VERONA, N.Y. -- Close to 60 students are taking time away from February break to go back to school. They’ve all signed up for a Women in Tech Camp that teaches them about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Integration Technology Specialist Brittany Gaffney got their hearts pumping with some exercise, but their brains were getting the real workout.
"They’re working with robots here. They’re using L.E.D. lights to create bracelets and circuits, and then we also have Jill Reale here teaching them about Meteorology and green screen work," said Gaffney.
The girls used conductive thread to build L.E.D. bracelets, as well as designed and built their own theme based project under deadline, but Instructional Technology Specialist Laurie Yager tells us the lessons didn’t stop there.
"We have them doing some coding online, and also with some robots, and then after hearing how Jill does her job a little bit, they’re actually going to have an opportunity to use some green screen technology and create their own weather forecast.:
Science and math play a crucial role in predicting the weather, but WKTV Meteorologist Jill Reale also served as a role model for women in the workplace.
"When I grew up, I noticed there weren’t a lot of females interested in science and math. You know they were interested in other types of careers, and we never had these cool events growing up, and now I just want students to get interested in weather and why weather happens, and all behind the scene things. It’s not just a face on television, you’re actually using your brain to figure out what’s happening with the forecast," she said.
The girls may have been learning lessons in STEM based careers, but equally important was the message of why those jobs are for everyone. West Winfield Student Rebecca McClave helped make that message clear.
"This is just a way to encourage and push girls now at a younger age, to stand up and fight for those jobs, and to fight for that, fight for job equality, gender equality, and along that stuff," said McClave.
Students in fourth to eighth grades wishing to participate in future STEM events should contact their school guidance counselors for more information.