By Scott Shive
On Feb. 22, about 100 middle-school girls came to Lexmark’s global headquarters in Lexington to learn what it’s like to be an engineer.
For Lexmark’s ninth annual Women in Engineering event, seventh- and eighth-grade girls from six Lexington schools — Bryan Station, Leestown, Lexington Traditional, Southern, Tates Creek and Winburn — spent the day talking to female engineers and scientists, touring development labs, participating in fun engineering activities (making “fun putty,” creating electrical circuits, using balloons to explore static electricity and using a special camera to learn about thermal photography), and listening to a panel of Lexmark women. They were greeted with a talk from Sandra McCain, a director in R&D organization, who talked about her career as an engineer.
Nearly 50 Lexmark employees from various departments volunteered to help with the event, which was part of the national Engineering Week.
“This year’s group of girls was incredibly engaged and had some wonderful questions for our panel, as well as those hosting our lab tours and activity stations,” said event organizer Bethany Denning, Lexmark’s community relations program manager. “We were thrilled to provide the girls with a rare opportunity to connect with so many of our successful women engineers. Lexmark believes strongly that it’s our responsibility to give back to our communities, and promoting STEM education is one of the main ways we do that.”
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