini pipe organ! Once you’ve created your instrument, play it to better understand frequency. Participants will build knowledge about how the different vibrations through different sized mediums affects frequency. 

Pitch Perfect! The singing glasses all have a different frequency. Can you figure out why? This activity let’s participants play the singing glasses and explore the frequency of sound.

How does sound travel? With this activity, the different types of sound waves are able to be seen in action.

Although spoon gongs look a little silly, they sure have a cool science behind them! With this activity, participants will delve deeper into the science of sound, and explore how vibrations traveling through different mediums results in different sounds.

The Chinese Spouting Bowl, also called a Resonance Bowl, first appeared in the Han Dynasty (202 BC-AD 9). Explore this ancient instrument and learn what sound frequencies are needed to produce waves and spouts in water.

Kazooey, kawhoey? Build a kazoo! With this activity, participants will get to make their very own kazoo and learn how it works!

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Tech Takeover Activity Stations

Can you play a keyboard? What about a keyboard made up of bananas? This activity explores circuits and sound! When you complete the circuit of the Makey Makey keyboard, it allows the bananas to be used as keys. 

The language of computers is a versatile tool! In this activity, explore how Binary Code is used to program computers and robots, then make your very own coded jewelry to take home.

Can you build a robot? In this activity, participants will build and race the robots they make using various materials, including the head of a toothbrush.

Can you build a battery and turn on the light bulb? With these materials you can! Learn about the flow of electrons and energy conversion with this experiment. 

Can you decode the secret message? Using binary code cryptography, explore the ways computers encode your private information to keep it safe!

Is it a cube? Is it a robot? It’s both! With this activity, participants will receive a series of challenges to see what actions they can program the Cubelets to do. All of the different colored cubes perform a different behavior!

Complete the circuit! In this activity, participants will hold a “ground” object, that completes the circuit, allowing the computer to register the flow of electricity. Some objects conduct electricity better than others. Test out which ones work best!

Ground control to Major Tom! In this activity, two participants will act as different roles; one will play Mission Control and the other a Mars rover! Mission Control will give the Mars rover (who is blind folded) directions to navigate the Mars landscape. Can you work together and avoid the obstacles?

 

 

What’s up with this cube? Whoa! Look at it now! Using a virtual reality camera app on a tablet, participants will watch the Merge Cube transform from a patterned block to planets in space or museum artifacts! Explore VR with this cool activity. 

Ozobots are tiny robots coded to read color patterns. They can moonwalk, speed up, slow down, turn in all directions, and spin! With this activity, participants can draw obstacle courses for these little robots to complete.

The Order of the Balancing Phoenix. How do we stay upright and balanced against the force of gravity? Learn the physics behind this with the balancing phoenix and try to find its center of gravity?

Explore the world of virtual reality with a series of apps that let you view the moon, human anatomy, and much more! By placing the WonderLab iPods into a VR headset, you can see things through a whole new lens.

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Pricing and Fees

Activity station pricing is based on the number of participants and the number of activities. Materials fees are charged per person for groups larger than 30.

Basic Fees:

  • $100 for any single activity station
  • $50 for each additional activity station
  • <600 participants, the maximum materials fee charged is $350

Detailed Fees:

Things You Need to Know For A Successful Event

Logistics and Staffing:

  • Be prepared to provide space, one table per activity, chairs and, if needed, electrical outlets and a convenient water supply.
  • One volunteer or staff member is necessary to run each activity station.
  • If you are located in Monroe County, you are responsible for providing half of the volunteers needed to staff the activity stations.
  • If you are outside Monroe County, you are responsible for providing all of the volunteers needed to staff the activity stations.
  • A WonderLab staff member will train, oversee, and support all volunteers during the event.
  • WonderLab will provide all the activity supplies, set up, and clean up. A WonderLab staff member will train, oversee, and support all volunteers during the event.

Considerations and Recommendations:

  • Activity Stations may run up to a maximum of 3 hours (a typical STEM Night ~2 hours).
  • We strongly recommend max 30 Participants/Station/Hour. 
  • Max of 10 activity stations per event.
  • Outreach events outside of Monroe County are subject to a travel feeWonderLab Outreach Travel Fees
  • For longer events or special requests please contact Education Outreach
  • For more information contact Education Outreach

Payment: Outreach events must be scheduled and paid at least two weeks in advance. Events that require payment adjustments based on attendance will be invoiced or reimbursed for adjustments after the event. Non-payment will result in cancellation of the event.

Cancellation Policy. Events cancelled at least one month (30 days) in advance will receive a full refund. Events cancelled less than one month in advance are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. Events cancelled less than two weeks in advance will receive refund of their mileage/travel fees only. No cancellation fees will be charged if the event is rescheduled. No cancellation fees will be charged if an event is cancelled due to weather conditions.

Ready to Schedule?

Please fill out the Outreach Request Form and our outreach specialist will contact you shortly.

Questions?

Contact Shelbie Porteroff, Elementary Education Specialist
812.337.1337 ext. 19
educationoutreach@wonderlab.org
If you call and get voicemail, please leave your telephone number and the best time(s) to reach you at that number.

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