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Museum: The Works, Minn.

The WorksThe Works: A Hands-On Museum, located in Edina, Minnesota, has many initiatives to promote excellence in elementary engineering education by encouraging, inspiring, informing and supporting teachers.

The museum features three large exhibit areas, special events, Saturday family activities, summer camps and classes, professional development workshops for teachers, and online lesson plans. One room of the exhibit space is devoted to free-form building with foam bricks; another, to tinkering with a collection of gizmos, gears, pulleys, and machines. A third room offers an interactive assortment of imaging and optical technologies, where students can play a harp with laser “strings.”

pic_amusegirlThe Works’ Excellence in Elementary Engineering Education conference, a professional development day in November, contains more than 20 breakout sessions on teaching elementary engineering. The Works also maintains a list of engineering education resources.

Read more about The Works and other museums in this special feature article.

2 Responses to “Museum: The Works, Minn.”

  1. […] Museum: The Works, Minn. […]

  2. […] The Works, in Edina, Minn., is a small museum specializing in engineering, with a focus on elementary education. The museum’s “hands-on, minds-on” approach is accomplished through three large exhibit areas, special events, Saturday family activities, summer camps and classes, professional development for teachers, and online lesson plans. One room of the exhibit space is devoted to free-form building with foam bricks; another, to tinkering with a collection of gizmos, gears, pulleys, and machines. A third room offers an interactive assortment of imaging and optical technologies, where students can play a harp with laser “strings.” […]

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