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INSPIRE program introduces students to engineering's range

by Erman,Linda last modified Jun 21, 2010 12:06 PM

June 1, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some Louisville-area high school students will spend June at the University of Louisville learning about how engineers do everything from mixing concrete to designing tiny medical devices.

The June 8-25 program at UofL's J.B. Speed School of Engineering is titled INSPIRE, for Increasing Student Preparedness and Interest in the Requisites for Engineering. INSPIRE is intended to open up engineering's many career options to students, particularly minority and female students who traditionally are underrepresented in engineering fields.

The 26 students will spend their weekday mornings doing hands-on activities such as the concrete mixing and exploring laboratories such as UofL's rapid prototyping center and the "cleanroom" for microelectronics and nanotechnology. The group will learn about career exploration and college preparation, in addition to checking out specialties that include bioengineering, mechanical, chemical, industrial, electrical, computer science and civil and environmental engineering.

INSPIRE students also will tour GE Appliance Park.

The program is free to the students, whose teachers and guidance counselors recommend them based on above-average science and mathematics skills.

INSPIRE sessions generally run from 9:30 a.m. to noon weekdays in Sackett Hall and other engineering-related buildings on Belknap Camps.

For more information, contact Brenda Hart at 502-852-0440 or

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