By Central Oregon Coast National Organization for Women
There will be a whole lot of shaking going on for Lincoln County middle school age girls this July, thanks to the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation with funding from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund! This FREE three day Earthquake Camp will be held at the Oregon Coast Community College North Campus in Lincoln City from Monday through Wednesday, July 18 to 20, 2016, 10 am to 3 pm.
This is a chance for girls to explore the world of earthquakes, how they are created, how scientists record and study them, and how engineers work to help reduce their impact on human lives. A number of exciting hands on activities and experiments are sure to catch the enthusiasm of those girls who attend the camp. An important part of learning about earthquakes is understanding the hazards earthquakes present. The girls will learn how buildings can “resonate” in an earthquake. They will also learn how liquefaction occurs, and how engineers strengthen buildings to make them more resilient to earthquake shaking. The girls will even build their own working seismometer using basic skills in engineering and electronics!
The camp will wrap up by teaching the girls the steps to take to make sure that they and their families are safe. They will build an earthquake/tsunami preparedness “go-bag” that they will be taking home, along with the seismometer that they made.
The camp is open to all Lincoln County middle school age girls. There are a limited number of openings, so girls should register NOW. Applications for the camp are available at http://oregonshakes.com/camp/QuakeCampApplication.pdf .
Girls and women are dramatically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is during the middle school years that girls’ participation and interest in these subjects tends to falter. It is hoped that by giving them the opportunity to participate in a fun and engaging Earthquake Camp, led by women role models, it will peak their interest in STEM subjects. The Camp will provide Central Oregon Coast middle school girls with the opportunity to explore the world of earthquakes using skills in engineering, geology and math.
Teaching the class will be Kay Wyatt, a widely published and award winning exploration geophysicist with over 30 years of experience in exploration seismology. Wyatt, who has two engineering degrees, has an uncanny knack of explaining complicated subjects in an easy to understand and entertaining way. Since retiring, Ms. Wyatt has spent the last fourteen years working in earthquake and tsunami outreach on the coast of Oregon, fulfilling her lifelong dream of bringing the world of science to children. Founding Oregon Shakes in 2004, Kay installs working seismograph stations in schools and after school programs in Lincoln County. Kids of all ages can see earthquakes from around the world arrive on their seismographs, encouraging them to learn about coastal geology as well as a taste of science, math and engineering. Ms. Wyatt will be an exceptional role model to young girls who may someday be the scientists and engineers of the future.
For more information about Earthquake Camp, please call Jan Eisele at 503-965-9950, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women is an active partner in the Oregon Coast STEM Hub. Its members serve on the Steering Committee as STEM Competition judges and STEM mentors, and the organization supports student experiences in STEM that target girls. In addition to the Earthquake Camp described in this article, Central Oregon Coast NOW has supported the 2015 GEMS camp (Girls in Engineering and Marine Science) and a scholarship for an all-girls team competing in the 2015 Oregon Regional MATE ROV Competition.