Have an up-close encounter with snakes, cockroaches, and rats. Explore the special adaptations that these animals and others have to survive.
The Challenge Lab is a self-directed experience where participants team up and use a finite number of given resources to tackle "challenges." These activities are designed to foster twenty-first century skills like team work and collaboration, innovation, creativity, and problem solving.
Quick! An outbreak has occurred. You be the detective. Test to see who is infected and track the progress of the disease back to its source. Explore the science of epidemiology.
What owls are found in Virginia? Study the common habitats, food sources and distinct calls for each type. How does the shape of an owl’s face help them to hear?
How does a rocket work? Uncover the role Newton’s laws of motion play in the basics of rocket science. Discover hidden forces as you attempt to topple a bowling pin!
What are the three main parts to a simple electrical circuit? Find out as you create your own simple circuit! Which materials can be effectively used as conductors?
Can you name the six types of simple machines? Explore how simple machines require less force to move an object. Identify everyday objects as a simple machine in a matching activity.
Explore the world of music and the science behind the sounds. Construct a “musical” instrument and learn about resonance, vibration, frequency and pitch.
How does the weather affect you? What tools do meteorologists use to study weather? Learn the symbols used to show rain, tornadoes, cold fronts and much more.
Climb aboard the Wonderplace train car for a journey into science exploration and discovery.