Carving a path to a career in science

Cassie, Canada

Cassie didn’t always know she wanted to be an engineer. As a Grade 12 student, she helped design and create a product that helps millions of kids in the developing world study after the sun goes down.

Working with teams in the United Kingdom and United States, Cassie and her classmates used SMART Boards and SMART amp workspaces to design a sustainable 3-D printed light source for students in the Dominican Republic who lack access to electricity. They called it the Million Lights Project.


Cassie discovered what she wanted to be when she grew up.

“SMART amp came along and it was just perfect. It allows students to become the experts.”

She was part of the team that came up with a solar-powered, 3D-printed light that her peers in the Dominican Republic now use to read and study at night. Cassie says she decided to pursue engineering even though women are underrepresented in the STEM fields.


Now a mechanical engineering student at university, Cassie plans to pursue a bio-medical specialty. Her goal? To help amputees. She’s working on a 3D printed design that would open and close the hand using muscle sensors attached to the bicep.

She’ll meet the urgent global need for affordable prostheses, the cost of which government healthcare or insurance plans usually don’t cover.

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Posted: April 3, 2017
in Customer Stories