The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place.
All workshops and tours support Academic Science Standards.
Available Tuesday through Friday, October 1 through June 5.
9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 10 a.m. - 1:15 p.m., or 10:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
$11 per student
Schools with 60% - 79% FRL
$ 4 per student ($7 scholarship)
Schools with 80% - 100% FRL
$ 2 per student ($9 scholarship)
Admission is free for one adult (including teachers) for every four students. A minimum of 2 adults are required for each class. PCAs always recieve free admission.
$7 for each additional chaperone.
You will have a choice of three workshops and either a guided tour of The Bakken Museum or a workshop at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting.
Option #1 - Bakken Museum Workshop
Magnets and Electromagnets Workshop
Students recreate the historic experiments that helped people to investigate the properties of magnets. They learn about the invention of the compass, its uses and limitations. They do experiments to better understand magnetism, magnetic fields and explore the interaction between magnetism and electricity. Every student takes home a kit containing all the materials needed to construct and experiment with their own electromagnet.
Batteries: Investigating the Nature of Science & Engineering
Students learn what happens when two great scientists disagree. Students explore the history of batteries by engaging in the famous 200-year-old debate between scientists Alessandro Volta and Luigi Galvani. They make replicas of the first documented battery, the Voltaic Pile, and use it to produce sound and light. Participants take home a kit containing all the materials needed to construct and experiment with their own environmentally friendly battery.
Static Electricity Workshop
Students investigate the science of static electricity. Students learn about historical figures and the tools they used to conduct their research. Through engaging experiments, the students compare insulators and conductors to discover how they are used in static electricity experiments. All students build a static electricity generator and Leyden jar to take home.
The Bakken Museum Guided Tour
Students explore the connections between history, science and engineering through The Bakken Museum’s interactive galleries. They hear fascinating stories about the relationships between electricity, magnetism, medicine and invention. Students learn that they are part of science by finding a connection with the artifacts, experiments, scientists and inventors highlighted in the museum.
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Your class visits the nearby Pavek Museum of Broadcasting where they go “live and on the air” in an educational broadcast workshop that highlights the history of radio and TV. Students engage in hands-on activities and demonstrations including hosting a 1960s-style radio broadcast and being a contestant on a TV quiz show.