Workshops At Your School

Bakken Educators bring exciting science experiences right into your classroom.  Register now!

Workshop - Light's On

Lights On: Exploring Electricity for Early Childhood (ages 2-5)
This program offers a fun and hands-on introduction to our electrical world. Using a story to begin, the audience is invited to help Moby the Mouse figure out how to find her way through her home when all the lights go out. Groups will then get a chance to learn a song, play a game, and experiment with circuits all especially designed to help our young explorers make connections of their own. 

Mini-Magnets (Grades K-2)
This program is designed for students who are just beginning their exploration of magnetism but is interesting and fun for any students working to discover what magnets have to offer.  A Bakken educator will take students through basics such as attract/repel and north and south poles using experiments, games, and demonstrations.

Simple Static (Grades K-2)
A Bakken instructor will lead your students through a number of experiments where they will get to experience static electricity first hand.  This presentation gives young students a hands-on introduction to basic concepts, while exciting them and energizing them about science in general.

A Sense of Science (Grades K-1)
In this 30 minute workshop, students will explore using the five senses to learn more about the world around them.  Students will take on the role of experts in the five senses, using their knowledge to help Jimmy the Dog learn new things about a strange object.  Students will also have opportunities to compare the properties of objects, exploring whether the properties are alike or different through interactive games and a hands-on experiment.
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Schedule:

30 minute classroom workshop

Audience:

Grades K-2, up to 35 students/workshop

Fees:

$120/first workshop; $60/additional workshop on same day

Registration:

Contact Anika Taylor at 612-926-3878 ext 203 or taylor@thebakken.org

Workshop - Static

Static Electricity (Grades 3-6)
A Bakken instructor will lead your students through a number of experiments where they will get to experience static electricity first hand.  This engaging and energizing presentation has a hands-on focus allowing students to learn about electricity by experiencing its effects, asking questions, and creating their own experiments to try, leaving the students excited to learn more about science. 

Energy (Grades 3-6)
Students participate in engaging and hands-on demonstrations that explain the concept of energy and its different forms. Using a small-group experiment, the program then focuses in on how magnets can be used to generate electricity and several ways in which renewable and non-renewable resources are involved in that process.  Students explore new technology and think like engineers to understand their role in conserving electricity and the innovations that will allow us all to use energy wisely in the future.

Nano Nano: The Science of the Small (Grades 3-6)
Perfect for students developing their understanding of the scientific process, this program introduces the audience to the world at the nanoscale, home to some of the most cutting edge science of today.  Students will see demonstrations and try experiments to explore some small discoveries with big implications.

Frogs, Volts, and Vinegar: Engineering Electricity from Past to Present (Grades 4-8)
This workshop takes students through the story and experiments involved in one of the most vital engineering feats in history—the battery.  By hearing the context for this invention and the motivations of the scientists involved, as well as repeating the key experiments, students are given the opportunity to evaluate and engage the process of engineering and to make this discovery, as Luigi Galvani and Alessandro Volta did more than 200 years ago.

Shocking News About Your Heart Plus (Grades 7-12)
This entertaining and interactive presentation looks at the electrical systems in the human body with a focus on the heart.  The show uses audience participation and demonstrations as well as some amusing historical characters to teach and review basic anatomy and function of the heart.  Focusing on Sudden Cardiac Arrest as an electrical malfunction of the heart, the show also teaches the Cardiac Chain of Survival, including the use of an AED and several other devices that can assist an ailing heart.  This program can be easily adapted to coincide with each groups current level of study.

Advanced Static (Grades 9-12)
Designed for high school physics students, this program provides an entertaining introduction to and exploration of static electricity.  Taking a closer look at how electrons can produce shocking effects, students will enjoy an experiment and demonstration-based hour that illuminates not only the science behind the sparks but also how we came to understand it.
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Schedule:

45-60 minute workshop, flexible

Audience:

Static or Energy:  Grades 3-6, up to 70 students/workshop
Frogs, Volts and Vinegar or Nano Nano:  Grades 4-8, up to 35 students/workshop
Shocking News Plus:  Grades 7-12, up to 70 students/workshop
Advanced Static:  Grades 9-12, up to 35 students/workshop

Fees:

$200/first 60 minute workshop; $100/additional workshop on same day

Registration:

Contact Anika Taylor at 612-926-3878 ext 203 or taylor@thebakken.org