Minneapolis Power!

Mills & Machines
Learn about the workers and machines that transformed Minneapolis.

Build mechanical and electrical power to figure out how they each helped Minneapolis grow.

St. Anthony Falls provided much of the power for early Minneapolis—first through mechanical power that drove the mills, then via hydroelectricity that powered businesses, streetcars, and homes. In this classroom lesson, students work with models to explore how each type of energy is made and how the power of the falls led to the growth of the city. Development of this program made possible by Xcel Energy.

Grade(s): 
2, 3, 4, 5
Length of time: 
40 minutes