Make Something!

Inventors Club is a six week program for girls and boys to become inventors. Students make a project using the tools and materials from The Bakken’s student workshop. Guided by mentors and Bakken educators, students can build almost anything they can dream up. Students gain hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and math while creating their own individual projects. Each session has a unique theme to spark the imagination. Programs occur on six mostly consecutive Saturdays during the fall, winter, and spring.


Puzzle Boxes

Build a puzzle box to confuse and amaze your friends. In this workshop students will learn how to use a variety of basic workshop tools like, drills, wire strippers, and soldering irons and learn the basics of the binary number system, the language of electronics and computers. Each student will build their own custom puzzle box based on a template as a warm up during the first two weeks before building their own custom inventions during the remaining four Saturdays.

Winter 2019 DATES

Six Sessions - Saturdays*:

Dates for Winter 2019

Saturdays January 19-February 23


For 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders

  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For 6th, 7th, & 8th graders

  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


DIY Arcade

Combine high and low tech to make arcade games from cardboard and microbits. For the first two weeks students will work together to build unique and customized games learning some basic programming and mastering techniques for working and shaping cardboard.

Spring 2019 DATES

Six Saturdays:

  • April and May 2019

For 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders

  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For 6th, 7th, & 8th graders

  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Each session costs $225 (or $203 for families with Household or Supporting Memberships), class sizes are limited.


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


You can register online with a credit card by clicking the desired session above and logging in to our registration system. 

Or you can:

  • Mail a completed registration form with a check
  • Complete your registration by phone at 612-926-3878.
  • Stop by the museum to complete a registration form and pay using cash, check or credit card.  

Please note that submitting a registration form does not guarantee you a spot. We will send you an email to confirm your registration. 

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