MTS Rolling Road System Model Brings Inspiration To Future Engineers At Minnesota State Fair
Over the years, MTS has offered a wide range of engaging hands-on activities and this year was no exception. This year's STEM demonstration is a model rolling road wind tunnel system (1:20 scale). Rolling road wind tunnels are used by aerodynamicists in the automotive industry to study the relationship between vehicle design and fuel economy. Children of all ages were given a simple car chassis and, using modelling clay, added their own streamlined bodywork. The resulting models were then tested on the miniature system; integrated sensors made it possible to measure the vehicle's aerodynamic drag. This simulates the tests conducted on the state-of-the-art rolling road systems developed by MTS.
Past highlights of the company's involvement with the Fair's STEM Day have included an earthquake simulation experiment, a wave tank experiment, and a test system for bone splints.
MTS is firmly committed to promoting scientific and technical fields to all age groups. At elementary school level, this can be through the design and launching of bottle rockets and a bridge building contest using toothpicks as the primary construction material. In high school, support for STEM can take the form of assisting sponsoring teams to participate in robotics competitions. For college students, it takes the form of internships, mentoring and co-op programs.
"We cannot overemphasize the importance of these STEM outreach activities. They are a manifestation of our core beliefs at MTS, allowing us to act as stewards for the engineering community," said Dr.
"Being involved in STEM Day at the Minnesota State Fair is something we all look forward to each year. Passing on our enthusiasm for technology to the kids is something uniquely rewarding," adds Dr.
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