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Winter Hours
Winter Break Classes
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Helping our Friends
E4 Conference
Tech Fest 2010
December Family Activity
About The Works
Looking for a place to do your holiday shopping?  Check out The Works!  Our gift shop is full of toys, games, and kits - all educational and hands-on science fun!  Whether it's an Invisible Writer, a mesmerizing Magic Loops toy, or a set of beautiful and durable Haba building blocks, you're sure to find something for every child at The Works. Or consider a Family Membership and give your family an entire year of discovery. 

We hope to see you soon!  And Yes!- We are open the Friday after Thanksgiving from noon to 4pm.
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Engineering fun at The Works! 

Bring your family to The Works:
  • Thursdays, 3pm - 7pm
  • Fridays, 12pm - 4pm
  • Saturdays, 10am - 4pm
General admission is only $5.00 for adults and children ages 3 and up.

Extended Holiday Hours!

The Works will also be open the following days:
  • Monday, December 28 from 12-4
  • Tuesday, December 29 from 12-4
  • Wednesday, December 30 from 12-4
  • Thursday, December 31 from 12-4 (*Please note that this is different from our regular Thursday hours*)
The Works will be closed on Thursday November 26, Friday December 24th and Saturday December 25th.

Group Visits

The Works is open for group visits Monday through Friday by reservation only.
Parents- be sure to tell your child's teacher about our programs.
Teachers- book your group now while space is still available.
Learn about Group Options. 
Groups can make reservations by calling us at 952-848-4848 or completing our online form.
Register for Winter Break Classes
December 28th and 29th
boys with circuitsThere are still slots in our fun and educational one-day classes.  Register your child today!

Who: Any child currently in grades 1-4
Cost: Each camp is $55 per student.  Optional before and after care are $5 each per student (pre-registration required)
How: To register, call Emily at 952-848-4857 or click here.

Tech Favorites
Explore many types of engineering in this exciting class!  Experiment with density, launch a straw rocket, build a bridge big enough to crawl across, then wire up a working flashlight to take home.
When: M
onday, December 28 from 10am - 3pm
(optional: before care is available starting at 9am; after care is available until 4pm)

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Building Fun
Construct a boat and see how much weight it can hold before it sinks.  Redesign a skyscraper.  Build a tower and discover if it can survive an earthquake!
When: Tuesd
ay, December 29 from 10am - 3pm
(optional: before
care is available starting at 9am; after care is available until 4pm)

To register, call Emily at 952-848-4857 or click here.

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Get updates, look at pictures, learn about special offers, and more.  Click on "Become a Fan" to show your appreciation for The Works!
Helping our Friends

This holiday season, you can get a free pass to The Works' hands-on, minds-on museum - while making an important difference in the life of a child.
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The Works is a Holiday Toy Program collections site for Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP).  Gifts donated to VEAP's Holiday Toy Program provide low-income families with toys to give to their children for the holidays.

When you visit The Works this season, consider bringing along a donation of a new, unwrapped gift.  For every donation you bring, you will receive a free pass to The Works, to be used at a future visit!  (Limit four.)

Most needed items
Hats, mittens, blankets
Children's Books
Games or puzzles
$15 gift cards from local retailers
New, unwrapped gifts only please.

Donations will be accepted through Saturday, December 12th.

Thank you for making a difference!

Volunteers needed
Our friends at High Tech Kids are looking for volunteers for their upcoming FIRST Lego League events.  Be a judge, a referee, or help with check-in.

Learn more!

Excellence in Elementary Engineering Education Conference
Thursday, January 28th

Teachers! Plan now to attend the Excellence in Elementary Engineering Education (E4) Conference on Thursday, January 28th. 

Hear from the leaders building a pasta bridge at E4in elementary engineering education, learn specific activities you can take back to the classroom, and network with others interested in hands-on learning.

Teachers have been raving about last year's conference.  Don't miss out on this valuable
Learn more about the  E4 Conference.

Many thanks to the 3M Foundation, the Qwest Foundation and the Beim Foundation for making this conference possible.

Tech Fest 2010: Don't Miss It!

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Mark your calendars for Tech Fest 2010: Saturday, February 27th.  This all-day engineering extravaganza is packed with hands-on, minds-on fun.  Best of all, Tech Fest is FREE thanks to generous donations from our sponsors!  Watch our Special Event page on our website for more details about this event - you won't want to miss it!

 December Family Activity: Disk Drive Dissection
  Available every Saturday in December from 1-3pm.girl taking apart disk drive
  Free with admission.

Roll up your sleeves, grab a screwdriver, and explore the guts of a computer disk drive.  Get up close and personal with the amazing science that makes your computer work.

  And come back next month for our  
 January Family Activity: Sweet Math
Support The Works

boys with circuitsAs a friend of The Works, you're familiar with our hands-on exhibits and participatory workshops, camps, and classes.  You understand the value of learning through doing and see the benefit of our "hands-on, minds-on" science and engineering education.  But did you know that The Works depends on people like you to keep our doors open?
It's true.  While we earn about half our income through class fees and general admission, the other half must come from people like you- individuals and community leaders who believe in the power of discovery.  Before this year ends, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible contribution to The Works.  Your support will impact many areas of The Works and will help children throughout the Twin Cities explore the wonders of science and engineering.

You can click on the button below to donate.  Thank you for your support.  We couldn't do it without you!

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