Introducing virtual STEM Fridays with The Works Museum!  

Join us on select Friday afternoons as we facilitate hands-on STEM workshops for your young engineers. Each week, we’ll focus on a different topic or project, and provide all of the materials via curbside pickup. These activities are suitable for kids ages 5-12, but keep in mind that younger children may need occasional assistance from a nearby helper.

How does it work? 

When you register for your workshop, you’ll select a day/time for curbside pickup. *Curbside pickup will take place at The Works Museum or at our temporary office space in Bloomington. Look for an email with pickup instructions after you register. A few days before your selected class, you’ll receive an email with a Zoom link that you can use to join the virtual classroom. After that, we’ll keep your young engineers engaged and entertained with hands-on learning.  

Curbside Pickup Options:  

  • Thursdays: 5-6 p.m.  
  • Fridays: 12-1 p.m. 
  • If you cannot make one of these dates, please contact our staff and we will do our best to accommodate you. 
     

What will I need to provide?  

Kids will need access to a computer or tablet, a desk or table space to work on projects, and a few common household items such as scissors, a writing utensil, or a ruler. A list of household items will be sent to you ahead of your camp.  

Each participating child must be registered separately. 

The Works Museum makes the safety and enjoyment of all campers a top priority. We recognize that virtual classes create a different environment than in-person camps, and have adjusted our behavior policy accordingly. 

The Works Museum reserves the right to cancel STEM Fridays in the event of low enrollment, illness, etc. In the unlikely event that a camp is canceled, parents will be notified and will be given the option to switch to another session. 

Upcoming STEM Fridays: 

November 20, 2020

PEGBOARD MARBLE RUN | 2-3:30 pm

Use the Engineering Design Process to design and construct a marble run using a pegboard base. Experiment with changes in speed and direction, and the effects of gravity and friction. 

One class: $45/$40.50 members | All three classes: $125/$112.50 members 

December 4, 2020

WIND BOAT | 2-3:30 pm

Explore the buoyancy of different materials and experiment with the components of simple circuits to construct a propeller-powered boat with a motor. Take your boat for a test drive in a bathtub or sink.

One class: $45/$40.50 members | All three classes: $125/$112.50 members

December 11, 2020

ELECTRIC AUTOMATA | 2-3:30 pm

Design and create a whimsical machine that tells a story. Engineer using cams, wheels, motors, and circuits to create a moving masterpiece. 

One class: $45/$40.50 members | All three classes: $125/$112.50 members

STEM Fridays Cancellation Policy
Scheduling snafus happen. If you need to cancel, we ask that you do it as early as possible. We’ll work with you to figure out another class or camp option whenever we can. If you need to cancel, the following policies apply:
  • 15+ days before the event, you will receive your choice of a refund or voucher for a future program, minus a 10% processing fee.
  • 7-14 days before the event, you will receive a voucher to be used on a future program, minus a 10% processing fee.
  • 1-6 days before the event, we will not offer any refunds or vouchers.
  • If you’ve registered for all three events and need to cancel one, your refund or voucher will reflect one-third of the price paid, minus a 10% processing fee.