Summer Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Living Lab

Program Details

Saturdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
All Ages, with Adult
Meets in the Construction Zone

Included with Museum Admission

Immerse yourself in the process of scientific discovery! In September 2015, the Virginia Discovery Museum and the Child Development Laboratories at UVA partnered to create a Living Lab as part of a national initiative* to bring child development research to the museum floor for public access. Each week, researchers visit the Museum to meet families and discuss their work and findings while children engage in short, fun, hands-on games and activities as part of new and ongoing studies. Stop by any time during the program time period to participate!

Want to Be Included in Research Studies?

All Museum visitors are invited to participate in Living Lab, but an adult guardian’s consent is required in order for children to be included in any research studies associated with this program.

*Developed with support from the National Living Laboratory, using funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Number 1113648. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

Additional Resources
  1. National Living Laboratory Initiative
    National Living Laboratory Initiative

    The Living Laboratory model was developed at the Museum of Science in Boston. The purpose of this initiative is to assist researchers and informal science educators in collaboration efforts that foster public awareness, engagement, and understanding of the scientific study of children’s learning and development.

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