Tinkering with Prototypes

Tinkering with Prototypes is an extension of The Bakken Museum’s Makerspace and other inquiry-based programs into the visitor place. This guided-but-open experience teaches maker skills using real tools, designs, and techniques for all ages and skill levels.

The activities in the tinkering space are designed to encourage collaboration and build empathy through experiential learning. Individuals and families can explore crafting a variety of items, each designed with a practical use that encourages awareness of ones health and wellness.

Helping Hands Lab invites visitors to try devices that could be used to help people who have limited use of one or both hands. Simulate the cooking process in a makeshift kitchen and test your ability to make pancakes using a variety of prosthetic devices.

Paper Pattern Studio challenges visitors to use templates, tools and video instruction guides to make five useful 3-D paper objects from 2-D patterns. Create items for a survival kit, sun protection, proper hydration, and more.


Tinkering with Prototypes is part of a larger Museum initiative called Inventing for Health which includes the exhibit Minnesota Made.

Funding for this exhibit was generously provided in part by Fredrikson & Byron P.A