When you step into Wonderlab, you enter the most exciting science playground in the world. From sound to forces, electricity to chemistry, our 50 interactive experiences aim to stimulate your curiosity and get you thinking about the world around you like a scientist would.
This wouldn’t be possible without our fabulous team of Explainers – science whizzes that are always on hand to answer your questions, share their knowledge and demonstrate the wonders of science.
Whether you’ve never been to Wonderlab before, or you think you know it like the back of your hand, who better than our Explainers to give you some recommendations on what to see and do?
My favourite exhibit in Wonderlab and one I always find a joy to explain is Flight Test. Part of what makes the flight test great for interactions is that anybody of any age can engage with it, there are very few restrictions and limitations.
At Flight Test, you get a chance to challenge your own trial and error skills as well as your innovative spirit.
My favourite exhibit in Wonderlab is the Particle Detector as you can see the remnants of exploding stars, allowing us to see things that would otherwise remain invisible. Particle detectors also reveal the physics behind many other things such as the science of cloud condensation and the nature of radiation.
I love spending time at the Thermal Camera. It “sees” temperature which means that we can play with it in many ways: try eating an ice cream or drinking a hot tea in front of the camera and you may be amazed at how the colour of your mouth will change on screen. It also lends itself well to playing with materials: a foil first aid blanket can hide you from the camera’s view like a Cloak of Invisibility!
I love our orbits demonstration – our model of how the Earth and the Moon move around the Sun. I think this is a great exhibit because we can show how we get day and night, and the phases of the Moon. We can use this demo to show where days, months and years come from.
I enjoy discussing the discovery of new exoplanets, which are planets orbiting other stars. I also love learning and talking about the work scientists are doing everyday aboard the International Space Station.
For more information on space exploration, come and check out the Space area of Wonderlab, or see our fantastic Rocket Show in the Showspace!
My favourite exhibit in Wonderlab is Visible Vibrations. In this exhibit you can use sound to make the water in the tube jump in amazing patterns which actually let you see the shape of the sound waves in the tube. I love this exhibit because it shows how all woodwind and brass musical instruments work. The science behind it is easy to understand but it has a massive range of applications and is great fun to explain. It is part of the sound section in Wonderlab which is great fun to explore.
Whether you’re interested in chemistry, love maths or just want to experience the thrill of trying one of our gigantic friction slides, Wonderlab has something for everyone!