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STEM: Introduction to Musical Electronics

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New in 2019–2020!

Electronics are indispensable in both the music industry and daily life. Discover fun and engaging ways to introduce students in grades 3–12 to the basic concepts of electronics that are used in musical instruments throughout MIM’s collections. Explore how magnetic and electrical forces are closely related, make your own speaker, build a simple circuit, and create music using nothing but a battery. No prior experience is necessary. Walk away with classroom project ideas, new ways to spark learning interest among students, and in-gallery activities to strengthen the connection between STEM concepts and the Collier STEM Gallery at MIM.

Participants receive a certificate for tracking professional development hours and a resource packet. On the day of the session, teachers also receive free admission to the museum to explore and continue developing lesson plan ideas. This session augments MIM’s STEM: How Science Brings Music to Life field trips or the self-guided Trailblazer field trips.

Standards Addressed

  • Science  |  Inquiry Process, Physical Science, History of Science, Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
  • English Language Arts  |  Reading Standards: Foundational Skills, Informational Text, Language, Writing
  • Arts and Music  |  Creating, Responding, Connecting

Preregistration is recommended; click here to fill out an easy online form. If you have questions, please email education@MIM.org or call 480.245.6920.


The PD was well balanced. Lecture, hands-on activities, guided tour and exploration. I came away feeling confident that I can make a field trip very worth the students’ STEM education.

—STEM Participant


Seating is limited for these sessions. If you have to cancel your registration, please do so at least two weeks beforehand, so your spot can be made available to another educator. To cancel your registration, call 480.245.6920 or email education@MIM.org.

Sponsored by

  • The Donald W. Collier Charitable Trust II
  • Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation