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August 10, 2009

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August 10, 2009

The Works is a “hands-on, minds-on” museum that brings science, engineering, and mathematics to life for young people ages 5 to 15. Open to the public since 1995, The Works stimulates its young visitors with unique exhibits and customized, in-depth educational programs that demystify technology, inspire interest and promote confidence in learning. The Works is the only engineering based museum in the Twin Cities region, with exhibits and programs that reflect a broad range of technologies — including mechanical, structural, electronic, chemical and imaging technologies — plus the science and mathematics behind them. Educational programs at The Works fulfill math and science curriculum standards as they introduce children, teachers and families to the world of technology. Special programs target girls and students from ethnic backgrounds not yet well represented in technology-based professions. A sliding fee scale makes The Works affordable for children from lower income families and for all schools. As an engineer I believe that the best way to get kids excited about math and science is through hands-on activities. The Works' exhibits, camps and workshops are very effective at drawing kids in and getting them involved. I have volunteered during school visits and summer camps. It is pure delight to watch the kids light up when they discover the science behind every-day things or experience the thrill of making something with their own hands that really works! As a mother with children (9 & 12), I can state that my kids think The Works is a fabulous place. We visit the museum often and their summer camps are always at the very top of our list. I am thrilled at the amount of information the kids learn at the camps, but more important, how they retain this knowledge and are excited to apply it to other things once they get home. This early-on experience with "real engineering" has given my kids a good basis for understanding why all the math and science taught in school is important. STEM education is important. I am concerned by the high number of kids who are not meeting college readiness scores in math and science. The Works is making a difference by sparking an interest in engineering within our youth. I would like to nomintate them for a Youth Thrive Award

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

teach every child in the US about electricity, simple machines, structures, optics, robotics and energy through hands-on activities thereby creating a new generation of tech savy youth who are fully prepared to enter science and engineering professions.

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