If you build it, skills will come!

Join us Sundays in the workshop for a new one day program for aspiring makers and inventors. Practice and improve your maker skills while working on a one day project. Each week you will have access to our makerspace for you to build a project to take home.

We are trying something new this year! Most weeks this year will be Open Make themed, where you decide what the project is. Each month we with have a project of the month, with a more guided experience the first weekend of the month. The guided experiences are great for folks new to the makerspace and people looking to grow specific skills.

Skill Builder sessions occur most Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., check out our current offerings below!


Open Make

Builder's choice! Continue on an old project or start a new one. We will provide the tools and materials, you bring the ideas. Educators are available to help you troubleshoot problems and  find the best tools and materials. Make a new project each week or dig in and work on one detailed project for a couple of weeks.


Recommended for ages 8 and up.


Hydraulic motion

Experiment with hydraulic pressure to make cardboard structures move! We will play with joints, mechanisms and leverage to make a moving cardboard creations.


This 1 day, 2 hour workshop will be held on:

  • March 3rd with guided instruction

and available during Open Makes on

  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24
  • March 31


Recommended for ages 8 and up.


soldering workshop

Little Brother Detector

Hone your soldering skills and protect your stuff. Join us for Skill Builder as we build and solder a burglar detector kit. Learn how the circuit works and the different ways you can use it. Recommended for ages 9 and up.


This 1 day, 2 hour workshop will be held on:

  • February 3rd with guided instruction

and available during Open Makes on

  • February 10
  • February 17
  • February 24


Recommended for ages 8 and up.



Each kit above has a recommended minimum age, that is the youngest age students may attend a workshop on their own. Younger students may participate when accompanied by a parent with instructor approval.

Adults do not need to be accompanied by a child in order to make something awesome in our makerspace!




SIX KITS: $150

This fee covers one kit of materials and 2 hours of instruction / build time in our makerspace. Kits can be completed by individuals or in teams of up to two people.


  1. Reserve your spot by calling 612-926-3878 or email The Bakken Museum.
  2. Pay on the day at The Bakken’s Visitor Services Desk.

We reserve the right to cancel a class if no one is signed up 24 before the start of the programs.

Members are eligible for a 10% discount with a Household Membership, get yours here!

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