Maybe your company had a great program for this year's Take Your Child To Work Day. But did you set a world record?
Ford Motor Co. set out to do just that on April 23, following the lead of dynamometer technician Matt West and his 6-year-old son Blade's love for Hot Wheels cars and Hot Wheels' iconic orange plastic racing track.
West and a team set up a 12-foot-high loop in the three-story atrium of Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Mich., then let kids send their favorite model cars down the track and around a full 360 degrees.
“It started as a part-fun, part-physics lesson with my son at home,” West said in a news release. “We built one in our playroom, then built a 5-foot tall loop in our backyard. When people at Ford heard what we were up to, everyone thought it would be a great way to get young people excited about science and engineering by trying to break the world record on Take Your Child to Work Day.”