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Banner Engineering Partners With The Works Museum To Provide Interactive STEM Experience

Minneapolis, MN—April 23, 2013—Banner Engineering recently celebrated “Sensor Zone Preview Night” at The Works Museum, a hands-on museum aimed at engaging families and children ages 5 to 12 with engineering, science and technology. The company contributed more than $35,000 in products to help the museum bring its newest exhibit, Sensor Zone, to life.

“Creating appealing, demystifying STEM experiences is imperative to attracting today’s youth to engineering and ensuring a future of innovators,” says Bob Fayfield, Owner and Founder of Banner Engineering. “Banner is honored to be a part of helping The Works achieve their mission of providing inspiring, hands-on STEM learning experiences for kids.”

The exhibit, which opened to the public this past weekend, includes three interactive experiences designed with the help of Banner sensors, actuators, safety products and LED lights:

  • Sensor Swap allows museum attendees to make toasters, fans and other common household items pop, whir and power-up—as well as shut down—using Banner’s K50s, VTBs, e-stops and magnetic safety interlocks. 
  • Studio Remix permits patrons to create beats and sounds all their own by using sensors hidden in couches and mats to play music and operate Banner’s high intensity spotlights. A DJ spinning table uses Banner’s D10 analog fiber amplifier and PBCT fiber to change sound pitch and tune through a gray scale “record.”
  • Sensor Mazes incorporate Banner sensors and actuators to create an obstacle challenge course. An analog T30UXUC controls fix linear arrays that adjust in brightness in correlation to the analog output. Parts of the maze are illuminated by Banner UV lights.  

The Sensor Zone exhibit is open to the public from April 19, 2013 – December 31, 2013. Visit for more information on museum hours and admission fees.

About The Works. The Works serves over 70,000 children, families and educators annually. To date, over 325,000 visitors have experienced the interactive museum and its innovative workshops, summer camps, teacher trainings, and special events. The Works is one of the only engineering focused museums for kids in the world. For more information on visiting The Works, its mission and how you can support the museum, visit

About Banner. Banner Engineering is a world leading manufacturer of photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors, indicator lights, vision sensors and vision lighting, electronic machine guarding systems, wireless networks, fiber optic assemblies and precision measurement systems.


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