Throughout 2018, Avery Dennison and Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC have been working to inspire young girls to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math education — or, STEM. Meteorologist Betsy Kling, who’s heading the effort for WKYC, recently stopped by Avery Dennison offices in Mentor, Ohio to talk with Vice President, Marketing Tina Hart about what inspired her to a STEM field.
“I didn’t see any females doing weather on television. It was all guys. I never pictured myself being a meteorologist,” she said. But, in college, Betsy had received some chance advice from a friend who said meteorology would be the easiest class to fulfill her science requirement.
Easy? No, said Betsy. “It was the hardest class I’ve ever taken. Not because I couldn’t do it, but because it’s such a different way of thinking… but I was so fascinated by it,” she said.
Now, Betsy, WKYC and Avery Dennison have teamed up to get more girls to think differently about STEM fields. “STEM and STEM education is a huge deal because it’s in everything. You don’t have to be a scientist to study STEM,” she said.
“If you can get…kids engaged in getting excited about studying STEM. Now they’re going to do it some more and be really good at it, to be really excited about it and that’s what sets them up for success in the future.”
Watch below to see Tina’s full interview with Betsy and to hear how Avery Dennison is playing a role in this.