Teen Learning Lab

Explore your interests in science and the natural world in a space that’s designed by teens, for teens.

High school students can use this high-tech space free! We'll connect you with other science-minded teens and Shedd experts to spark amazing synergies.

What is the Teen Learning Lab?

Teens are invited to use this space to make new friends, work on projects or programs, or conduct their own science experiments. Our equipment and technology are for their use, and Shedd experts will be there as a resource!

What can you do in the Teen Learning Lab?

The possibilities are endless! Teens can connect with Shedd mentors; produce videos, audio, podcasts and photos; conduct scientific research; lead or participate in stewardship activities; receive assistance with projects; hang out, study, read, or engage in social media activities.

What tools and technologies are in the Teen Learning Lab?

Apple MacBook Pros and Mac Pros, podcasting equipment, iPads, scanners, iPod docking stations, printers, Smart Board and Adobe Software Suite (including Photoshop and Illustrator) and iMovie.

Teens will have web access and free WIFI.

The Teen Learning Lab is generously supported by:

The Barker Welfare Foundation
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust
Kenneth F. and Harle G. Montgomery Foundation


Check out our upcoming events, workshops and hours!


School Year hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer hours (June 28 - September 5):
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1 to 6 p.m.


Scheduled Workshops:
We host special events like Sushi Nights & BioFab...

Learn more here

Where we’re located

Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Enter through the Learning entrance (on the north side of the building, to the left of the main entrance).


There’s lots to learn—let’s find you the right answers!

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Questions? Have ideas for our space? Send us an email.

Program outcomes

Every Shedd program is evaluated so we never stop learning from you. Here’s what we’ve learned from our participants about our Teen Learning Lab:  

•Teens demonstrate multiple learning connections that are interest-powered, production-centered and environmentally motivated.

•Designed for and by teens, the lab gives teens access to technology and other resources.

•Teens build confidence and career skills through participation in mentoring sessions.

What our participants had to say

In the Teen Learning Lab you get to talk to people who you have something in common with and meet other teens. You get to learn about important issues and how people my age can get involved.”

“The Teen Learning Lab makes me more aware of nature and conservation. I started recycling and looking for stuff to up-cycle.”

“The Teen Learning Lab is a great place for me to come and do my homework and fill my excess time with new knowledge about my future career.”