Thirty students from Tyee High School visited KIRO 7 News Station to explore careers in STEM. These students, who are also students in a Video Production class at school, were able to see how what they are learning in school can be directly relevant to a career in the STEM field.  The students had practiced producing their own news segment in class, and were able to see what this looks like at the professional level. One student noted that she “was always interested in the news but never knew what went on behind the scenes and the different roles." They were not only impressed with viewing the live production of News at Noon, they were inspired by the panel of professionals that shared about their career journey’s with them.

83% of the students that attended indicated that because of the visit to Kiro 7, they became more interested in a Technical or Engineering degree or career (including computer science, information systems, engineering, etc.).  "A highlight was with the panel speakers” recalls senior, Elizabeth “they were saying how in STEM careers there's very few women and that's kind of inspirational to further a career which has little to no women."  Students heard stories of drive, commitment and perseverance from the panel of women, including Deb Adeogba -- Director of News Technology, Katie McDowell - Photojournalist, Erin Newnam - Morning Executive Producer, Sara Weaver - Account Executive and our host for the day Jill Wiggins - DIrector of Community Affairs.  The panel had such a great variety of professionals from a variety of fields -- all of which left a lasting impact on the students who attended. One freshman added that "this taught me a lot and it inspired me to focus on school more because seeing how they do their jobs and how committed they are and with the creativity and time."  The students are now moving forward inspired and motivated to pursue the careers of their dreams!

 

After this event:

 

83%
of girls are more interested in STEM

75%
of girls want to study harder to attend college and further their education

67%
of girls are interested in taking a STEM related course next semester

 

Comments from the Girls:

I loved the Panel and the background view of the news.

A highlight was asking good questions and learning about their past experiences

The Highlight: how invested the employees are and the set up of how organized the space was. What inspired me: I was always interested in the news but never knew what went on behind the scenes and the different roles there were.

I liked seeing the studio and watching the live news.

I enjoyed talking to the crew and hearing their stories.

This taught me a lot and it inspired me to focus on school more because seeing how they do their jobs and how committed they are and with their creativity and time. I learned so much and took a lot out of it.

A highlight was with the speakers saying how in STEM careers there's very few women and that's kind of inspirational to further a career which has little to no women.

A highlight was seeing the news room and then getting to see and sit in the control room and seeing them do their own thing.

I enjoyed seeing how they transition from clip to clip and what the inside of the studio looks like.

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