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. Jeffrey Graves, Chief Executive Officer and President of MTS. "We are advocating the value of STEM to our youth and their parents – through every phase of their development."
"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. Dennis Harvey, Senior Project Manager. "It is very gratifying to know we are stimulating the minds and capturing the imaginations of our youth who are destined to become the next generation of engineers and scientists."
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation's testing hardware, software and services solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS' high-performance sensors provide controls for a variety of applications measuring motion, pressure, position, force and sound. MTS had 2,400 employees at October 3, 2015 and revenue of $564 million for the fiscal year ended October 3, 2015. Additional information on MTS can be found at http://www.mts.com
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