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article imageThe hands-on engineering discovery center grand opening Special

By Anthony Carranza     Nov 3, 2011 in World
Its a non-profit community organization with over 16 years building successful hands-on learning experiences for kids in Minneapolis/St.Paul.
The non-profit organization with more than 16 years in the Twin Cities, the Works, announced that they will be celebrating its grand opening and new location in the Bloomington community. Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy different sorts of activities.
The opening ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. with children being able to enjoy building their own sound sandwiches, testing and building catapults, face painting, and many more.
The Works could be considered a different experiment since it is an engineering center that is part museum, part workshop, a resource center, and playground. Above it all it mostly about the kids being active and becoming more hands-on with engineering, according to the press release.
“One of the biggest things we want to accomplish is letting people know about The Works. One: who we are, where we are, and what we do and that this is our new permanent home,” said CEO Jill Measells. “So we will always be here and we are the place to go for hands-on engineering exploration.”
The Works prides its mission on inspiring the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and engineers that may unleash solutions in the field of engineering in the era of technology. Families who visit the discovery center along with their children will perceive engineering in a more intuitive and practical way through the different and cool exhibits.
“Engineering is all about innovation. The way you get innovation, the way you get creativity for new products or solutions is to pull from different kinds of brains with different kinds of backgrounds,” said President and Founder Rebecca Schatz. “By getting kids of every major race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background involved in engineering we make it more powerful that are able to solve the problems for the future.”
Up until now the Works has attracted over 250,000 visitors that visited this multitudinous discovery center. The relocation of it was in light of an increase in demand and organizational growth. Furthermore, their audiences had more than tripled in the past three years and also what became more prevalent was the surge of educator professional development for school programs.
The Works could be considered analogous with being fun, family-friendly, hands-on, minds-on and engaging. What they are also looking to establish is the ability to reach out to not just the existing audiences, but to tap into the diverse growing community of immigrants that exists in the Twin Cities at the present time.
On opening day there is much anticipation and excitement over what will come next from everyone that is involved and believes strongly in the organization’s mission.
“Everyone who walks in the door, were going to try to provide that unique experience that is going to help that person move to the next level,” said Sarah Curtis the marketing manager. “As we engage more of the community and different populations were going to talk to those people so we know how we can get you more involved.”
Details on grand Opening:
When: November 12th, 2011. Outdoor activities open at 9:00 a.m. and opening ceremony 10:00 a.m.
Where: 9740 Grand Ave S. Bloomington, MN
Admission prices: 50 percent off on Saturday November 12 and $3 per person. Children under the age of 3 get in for free.
Hours of operation: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit the website www.theworks.org or call 952-888-4262.
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