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News of Note
This is a selected listing of significant news releases, and does not include WonderLab's frequent releases about upcoming museum programs.
IU Credit Union Donation Supports IU Students at WonderLab
January 21, 2015
Bloomington, IN—IU Credit Union has made a $3,000 contribution to the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology to help support Indiana University student employees in work-study positions and internships at the museum in 2015. This is the eighth annual donation IU Credit Union has made in its ongoing commitment to WonderLab for this purpose.
More than 78 students held such positions at WonderLab in 2014. They were involved in all aspects of the museum, including serving in the areas of programs, exhibit development and animal care, visitor services, and in various administrative capacities pertaining to development, marketing, membership, and volunteer functions. These students gain essential “real world” experience that enhances classroom learning and post-graduation employment opportunities. The students also benefit WonderLab by increasing the museum’s human resource capacity to provide services.
Bryan Price, President & CEO of IU Credit Union, remarked, "IU Credit Union recognizes the impact WonderLab's work-study program has on IU students in helping them gain valuable field experience. We are pleased to extend this opportunity."
Founded in 1956, IU Credit Union is a nonprofit financial institution with 10 branches statewide, more than 64,000 members, and assets of more than $780 million.
Learning Treasures Sponsors WonderLab Pre-K Program
January 20, 2015
Bloomington, IN—Learning Treasures has made a donation to become the 2015 first-quarter sponsor of Discovery Time, a weekly program for preschool-age children and their caregivers held at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology. The program, held on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., provides early childhood enrichment with readings of picture books and related hands-on activities with a different science theme each week. Discovery Time is free with museum admission.
Founded in 1981, Learning Treasures is a locally-owned store in Bloomington that offers parents and educators a diverse selection of high-quality, hands-on educational toys and games selected to meet the different learning styles of children from infancy and early childhood through the elementary school years.
"We're delighted to have Learning Treasures as our first sponsor under WonderLab's new 2015 Corporate Giving Program! Although Learning Treasures is a business and we are a nonprofit, we share the same mission," said Alison Pitt, WonderLab's development director.
WonderLab Earns 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
June 17, 2014
Bloomington, IN—The WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for the second year in a row. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence provided by businesses worldwide, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. WonderLab is currently listed as the second most popular Bloomington attraction after Indiana University on TripAdvisor.
Duke Energy Foundation donates $10,000 to WonderLab
March 10, 2014
Bloomington, IN—The Duke Energy Foundation has donated $10,000 to the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology in Bloomington, Ind., for interactive science exhibits that will be introduced to the public during 2014.
This support will be combined with other contributions to allow children and their families to interact with a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines.
In addition, the foundation’s gift includes sponsorship of WonderLab’s upcoming summer exhibition, Nano: Small Science, Big Fun, as well as a major new exhibit on big-headed ants, which opens this fall.
“We are tremendously grateful to Duke Energy for their vision and investment in such a wide variety of exhibit experiences,” said Catherine Olmer, WonderLab’s executive director.
“Duke Energy is a strong supporter of science, technology, education and math education initiatives,” said Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy government and community relations manager. “We are proud to promote education in south-central Indiana through this contribution. WonderLab is widely recognized for its regional impact in bringing the wonder and excitement of science to children.”
WonderLab, a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an award-winning science museum located in the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD). WonderLab served more than 84,000 visitors in 2013, including 11,297 children on group and school field trips.
The Duke Energy Foundation makes charitable investments on behalf of Duke Energy, the largest electric power holding company in the United States with 7.2 million customers in six states. Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 7,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 800,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier. To learn more about the Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.