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. 

You can still register for our July and August camps – we hope to host those camps in person, with recommended safety precautions. If we aren’t able to, we’ll make more virtual camps available.  As always, we’ll continue following the recommendations of Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health, and will share changes to our plans as soon as we have more information.

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 (locations coming soon). When it’s camp time, you’ll open the box and we’ll take it from there! 

More logistics details:

  • Camp registration is $95/$85.50 for members.
  • 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. 
  • To ensure the quality of the camper/educator experience, each virtual camp will have no more than 16 children per section.

Registration for virtual camps is open until 9 p.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.

June 8, 2020 – June 11, 2020

Engineering Art

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

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.

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+

June 15, 2020 – June 18, 2020

Stop Motion Video Production

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

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: 6-11+ | Needs helper: 5

Design a House

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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

June 22, 2020 – June 25, 2020

Littlest Engineers: Squishy Motion Fun

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

Learn about squishy and not-squishy objects, and how we can make objects move. Our youngest engineering explorers will create and test designs for cuddly creatures, simple catapults and a race car all their own!

Note to parents: This camp contains projects from our Make It Squishy and Make It Superpowered camps.

Ages: Independent: 6+ | Needs helper: 3-5

Toy and Game Engineering

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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

Thunkable App Inventor with Code Savvy™

$190, $171 members
Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Create mobile apps with Thunkable programming language! Explore the basics of programming, testing, and debugging by building some simple apps, then design one of your own.

Ages: Independent: 11-13+ 

June 29, 2020 – July 2, 2020

Storybook Engineering

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

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: 6-11+ | Needs helper: 5

Amusement Park Design

Monday – Thursday, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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