Klamath Falls, Ore. – A special camp coming up this summer at Oregon Tech could help give young women an inside track at careers in science and technology.
The week-long camp is a first for Oregon Tech.
“This is our first year that we’re going to hold a residential STEM camp for girls,” Oregon Tech’s Ashley Van Essen said. “It’s called ‘Girls got STEM.'”
The camp is directed by Grace Rusth. She said, “It’s hosted by Oregon Tech female faculty and staff, space for 50 girls here on campus, living in the residential hall.”
“STEM” stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
“Most of the jobs coming up are primarily in the STEM field.” Rusth explained. “It’s computers, it’s engineering, it’s anything working with technology.”
NBC5 asked Rusth why the camp is for women only. She replied, “Because we saw a need both on our campus, and in the greater collegiate arena that there’s not many women in STEM as there is men.”
Van Essen pointed out that with recent emphasis, those numbers are changing. “There are more women who are getting into the STEM careers, and we’re really excited that we have a lot of programs going on in high schools.”
The camp will run from August 5th through the 11th, for girls aged 15 through 18.
Rusth said early registrations are recommended, given the level of early interest. “I’ve got probably 7 to 10, just between colleagues and friend’s children that have said, ‘What is this camp? It has your name on it. Can I go?'”
The $495 cost for the camp includes a room, meals, and all related materials and events.
You’ll find details and registration information here: oit.edu/girls-stem
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.