Teen Learning Lab

Special Events:

• Biomechanics: A Nature Inspired Design Challenge: April 15 & 16.
Join The Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium for a two day design challenge that looks at the biomechanics of aquatic animals in order to create solutions to a given issue.  Learn about nature through the lens of physics by exploring Field Museum’s exhibit The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, be inspired by Shedd’s animals and connect with other teens to solve an exciting design challenge. There is no fee for this program and transportation and lunch will be provided.  Registration for this program is closed. 

• Teen Game Design
Help design a location-based game that allows guests to explore Shedd's gardens during the summer months! This 3-day workshop will have teens explore game design, conservation and horticulture topics and develop a prototype game to be tested by Shedd guests throughout the summer. Please complete this registration form to participate!

Shedd Teen Learning Lab and Shedd's gardens
Dates and Times (flexible): April 17, 12:00-6:00 p.m.; April 18, 12:00-6:00 p.m.; April 19 10:00-3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free with lunch provided!

What is the Teen Learning Lab?
A space that’s co-designed by other teens for you to explore your curiosities about science, animals and the natural world. Meet new friends and collaborate on existing projects and programs–or even create your own. We'll answer your questions about aquatic careers, science fair or research projects, or even how to become a teen tweeter or blogger, photographer or artist. Let’s explore your interests together!

Here, you can...
Connect with Shedd Aquarium mentors; produce videos, audio, podcasts and photos; participate in social media activities; conduct scientific research; explore aquatic careers; develop and research animals, science and the natural world; lead or participate in stewardship activities; receive assistance with science fair or research projects; participate in workshops, experiences or projects to build your own academic or personal portfolio; debate environmental issues; hang out, study, read or connect with other teens.

Here, you can use our...
Apple MacBook Pros and Mac Pros, podcasting equipment, iPads, scanners, iPod docking stations, printers, Smart Board and Adobe Software Suite (including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Premier).
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

Where we're located

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

Enter through the Education doors (on the North side of the building, to the left of the main entrance).


• Tues. and Thurs., 4 to 8 p.m.
• Sat., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spring Break Hours:
April 15: 4 to 8 p.m.
April 16: 2 to 6 p.m.
April 17: 2 to 6 p.m.
April 18: 2 to 6 p.m.
April 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


View our page with Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact us

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