Beat the Heat at WonderLab!

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This summer, on days when temperatures soar to 90 degrees or higher, WonderLab is offering half-priced general admission from 2:30 p.m. until closing time Tuesday through Sunday.  This special promotion begins on Saturday, June 9, 2018 and runs through Friday, August 17, 2018.

To find out if it is a “90 Degree Beat the Heat” day check the WonderLab Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter and look for the WonderLab Beat the Heat Logo. Or call the WonderLab Visitor Services Desk at 812-337-1337 x25. Announcements will be posted by 2:30 p.m. and will be good for the rest of the day.

The “90 Degree Beat the Heat” promotion is generously sponsored by the Environmental Resilience Institute through the Prepared for Environmental Change (PfEC) Grand Challenge at Indiana University Bloomington.

The Prepared for Environmental Change (PfEC) initiative was launched in 2017 at Indiana University in response to the changing environment and to help Hoosiers understand and prepare for these changes. The Institute defines resiliency as being “…able to deal with change in ways that protect the health, welfare, and economic vitality of our communities. Being resilient is not about running away from our way of life or waiting for the worst to happen, but growing toward stronger, cleaner, healthier, safer, and more vibrant communities.”

By 2050, southern Indiana is projected to experience between 38 and 51 days per year at or above 95 °F. Between 1915 and 2013, the same region averaged about seven days per year at or above this temperature. Shelter from heat is an important part of dealing with high temperatures which most strongly affect young children and older adults. That’s where WonderLab and the Prepared for Environmental Change (PfEC) Grand Challenge step in.

Andrea Webster is the Implementation Manager at the Environmental Resilience Institute, which she described as the public face of the Prepared for Environmental Change (PfEC)Grand Challenge. According to Webster, collaboration with Bloomington’s friendly, hands-on science center is a great way to engage the public about the important topics they study.

“We are delighted to support WonderLab and their focus on the importance of staying safe on high temperature days,” said Webster. “Part of the mission of the Environmental Resilience Institute is to encourage communities to implement programs that help individuals be more resilient to changes in our environment. The number of high temperature days is predicted to increase dramatically throughout the coming decades, and we are thrilled that WonderLab is pairing education on this topic with a solution to help area residents avoid the negative health effects of high temperatures. WonderLab visitors can keep cool and learn some science!”

According to Karen Jepson-Innes, WonderLab Executive Director, the collaboration is a win-win-win for IU, for community citizens and for WonderLab. “IU is preparing for environmental change in our state through research, and WonderLab is your place to go this summer to Stay cool with Science,” she said.

On “90 Degree Beat the Heat” days general admission to the museum will be $4.50 beginning at 2:30 p.m. through the museum closing time. The 2018 Beat the Heat discount is only applicable for new admissions and is not applicable to general admissions purchased earlier in the day.