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Lexmark hosted students and professionals for a day of learning, teaching and inspiration

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Students and professionals worked together in a day of technology, science, math and engineering. (Photo provided)

More than 100 students and 135 science, technology, engineering, and math professionals, volunteers, speakers and committee members attended the Youth Science Summit at Lexmark’s headquarters in Lexington.
Created by the Science Center’s Youth Infusion Board, the Youth Science Summit provides a platform for middle and high school students to discuss hot science topics, interact with leading professionals in speed mentoring sessions, participate in hands-on industry labs, and engage in discussions about their advancement in science, technology, engineering and math.
Students participated in a diverse set of activities that included a volcano demo, software coding, and robot and rocket building.
The day also included tours of Lexmark’s state-of-the-art model shop, where students learned how prototype parts are made using 3D printers and computer numeric control machines, and also Lexmark’s usability lab where printers are tested for user-friendliness.
Students also interacted with professionals who shared their experiences and expertise to help engage the student’s interest in STEM career paths.
Several Kentucky colleges and universities set up displays of their flagship programs and educated the students on ways to earn college credits or lower tuition rates while attending primary school.
The day finished with a keynote address from Steve Morriss, founder and director of Close the Loop, a business model that now employs over 200 people in Australia and the U.S.
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