Welcome to the Journey
Fall 2021

"Power Systems Journey: Making the Invisible Visible and Actionable"

A Grand Challenge Class at the University of Minnesota


Explore this page to follow along with the Fall 2021 student travelers in our Class Travel Journal Story Map as they explore the electric grid, create GIS story maps of Minnesota Power Histories and Minnesota Power Futures, and present their work in Bell Museum events.

This Story Map follows the journey that the course takes to the Bell Museum, then to different sites of Minnesota's electric grid and then following the power lines, back to the Bell Museum. Click on the image below to explore the journey and see student sketches and reflections along the way!

Meet the Student Travelers

We had an exciting group of students this fall! See what some our students explored during their Journey by checking out their Personal Travel Journals
(clicking on the student's name will bring you to their Personal Travel Journal)

Acknowledgements and Contacts:


Jonee Kulman Brigham, AIA, LEED AP O+M, Senior Research Fellow, Minnesota Design Center, College of Design, University of Minnesota, kulma002@umn.edu

Paul Imbertson, Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, imberts@umn.edu

Fall 2021 Teaching Assistant: Neva Hubbert

Thank you to course partners and collaborators, especially the Bell Museum of Natural History which served as an interpretive hub of the journey through the electric grid. And Thank you to the wonderful students, explorer-heros of our Power Systems Journey.

Banner Photo: Photo by Steven Su on Unsplash