Innovation Lab with the Bakken Museum: Inventing and Designing for the Everyday (Product Design) (On Campus)

Through this class co-offered by MCAD and the Bakken Museum, students will learn and apply the design thinking process to design, develop and effectively prototype a product to solve a real world problem. Experiential and hands-on learning activities will empower students to become innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Students and educators will brainstorm, conduct research, create prototypes and explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional design solutions. With their new knowledge, students will plan, build and test with guidance. On the last day, students will pitch their newly created product and receive feedback from the group.  

Students will have access to two organizations' expansive facilities and staff throughout the week. Students will split time between the Bakken Museum (Monday, Thursday, Friday) and MCAD (Tuesday, Wednesday). Participants must provide their own transportation to each organization.

There will be a short snack break outside if possible each day, students will provide their own snacks. / Open to students ages 9–12. MCAD and the Bakken Museum strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete registration policies. Please read complete summer camp information and policies before completing your registration. View MCAD’s Summer Youth Covid protocols and policies and the Bakken Museum’s Covid protocols and policies.*

What to wear: Clothes appropriate for messy creativity. 

*Class details are subject to change.

Please Register Before: July 21
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. 
Class Savings 
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only). 
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSK 0213 06 SU21
Date Start: 
Monday, July 26, 2021
Date End: 
Friday, July 30, 2021
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Main Building, Room 122
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 9–12
Days of Week: 
Summer Studio Kids Camps Ages 9-12