The Bakken Museum releases digital learning tools for families, educators

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Today, The Bakken Museum released digital learning resources for parents to use at home and for teachers to use in their distance learning curriculum. The Bakken Museum’s education programs encourage curious minds to engage with science and innovation through interactive experiences.

Online programming for families includes design challenges using everyday household items. Each challenge includes a video introduction from a Bakken Museum educator and instructions to follow the wonder, try, discover, share innovation process. Participants are encouraged to post their designs and see what other people are creating using #bakkendiscovers on social media. New challenges will be released regularly.

“Our goal is to show kids and parents that you don’t need fancy equipment or materials to create something new,” said The Bakken Museum Associate Director of Education Justin Spencer. “We are looking forward to seeing the unique designs people come up with and creating a place online for people to share their ideas.”

Digital learning resources for families can be found on the museum’s website at thebakken.org/online-learning.

In addition, the museum has developed digital programming specific to educators in schools, libraries, and community centers. Resources include interactive learning lessons for grades three through eight. Topics covered range from nanoscience to the feud between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, which influenced the electricity industry as we know it.

“We wanted to offer educators and students science-based programs that are interactive, fun, and go beyond just watching a video” said The Bakken Museum Associate Director of Education, School and Community Programs Anika Taylor. “We listened to our community of educators and students to adapt our most popular outreach programs to meet their needs at this moment in time.”

The Bakken Museum’s digital outreach resources for educators can be found on the museum’s website at thebakken.org/digital_outreach.

Users can see design examples and share their ideas by following The Bakken Museum on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter and #bakkendiscovers.

Photos and logos from The Bakken Museum are available to download here.


The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for innovation by exploring the potential for science, technology, and the humanities to make the world a better place. Located in Minneapolis, the museum features a world-renowned collection of books and artifacts, multiple galleries focusing on the wonders of invention, plant medicine, technology, and science, and The Florence Bakken Medicinal Garden. For more information, visit thebakken.org.


Laura Whittet
Associate Director of Communications
whittet@thebakken.org, 651.242.0779

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