Experience the wonder and excitement of science! Whatever your age, all you have to bring is a sense of curiosity about the world around you as you get ready to experiment, build, observe, and discover. From the challenge of the two-story grapevine climber to the enthralling Water Works, WonderLab has over 50 hands-on science exhibits inside and outside in the garden that will capture your imagination and make learning fun! Exhibits reinforce educational concepts and skills set forth by Indiana Academic Standards and also incorporate principles of universal design. Note that some exhibits featured on the website occasionally are moved to different places in the museum or into temporary storage to make room for new experiences.
MIRROR MYSTERIES: SCIENCE OF REFLECTION
November 5, 2013 - April 13, 2014
Is it magic or is it science? Explore the surprising tricks mirrors can play on your brain! Have unexpected experiences such as “seeing” your head on a platter and your body flying above the ground, as well as trying to touch a pile of money that isn’t where it appears to be. Additional experiences include exploring how a curved mirror allows you to shake hands with yourself, and seeing yourself as an infinite series of images as you enter a mirror walkway. You also can experiment with a praxinoscope, which demonstrates how a rapid succession of reflections produces an animated image. Preschool-age children will delight in using periscopes to look over and around corners, seeing their images distorted by concave and convex mirrors, crawling through a mirrored kaleidoscope, and more. Parents of infants will be fascinated to see how a flat mirror can reveal an important shift in an infant’s identity development.