Twenty-two Kentucky students will represent the state at the Intel International Science and Engineering fair in Los Angeles, May 11-16. The high school students are the “best of the best” as they received top honors from among hundreds of students who competed across Kentucky in four regional fairs and the Lexmark Kentucky State Science and Engineering Fair held last month at Eastern Kentucky University.
To help the students prepare for the international competition, Lexmark invited the winners to an event at the UK/Lexmark Center for Innovation in Science and Math Education on April 26. The event was hosted by Lexmark VP and GM of ISS Business Products, Tom Knight. The students presented their winning projects to a team of a dozen Lexmark scientists and engineers for an opportunity to get feedback and coaching on their presentations. Students also had the chance to ask questions from the Lexmark panel about choosing a career in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Students questioned examples included: how to file a patent application, how 3D printing works and how much travel opportunities are available to those in engineering roles with an international company. Students have also been offered the opportunity to spend a full day at Lexmark to shadow an engineer or scientist in their field of interest; to further understand what their work like would be like if they choose a career in a STEM related field.
Lexmark has a long history of supporting education in Kentucky as its philanthropic focus is diversity and STEM education.
Update provided by Shannon Lyman of Lexmark