Science in Everyday Life: Julie and Cory Shrum
As husband and wife, Cory and Julie Shrum work hard and play hard. Farming is in their blood, having grown up as multigenerational cattle, wheat, and alfalfa farmers. As is the case for many family farmers, they are preoccupied with the survival of a business, a family, and even a way of life. But survival for this newlywed couple also has a lighter side. They apply their practical engineering knowledge to other pursuits, like crafting cast-off farm equipment parts into full scale, working “Frankenstein” combines. Once finished, they travel to compete in an annual combine demolition derby, where only the strongest survive.