Every child has the ability to engineer. At The Works Museum, kids are the engineers, using real tools and materials and applying the engineering design process to solve problems. They create, collaborate, iterate to improve their ideas, and learn how to persist through setbacks.
When kids have hands-on experiences with engineering, critical STEM concepts come to life and reinforce learning. Through our Engineering for All program, children across our region can access these quality STEM experiences.
Engineering for All programs:
K-6 school workshops – programs delivered as part of field trips or directly at schools. Workshops reinforce classroom concepts and are aligned with the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Science
Family Engineering Nights – brought directly into communities, students explore engineering activities with their adults and siblings, encouraging multi-generational learning
Summer and school break camps – with camps to serve a variety of interests, kids continue learning when school isn’t in session
Tech Fest family event – explore hands-on engineering activities and demonstrations with engineers and scientists from our partner organizations.
Engineering activities for kids – downloadable activities
Resources for Educators – downloadable posters and activities
Engineering is Cool
T-shirts are available in toddler, youth, and adult sizes.
*T-shirts are shipped once the fundraiser ends on September 3, 2021.
Why Engineering for All Matters
We know that our programs create opportunities for each child we serve to experience personal experiences that bring engineering to life, build STEM knowledge and confidence, and open their minds to the possibilities of STEM career dreams. Our programs also allow children to practice engineering habits of mind including creative problem solving, communication, collaboration and persistence. These are key skills that every child needs.
Supporting statistics and insights:
- Children begin learning STEM-related material as soon as they enter school, and their early experience and achievement in mathematics and science may affect their attitudes about, and confidence in, STEM subjects for the rest of their school careers [National Science Board, State of U.S. Science & Engineering 2020, https://ncses.nsf.gov/pubs/nsb20201]
- STEM workers enjoy higher median earnings than those in non-STEM occupations. In 2019, median earnings for full-time, year-round workers ages 25 and older in a STEM job were about $77,400. The comparable median for workers in non-STEM occupations was $46,900 (Pew Research Center, Fact Tank, April 14, 2021)
- STEM jobs are projected to grow at more than twice the rate of all jobs by 2029 (STEM Connector: 10 Reasons You Need a STEM Strategy 2018)
- STEM workers have the flexible skills needed for the modern economy (STEM Jobs: 2017 Update, Office of the Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce)
- To date we’ve served hundreds of thousands of students through Engineering for All including over 34,000 at 493 schools in 2019 and an additional 24,339 students in 2020 through virtual programs and workshops brought to essential childcare centers.
- Through 16 years of our annual Tech Fest family events, over 13,000 family visitors have experienced hands-on activities and demonstrations with over 1,000 volunteers from our corporate, education, and non-profit partners.
- We’ve also served more than 10,000 campers in our summer and school break camps.
To the many volunteers and community partners who participate in Engineering for All and to the following 2021 supporters.
Thanks to our foundation partners:
Xcel Energy Foundation
Barr Engineering Co
Schulze Family Foundation
Margaret Rivers Fund
Great River Energy
Archie D & Bertha H Walker Foundation
Tech Fest 2021 – A month-long celebration of engineering and STEM!
What: A different kind of Tech Fest featuring a full month of engineering fun with our partners. Featuring virtual content and resources you can do from home and drop-in exploration at The Works Museum.
When: August 1-31, 2021
How to participate: Visit the Tech Fest 2021 page during August to access virtual and downloadable content and to see dates and times when partners will be bringing drop-in exploration to the museum.