Science Labs

Not available to general public.

Have an up-close encounter with snakes, cockroaches and rats. Find out how different living things survive and reproduce in different environments.

Explore the concepts of sinking and floating by constructing a boat. How much weight can it support before it sinks?

Challenge Labs are self-directed experiences where participants team up to tackle "challenges." These activities foster 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 as you explore the science of epidemiology. 

Design a structure that can protect an egg from a two-story drop, while exploring kinetic and potential energy as well as energy transfer.

Create a hypothesis and conduct an experiment! Work through the process of the scientific method as you investigate Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Explore states of matter, chemical symbols, atoms, molecules and conservation of matter. Put on your safety goggles and take part in an exciting chemical reaction with common household items.

What owls are found in Virginia? Study the common habitats and food sources for each type. How does the shape of an owl’s face help them to hear?

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of using nonrenewable vs renewable energy resources. Design and construct your own ecofriendly creation!

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.

Explore the world of music and the science behind the sounds. Construct a “musical” instrument and learn about resonance, vibration, frequency and pitch. 

Climb aboard the Wonderplace train car and discover the secret life of bees!