LAKELAND, Fla. – The Medical Engineering and Robotics Innovation for Tomorrow (merit) program returns to Florida Polytechnic University for a second summer, introducing high school students to high-tech innovations with practical applications, from bio-energy to brain mapping. Partnering with Lakeland Regional Health Systems and All Saints Academy, Florida Polytechnic will host the four-week camp, starting June 2, at the University’s brand new campus.
Each sponsoring institution will contribute time, talent and skills to the hands-on summer program. Students will receive specialized instruction in advanced technology from University faculty as well as industry leaders in health care, engineering and robotics.
The 15 student participants will have the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the high-tech equipment used in health care and other industries. Topics will include 3D printing, neuroimaging, nanotechnology, cancer therapy, robotic surgery and renewable energy. The class also will take part in building robots that can be programmed to walk on six legs or pick up small objects.
“We are excited to be offering the merit program again. This outreach underscores the University’s commitment to cultivating interest in students to pursue the specialized skills and education for careers in technology,” said Dr. Ghazi Darkazalli, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at Florida Polytechnic University.
Last year’s camp participants had the opportunity to operate CT and MRI scanning equipment, observe robotic microsurgery and hear oncologists explain the basics of cancer therapies. In 2014, the camp also will emphasize medical technology but will introduce additional workshops on robotics, bio-energy and engineering. Faculty who have recently joined the new University will offer demonstrations and lectures, along with physicians and health care professionals from Lakeland Regional Health Systems.
“The summer program should be engaging for students, who will gain some valuable knowledge and experience. Florida Poly’s faculty will work closely with participants to build robots and program them. Students also will get the chance to design and print 3D models using the University’s top-of-the-line equipment,” said Dr. Anas Salah Eddin, a Florida Polytechnic University professor.
“The merit program’s blend of advanced technologies in medicine, engineering and robotics makes it unique. With more faculty and educational components in this year’s program, I’m confident it will be an even greater success,” said Ryan Walsh, Academic Dean at All Saints Academy and the merit program coordinator.