Walder Science

About Walder Science

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

Our Mission

Providing educational science enrichment via the prism of Jewish values.


The Martin and Gertrude Walder Science Laboratory and Learning Center (Walder Science for short) was founded in 2000 as the Educational Outreach Department of our first sponsor, Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc. (IDT). Walder Science’s mission then and now, is to provide informal opportunities for the Chicago Jewish community, and beyond, to study and research a variety of scientific disciplines. Targeted mainly toward school-aged (K – College) constituents, Walder Science 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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