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An Educational Tool



Miniature World of Trains(TM) committed goals are to entertain and educate the general public and to develop our facility for the display and operation of transportation systems in miniature using a state  of the art model railroad infrastructure spanning significant portions of the United States. Our S.T.E.A.M. Educational Programs will be an industry leading program.

Also, MWOT(TM) will have a large indoor and future outdoor transportation and toy train history museum in its proposed large venue location.

The model railroad in the larger Miniature World of Trains
(TM) (MWOT(TM)) portion of the facility will  run numerous model  trains that will simulate the real railroads. This will allow use to use science, technology, engineering, and mathematics‏, as well as the arts,  to create a miniature world. All computerized functions of the railroads and highways,  including day and night operations, will run the entire operation.  Including lighting effects to simulate day and night scenes, including a thunder storm will be shown in the miniature world. Also, lighting effects in the miniature buildings  will add realism to MWOT(TM).

There will also be the opportunity for all ages to learn about transportation systems, green technologies, energy and computers used within the larger MWOT
(TM) venue where possible.

The MWOT
(TM) venue will also offer "how to" / "do it yourself classes in conjunction with the model railroad industry's World's Great Hobby program and with major manufacturers from around the world.

MWOT
(TM)  in the larger venue and the current leased location will educate children and their families  on issues of personal safety when it involves transportation, computers and energy related issues. 

MWOT
(TM)  will focus on keeping children safe on the internet and teach railroad safety to children, teens and adults via Operation Lifesaver. Other programs pertaining to railroad and highway safety, disaster, high alert and hazardous materials training and equipment requirements of first responders and demonstrate the use of this equipment in miniature.

MWOT
(TM) is creating a curriculum for the local schools for our larger venue in conjunction with the Greenville County School District and A.J. Whittenberg School Of Engineering. MWOT(TM) 
plans to with Greenville Tech, Children's Museum Of The Upstate and the Roper Mountain Science Center to create a mutually beneficial relationships.

The primary educational goal is to engage and excite children and young adults about the qualities,  capabilities and functions of railroads, city and town infrastructures in the modern world.

Visitors to MWOT
(TM) will be able to see this realistic and prototypical miniature world would operate through dense urban as well as sparse rural landscapes. The purpose of modern railroads,  to move heavy freight quickly, efficiently and safely over long distances  from factory to your  home will be highlighted. This of course has great entertainment value but it also has  a not-so-obvious technical educational value.

When the physical operating Miniature World of Trains
(TM) model railroad is functioning, there will be facilities built in not only to operate the trains and surrounding devices automatically, but also to allow the public to control some of the running trains.  A mock-up of a locomotive's operating cab to be located in the future larger location, will provide the guest operator with  a realistic interaction with the controls to provide a virtual reality setting for the operator. The guest operator will, through the use of onboard on the  Miniature World of Trains(TM)  model trains cameras, be able to see the passing scenery from the vantage point of the train' s Engineer. This will not be a video game - this will be actual remote control of the train resulting in actual viewing of the results of the operator's actions.

The critical educational opportunity will be the next step. The mock-up of the locomotive cab will be portable. It will be capable of being delivered to a school classroom. Control of the train will be projected over the  internet from the classroom to the MWOT
(TM) facility. Similarly and simultaneously the visual field provided by the onboard camera(s) will be carried over the internet back to the classroom. Potentially this process can be carried  out anywhere where the mock-up can be delivered and the internet is available, world wide!

Aside from the sheer fun of doing this, the student(s) will be shown not only what the railroads today do, but also the underlying technology that allows remote control of the model and remote viewing of the results. This remote control comprises a fairly complex set of technologies but the result is immediately clear to the student. Almost every student has some knowledge of trains. The concept of a train is easy to accept at any level of development. The concept of remote control is obviously more complex but there are many examples in our world today.

Coupling the train concept with the remote control concept allows the student to accept the technology on  a familiar level. Again, this is not a video game where the moving parts are all bits and bytes and images. MWOT
(TM) enables a set of real moving objects to be controlled by a guest at a remote location. Our space program (NASA)  is a marvelous example of highly sophisticated technology and remote control, but the underlying technology  is complex, there are many dangers, and we don't let very young students participate in the control process.

With MWOT
(TM) the student will first have the ability to operate a real device remotely and then have the opportunity  to learn about the technologies that support the remote control. The mechanical train models at MWOT, their control system at MWOT, the portable video cameras, radio links of video, network servers and other components, computer interfaces, video displays, the locomotive cab simulator, and human user interfaces - all are interesting topics to explore and all are at the heart of today's advanced technologies.

Clearly, the level of comprehension of the technologies involved is a function of the education and experience level of the students, but there is something to be learned for all students.  The "gee-whiz" factor is great. We need to allow our students to be exposed to some "awesome"  technologies in order to peak their interest. Hopefully some of the students will be challenged by the technologies and choose to pursue them in their higher education and vocational choices. Some may even choose to pursue a career in one of the many railroad industries. Modern railroads are not the dirty, dangerous  and simple technologies of the past. They are technologically advanced infrastructures that require employees  who can function in a fast-paced high tech environment.

We need to improve the level of education of our students for tomorrow's workforce. We know that the economic  development of the Upstate and the Carolinas can be limited by the educational level of the locally available  workforce. Anything that we can do to peak students  interests early in their development can encourage them to pursue technological careers that improve their own job opportunities and enhance the economic engine of the Greenville area.

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Frank Ruby
President, CEO and General Manager
02/19/17
 

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