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.
Reality TV meets science as you view the secret lives of one of the planet's most successful creatures inside their enclosed, clear plexiglass habitat. Magnifying video cameras mounted inside the nesting and foraging chambers will provide close-up views of the colony's social structure and behaviors. Make and record observations just like a scientist on how the ants forage for food, defend the colony, care for baby ants, and more. Other interactive components of the exhibition explore the anatomical features of ants that make them so strong relative to their size, the social structure of the big-headed ant colony versus that of a honeybee hive, and how ants use special chemical signals to lead other ants to food. The exhibition includes a display of large big-headed ant models depicting each of the four castes living in the colony made by Indiana dimensional weaver Martina Celerin.