Open 9 am - 5 pm
  • Two teens test out a DIY "Operation" game made in Teen Lab.
  • Teen Lab teens carefully lower DIY remotely operated underwater vehicles into Lake Michigan.
  • A teen works with a computer and some wires in Teen Lab to make a DIY instrument.
  • Mentor Bernadette Maciol and a teen lab member look at slides through microscopes.
  • Teens and a staff member examine a small shark pup during a Teen Orientation

Upcoming Teen Learning Lab events:

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Teen Learning Lab benefits

While working in the Teen Learning Lab you’ll have access to a variety of resources including

  • Mentors from careers like animal training, exhibit design, marketing, public relations, animal health, animal husbandry, education, technology and more
  • Access to project supplies and technology (most of what you would find in a typical makerspace)
  • Project demonstrations and workshops
  • Access to workspace during lab hours

“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.”

Teen Learning Lab FAQs


The Barker Welfare Foundation
The Heller Foundation
Bank of America



If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, impairment, or other need related to your experience please let us know via phone or email: 312-692-3269 or [email protected].