The University of Nebraska State Museum's August Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will showcase quarter scale tractors and the science behind them. The program will take place on August 16 from 1:30-4:30pm at Morrill Hall.
Professors and students from the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory and international award winning Quarter-Scale Tractor Teamboth part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Biological Systems Engineering Departmentwill help visitors learn how mechanized systems management and agriculture engineers develop tractors from initial design concepts through final manufacturing.
Quarter-scale tractors built by the test lab will be on display outside Morrill Hall. Inside the Museum visitors can see first-hand how engineers begin a concept and use the latest CAD technology to design the tractors. Children will be able to view various mechanical tractor parts up-close.
The Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory is the designated tractor testing station for the United States and test tractors according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The Quarter Scale Tractor Team competes in competitions designing tractors utilizing the latest technology. Most recently the team won the International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition held in Peoria, Illinois which judged the group's tractor design based on innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, maneuverability, safety, sound level and ergonomics.