Student Spotlight: Kayla Boyle, Robotics and Automated Technology

Kayla Boyle working on a robotics project.Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Robotics and Automated Technology and Lower Moreland High School junior, Kayla Boyle, is getting ready to begin a paid internship at SP Industries in Warminster, as part of the electrical assembly team. SP Industries, Inc. is a manufacturer of specialty equipment, scientific glassware, laboratory and lab safety supplies, and home healthcare products serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, educational, industrial, OEM, and commercial markets under well-known market leading brand names.Kayla Boyle working on a robotics project.

Learning how things work has always intrigued Kayla. She decided at a young age that she wanted to be a mechanical engineer. While in middle school, her class visited EASTERN, and she initially set her sights on the Electrical Technology program. At the end of her 9th grade year, she heard through her high school that EASTERN was opening a Robotics and Automated Technology program, and she felt as though that program would better suit her interests and career goals.

The 2020 – 2021 school year was the first year for the Robotics and Automated Technology program at EASTERN. As the first female student in the program, Kayla has some words of advice for others who are interested. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are less than you are,” said Kayla. “If this program aligns with your career goals, take it, and ask questions! The program is challenging, but I push myself every day to be one of the top students in the class.”

One of Kayla’s favorite pieces of equipment in the program in the Universal Collaborative Robot. She enjoyed learning how to program, operate, and trouble shoot. Kayla’s Instructor, Chris Passante, recommended Kayla for a summer internship. After meeting with EASTERN’s School-to-Career Coordinator, Hayley Granacher, she was placed with SP Industries and is looking forward to beginning on June 22.

After graduating from EASTERN and Lower Moreland High School in 2022, Kayla plans to attend a four-year college for mechanical engineering and join the military after graduation. Ultimately, she would like to work in the hands-on building side of the mechanical engineering field.

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