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Build skills and solve problems with engineering

Explore Engineering fosters skill-building in spatial reasoning, perseverance, innovation, collaboration, and problem-solving through hands-on materials and online experiences.

With the generous support of Flint Hills Resources, the Science Museum of Minnesota is excited to open applications for Explore Engineering 2023.

How Explore Engineering works

The goal of the program is to provide a mix of hands-on and virtual learning experiences that encourage students in greater Minnesota to see themselves in STEM, and more specifically in engineering.

The Explore Engineering program is designed for grades 3-5. Educators can participate in either (or both) hands-on, in-person activities; or the interactive, online lesson.

The hands-on activities focus on scalable challenges that can be used for a day of programming or throughout the semester. This flexibility allows educators to infuse quality programming to fit their classroom’s needs. The virtual, student-paced introduction to engineering centers on the big picture: how engineering fits into the world we all share.

Available programs

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Engineer It: Get Moving!

Hands-on activities with materials sent to your school

Students will receive engineering activities and materials to complete challenges. The activities include written and video instructions that include specific challenges, skill-building modules, and open-ended extensions. The kits are individually packaged for each student, aiding educators with materials distribution and allow for implementation in the classroom or at home. The adaptability of this programming allows students and teachers to tailor their experiences to meet their needs. Teacher kits included!

Engineer It: Solving Problems Together

Online, student-paced introduction to engineering

How do engineers think as they approach problems affecting people in today’s world? Tag along with an engineer as they use nature to design possible solutions for a noisy problem. Learners use an engineering design process of Learn - Design - Create - Test to create solutions and engineer the world around them.

How your class can experience Explore Engineering

To apply for an award to receive Engineer It: Get Moving! kits for your school or class, please submit this form by January 6, 2023.  

Priority will be given to schools with BIPOC students, English language learners, and those with the highest percentage of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Such schools face the most barriers to STEM education and hands-on science learning and are thus prioritized for this opportunity provided by FHR and SMM.

If you receive the award, you will be notified in January 2023 and the kits will arrive in February 2023. 

Due to safety concerns, overnight camp-ins (previously known under the name Science Matters) will not be offered for the 2022-2023 school year.