MUSEUM MAGNET SCHOOL
Studio 3D at the Museum
Magnet School takes place in the classroom of Karen Thimmesch, as
part of her Independent Museum Learners program. Students in grades 3-6
work on independent projects in a variety of project themes. Our materials
include crickets (tiny programmable computers), motors, sensors, cardboard,
fabric, Legos, paint, and a variety of other materials. Teresa Hung, Morgan
L'Argent, and Kristen Murray (from the Science Museum of Minnesota) work
with Ms. Thimmesch to create project ideas and mentor the students.
Small groups of students meet with Ms. Thimmesch and the mentors for one
and a half hour meetings each week, during school. Most of this time is
spent building, testing, experimenting, and documenting. Some of the
things that we've worked on are Puppet Theaters that are controlled by
crickets and motors, Smart Clothes that help their wearers in useful or
funny ways, and Art Cars that have a moving sculpture inside.
Journaling is an important part of our process.
You can read about
what we're working on if you'd like to know more. We also exhibit
our projects at the Museum Magnet School and at the Science Museum of
Magnet School is located at 560 Concordia Avenue, just west of downtown
A Student at the Museum Magnet School
works with a Cricket
- a hand-held programmable computer.