Volunteering in the New Mexico Consortium’s Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, are clockwise from top tight, N3B Transuranic Waste Management Director Ellen Gammon, N3B President Kim Lebak and N3B Waste Technical Services Manager Nancy McAllister. Courtesy N3B
In hopes of educating and inspiring New Mexico’s youth to pursue STEM-related careers that benefit their communities, three N3B employees are volunteering at the fifth annual New Mexico Consortium (NMC) Summer Physics Camp for Young Women. The camp serves students from all over the state — primarily underrepresented minorities and those from financially disadvantaged households.N3B employees presenting and speaking at the camp include Kim Lebak, acting N3B president and program manager; Nancy McAllister, Waste Technical Services manager; and Ellen Gammon, Transuranic Waste Management director. N3B also offered financial support to the camp.
“I hope to convey to these young women that science and life are fun,” McAllister said. “Women in the science field don’t have to be stuffy. We are smart, capable women that enjoy math, chemistry, physics, solving problems and thinking outside of the box.”
The camp runs June 7-18, and serves New Mexico students in grades 8-12. This year, 40 students enrolled in the virtual camp — double the number of students from previous years.
According to NMC’s website, the camp focuses on boosting students’ understanding of how STEM allows us to accomplish what was unimaginable — exploring Mars, understanding the origins of the universe during the Big Bang, deciphering how the building blocks of life fold and unfold, and better comprehending COVID-19 behavior and vaccines.
Daily activities include demonstrations, hands-on experiments, engineering and programming and robotics projects, presentations, professional development, and discussions with female scientists and engineers from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Camp students will also learn skills such as resume writing and computer programming. They will be given virtual tours of research facilities and be introduced to internship opportunities at Los Alamos National Laboratory and local New Mexico colleges, among other places.
Next year, the consortium hopes to move the camp to a hybrid or in-person model.
“I really value the shared sense of giving back to the community that my co-workers have,” Gammon said. “In addition to being good stewards to the environment, so many N3B employees give back to the community through meaningful volunteerism.”
N3B is an HII Nuclear-led company with BWX Technologies, with critical subcontractors Longenecker & Associates and Tech2 Solutions. N3B manages the $1.4 billion, 10-year Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract for the DOE’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office. Learn more about N3B at www.n3b-la.com.