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WonderLab Hosting Weekly Virtual Science Programs for All Ages

During WonderLab’s temporary closure to the public your favorite hands-on science museum will be offering weekly recurring programs virtually via Zoom LIVE. 

Join WonderLab for virtual, hands-on science via Zoom LIVE. Support for the WonderLab Zoom online platform is provided by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Inc. Programs are free for all. WonderLab is accepting donations to support programming. Donations can be made here.

  • Who: WonderLab Museum, 308 W. 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47404
  • What: Twelve Weekly, Recurring Online Science Programs
  • Where: Links to Zoom Live available at wonderlab.org or on Facebook
  • When: Daily Tuesday – Saturday at 9:00am and 3:00pm / Sundays at 3:00pm
  • How: Links will be posted on our website and social media pages. Virtual programming is hosted on Zoom Live.

NEW: Register now for Wonder Workshops, June 23-26. The workshop topics are Art and Science (2), and Coding. In Art and Science (2), students will learn new artistic techniques such as observational drawing and fiber art. Wonder WorkShop Kits will include chalk pastels, oil pastels, and fine art paper. Participation in Art and Science (1) is not required to enroll in this program. In Coding, students will learn basic principles such as loops, conditional statements, variables, and input/output. Students will create animations, games, and basic programs using online tools including Scratch and Codesters. No prior Scratch or coding experience is needed. Learn more and register here.

Tuesday, June 16 – Sunday, June 12

Tuesday, June 16

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. –  Science Story Time for children age birth through 6 years

Join WonderLab staff as we read What If… by Samantha Berger. After the story, we will discuss innovation and how we can complete a task without any materials. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 6 years. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. –  Science Explorations for Grades 1-6

Join WonderLab staff and test your memory. Then, learn how you can improve it using the power of science. All welcome. Activities designed for grades 1-6. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

Wednesday, June 17

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Discovery Time for ages 3-6 years

Join WonderLab staff as we learn all about vehicles that you can ride. This week we will discuss cars, buses, and trains. Bring your favorite item with wheels for a fun experiment. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages 3-6 years. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Science Explorations for Grades 1-6

Join WonderLab staff to practice your cooking skills by making grilled cheese. There’s more than meets the eye with this simple sandwich. We will explore the scientific concepts behind the perfect crispy bread and melty, gooey cheese. All welcome. Activities designed for grades 1-6. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

Thursday, June 18

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Science Sprouts for children birth through age 3

Join WonderLab staff as we continue our exploration of transportation and vehicles. This week we will talk about cars, buses, and trains. Then, we’ll construct a car from cardboard. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 3 years. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Science Explorations for Grades 1-6

Join WonderLab staff as we discover how different animals see. We will learn how dogs, bees, birds, and other animals have adaptations to see differently than we do. All welcome. Activities designed for grades 1-6. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – CoderDojo for children ages 7 to 17

Join WonderLab staff for a virtual CoderDojo session. We will learn about the pen add-in feature in Scratch that allows a sprite to draw. We will use this add-in to code a virtual Etch-a-Sketch. All welcome, whether you have experience with coding or not. If you are familiar with Scratch, we will have some suggested challenges.Activities designed for children ages 7 to 17. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

Friday, June 19

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Science Story Time for children age birth through 6 years

Join WonderLab staff for a classic tale from a different perspective. We will read The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury. We will then explore the engineering process of house-building with sticks. Bring small sticks from the yard or popsicle sticks to build along at home. All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 6 years. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. –  Dive Deeper for All Ages

Copepods, urchins, sea stars oh my! Join WonderLab staff as we look at the ocean magnified. We will investigate plants and animals inside our aquarium that you don’t often get to see up close. All welcome. Activities designed for all ages. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

Saturday, June 20

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. –  Science Story Time for children age birth through 6 years

Join WonderLab staff as we read The Umbrella by Jan Brett. Then, we’ll build a boat and do an experiment to see how many animals and how much weight our boats can hold. Materials needed: aluminum foil, pennies or other coins, small animal toys are optional, and a small tub of water.  All welcome. Activities designed for children ages birth through 6 years. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Science Explorations for Grades 1-6

Join WonderLab staff as we experiment with the power of air. We can’t see air, but as scientists, we can experiment to see just how much it can do. We’ll talk about how air pressure works, and do experiments you can try at home. All welcome. Activities designed for Grades 1-6. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

Sunday, June 21

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – STEM Sundays for Families

Join WonderLab educators for STEM Sunday and work together on a project for the whole family.This week we will learn about parachutes and design/create our own. We will show various methods of making them, so there will be something you can make even if you don’t have all of the materials. Here are some of the suggested supplies to gather from your house (no problem if you don’t have some of these): string, scissors tape, coffee filter/tissue paper/newspaper/paper/plastic bag, weights (coins, washers, etc). All welcome. All welcome. This program is made possible through funding from Cook Medical and CFC Properties. Click here to register for Zoom LIVE.

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