How to Set Up a "WonderLab"

How to Set Up a "WonderLab"

“WonderLab”, as a learning space where your learners develop a sense of wonder and the Explorer Mindset using the Wonder Learning Strategies framework to engage in scientific practices and science communication.


4 - 12+


Biology, Storytelling, Experiential Learning, Photography

Anand Varma observing cephalopod eggs
Freddie Whitman, National Geographic Society
Made Possible By
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Interior view of WonderLab in Berkley, California
How to Set Up a "WonderLab": Engage and Explore

Learn about WonderLab, a place where Anand Varma, a National Geographic Explorer, explores the mystery of things hidden in plain sight. How can you inspire wonder in your learners?

National Geographic Explorer Anand Varma's WonderLab assistants helping to set up experiments for cephalopods.
How to Set Up a "WonderLab": Learn by Doing

Use the Wonder Learning Strategies and scientific practices to create learning environments that inspire and sustain wonder.

National Geographic Explorer Anand Varma and his assistants work in the WonderLab on how best to photograph cephalopods.
How to Set up a "WonderLab": Reflect and Apply

Set up a “WonderLab” in your learning environment. Select strategies, tools and activities to develop a sense of wonder and the Explorer Mindset in your learners.

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Elizabeth Wolzak, Director, Learning Innovation, Edu Lab, National Geographic
Heather J. Johnson, Vanderbilt University
Stephanie Hamilton, Education Consultant, Global Inclusive Learning Design Reviewer
Bayan Atari, National Geographic Society
Margot Willis, National Geographic Society
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Jean Cantu, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

April 29, 2024

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