November Fun at The Works
In This E-Newsletter
Family Activities
Winter Break Classes
Try This at Home
Support The Works
E4 conference
Family Hours
Find Us On Facebook
About The Works

November is sure to be a shockingly good time at The Works! 

Visit us on Saturday afternoons to try out a new family activity, Electric Dough! We also have a fun at-home project for families to do.

Other happenings include our E4 Conference and some extra family hours over the Winter Holiday Break.  We also have a great way for you to show your support of The Works on Give to the Max Day  with a dollar for dollar match.  Wow!

Hope to see you soon!
Family Activities
Free with admission.
Girls with mini catapultsAvailable every Saturday from 1-3pm

November: Electric Dough
Explore electrical circuits, conductors, and insulators while experimenting with electric play dough, an intriguing squishy invention by Dr. Ann Marie Thomas. 

December: Mini Catapults
Use wood, glue, and other materials to build your very own mini flinging machine.

Winter Break Classes
Awesome Full Day Classes during Winter Break
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Looking for something fun and educational for your kids to do during their school break?

The Works is offering full day classes for kids who love to explore, discover, design and build!

December 28th: 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.

December 29th: Machine Guts and Cool Chemistry
Roll up your sleeves, pick up some tools and dig into machines. Explore what's inside and how it works. Then, experiment with dry ice and make your own slime.

Classes run from 10am to 3pm.  One hour of both before and after care is available.  Cost $55 to $65.

Register online

Don't forget!  Members save $5!

Try This at Home

What can you build with Halloween candy?

  • Here's a way to use up that extra candy.  Use it to create an engineering masterpiece!  Using any candy and your best engineering skill
    candy bridge
    A Snickers and Reeses bridge, created by Tyler, age 7, and Josh, age 5.  
    , we challenge you to create a bridge that is a least one foot long.

  • Send a picture of your creation to challenge@theworks.org or post it on our Facebook page.  Be sure to include your name and age.
  • The best entry will win a free membership to The Works! 

      Learn more!

Give to the Max Day- Double Your Gift!
Participate in the Great Minnesota Give Together, November 16th

While the entire staff of The Works is busy at our annual E4 Conference (see below), we're asking our friends to please give a gift to The Works during GiveMN.org's
Give to the Max Day.  

There are many advantages to giving to The Works during Give to the Max Day.  

  • Every gift to The Works will be matched, dollar for dollar, by our friends at Banner Engineering Corp. (up to $10,000).  That means a $10 gift becomes $20 and a $100 gift becomes $200!  Thank you Banner Engineering for this very generous contribution!
  • Your gift could win a Golden Ticket!  Every hour $1,000 is given to a random donor's charity.  Your gift, of any size, could be the one that earns us an extra $1,000!
Give to the Max Day is the Great Minnesota Give Together.  Last year, this day was the single most important individual giving day for The Works!  This year we hope it is even bigger- but we need your help to make it happengirl chemistry
  • Please give a gift of any size to The Works on Tuesday, November 16th.  Just follow the link on the left-hand side of our website, www.theworks.org
  • Encourage your friends and colleagues to support The Works.  Visit our GiveMN page today and in just 2 minutes you can create your own personal fundraising page.  Do this today and on Give to the Max day, send an email, post on Facebook, and Tweet your page supporting The Works.
Your gift will be immediately put to use providing hands-on engineering activities to children ages 5 to 12.  It will help us inspire the next generation of innovators, engineers and creative problem solvers!  Gifts of all sizes are welcome.
  • $ 25 helps purchase materials for an engaging family engineering project.
  • $ 50 can send a deserving child to a hands-on summer camp.
  • $ 100 provides one teacher with training on integrating engineering into the classroom.
  • $ 250 enables 30 students to visit the museum and participate in a 1-hour workshop that fulfills State Academic Standards.
If you support what we do, please Give to the Max on November 16th!   Thank you!

E4 Conference
November 16th at the University of Minnesota

E4 Conference
The E4 Conference is a full day professional development conference featuring a hands-on engineering extravaganza, keynote speech, and more than 20 breakout sessions from master educators focusing on the why, what, and how of teaching elementary engineering.

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How to register

Cost is $95 and includes lunch and 6 CEU's.   Current students can attend for just $40. 
Online registrations close Friday, November 12th.  Registrations will be accepted onsite the day of the conference.  

Register online.  Credit Card, Purchase Orders and Checks are all accepted online. 

Family Hoursdad boy

Our school year family hours:

Thursday, 1pm - 7pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am - 4pm

General admission is only $5.00 for adults and children ages 3 and up.

We're open many school release days, plus a monthly homeschool day.

We will open for families December 27th - December 31st from 10am to 4pm.  Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Check out our
online calendar for a complete schedule.

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.  Don't forget, we offer subsidies for groups in need.
Scout Leaders- check out our options just for  you!

Learn about Group Options. 
Groups can make reservations by calling us at 952-848-4848 or completing our online reservation request.

girl making a cool rideThe Works Can Come to YOU!
The Works can come to you with our The Works on Wheels program.  Whether you are looking for a fun and educational activity for your classroom or a unique school-wide event, we can provide "hands-on, minds-on" programming for groups from 50 to 500! 

Learn more.

Find Us On Facebook and Twitter

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It's easy to stay in touch with The Works through Facebook.  Just visit http://www.facebook.com/theworks and click on "Like."  That way, you'll be the first to hear about events, special offers and cool news!

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The Works
 Where Kids Explore How Things Work
5701 Normandale Rd
Edina, Minnesota 55424
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