A month-long celebration of engineering and STEM!

Tech Fest looks a little different this year – it’s a full month of engineering fun with our partners.
Featuring virtual content and activities you can do from home and drop-in exploration at The Works Museum.

August 1-31, 2021


Engineering is Cool

Show your support for The Works Museum and help us get more kids engineering.
Proceeds raised through donations and t-shirt sales* go towards our Engineering for All education programs, helping us increase equity in STEM education by providing subsidized programs to under-resourced schools.

T-shirts are available in toddler, youth, and adult sizes.

*T-shirts are shipped once the fundraiser ends on September 3, 2021.

Drop-in Exploration

Join us for drop-in explorations with our partners at The Works Museum. Meet real scientists and engineers, and learn about their jobs through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

  • Monday, 8/16 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Burns & McDonnell)
  • Thursday, 8/19 | 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. (Emerson)
  • Thursday, 8/19 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Burns & McDonnell)
  • Saturday, 8/21 | 10am-2pm (Burns & McDonnell and Cargill)
  • Monday, 8/23 | 10am-2pm (Iron Maidens)

About our Drop-In Exploration partners

Burns & McDonnell is a full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental, and consulting solutions firm with a team of 7,600 engineers, construction professionals, architects, technologists, and scientists. Check out their ever-growing collection of STEM stories, tools, and activities at burnsmcd.com/STEMresources and follow @BurnsMacSTEM on social.

Emerson specializes in both Automation Solutions and Commercial and Residential Solutions drives innovation that makes the world healthier, safer, smarter, and more sustainable.

Cargill’s employees work alongside farmers, producers, manufacturers, retailers, governments, and other organizations in order to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. Together, they create efficiencies, develop innovations, and help communities thrive.

The Iron Maidens are a sixth-year all-female FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team from Apple Valley High School. They regularly attend Works Museum events, inspiring kids to pursue STEM.

Exploration Links

The Great Dinkytown Bridge Challenge: An At-Home STEM Activity

Are you ready to take on the challenge of designing and building the greatest bridge Dinkytown has ever seen?

In this video, your bridge mentor Logan Carstensen will help guide you through an at-home bridge-building activity. Follow along with the video, and complete the tasks to design, build, and assess a model bridge that meets real-world regulations. And don’t be nervous — real-life bridge engineers Brandon Day (from MnDOT) and Jim Archer (from Bolton & Menk) also will be there to help you along the way!

You can share your results by emailing your photo to ctsedu@umn.edu.

Supplies you will need:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Use what you already have at home for bridge materials:
    • Legos
    • Cardboard, glue, scissors
    • Popsicle sticks, glue
    • Toothpicks, glue
    • Spaghetti, glue, rubber bands
    • Cans, blocks, bricks, weights

FAQ’s about Tech Fest:

No. Please remain in attendance with your children. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Come anytime during Drop-in activity hours and stay awhile to enjoy our Experience Gallery and Curious George: Let’s Get Curious™

Tech Fest Drop-in activities are included with your Museum admission.

Free parking is available in our lot.

Tech Fest is ideal for kids ages 4 and up. However, we see a lot of younger siblings. Just be aware that you will find small parts and other activities inappropriate for kids under 4.

Thank you to our 2021 Tech Fest sponsors and partners:

Premier Sponsor

Major Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Contributing Sponsor

Providing Sponsor

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