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We understand you’re completely focused on preparing for VEX Worlds next month. Congratulations on qualifying! But have you paused to think about how cool it is that you get to visit Kentucky? Perhaps the Kentucky Derby, Louisville Sluggers and Kentucky Fried Chicken come to mind when you first think of The Bluegrass State, but we’ve got some fun manufacturing and tech facts you can share with your fellow travelers as you arrive! If you get a chance when in Louisville, try to stop in to the Kentucky Science Center to learn even more.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass is manufactured in Harrodsburg? It’s that magically strong and scratch-resistant glass that covers your smartphone and tablet. Robotics help in the process, so we listed this first for you!
This company’s home base is in Paducah, Kentucky. According to their website, in 1988, microbiologist Curt Jones used his knowledge of cryogenic technology to invent Dippin’ Dots – an unconventional ice cream treat that’s remarkably fresh and flavorful, introducing the world to beaded ice cream.
Reynolds Wrap has been manufactured in Louisville since 1947. It was first used to package tobacco before becoming a staple kitchen item. The founder, Richard Reynolds, was the nephew of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds.
Yes, it’s true! While 3M held the patent to produce them until the 1990s, they were exclusively manufactured in Cynthiana, Kentucky. If you’re interested in patent law, the Post-it story beginning in the early 1970s has been a contentious one. Here’s 3M’s side of the story. And here’s another version.
80 aerospace companies provide products and services, employing 18,500 Kentuckians. One Lexington-based company, Space Tango, has its CubeLabs™ containers on the International Space Station, allowing scientists to conduct experiments in microgravity.
Please share with us other Kentucky facts you find along your travels!