Discovery Dinners

Springbrook Discovery Dinners pair lively educational programs with a catered meal for the perfect night out.  Leave the kids at home and enjoy the night with friends or a date.  Registration is required and space is limited.  Call Springbrook at 763-572-3588 to sign up or for more details.   

Discovery Dinner: Electric Vehicles in Minnesota

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 5:30-8:30 pm

with Jukka Kukkonen

PlugIn Connect - an Electric Vehicle market and business solutions developer from Minnesota


Two friends of Springbrook will be bringing their electric vehicles (a Bolt and a Volt) over before the presentation for viewing and discussion! Show up early starting at 5pm to check out the cars and chat with the
owners about their experiences!

Electric Vehicles provide a new opportunity for cleaner and more efficient transportation, but how do they work here in Minnesota? We will talk about the technologies behind this shift, models available in Minnesota and how fellow Minnesotans are using and charging their vehicles. Bring your own questions for conversation following the presentation.

Jukka Kukkonen is an automotive engineer by training and worked as a technical trainer and area manager for Ford in Europe. In 2010 he founded PlugInConnect to focus on transportation electrification. Jukka has deep knowledge of the electric vehicle market and he specializes in market dynamics and real-life user perspectives. He has built programs for utility companies, condominium and apartment building charging, workplace charging, DC fast charging, outreach and education and smart grid integration. In 2012 he started the MN PEV Owners’ Circle, which has become one of the largest and most active regional plug-in vehicle owner groups in the nation. Jukka has also drawn on his automotive industry background to build and execute impactful auto dealer outreach, engagement and training programs. In the fall of 2018 he will be teaching the “EV Market and Technologies” graduate course at the University of Saint Thomas.  

Fee: $25 per person 
Registration ends Tuesday, February 5 at 5:00 pm. 

Discovery Dinner: Reinventing Minnesota's Bell Museum

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 5:30-8:30 pm

with Denise Young, Ed.D.

Bell Museum, University of Minnesota 

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Denise Young, Executive Director, will take attendees on a virtual tour of the new Bell Museum, Minnesota's official natural history museum and planetarium. The museum, founded in 1872, has long been considered a treasure for learning about art, science, and the environment. The Bell recently opened their new facility on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, featuring a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, renowned wildlife dioramas, high tech exhibits, outdoor experiences, and more. Learn what makes the museum an ideal destination for the whole family as well as Denise's perspective on the challenges and opportunities of running a 21st century natural history museum.

Dr. Denise Young is the Executive Director of the Bell Museum. She holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, and Curriculum and Instruction, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her career in science education as a classroom teacher in North Carolina. Her teaching was recognized nationally, including by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Prior to her current role, she was the director of education and planning at UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, where she did things like produce planetarium shows, create exhibits, and start new science events. One of those events – the North Carolina Science Festival – is among the largest annual public science events in the world. As the Bell Museum's executive director, she is continuing her career of bringing attention and excitement to the role science plays in all of our lives. 

Fee: $25 per person 
Registration ends Tuesday, March 19 at 5:00 pm. 

Registration available by phone or online: (763) 572-3588