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WonderLab builds curious and creative problem solvers, inspired by the wonder of science, who will shape a better future for themselves and our world. The museum offers an informal educational setting for engaging your mind and your senses in lifelong learning. Further enrichment is provided by a variety of innovative programs, activities, workshops, and festival events for children, families, adults, school groups, and educators.

WonderLab hosts a variety of programs focused on specific age ranges, science topics, and learning styles. We offer Pre-K sessions, hands-on workshops, activity stations, live animal programs, 21+ events, and more. Many programs incorporate partners from the rich resources in our community, including Indiana University, Ivy Tech, local businesses, professional artists, nonprofit organizations, clubs, and hobbyists. WonderLab programs strive to create exciting, diverse and formative learning experiences for visitors of all ages.

STEM Sundays

STEM Sunday is a free, drop-in, challenge-based experience that encourages families to engage in the engineering and design process. Emphasis is on this process rather than the product. Projects are not “take-home”, but may include a take-home element. A simple goal/design challenge is introduced to guide the process and encourage engagement. Projects are “easy entry” for all ages, meaning that specialized skills are not generally needed and children as young as kindergarten can participate. Projects use simple, inexpensive materials, emphasizing that families can easily re-create the project at home.

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STEM Sundays is made possible with support from:

 

WonderLab After Dark

WonderLab After Dark offers adults, ages 21+, the opportunity to experience the wonder of hands-on science while enjoying local eats and brews with friends and family. Each event features a different science theme, with fun activities that are sure to challenge your brain and put a smile on your face.

WonderLab After Dark is made possible with support from Mira Salon and Spa.

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Science LIVE!

WonderLab’s Science LIVE! programs provide visitors unique experiences with science, from animal shows to science demonstrations. Science content is presented in an entertaining, respectful and age-appropriate manner, allowing visitors to learn new facts and concepts and engage with the presenters.

Science Live! is made possible with support from Beth & Rudy Raff, the Eric Keaton Piper Memorial Fund, and the Frank Nelson Young, Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation.

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Discovery Time

Each Wednesday from 10:00-10:30 am, Discovery Time provides unique, science-based experiences for pre-school age children and their families. With different topics each week, this program encourages the development of early science skills and science literacy through play-based learning, age-appropriate topics, and opportunities for open-ended exploration. Discovery Time provides a welcoming environment where young children can freely work with materials and learn while having fun!

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Science Sprouts

Science Sprouts:  A Toddler Program
Science Sprouts is a weekly  enrichment program designed especially for toddlers and their families. Toddlers are natural scientists, and Science Sprouts is a time for them to explore, experiment, and build skills ranging from physical development to social emotional development. Science Sprouts activities are designed and facilitated by early childhood specialists and involve hands-on exploration, live music, body movement, and a commitment to accurate science!

Age Group: Recommended for children under 3. Pre-walkers welcome. Siblings welcome.
Times: Wednesdays at 4:15-4:45 pm and Thursdays, 9:15 – 9:45 am & 10:00 – 10:30 am
Location: Lab A or WonderGarden, weather permitting
Cost: Ticketed, but FREE with museum admission

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CoderDojo

Learn to code from coding experts! At CoderDojo children ages 7 to 17 learn skills such as building a website, creating an app or a game, and exploring technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. The program is free, laptops are provided, and it is co-taught by local computer programmers/engineers and WonderLab educators.

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WonderCamp

Each summer, WonderLab offers week-long camp sessions for children entering grades K-6. WonderCamp offers elementary-age children the opportunity to experience the wonder of hands-on science learning in a fun, collaborative environment. All camps provide in-depth science content and give young minds a chance to practice inquiry and design thinking as well other science process skills.

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