Your Gift Transforms Lives
WonderLab's annual spring appeal focuses on serving the community broadly through the Connecting to the Community Program that serves families experiencing low income and a new gallery initiative is STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Starter exhibits for preschool children ages 3-5 years.

By providing a diverse museum experience for visitors from all walks of life, WonderLab encourages all of our guests—no matter what age or background—to foster a love of learning and appreciation for STEM subjects. In our continued pursuit of accessibility for all WonderLab visitors, we are delighted to announce our newest initiative in science education:  STEM Starters.  This new project will create engaging, high-quality science exhibits specifically designed for children aged 3-5 years old that will be integrated into each of the museum s thematic areas. Upcoming STEM Starters will include exhibits such as Air Maze, Blow-a-Bubble and Foam Fountains. STEM Starters will serve as a bridge from an introductory level of learning to a deeper, more complex level of understanding for STEM concepts.

Quality early childhood education experiences are crucial for a child’s overall development 
and future success. This spring please consider donating to one of two accessibility initiatives—or to both!

Watch your mailbox for more exciting information about the spring appeal for WonderLab's accessibility initiatives.
Museum News
National Week of the Young Child
The Week of the Young Child is a nation-wide event, April 16-20, spearheaded by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In conjunction, WonderLab is proud to present a series of events and programs designed for children ages birth through 8. At these events children will meet professional scientists, play with diverse scientific content and build their identities as a scientific learners.

Tuesday, April 17: I Am A Geologist!
Explore WonderLab’s own giant, indoor cave. Investigate fossils. Touch different rocks. Receive a rock collection starter kit. Geologists from the Indiana Geological and Water Survey will be at the museum all day sharing their expertise. Special activities: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18: I am an Archeologist!
Archeology is about a lot more than digging in the dirt - but that sure is fun!   Discovery Time (10 a.m.) and Science Sprouts (4:15 p.m.) will feature touching and playing with 3D prints of ancient Mayan instruments, a visit from a professional archaeologist, and, of course, some excellent dirt digging! Late afternoon open archeology exploration (aka: Bonus dirt digging!) is happening from 4:45-6 p.m. Use real archeology tools to search for and sort “artifacts”, visit an archeological site in virtual reality, and practice grinding corn to make cornflour in the style of the ancient maya.

Thursday, April 19: I am an Astronomer!
Science Sprouts (9:15 a.m. and 10 a.m.) will be astronomy themed. Late afternoon open astronomy exploration activities take place from 4-6 p.m. and feature more out of this world
space exploration, a visit from a professional
astronomer, and the chance to get hands-on with space rocks!

Friday, April 20: I am a Physicist!
Learn about the Laws of Motion. Play with with ramps, rolling, and wind resistance. Later in the day meet a professional physicist. Special activities from 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 21: I am a Marine Biologist!
In honor of the International Year of the Reef explore coral, touch sand slime, learn about ocean conservation, and build your own diving suit out of recycled materials. Meet a professional Marine Biologist and examine real scuba gear. Special activities from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m .
Tell a Teacher: You Can Get Paid to Learn about Science!
WonderLab is now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Science Institute: Educating for Environmental Change, sponsored by Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute and WonderLab.

This free hands-on workshop for middle- and high-school science teachers runs June 13 to 15th and will be hosted on the campus of IU Bloomington. The three-day professional development workshop will focus on climate change and its impact on your community.

Applications received by April 15 will receive full consideration and those received after April 15 will be considered until the institute is filled.

April Happenings
I n the Gallery: The Coral Reef Aquarium
2018 is The International Year of the Coral Reef and The Wonder Under the Waves Coral Reef Aquarium is a slice of the Indo-Pacific ocean conveniently located in landlocked Southern Indiana. The 300-gallon, multi-level ecosystem is home to a variety of saltwater fish, coral, and invertebrates. Glass panels in the base offer visitors a glimpse at the machinery necessary to replicate this natural environment. Be sure to catch Dive Deeper, a twice a week question and answer program featuring a live feeding - Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

This spring WonderLab is publishing a four part blog series, Down Under the Great Coral Reef. Tune into the the WonderLab ALIVE! Blog to follow the adventures of WonderLab Animal Exhibits Intern, Sommer Dean, during her trip to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia .
Early Childhood Education at WonderLab
It is said that young children experience the world and express themselves in a “hundred languages.” WonderLab's programs for young scientists are full of hands-on exploration, song, movement and fun. April Topic: Math

Science Sprouts: Wednesdays at 4:15 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
Dive Deeper - Sundays at 2 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5pm - NEW TIME!
This month join us to discuss coral reefs found deep in the ocean where little light penetrates yet coral still thrive, such as the Lophelia pertusa (pictured left)

Learn how corals found in deep, cold water compare to the warm, shallow water dwelling corals that are found in the WonderLab tank and why both are important parts of the ocean ecosystem. All Dive Deeper sessions include a live feeding .
STEM Sundays - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Free, drop-in, challenge-based experiences for the entire family. Projects are “easy entry” for all ages, meaning that specialized skills are not generally needed. Children as young as kindergarten ca n participate. STEM Sundays  are sponsored by Cook Medical
  • April 1 - Operation: Parachute Drop
  • April 8 - Zip Line Supply Run
  • April 15 - Driverless Car Test Track

  • April 22 - Special Earth Day STEM Sunday - STEM Sunday meets Science of Art for an amazing, eco-friendly, earth day activity! We will learn about the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle...but with a creative twist! BYOPBs (bring your own plastic bags!)* and create plastic bag flowers, bowls, and even learn how to fuse plastic together! Join us for this Earth Day celebration on April 22nd from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. *Materials will be provided if you don't have any or if you forget!

  • April 29 - Innovate or Bubble Engineer
YMCA Energize After School - Tuesdays - 4:30 - 5:15 p.m .
Drop in and experience these high energy YMCA fitness and fun programs first hand. Move. Groove. Have a snack. Dig your hands into science and explore.
Topics change weekly. Activities are geared for scientists age 8-10 years but all ages/family members are welcome to attend. Free with museum admission.
  • April 3 - Blind Taste Test Experiments
  • April 10 - Zoo Yoga with Quinn Laird
  • April 17 - Smoothie Creations
  • April 24 - Sugary Beverages!
Girl Scouts - Iron Chef
Saturday, April 14, 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Calling all Girl Scouts! Come to WonderLab and work with WonderLab's expert staff and earn science badges. On April 14th get your hands dirty with cooking and food-based experiments. Prices are $13 for scouts and $6 for adults and siblings who wish to attend. Registration is handled through Girl Scouts of Central Indiana . Register soon. Spaces are limited. For more information on scout workshops contact Jared Katz, WonderLab Adult and Secondary Education Specialist a t .
Coder Dojo - Thursday, April 19 at 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.
Health Education Expo - Saturday, April 28, 1 - 3 p.m .
Explore health and wellness with hands-on activities for children ages 3-10 years. Learn from IU nursing students. Free with museum admission.
Study Break - Saturday, April 28, 6 - 9 p.m .
End of the year finals can be an intense and stressful time for students. Studying without taking breaks is proven to be detrimental to the learning process. WonderLab is here for you. Take a break...A Study Break. On Saturday, April 28th from 6 - 9 p.m., enjoy stress relieving activities while hanging out with friends at your friendly, neighborhood science center. Food is included in the price of admission. Tickets cost $10 and are available at .

Just Around the Corner
Science in May

Mission to Mars: Saturday, May 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Celebrate the launch of NASA InSight a geophysical lander that will study the deep interior of Mars.

Demo Day: Symphony of Science Saturday, May 12, Two shows 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tune in for this exciting exploration of sound, music, dancing flames, and much more!

After Dark: Beer & Brews
Fermentation Celebration!
Friday, May 18, 6 - 9 p.m.
Delve into the scientific process of brewing that will dazzle and delight during this 21 and older event.

Hands-on Chemistry Day: Science of Color Sunday, May 27, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Learn about the chemical wonders of color. Every 30 minutes starting at 1:45 there will be special live chemistry shows, followed by hands-on activities and cool take home experiments.
June & July Events

The Wonders of Nature - NEW
Saturdays at 2 p.m.
WonderLab’s new program, Wonders of Nature, is gearing up to be a summer time adventure for young and old. Run wild. Wiggle like worms. Fly like the red-tail hawk. Knowledge will bloom like planted seeds through hands-on exploration, active games, and creative, natural, crafts. All sessions take place in the WonderGarden during the months of June, July and August. Admission is free, but ticketed, with museum admission.

Volunteer Training - Thursday, June 7, 4 - 5:30pm. Email to register.

Ham Radio Day: Saturday, June 16 - Watch the WonderLab Explore cool radio technology. Watch for further event details.
From the Garden to the Stars: WonderCamp 2018

There is still time to register for WonderCamp.

All camps are a full day format, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with complimentary extended care from 8:00 – 9:00 am and from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Camps with available spaces include: Space Troopers (K-1), Creative Building (K-1), Wild Life Gardener (2-3), TinkerLab (2-3), Junior Master Gardener (4-6), and Wildlife Gardener (4-6).

Each camp includes daily healthy snacks, a lunch break and most have a brief “recess” period as a break from concentrated work on science activities. Campers should bring their own lunch.
Follow WonderLab Science Museum on Facebook or visit for the most up-to-date information about upcoming events all year long.
Important Updates
Birthdays at WonderLab
WonderLab’s science birthday parties are fabulously fun for children and adults and several options are available to fit your budget! Rent out a private room for a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) party with access to the exhibit galleries or have a hosted Super Science Party with all the frills! No worries for parents of young children who attend the party.

Adult chaperones are free for all birthday parties!
Want to pump up the excitement even more? Rent the entire museum for your birthday!

WonderLab on the Web
Stay up-to-date with the most current information, happenings and antics at your friendly neighborhood science center. Follow WonderLab on Instagram (@wonderlab), twitter (@wonderlab) , Facebook (wonderlabmuseum) , YouTube (WonderLab Science Museum) . Be sure to check out these other WonderLab goodies as well....
WonderLab: The Music Video
That's right! WonderLab made a music video as part of the When You Work at A Museum Dance contest - basically a popularity contest with 48 entries from 14 countries.

The WonderLab entry goes live on Thursday, April 26 and we need your vote to win!!!

On April 26 you can watch the video and vote for WonderLab starting at 8am EST, click on . Voting will be open from 8am - 7:59am the following day. Vote for WonderLab! Support Science!
The Education Blog
WonderLab is proud to announce the launch of the The WonderLab Education Blog.

Stop by! Read about the museum education philosophy! Learn about the people behind the educational magic that makes WonderLab tick! Check back for monthly posts about all things hands-on science learning.

The first post, by Education Director Emmy Brockman, explores topic of Play as Serious Learning.
Thoughts Behind the Wonder
WonderLab not only houses the best in hands-on science exhibits it is also home to a group of dedicated, passionate student interns. This amazing crew is involved in all aspects of the museum and they have something to say.

Read all about their wonderings at the dedicated intern blog: Thoughts Behind the Wonder .

Give them a share, a shout out or a comment. Check back for monthly updates and new posts.
Warmest Gratitude to our 2017 In-Kind Donors
"The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation." - Miriam Beard

Thank you to our 2017 In-Kind Donors
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