Walder Science Center

About the Walder Science Center

Study, research and scholarship are the hallmarks of Judaism. Throughout history, Jews have traditionally been at the forefront of scientific discovery and innovation.

Our Mission

Providing educational science enrichment via the prism of Jewish values.


The Martin and Gertrude Science Laboratory and Learning Center (Walder Science Center for short) was founded in 2000 as the Educational Outreach Department of our first sponsor, Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT). Walder Science Center’s mission then and now, is to provide informal opportunities for the general Chicago area public to study and research a variety of scientific disciplines. Targeted mainly toward school-aged (K – College) age groups, Walder Science Center initiates innovative science programs designed to be experiential and explorative. We urge young be scientists to participate in exhibits, demonstrations, competitions, forums, and work in both a collaborative and individual settings. Our main goal is to allow and pique the participants curiosity and scientific interests by designing engaging projects and allowing the students to work at their own pace. This allows the young researcher to arrive at and take ownership of his or her own discoveries.

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