Wonderlab: a STEAM program

If your child enjoys Wonderlab, check out this summer's hands-on Outerspace STEAM Lab Series for preschool to elementary grades in the Lower Level Meeting Room.

Upcoming
How Big? How Far? How Hot? Sorting Games
Wed., Aug. 14 | 10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Through engaging sorting activities, compare and contrast bodies in space to begin thinking about our place in the universe. Kids will be introduced to concepts such as size, distance, and temperature, and older patrons explore these concepts in greater depth.


Wonderlab
Join us as we explore and experiment using the principles of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM)!
Developed for kids aged 6 - 9.
Register at the Children's Desk or call 236-5208. | 6 p.m.

Fall 2019 Programs
Sept. 18   Paper Gliders (Under the Dome)
Did you know that there are over 40 different ways to make a paper airplane? Come explore aerodynamics as we fold a fleet of gliders and test how well they fly.

Oct. 2       Paper Coil Cars (Lower Level Meeting Room)
Cars can be powered by gasoline, electricity, and… paper? Join us in our investigation of potential energy as we build a paper coil car!

Oct. 19     Marble Roller Coaster Weekend Edition! (Lower Level Meeting Room)
Spectacular falls, tingling twists, and loony loop-the-loops: roller coasters make for a wild ride. Join us for a special Wonderlab: Weekend Edition, where we will construct totally tubular coasters!

Nov. 6      Fettucine Bridge (Lower Level Meeting Room)
You may have eaten pasta for supper, but did you ever think of using it to build as construction material? Join us as we build and test fettucine bridges. It’s sure to be a smash!

Nov. 20    Egg Drop (Under the Dome)
If you’ve dropped an egg before, you know how messy it can be! To keep the mess to a minimum, we will construct containers that will protect eggs from the force of an almost 20-foot drop!

Dec. 4     “Squidy” Cartesian Diver (Lower Level Meeting Room)
Meet Squidy, a fantastic squid who can float, sink, and hover in his aquatic home! You can take home your very own Squidy, as we explore buoyancy – how and why things float.

Previously in Wonderlab
Spring 2019 Programs

April 17 - Build a Kite
This test flight in Explorer’s Grove led to a very sad librarian!

April brings with it some wonderfully blustery days – perfect weather for flying kites! So, to get Wonderlab off the ground, we’ll explore the science behind kite flight and construct our very own diamond kite!






April 3 - Birdfeeders
When we put a birdfeeder in Explorer’s Grove, we had a surprise visit from an exotic friend!

As we head (hopefully!) into spring, many more of our fine-feathered friends will be returning from their southern vacations. What could be a better welcome than a carefully constructed, full bird feeder? If you agree, join us for a Wonderlab that’s (literally) for the birds!

 

 

March 6 - Intro to Coding
We investigated key building blocks of computational thinking - thinking about problems so that computers can solve them. We explored sequencing, decomposition, functions and debugging; skills that will remain relevant no matter how technology changes. And, Wonderlabbers got to meet Cubetto!