Airshow activities help kids get interested in “STEAM” fields

BOX ELDER, S.D.– As exciting as it is for families to take in the planes soaring through the skies over Ellsworth, there’s also an educational element.

A Child Interacting With One Of The BoothsThe activities for kids in the Pride Hangar offered some unique opportunities for hands-on science, aviation, engineering, and more.

“It is kind of a fun way to get them up and to talk to us besides just having Tootsie Rolls and salt water taffy,” Craig Bailey said.

Bailey is the President of Novum Nano, a company created based on research from South Dakota Mines that focuses on nano-technology to develop nano-based thermal grease and coatings. Bailey and his team had an interactive catapult set-up for kids to understand about changing variables to improve function, which is what nano-technology can do for materials.

“Nano-technology covers every department at School of Mines,” he said. “And a lot of parts of what can be applications to solve problems.”

Dustin Coleman from Cole-TAC was out showcasing a different approach to sewing, rooted in using technology to make for faster and precise stitching.

“When people think of sewing, they think of maybe their grandma quilting,” he explained. “The type of sewing that we’re doing is very different. So we have this stitching machine here, and we will actually take, depending on the application or design. What the best stitch is for that application.”

And the best stitch for Sunday? An outline of a B-21 in honor of the Air Show.

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