Thursday, April 5, 2018

SWOSU AAUW Tech Trek STEM Camp 2017, Water & Campers

A swim party and another kind of water party below...

Campers study water critters and other wildlife at Deer Creek near Weatherford. The Oklahoma Conservation Commission's Blue Thumb Program conducted this workshop.

In the past, campers have examined flora and fauna at Red Rock Canyon State Park 
near Hinton and made rain gauges.

Is there a more effective laboratory than outdoor Oklahoma? 

SWOSU AAUW Tech Trek STEM Camp Committee 2017

Camp Director - Lisa Appeddu, Ph.D., SWOSU Pharmacy
Fundraising - Lori Gwyn, Ph.D., SWOSU Chemistry
Program Director - Cindi Albrightson, SWOSU Engineering & Technology
Volunteer Coordinator - Jorie Edwards, Ph.D., SWOSU Psychology
Assessment - Kristin Woods, SWOSU Psychology
Camper & Family Coordinator - Adina Foust, SWOSU Pharmacy
Social Media & Marketing - Erin Ridgeway, SWOSU Libraries
Financial Coordinator - Kathy O'Neal, SWOSU Mathematics
Alumni Liaison - Elizabeth Amen, Former Camper Mom

Camp Staff
Dorm Monitor - Jeanie Driskill, Western Oklahoma Christian School
Health Director - LaCreta Bowen, Certified Athletic Trainer, 
San Diego Independent School District, Texas

Camp Counselors 
Terin Brownen, SWOSU Math & Finance
Nicole Chan, SWOSU Psychology
Suzanne Parker, SWOSU Psychology
Jordyn Richey, SWOSU Pharmacy
Kalley Watkins, SWOSU Natural Science Education
Katrina Wichert, SWOSU Industrial Technology
Ashley Young, SWOSU Psychology
Mari "Ryan" Voth, SWOSU Pharmacy

Junior Counselors *
Lori Barnett, Moore
Alexa Benedict, Burns Flat
Zoe Dougherty, Weatherford
Emily Kalahan, Carnegie
Margaret McDonald, Stillwater
Briley Yunker, Enid
Campers Three Years Ago

Camp Assistants
Sarah Deweese, SWOSU Accounting & Finance
Breanna "Breleigh" Hughes, SWOSU Chemistry
(Peri-Camp) Jordyn Richey, SWOSU Pharmacy

Camp Volunteers
SWOSU Psychology Students
AAUW Weatherford Student Branch members 

Elizabeth Bain, Chisolm Middle School, Enid
Ella Barnett, Weatherford Middle School
Madelyn Blodgett, Clinton Middle School
Anna Bosma, Stillwater Middle School
Samantha Bowden, Comanche Middle School, Duncan
Tori Clark, Burns Flat-Dill City Junior High School, Burns Flat
Spencer Collier, Ada Junior High
Emilee Coxsey, Frink-Chambers Public School, McAlester
Zamirya Davidson, Mustang North Middle School, Yukon
Mary (Katie) Duffy-Reif, Hefner Middle School, Oklahoma City
Tatum Duncan, Weatherford Middle School
Autumn Fields, Frink-Chambers Public Schools, McAlester
Lily-Marie Fraley, Frederick Middle School
Carlie Golden, Maple Elementary School, Calumet
Shelbi Goossen, Clinton Middle School
Haley Grant, Sweetwater Elementary School
Amahi Gutierrez, Altus Junior High School
Jewel Hale, Oklahoma Connections Academy, Oklahoma City
Karsyn Harrison, Carnegie Public Schools
Kamryn Holland, Piedmont Middle School
Faithe Hunt, Maple Elementary School, El Reno
Gracie Keenan-Loftus, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School, Edmond
Katelynn Murphy, Bishop John Carroll Cathedral School, Oklahoma City
McKenna Murray, Mustang North Middle School, Yukon
Emma Olsen, Tishomingo Middle School, Milburn
Audra Owen, Piedmont Middle School, Okarche
Kierra Peters, Chisholm Middle School, Enid
LIndsey Reak, Ryan Elementary School
Kolby Rivas, Altus Junior High School
Julianne Rogers, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Edmond
Emma Sasse, Altus Junior High School
Oviya Selvakumar, Deer Creel Middle School, Edmond
leslie schultz, Comanche Middle School, Duncan
Gabrielle Snyder, Riverside Public School, El Reno
Brooke Steincamp, Yukon Middle School 
Kaycie Stetz, Piedmont Middle School
Rachel Stout, Frederick Middle School
Aishwarya Swamidurai, Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School, Oklahoma City
Julia Taylor, Duncan Middle School
Tiffany Taylor, Altus Junior High School
Kyley Thurman, Mountain View-Gotebo High School
Evely Veloz, Burns-Flat-Dill City Junior High, Burns Flat
Jada Warren, Durant Middle School

Monday, April 2, 2018

SWOSU AAUW Tech Trek STEM Camp 2017, Field Trips

On the Road Southwestern Oklahoma State University's AAUW Tech Trek STEM Camp's Field Trip to Oklahoma City incorporates learning, mentoring, career exploration, sightseeing, travel and excitement. 


Devon Energy and Tech Trek at SWOSU joined together to host more than 40 eighth-grade girls to explore STEM careers Thursday afternoon.

Girls from over 30 Oklahoma schools learn about fossils, geology, technology and robotics from experts like Aubrey Humbolt, geology manager at Devon. The geology workshop is entitled "Geology on and off the Clock." 

Tiffany Taylor and Kolby Rivas, Altus Junior High, ask Devon engineer Emily Brink, reservoir engineer at Devon, about her career.

  Audra Owen from Piedmont Middle School and Katelynn Murphy from Bishop John   
  Carroll Cathedral School discuss fossils with Emily Brink, reservoir engineer at Devon 


"Madelyn Blodgett, from Clinton Middle School, asks questions about the crystal she is holding during a STEM event at Devon. [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman.]"

Representatives from Hitachi explain the programming and capabilities of the EMIEW2 robot. This was the first demonstration of the robot for students in the United States.

   "McKenna Murray, wearing glasses, from Mustang North Middle School, is excited about having her photo taken by a robot at the end of the technology session at Devon Energy. At left is Aishwarya Swamidurai, from Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School." [Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman]
Devon Energy has a "commitment to STEM and creating the next generation of problem solvers," said Catherine Oster, business performance manager at Devon, in a June 2017 press release. 

"Devon is one of our biggest sponsors, allowing our campers to spend one day in Oklahoma City to increase their exposure to unique STEM activities," said Cindi Albrightson, curriculum coordinator for Tech Trek. 
Campers also tour the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, which can include the interactive Memorial Museum, the Interactive Uncover-Discover STEM Lab, i.e., Structures & Waves as well as Forensics & Investigation, and an outdoor symbolic Memorial interpretative talk led by a National Park Ranger. 

Weatherford's Stafford Air & Space Museum, created in honor of Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford, pilot and astronaut, offers an aerospace component. This tour as well as a family picnic occurred on Friday after the Oklahoma City field trip. 

"Devon hosts future scientists"
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: July 27, 2017 5:00 AM CDT Updated: July 27, 2017 10:24 AM CDT