More Than 30 Students Take Part in Northwestern STEM Camp

June 8, 2022

Middle School STEM Camp Group

Middle school students attending the Northwestern Oklahoma State University STEM camp in Alva May 30-June 2 include (front row, left to right) Hailee Barker, Enid; Akayla Evans, Woodward; Grace Wiggins, Alva; Tyler Christensen, Tulsa; Benjamin Yang, Edmond; Blake Pace, Langley; Desmond Webb, Tulsa; (second row) Ashlie Nguyen, Yukon; Brycelyn Martin, Alva; Zoey Kerr, Skiatook; Kristin Rueger, Alva; Skylar Wickham, Alva; Warren Kelly, Alva; Jayden Nguyen, Yukon; Sundiata Ervin, Enid; Yarel Favela, Buffalo. Northwestern personnel include (back row) instructors of computer science Evan Vaverka and Mark Bagley; Carmen sophomore Lindsay Olson; Seiling freshman John Cloud; Helena sophomore Alec Judd; Dr. Tim Maharry, professor of mathematics and chair of mathematics and computer science department; and from NextEra Energy Jim Auld and Terry Benton.

High School STEM Camp Group

High school students attending the Northwestern Oklahoma State University STEM camp in Alva June 2-4 include (front row, left to right) Terrence Griffin, Owasso; Arden Pieratt, Skiatook; Payton Smith, Alva; Sharyn Dodson, Boise City; (middle row) Corinna Chen, Oklahoma City; Morgan Blankenship, Burneyville; Lucy Kershen, Norman; Gray Hartman, Stillwater; Andy Tran, Edmond; (back row) Riley Harness, Grove; Kathy Ragan, Cushing; Trinity McKinney, Norman; Brietta Chen, Oklahoma City; Clark Brasuell, Stillwater; Ian Chang, Edmond.

Sixteen middle school students and 15 high school students from across the state of Oklahoma attended a free summer STEM camp at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The middle school students stayed on the Alva campus May 30-June 2 while the high schoolers attended June 2-4.

This camp was funded by a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Joining Northwestern as hosts of the camp were High Plains Technology Center of Woodward and NextEra Energy, the largest producer of wind and solar power in the nation.

The students were able to see the inside view of an operating nacelle, and experienced simulators and a climbing tower, as well as an operational wind turbine. Students also learned about the generation and use of electricity. They had hands-on experiences with the Microgrid Trainer, a portable training device that includes power generation, micro-inverter, storage and renewable energy technology. The students also built and assembled a wind turbine and learned about solar power.

Students also were able to tour Alabaster Caverns State Park and learned about Northwestern’s robotics lab and esports program.

Middle school students attending included (front row, left to right) Warren Kelly, Brycelyn Martin, Kristin Rueger, Skylar Wickham and Grace Wiggins, all of Alva; Yarel Favela, Buffalo; Benjamin Yang, Edmond; Hailee Barker and Sundiata Ervin, both of Enid; Blake Pace, Langley; Zoey Kerr, Skiatook; Tyler Christensen and Desmond Webb, Tulsa; Ashlie Nguyen and Jayden Nguyen, Yukon; and Akayla Evans, Woodward.

High school students attending included (front row, left to right) Payton Smith, Alva; Sharyn Dodson, Boise City; Morgan Blankenship, Burneyville; Kathy Ragan, Cushing; Ian Chang and Andy Tran, Edmond; Riley Harness, Grove; Brietta Chen and Corinna Chen, Oklahoma City; Terrence Griffin, Owasso; Lucy Kershen and Trinity McKinney, both of Norman; Arden Pieratt, Skiatook; and Clark Brasuell and Gray Hartman, both of Stillwater. 

For more information about Northwestern’s math and computer science department contact Maharry at or (580) 327-8583. Additional information about degree programs in STEM fields at Northwestern is available at and


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