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An entrepreneurial Lehigh University student is bringing art, science, and prehistoric life together with a new product that is gaining international attention.
Lisa Glover, a graduate student from Warrington, Pa., has created a three-dimensional velociraptor model kit that uses origami shapes of board material.
The idea for Glover’s KitRex product came from a 15-foot chipboard dinosaur model she built as both a Halloween costume and a project in Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program. Friends and fellow students asked her frequently how they could get such a costume for themselves.
Glover turned to Kickstarter, a popular crowd funding website, with hopes of raising $8,000 to help her produce the kits. Before her campaign ended in April 2014, she had raised approximately $100,000 and received approximately 4,500 kit orders, according to a Lehigh campus news story.
Glover’s idea also was highlighted in an article about creative college student projects published by The New York Times Company. Glover also publicized KitPro near Lehigh’s Bethlehem, Pa., campus with appearances at the 2014 Lehigh Valley Science Festival and at the first Lehigh Valley Mini Maker Faire in April 2014.
What is known today as the Da Vinci Science Center originated in 1992 at Lehigh University and became an independent nonprofit organization in 1999.