WonderKids 2020

What is a WonderKid? WonderWorks’ WonderKids program highlights student achievement in various categories including Academic Excellence, Service to Community & Future Scientist. Part of WonderWorks’ educational mission is to make science fun and entertaining. WonderKids is a way to recognize students in the community, not only the students who take an interest in science, but for the student who excels in community engagement or excellence in education. We invite you to nominate the student of your choice in any of the following three categories:

Academic Excellence – This award will go to a student who displays excellence in academia. They exceed the expectations of their teachers and peers and realize the importance of educational rigor in their future.

Service to Community – This award will go to a student who goes above and beyond when it comes to helping others. They demonstrate compassion, and a strong aptitude of self-awareness.

Future Scientist – This award will go to a student who exhibits passion when it comes to the sciences. They live each day as an innovator and discoverer, hoping to one day change the world through their love of science.

The 2020 WonderKids program is open to students from ten counties in central New York: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Oneida, Madison, Cortland, Seneca, Tompkins, Chenango and Cayuga. Nominations are due by May 8, 2020, however we are only accepting a limited number of nominations, so do not delay your entry. The program ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 @ 1pm in the Canyon section of Destiny USA. Each nominee will be invited to WonderWorks for free along with 3 people of their choice.

For the 3rd year, the Ceremony’s Key Note Speaker and Awards Presenter will be former NASA Astronaut, Dr. Don Thomas.

Additionally, by nominating your student to be a 2020 WonderKid, your school will be entered to win a visit from Dr. Thomas, where he will give an “out of this world” 30 minute presentation at your school and celebrate his journey through space with your students. Presentations will be on Thursday, June 11, 2020 and Friday, June 12, 2020.


Each nominee will also receive a certificate of nomination and gift bag. One winner will be selected in each category and be announced at the ceremony. Each winner will receive a certificate and prizes.

Prizes Include:

  • 2 WonderWorks Annual Passes
  • Destiny Summer Day Pass
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Regal Theaters
  • $50 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Johnny Rockets

The Prize List is not final as more donations are coming in.

Nominations are closed for 2020!