Virtual Workshops

We’re here to support your school’s STEM learning experience with virtual workshops for every scenario. Whether you want your students to participate from home, from the classroom, or a mixture of both, we can customize our virtual workshop experience to suit your needs. As always, each of our workshops supports the MN K-12 Academic Standards in Science.

How it works:

When you request a virtual workshop, you’ll provide us with information about your school’s classroom scenario. Our Registration Coordinator will then contact you to iron out all the details. 

On the day of your reservation, a Works Museum educator will lead a live, synchronous workshop with your students on the digital platform of your choice (Zoom, GoogleMeet, etc.).  We’ll provide all of the necessary materials through curbside pickup or the delivery method of your choice. 

Every teacher’s classroom situation is different, and we’re here to accommodate your needs. To help you get an idea of what our workshops could look like, we’ve put together a few common scenarios.

Here’s a sample timeline for a class where all students are distance learning:

  • Request a workshop: Submit this form to our Registration Coordinator. She’ll work with you to select a workshop and pick a date/time.
  • 3 weeks before workshop: A teacher or staff member from your school picks up pre-packaged materials for your students (delivery or shipping can be arranged for an additional fee).
  • 1 week before workshop: Students’ families pick up their materials from your school (remind them not to open them yet!).
  • 1 week before workshop: A Works Museum educator sends a Zoom link for the workshop for the teacher to share with students (teacher posts link on SeeSaw/Google Classroom, etc.).
  • Day before workshop: Remind your students to have their materials ready.
  • Day of workshop: Teacher, students, and a Works Museum educator all meet via Zoom at the specified time. The Works educator teaches the lesson, and the teacher is able to assist with muting when necessary, and managing breakout rooms.
  • After workshop: Works staff sends a recording (when possible) of the workshop to the teacher to share with any absent students or those who had connection issues. The Works staff will process payment.

Here’s a sample timeline for a class with a hybrid learning setup:

  • Request a workshop: Submit this form to our Registration Coordinator. She’ll work with you to select a workshop and pick a date/time.
  • 3 weeks before workshop: A teacher or staff member from your school picks up pre-packaged materials for your students. Delivery or shipping can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • 2 weeks before workshop: School staff or volunteers package half of the materials into individual kits for students who will be at home. The Works Museum can individually package kits for a fee of $1 per student. 
  • 1 week before workshop: The Works staff send a Zoom link for the teacher to share with students (teacher posts link on SeeSaw/Google Classroom, etc.).
  • Day before workshop: Students who will be at home for the workshop take their materials with them (remind them not to open them yet!). The teacher preps materials into table groups or individual kits for in-person students.
  • Day of workshop: The teacher pulls up the Zoom link on a classroom projector, and all Distance learning students meet on Zoom link at the specified time. A Works Museum educator teaches the lesson, and the teacher is able to assist in-person students with the project, muting Distance Learning students when necessary, and managing in-person discussion while The Works’ educator manages virtual breakout rooms.
  • After workshop: The Works Museum will send a recording of your workshop (when possible) to the teacher to share with any absent students or those who had connection issues. The Works staff will also process your payment.

Here’s a sample timeline for a class with all in-person learning:

  • Request a workshop: Submit this form to our Registration Coordinator. She’ll work with you to select a workshop and pick a date/time.
  • 3 weeks before workshop: A teacher or staff member from your school picks up pre-packaged materials for your students. Delivery or shipping can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • 2 weeks before workshop: School staff or volunteers package half of the materials into individual kits for students who will be at home. The Works Museum can individually package kits for a fee of $1 per student. 
  • 1 week before workshop: The Works staff sends the teacher a Zoom link for the workshop.
  • Day before workshop: Teacher preps materials into table groups 
  • Day of workshop: Teacher pulls up the Zoom link on a classroom projector at the specified time. A Works Museum educator teaches the lesson, and the teacher is able to assist students with the project and managing behavior.
  • After workshop: The Works Museum will send a recording of your workshop (when possible) to the teacher to share with any absent students. The Works Museum will process payment.

Pricing 

$8-$10 per child (depending on workshop choice).

This price includes the workshop, a full class set of materials, and curbside pickup. We require a minimum of 20 students. Smaller groups are fine, but will be charged the 20 student minimum. 

Material Packaging Options

Full class set (included) – We’ll pack a box with all the materials your class will need, and you separate them out for your students.

Individually packaged ($1/per student) – We’ll supply each student’s materials in individual packaging.

Material Pickup/Shipping Options

Curbside Pickup (included) – School staff arranges a time to pick up materials at The Works Museum’s temporary office space (Barr Engineering in Bloomington).

School Drop-Off – Works Museum staff brings materials to your school or site. Pricing is determined by location.

Mail – Works Museum staff mails materials to your school or site. Pricing is dependent on the cost of mailing.