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Tech Fest 2010!
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Tech Fest 2010
Spring Break Classes
February Family Activity
Snow Engineering Contest
Winter Hours
About The Works
We are excited to invite you to Tech Fest, our annual engineering celebration!  This year's event will be our biggest yet, with hands-on experiments, robots, shows from the Minnesota Planetarium and the U of M Chemistry Outreach Department, and so much more!  The best part is, it's FREE!  See below for more details.

And of course, if you're looking for a quieter day or you just can't get enough hands-on engineering, our museum is open to the public during regular hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  This month's Saturday activity is a fun design challenge, Paper Towers.  There's more information below.

Finally, we need your input!  Please spend 3 minutes and take the following survey.  As a thank you for participating, you will be entered into a drawing to win free tickets and face warp printouts!

February Survey

Thank you!  We hope to see you soon! 
Tech Fest 2010: Saturday, February 27!

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Don't miss Tech Fest 2010: Saturday, February 27th.  This knock-your-socks-off engineering extravaganza will be going on non-stop from 9 to 5 - and best of all, it's FREE thanks to generous donations from our sponsors!

At Tech Fest 2010, you can:
  • Build a bridge out of candy
  • Stick your hands into goopy slime
  • Watch an incredible Chemistry Show from the University of Minnesota Chemistry Department Outreach Department
  • Control the traffic using a video game   mom and boy with circuits
  • Launch a rocket
  • Explore the skies with a show from the Minnesota Planetarium
  • Construct a car out of household supplies
  • See unique robots doing amazing things
  • Have fun while exploring the world around us!
Tech Fest will take place at The Works' location in the Edina Community Center, at 5701 Normandale Rd in Edina.  Visit our website for more details about this event - you won't want to miss it!

Tech Fest Sponsors



Digital River

University of Minnesota Institute of Technology

University of Minnesota ITS Institute


American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Minnesota Federation of  Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies

It's not too late to sponsor!  Please contact Kris or Melissa at 952-848-4848 if you want to get involved.

Register for Spring Break Classes!
March 29th and 30th
girl with amusement park ride
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.

Discover Engineering
Build a mini catapult to launch marshmallows.  Pull apart cabbage and experiment with color-changing acids and bases.  Then hook up circuits and make a steady hand game.
When: M
onday, March 29 from 10am - 3pm
(optional: before care is available starting at 9am; after care is available until 4pm - pre-registration required)

Fun Park Rides
Learn engineering skills as you use motors, wires and other materials to build a unique, twirling amusement park ride.  End the day with a festive carnival.
Tuesday, March 30 from 10am - 3pm
(optional: before care is available starting at 9am; after care is available until 4pm - pre-registration required)

February Family Activity: Paper TowersBurj Khalifa skyscraper
  Free with admission. 
  Available every Saturday in February from 1-3pm
      (except 2/27, see above for details).


Civil engineers design towering structures.  Develop your own civil engineering skills and flex your creativity in this fun building challenge.

And come back next month for our  
 March Family Activity: Circuit Play

Calling All Snow Engineers
At The Works, we think the best part about winter in Minnesota is the snow...and what you can make with it!

Now is the perfect time to join the Snow Engineering contest going on at The Works.  Get a few friends together, grab a shovel and fire up your imaginations.  Then share your creation with The Works by becoming a fan on Facebook and posting your photos on the wall before Saturday, February 27th (Tech Fest!).

Win a prize!  Best Snow Creature and Best Snow Structure of Any Kind will receive a family pack with 4 passes to The Works plus free Face Warps.  Contest ends February 27th, so you have just a few more weeks to wow your neighborhood.  Good luck and happy building!

For more information, visit our website or become a fan of The Works on Facebook.

Winter Hourskids playing with bee bots
Engineering fun at The Works! 

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

Extended Hours:
The Works will be open on Presidents Day, February 15th, from 12 - 4.

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.
The Works
 Engineering Fun for Kids
5701 Normandale Rd
Edina, Minnesota 55424
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