October 22, 2008

Kentucky Girl Scouts Learn About Thermal Retention From Trane in ‘Don’t Let the Ice Cream Melt’ Hands-On Workshops

LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council will discover the properties of thermal insulation and learn about engineering careers as part of the GEMS (Girls Enjoying Math and Science) Program at the University of Kentucky (UK) on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Jessica Tooley, Dan Parker and Alison Randolph from Trane's air handling manufacturing facility in Lexington will host three one-hour "Don't Let the Ice Cream Melt: An Insulation Experiment," workshops during which the girls will attempt to keep ice cream at a given temperature. (Ice cream snack included!)

The three 60-minute "Don't Let the Ice Cream Melt: An Insulation Experiment" workshops will be held at 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in F. Paul Anderson Tower (also called FPAT), Room 259, 512 Administration Dr., at UK.

Tooley, Parker and Randolph will take girls through an interactive exercise to identify the best insulators and their relationship to engineering and design. The girls will also learn about careers in engineering.

To conduct the experiment, the girls will select from a variety of materials and based on temperature measurements, determine which provides the best insulation medium for the ice cream.

"The girls will learn that some materials are better than others for insulation, and that they must experiment for the best results," said Tooley, a UK design engineering student who is currently working a cooperative assignment for Trane's Design Development Group. Tooley will lead the girls in the workshop experiment, along with Parker, employee relations manager, and Randolph, health and productivity coordinator.

"This experiment will also give the girls a taste of what it's like to be an engineer and help them understand the difficulties engineers face when designing new products," said Tooley.

GEMS, which is sponsored by the UK Center for Manufacturing in the College of Engineering, the Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council (GSKWRC), and the Society of Women Engineers, was developed in response to the need for more women in math, science and technology careers.

"While women make up 46 percent of the workforce, only 25 percent of technology jobs are held by females, with only 10 percent in top-level positions," said organizer Vicki Cooper of the UK Center for Manufacturing. "During this event, the girls have their eyes opened to new potential careers, and faculty session leaders walk away knowing they have changed lives."

"Because we know that the shortage of women in technology careers can be traced back to the developmental years of elementary school, we hope that these experiments will help inspire some of these girls to pursue an engineering career," said Parker.

Trane's manufacturing plant in Lexington was established in 1963 and employs approximately 1,300 people, and manufactures air handling systems for commercial air conditioning applications.

About Trane

Trane, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingersoll Rand , provides systems and services that enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings around the world. The business offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products; aftermarket service and parts support; advanced building controls; and building and financing solutions including those that allow energy-efficient systems to pay for themselves through energy savings. Trane's systems and services have leading positions in premium commercial, residential, institutional and industrial markets; a reputation for reliability, high quality and product innovation; and a powerful distribution network. The business has more than 29,000 employees worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.trane.com/ and http://www.americanstandardair.com/.

About GEMS

GEMS is a chance for girls, from fourth through 12th grades to explore and learn with "hands on" experiments using the scientific method, science in daily life, how math and science are connected, and careers in science. This year, the program's 16 different workshops will expose girls to careers in engineering, forensics, chemistry, microbiology, medicine and other science-related fields. The sessions will be led by UK faculty from the colleges of Engineering, Medicine, and Arts and Sciences. GEMS, which is sponsored by the UK Center for Manufacturing in the College of Engineering and Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council (GSKWRC) was developed in response to the need for more women in math, science and technology careers.

About the UK College of Engineering

The University of Kentucky College of Engineering is the Commonwealth's largest and most comprehensive engineering institution. Since conferring its first degree in 1890, the College has sent more than 21,000 graduates into all phases of engineering and computer science, as well as business, law, medicine and a variety of related professions. For more information, visit http://www.engr.uky.edu/.


CONTACT: Melinda Paulson, +1-651-407-3974, [email protected]; or PerriRichman, +1-732-980-6386, [email protected]; or Vicki Cooper, of the GEMSprogram, +1-859-257-6262, ext. 221, [email protected]

Web Site: http://www.americanstandard.com/http://www.engr.uky.edu/http://www.trane.com/