Anyone Can Be A Scientist!

On Monday, January 15, WonderLab will be open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration of Science. Drop by to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism in science.

The whole family will learn about scientists of past and present while taking part in hands-on science experiments. Special activities will be available from 11:00 am-3:00 pm and include:
  • Pollution Slime and the work of Mexican chemist Mario Molina;
  • Fashion a Fossil inspired by the work of English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist Mary Anning;
  • Rocket Building inspired by the work of engineer, physician and NASA astronaut Mae Jemison;
  • Seed Bombs inspired by the work of botanist and inventor George Washington Carver
  • ...and many more!

Be sure to check out the Invention Station! Who’s the next great inventor? It could be you as you solve one (or more) of the WonderLab’s Inventing Challenges.

This event is free with museum admission. 
Gallery News
New in the Gallery! Cubelets Tiny Robots

Cubelets are small, magnetic blocks that can be snapped together to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires. Robots drive, respond to light, sound, and temperature, and have surprisingly lifelike behavior. Come and experience Cubelets - a hands-on way to learn the basics of computer science. Learn more about Cubelets
New in the Gallery! Up-&-Over

Nestled near the popular, two-story grapevine climber visitors will now find WonderLab's newest addition: Up-&-Over. This simple climber offers safe climbing and sliding for cruisers, toddlers and young children. Big body movement is an important part of development and discovery. Come move at WonderLab today! Moving and Grooving with Infants and Toddlers
January Happenings
STEM Sundays - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. in January
Free, drop-in, challenge-based experiences that encourage families to engage in engineering and design. 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. Children as young as kindergarten can participate.  STEM Sundays are sponsored by Cook Medical.
2018 - The Year of the Reef
The International Coral Reef Initiative has declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef. Visit WonderLab and join in the national discussion. Dive Deeper: Talks with a Marine Biologist happen weekly on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Or check out WonderLab: ALIVE! for blog posts about the Wonder Under the Waves Aquarium as well as all the other animals in the museum.
Thursday, Jan.18 - Coder Dojo 4:45 - 5:45 p.m.
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 and laptops are provided through a gift of chromebook computers from CoderDojo Indiana, an initiative of TechPoint Foundation for Youth and Walmart Foundation. It is co-taught by local computer programmers/engineers and WonderLab educators. Free - Pre-registeration required.
Science for the Whole Family
Weekly Early Childhood Education

Themes
January: Ice and Snow
February: Incredible Insects
March: The Senses

Science Sprouts: Wednesdays at 4:25 p.m. and Thursdays 9:15 and 10 a.m.. - Age 3 and under - Ticketed but free with admission

Discovery Time : Wednesdays - 10 a.m. - Ages 3-6 - Ticketed but free with admission

Special Offerings

Valentine's Day LED Light Up - Valentine’s Day is electric….LED electric, that is. An LED is an electronic device that emits light when power is supplied to it.
Saturday, Feb. 10 - All day - All ages - $2.50 per kit

Scouting Programs - WonderLab offers a variety of badge programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts - Group Pre-Registration Required.

For more information send your questions to: museumeducator@wonderlab.org

Just Around the Corner.....

After Dark: Chocolate Mmmm....chocolate. The next WonderLab 21+ event is just around the corner on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 6-9 p.m. Get your tickets early before they're gone.

On Saturday, March 17th at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. come to the WonderLab to see Monroe County Humane Association’s VIPaws coordinator, Sarah DeLone and some fabulous four-footers. Free with Museum Admission.

Membership News
Member Benefit: The Bloomington Salt Cave
Relax and recharge in Bloomington’s only salt cave. WonderLab members receive $5 off renting the whole cave for a 45 minute Halotherapy session ($95). Six adults fit comfortably in the cave, and children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Think playgroup, parent’s day out, or other social groups. Or, come as one for $25/person. The Bloomington Salt Cave is located just around the corner from the museum at: 115 N Madison Ste B1, Bloomington, IN 47404. For more information check out: The Bloomington Salt Cave.

Offer runs January 1-31, 2018
Important Updates
Bring Back the Giant Flowing Bubble
Thanks to many generous gifts, WonderLab has successfully raised more than   $1,700 to completely rebuild the popular Giant Flowing Bubble exhibit. Stay tuned to WonderLab media for updates on the bubble's progress toward reinstallation. Still w ant to contribute? Click here.
Major Support for WonderLab Provided by:
WonderLab Board of Directors:
Karen Howe Fernandez, President
Elizabeth Raff, Vice President 
Brandon O’Leary, Treasurer
Ashley Johnson-Wilcoxon, Secretary
Mike Baker
Andy Cron
Jacob Farmer
Bob Flynn
Mark Franklin
Greg Humphrey
Bob Mann
Alison Polley
David Quick 
Ken Roberts
Timothy M. Steiner, M.D.
Crystal Taylor-Baker
Rick Van Kooten
John West
WonderLab Museum of Science Health and Technology
Building curious and creative problem solvers inspired by the wonder of science
who will build a better future for themselves and our world.

Gallery and Gift Store Hours
Tues - Thurs 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. • Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Sun. 1- 5 p.m. Closed Mon.

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