Opportunities for a summer adventure are everywhere! Outdoors and indoors! This time, our adventure took us indoors at a hands-on engineering museum! Museums are a great way to beat the heat/weather and to incorporate learning and FUN!
The museum that we visited was The Works in Bloomington, Minnesota! This place is AWESOME! They have so many different stations and activities! It’s an adventure for the mind and the body!
The first thing you see, when you walk in, is the giant K’Nex Ball Machine! It was built by University of Minnesota Student and K’Nex-structure expert, Austin Granger. Unofficially (we’re checking on it!) the largest K’Nex Ball Machine in the world, our new sculpture is 23′ tall and incorporates more than 100,000 K’Nex pieces. Austin started building with K’Nex when he was four years old. In middle school he was inspired when he saw another K’Nex builder’s complex, kinetic machine. He experimented with his own structures, trying to build something similar to, or even better than, the structure that inspired him. Today, he’s still building giant kinetic sculptures while pursuing a degree in computer science and product design.
How cool is that?!
They also had a new exhibit! A light table paired with Magnatiles! The kids were entranced! They spent a long time building structures and putting together shapes!
The Works in Minnesota has so much more to offer, that is why we take advantage of their membership options! Not only do they have their more permanent exhibits, but they also have design labs upstairs which offer a wide variety of different projects at different times. The also have homeschool days, summer camps and pre-k mornings!
Hands-on Museums are popping up all over the place! I hope that you have one near you or that you can visit one soon!
You can find more of our summer adventures HERE!