Freshman Katie Campbell represented Columbiana High School at a national Amateur Radio Club Convention in Orlando last month (HamCation 2023). She was selected to give a presentation in the Youth Forum entitled "The ABCs of a YL in STEM, School Amateur Radio Clubs and Code Coaching." In the presentation, Katie explores gender disparity in STEM and asserts the early introduction of Amateur Radio is a potential solution to that issue.
Katie has earned and kept an extra-class-level license (the highest level available), a process she began when she was in fifth grade as a result of being a founding student-member of Columbiana’s Amateur Radio Club. Katie hopes to “encourage other young women in STEM to put themselves out there and learn more about the field as well as teach others; it’s important to get young women in leadership positions to provide diverse views.”
Katie will next travel to Dayton, OH to present "Young Ladies in Morse Code" at an International Convention in May and will be teaching a morse code class in Ottawa, Canada at a Youth Amateur Radio Camp in July. She hopes to continue participating in presentations and teaching Youth Amateur Radio.