On Saturday, June 27, 180 students and 175 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals, volunteers, speakers and committee members attended the Youth Science Summit at Lexmark’s headquarters in Lexington, Ky.
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 lab experiences and hands-on activities with organizations from across Kentucky and included interactions with presenting partners in a “reverse science fair” where local STEM institutions presented their innovations to attending students. Partners included University of Kentucky, Newton’s Attic, Kre8Now Makerspace, Alltech, Kentucky Innovation Network and Awesome, Inc.
“One of Lexmark’s core philanthropic values is supporting STEM education and initiatives in the communities where our employees live and work,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president and president of Imaging Solutions and Services. “We were thrilled to host the students on Lexmark’s campus for hands-on STEM learning opportunities.”
New this year was a “Tech-Preneur” track which allowed students to create a solution to a real-world problem while enhancing STEM skills and business skills such as marketing and creating a business plan.
The keynote address was presented by Moira Hardek, president and CEO of Galvanize Labs, Inc. Hardek founded Galvanize Labs in early 2013, a hybrid education and gaming company focusing on teaching technology as a subject, instead of merely a collection of topics. Galvanize Labs provided students a free license of their groundbreaking new game, Taken Charge.