When school is out, the fun is in at The Bakken Museum! During this three-day Innovator Intensive, students will build a personalized automaton. We will study examples of carefully crafted automatons from history. We will explore cams, gears, and other common mechanisms found in automatons. And we will use this new knowledge to design and build our own custom machines. This will a deep dive into software that will be used to help design the pieces, then be cut out with our new laser cutter.


  • This program will be limited to 8 or fewer students working with 2 educators
  • At-home monitoring for symptoms of illness by campers and all museum staff will be required
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face masks
  • Handwashing and hand sanitizer stations will be available in every space
  • All activities have been modified to remove contact between individuals
  • Materials and equipment will be washed in between each group
  • Room layouts will be altered, and markers will be placed to maintain social distancing

>> View The Bakken Museum's complete COVID-19 Guidelines and Preparedness Plan


  • Date: October 14, 15, 16
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cost: $235 ($211.50 for household members!)
  • Ages: Grades 4th through 6th

The Bakken offers income-based scholarships to help provide access to its youth programs. Please visit the Youth Program Scholarships page for more information.

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