Almost 700 Students Experience 5th Annual STEM Career Day

Dave Karlson with Google addresses the students in an opening session.

The Gorge Tech Alliance hosted our 5th annual STEM Career Day on April 27, 2018 with almost 700 students from around the Gorge in attendance. Students in 7th grade from Hood River, Odell, Skamania, White Salmon, The Dalles, Wishram, Glenwood, Centerville, Trout Lake and Dufur traveled to Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) in The Dalles for the event. The day begins with a presentation from CGCC students and Ann Harris of Oregon State Open Campus to get students thinking about college options.

Then the Gorge’s business community takes the reins to share what local jobs in science, tech, engineering and math look like and the

Rob Ladkani of Sagetech teaches students about yaw using a quadcopter.

education needed to achieve those positions. The students break into groups of about 25 students to experience different businesses around the campus. This year’s presenters included Powder Pure, Farmers Conservation Alliance, Research Scientists Miller and McCabe, Google, Insitu, Interfluve, CGCC Electro-Mechanical Tech Program, Computer Scientists Robert Surton, STEMPunx, US Army Corps, Oregon Dept. Fish and Wildlife, Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, Sagetech, SigmaDesign, i3D Manufacturing, and Wasco County 4-H. 

The GTA offers many thanks to event sponsor Columbia River Insurance! Thank you also to CGCC for hosting, Suzanne Burd with CGCC and Ann Harris with OSU Open Campus for helping organize and to the many businesses noted above for their participation. 

CGCC Electro-Mechanical Tech program professsor Tom Lieurance teaches students about electricity.