Dec. 19, 2017 | Faces serious with concentration as drill bits spiral into bone. Faces protected by goggles as fragments start to fly. Faces that break into smiles and nervous laughter as they examine their first attempts at standard orthopaedic surgery techniques.

Faces that – unlike the trend for most of orthopaedic surgery and engineering disciplines – are female.

Twenty-five female high school students from Arkansas took part in a daylong, hands-on introduction to orthopaedics and engineering Dec. 9 as part of the Perry Outreach Program, held in UAMS’ Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.