The Works Museum’s Annual Tech Fest Inspires Future Innovators


Even the warm weather last weekend couldn’t keep Minnesota’s young inventors and creators from the unique opportunity to explore engineering and technology with real scientists and engineers.

The Works Museum’s 12th annual Tech Fest attracted quite the crowd, with a final attendance count of 979 for the family fair.

“No one else does hands-on learning like we do, and Tech Fest is our biggest, most mind-blowing event of the year,” said Kit Wilhite, Senior Director of Learning Experiences at The Works Museum.

Wilhite’s enthusiasm was echoed by Sarah Curtis, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Works; “I love Tech Fest because I see both the impact of our work – inspiring and engaging families – and what’s happening in the engineering and technology community. Our partners bring in their current technologies and everyone learns.”

The impact of the event was obvious by the looks of concentration and wonder on the faces of the future innovators. The Works Museum facilitated Tech Take-Apart gave kids the opportunity to use tools to take apart electronic devices and find out about the different parts. The take-apart was even more popular with the kids than the Papa John’s pizza available for purchase in the lunch room.

The Tech Fest featured representatives from 15 groups St. Jude Medical Foundation, St. Thomas Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies, K12, Boston Scientific, Digital River, Braun Intertec, Seagate, Donaldson Company, 3M Visiting Wizards, Xcel Energy, University of Minnesota Tesla Works, Society of Women Engineers of Minnesota, First Tech Challenge, University of Minnesota Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the University of Minnesota AXΣ Chemistry Fraternity who had tables set up to provide information and hands on demonstrations.

To learn more or become involved in future events at The Works Museum, check out one of their upcoming Explore It! events, or Robot Day in April.

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