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WTS Sacramento Chapter Transportation You



We've moved! Please visit us at wtssacramento.org! The TransportationYou webpage can be found here: https://www.wtssacramento.org/transportation-you




On October 23, Transportation You took a group of female students to iFLY in Roseville. 

The iFLY educations introduced STEM concepts related to the wind tunnel including:

  • What forces are at work on objects in the wind tunnel? When are they balanced or unbalanced?

  • How does an object's shape and size affect its velocity and stability in the wind tunnel?

  • We observe a ball demonstration and predicted how fast each ball will fly in the wind tunnel, tested our predictions, and discussed the results. 

The students learned how the iFLY wind tunnel works. A vertical wind tunnel has fans at the top to draw air through the flight chamber and then push it back down the sides through Return Air Towers (RATs). The air is 'turned' from the RATs into the bottom of the tunnel and back up toward the flight chamber through an inlet contractor. The inlet contractor reduces the space the air can travel in, thus compressing and speeding up the air before it reenters the flight chamber. The entire building is used for the tunnel system. The result is a smooth column of air that enables flight.


Each student was able to experience the wind tunnel for herself and fly. We were trained by certified flight instructors and learned the correct body position, hand signals and safety rules. After learning about drag and how drag affects stability, we were able to experience how our body position affects our flight and the importance of keeping our "draggy parts" behind us. Each flier was outfitted in flight suits, safety goggles, ear plugs and helmets. The new fliers were amazing.

After the incredible experience of flying, the hungry Fliers enjoyed lunch at In-N-Out before returning to school.



DC Summit


The DC Summit 2018was an exciting, event-filled, and educational opportunity for two local ladies. WTS Sacramento's Scholarship Co-Chair, Ariana Castillo, traveled to the Summit with Tracey Ballesteros, an incoming senior at San Juan High School.

Altogether, 44young women and their mentors collectively traveled from all over the U.S. using nearly every mode of transportation during the week including planes, trains, automobiles, buses and walking. The first evening began with a welcoming banquet and a mentoring workshop in which everyone learned how to develop their personal Mission Statement.


Day one kicked off with a panel at the US Department of Transportationwhere successful & experienced women representing aviation, highways, pipelines and active transportation shared their stories and advice. Then they took public transportation to the Senate Buildingfor lunch and another informational panel by young women who work as aids for their state's representatives. The eventful day continued with a historical tour of the Capitol, dinner at Union Station, and a scavenger hunt at the National Mall. The next day, the group toured Reagan National Airportand heard from women who work for the Airport Authority. They also had the opportunity for a hands-on tour of Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center, where the FHWA conducts testing of innovative roadway design and technology including Diverging Diamond Interchange simulations, semi-autonomous vehicles, and materials testing.

Day two concluded with a lovely dinner cruise on the Potomac Riverwith incredible views of the city and monuments. The final day was spent at George Washington Universitywhere the group toured the campus, attended a public speaking workshop, and had an active lunch with "career networking tables." The students presented the results of their transportation challenge projects and suggested ways to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety at some of their high schools.

Ariana and Tracey returned from their trip feeling inspirednot only by the numerous panelists, but also by their fellow mentors and mentees, many of whom are already well on their way to making great contributions in the transportation industry.



Check out more of WTS Sacramento's previous Transportation YOU events here

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