Virtual Summer Camps

We wish we could engineer with you in person, but we’re making the best of it with virtual camps that are packed with hands-on engineering. 

What you need to know:

  • What is virtual camp? It’s the same camp and educators you know and love (or as close as we can make it!) but delivered to your home via Zoom. For each registered camper, you’ll do a curbside pick-up for a pre-packaged set of all the materials your camper will need. At the time of your camp, whether that’s 9 a.m. or 1 p.m., your child will join our virtual camp room on Zoom. Our STEM educators will facilitate activities for the duration of your camp, with the exception of one or two short “go get the wiggles out” breaks during the camp window. Yes, you read that correctly. We’ll keep your child busy with projects for the 3-hour window of your camp. 
  • What will I need to provide? Campers 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. 
  • What is curbside pick-up? Camp materials will be pre-packed for your family and available for curbside pickup the week before camp at The Works Museum, and at select pickup sites in the Twin Cities metro area. When it’s camp time, you’ll open the box and we’ll take it from there! 
  • Pickup Times and Locations
    • The Works Museum:
      Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. & 5-6 p.m.
      Fridays from 12-1 p.m.
    • Turtle Lake Elementary in Shoreview: Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m.
      (1141 Lepak Ct, Shoreview, MN 55126)

More logistics details:

  • Camp registration is $95/$85.50 for members, unless otherwise noted.
  • To make our camps suitable for a variety of ages, we’ve indicated the level of help that each age child may need. Please pay attention to these categories when registering, as they are not the same for all camps.
    • Independent: Campers in this age group should be able to participate without any additional assistance from home.
    • Needs helper:  Campers in this age group should have someone nearby to provide occasional assistance. They will not need to be on the Zoom session with the camper, but they will want to be within hearing distance if the child asks for assistance. The helper could be a parent, grandparent, nanny, or babysitter.
  • Each participating child must be registered separately. 

Registration for virtual camps is open until 9 a.m. on the Friday before each camp. 

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

Engineering Art

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CST)

Use electrical circuits to design machines to make artistic designs.  Use simple paper to engineer art that moves.  Use artistic methods to create images that pop!

Note to parents: This camp contains elements of our Artistry in Motion, Origami Engineering, and Upcycling camps.

Ages: Independent: 8-11+  |  Needs helper: 5-7

Instrument Design

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Learn about sound, and how we can create different sounds through instruments.  Design and build an orchestra of your own that includes a squawking chicken, a box guitar, a harmonica and more!

Note to parents: This camp contains projects from our Sound Effects Engineering camp.

Ages: Independent: 8-11+| Needs helper: 5-7

Stop Motion Video Production

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Learn to animate your own stop motion mini-movies from home. Develop story, characters, sets, backdrops, and learn behind the scenes film production. *smartphone/tablet needed

Note to parents: This camp contains projects from our Video Production camp.

Ages: Independent: 8-11+ | Needs helper: 5-7

Design a House

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CST)

Make your own model house. Furnish the house with furniture and accessories that you construct, then wire ceiling lighting or customize with features such as a fan.

Note to parents: This camp contains projects from our Design a House and Architecture: Houses.

Ages: Independent: 8-13+ | Needs helper: 5-7

Toy and Game Engineering

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Explore game theory to build marble labyrinths, spinning tops, tabletop pinball machines and more. Game on! 

Note to parents: This camp contains projects from our Carpentry 101: Tabletop Pinball, Create with Carpentry: Tabletop Pinball, Toy Design Lab, and Create Classic Games camps.

Ages: Independent: 8-13+ | Needs helper: 5-7

Storybook Engineering

Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CST)

Take on challenges found in favorite stories. Rescue characters from high towers and make escape machines to flee fire-breathing dragons. Build a huff-and-puff wind-proof house and a spinning hat to take you to magical places. 

Note to parents: This camp contains projects from our Rosie Revere Engineer and Once Upon an Engineer camps.

Ages: Independent: 7-11+ | Needs helper: 5-6

Amusement Park Design

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (CST)

Design and build your own twirling motorized amusement park ride with a push-button switch. Then engineer your own mini trampolines, balancing acts and funhouse mirror.

Note to parents: This camp is similar to our traditional Amusement Park Design camp, and also contains elements of our Architecture: Houses camp.

Ages: Independent: 8-13+ | Needs helper: 5-7