Kettering University LITE program featured in USA Today
USA Today featured Kettering University’s Lives Improved Through Engineering (LITE) program in a story about efforts to battle the gender gap in math and science fields.
USA Today featured Kettering University’s Lives Improved Through Engineering (LITE) program in a story about efforts to battle the gender gap in math and science fields. Here is an excerpt that mentions LITE in the story’s intro:
If the goal of an engineering camp at Kettering University is to get high school girls jazzed about math- and science-related careers, let there be no doubt that Lauryn Watkoske is jazzed.
During a mock intestinal surgery exercise in a lab at the C.S. Mott Engineering and Science Center, 16-year-old Riley McGarry, left, of Oxford, Michigan, and and 17-year-old Tori Royale, of Charlotte, Michigan, practice a procedure inside a box to simulate real world laparoscopic surgery.
On this July afternoon, she sewed up a 1-inch gash in a hot dog that she could see only by watching a videocamera, an exercise that simulated robotically assisted surgery and tested her hand-eye coordination.
"I used to like building things when I was little, but I never expected robotics, something so stereotypically male, to be exciting," says Lauryn, 16, of Grand Blanc, Mich.
LITE is a two-week residential program created by Kettering University to introduce 11th grade girls to what engineers do and how they significantly improve people’s lives by applying math, science and technology to human problems. You’ll see how they help prevent injuries by designing products like air bags and baby car seats and testing them with crash test dummies. You’ll learn how they repair joints, limbs and organs by making replacements that are functional and durable. You’ll learn about environmental challenges in engineering. And, you’ll find out how engineers help solve crimes by combining science and technology. By the end of the program, you’ll know how you can make a
difference in the real world through engineering.
The story also appears in the print edition of the Aug. 2, 2012, USA Today on page 3A.
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