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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Summer Science Camp
Sponsoring Organization: The Bakken Museum

Main Contact
Name: Andre Phillips
Title: Youth and Family Program
Address: 3537 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone: (612) 926-3878
Fax: (612) 927-7265
Curricular area: Science
Grades Served: 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9


Objective: To awaken the innovator with each students. Goal 1: To provide the opportunity for over 500 students to experience high quality camp experience. Goal 2: To provide access to tools, materials, and training so that each student can design and construction a personally meaningful, individual project. Goal 3: To provide multiple girls only weeks of camp lead by a female instructor.


Summer Science camp at the Bakken Museum encourages campers to be innovators. Camp offers youth opportunities for growth and development. Through relationships with skilled volunteer mentors, campers develop confidence, skills, and the knowledge they can shape their world. Camp activities support the development of a growth mindset. Each day students work in teams to tackle a creative problem solving challenge where they have work together to solve a challenge. Students receive safety training, so they have the confidence and aptitude to work with real tools and materials. Over the course of the week, students learn about the wonder, try, discover, share innovation process. This approach guides them while inventing a device that solves a personal problem. This process provides students the opportunity to practice problem solving and iteration design. At the end of the week all students have a completed project that they made with their own hands. This projects goes home with them and can serve as a reminder of their abilities. Any online camp that may be required as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will involve much the same learning process and similar, if adjusted, activities, but with collaboration being conducted through online meetings, and with tools and materials being limited to what we can provide them at home, or what they already have. The learning objectives and the goal of a personal student-constructed project will remain the same.

Program Dates

Start Date: June 29, 2020 End Date: September 4, 2020 Session Length: one week (35 hours)

Can students reside on campus? No

Can students commute to campus? Yes

Can students take online classes? Yes

Estimated commuter cost per student
Tuition: $385
Fees: $0
Books: $0
Supplies: $0
Transportation: $0
Estimated Online cost per student
Tuition: $200
Fees: $0
Books: $0
Supplies: $0
Transportation: $0