Teacher Workshops

Professional development for elementary educators. We make engineering education easy!

Why professional development with The Works Museum?

  • Introduce teachers to the engineering requirements in Minnesota’s STEM standards.
  • Give teachers experience with hands-on engineering design challenges to use in their classrooms.
  • Provide engaging ways to facilitate collaboration, creative problem solving, spatial thinking, and other engineering habits of mind with students.

Workshop Topics:

SCAFFOLDING ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES WITH LITERATURE

Read popular children’s books, then scaffold from reading to engineering activities focused on building and structures.

For teachers of: Pre K to Grade 2

Length: 90 minutes-3 hours

WHEELS AND AXLES

Give students a deeper understanding of what wheels and axles do through free exploration with a variety of tools and materials and the opportunity to test and improve their designs. Great way to start any car-making project.

For teachers of: Grades K-6

Length: 90 minutes-3 hours

BALL RUNS

Use easy-to-find materials to take students through the Engineering Design Process in simple and engaging ways. Great fit with lessons on gravity, inertia, and motion.

For teachers of: Grades K-6

Length: 90 minutes-3 hours

POP FLY CHALLENGE

Use easy-to-find materials to take students through the Engineering Design Process in simple and engaging ways. Great fit with lessons on motion.

For teachers of: Grades K-6

Length: 90 minutes

K’NEX ORIENTATION

If your school owns K’Nex building kits, engage your students to dig in and explore, incorporating concepts in math, structures, and mechanics.

For teachers of: Grades K-5

Length: 90 minutes-2 hours

DESIGN AND BUILD AUTOMATA

Give students the opportunity to use materials and tools as they construct a small toy machine.

For teachers of: Grades 3-6

Length: 2-3 hours

Workshop pricing:

  • 90 minutes: $485
  • 2 hours: $535
  • 3 hours: $635

For up to 20 teachers; $2 each additional person, maximum 30 participants. Additional fee for time and mileage for sites located more than 30 minutes’ drive time from The Works Museum.

Workshops take place at The Works Museum or at a location of your choice.

For more information, call Kit Wilhite at 952.888.4262 ext. 211, or email kit@theworks.org.