The new Can I Borrow That? program was created by the Minnesota State Transportation Center of Excellence to enhance education during the COVID-19 pandemic. During a time where we can’t provide outreach like we used to, this program will allow educators across the state of Minnesota to borrow  equipment, tools, and simulators  that they normally wouldn’t have access to. 

How the Process Works

Educators, please submit a request for your desired item at the bottom of the page and our staff will review and assess the requests on a first come first serve basis. Each request will go through a decision matrix with criteria on equipment availability, grade level, potential impact, and proposed usage. We will then contact you with more information!

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SNAP-ON CHRYSLER MINI VAN SIMULATOR

Perform scanner demonstrations without actually connecting to a vehicle. With this simulator you can interactively demonstrate and navigate through connection and setup procedures, the capabilities of the scanner function, how to view diagnostic trouble codes and parameters (PIDs), simulated PID waveform glitches using 3 manually adjustable PIDs, how to perform basic functional tests, how to view data, codes, and readiness monitors in global OBD mode, and how to view SureTrack repair information  

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 9-12 
Recommended Length of Loan:  2-4 weeks 
Notes: Needs to be stored in a secure location while not in use 
Online resources:  Operators Manual

Mac Tools Scan Tool

This standard high-tech shop tool is recommended for use in a high school automotive program. It provides real world opportunities for teachers to teach modern day technical troubleshooting techniques using a scan tool.  

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 9-12 
Recommended Length of Loan:  2-4 weeks 
Notes: Needs to be stored in a secure location while not in use 

Truck Driving SIMULATOR

In the style of a video game, this simulator puts students in the real-world driving situations of modern day truckers!  Utilizing a video game-style platform, this simulator allows students to experience real-world trucking challenges like oversize loads, wide turns, speed limits, heavy traffic, sleep deprivation, and the costly repairs due to accidents.

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 9-12  
Recommended Length of Loan: 1 week   
Notes: Requires basic computer gaming skills and some training to learn commands of the game.  Requires approximately 8’x4’ of floor space.  Requires digital screen with sound and HDMI input. 
Online resources:  
Game Overview and Guide

Multimeter

A standard tool in any shop, it’s versatility is essential in the world of electrical diagnostics. 

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 7-12  
Recommended Length of Loan: Up to 1 month   
Notes: Users are required to wear safety glasses. Requires adult supervision. Users must use extra caution when working on, or around, electrical components.
Online resources: How to use a multi meter for beginners

Pit Stop Challenge  with Torque Wrenches

If you and your students enjoy the cackle of high impact torque, this activity’s for you! Students literally gain the feeling of using standard tools of the trade – an impact driver and torque wrench. This activity can also serve as a lead into other valuable classroom learning objectives, such as how to change a tire, the meaning and value of torque specifications, and the importance of PPE and overall shop safety.

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 7-12  
Recommended Length of Loan: 1 week   
Notes: requires the use of PPE (safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection). This activity must be supervised by an adult.  Impact driver batteries may need to be charged between sessions – chargers provided. Facilitators may need be able to lift 30 lbs.  Best used on a bench top, but could also work on a desk, tabletop, or even on the floor. 
Online resources: How To Use a Torque Wrench

Subaru WRX Engine

Get the attention of your students and colleagues with this full-size modern day Subaru Boxer engine on a stand.  Easily point out various engine parts and design components directly, with everything out in the open.  Even turn the crankshaft over by hand!  The engine is accompanied by a student-friendly engine part identification exercise using an ipad (included).  In addition to learning about engine parts, having this unique opposing-piston design of the Boxer engine in your classroom can be a nice addition to any discussions about other engine types, such as V, in-line, rotary, hybrid, and electric. 

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 7-12  
Recommended Length of Loan: Up to 4 weeks   
Notes: Requires at least 5’ by 5’ of floor space. Engine is on a rolling stand, which requires one-level sturdy flooring. Engine cannot be disassembled. 
Online Resources: FB engine – 3rd Generation Subaru Boxer

Oil Viscosity Demonstrator

You and your students can now experience the “see” and “feel” of lower and higher viscosities with this hands-on learning experience. Requiring no special training to use, the viscosity simulator supports ancillary learning objectives about viscosity, engineering and manufacturing of lubricants, multi-viscosity oils, and additives, just to name a few. Teachers might want to consider pairing this activity with our virtual industry videos and accompanying assignments.  Lube-Tech Virtual Tour 

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 7-12  
Recommended Length of Loan: Up to 4 weeks   
Notes: Requires at least 3’ by 3’ of floor space and at least 6’ of vertical clearance. Facilitators may need be able to lift 50 lbs.
Online Resources: What is Viscosity? Engine Oil Tips – Viscosity Grades 

Fender Color matching Activity 

Straight-forward and low-tech, this activity tests the keen eyes of students by asking them to pick the color that matches the fender from a number of closely related color options.  Throughout the experience, facilitators can logically move into discussion of standard tools of the trade, repair costs and methods, local industry partners and workforce needs, and pathways to further study.  Teachers might want to consider pairing this activity with our virtual industry videos and accompanying assignments.  View Miller Collision and Repair’s Virtual Tour

Recommended Grade Level: Grades 7-12  
Recommended Length of Loan: 1 week   
Notes: Requires at least 3’ by 3’ of floor space and at least 6’ of vertical clearance.  
Online Resources:
Car Painting: Full Car Paint Job

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