January 14th, 2019
On January 10th, Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation (HHEF) invited Britteny Shipp, an Emmy nominated NBC 10 Meteorologist, to speak to middle school girls as apart of the Girl’s STEAM speaker series.
Girl’s STEAM encourages girls to maintain an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. The program invites women from the STEAM fields into our middle school and high school as examples of successful women in those fields. The goal of the program is to inform students of new career choices that they might not know to exist in the STEAM fields.
Shipp started her career at UCLA where she majored in International Development Studies. When she started doing her internships at TV stations, she realized broadcasting was more her passion and switched her major to broadcast journalism. Her first job out of college was at a smaller market TV station in Arizona. While producing and reporting the news, her boss approached her and asked if she would consider switching from news reporting and becoming the station’s meteorologists. Shipp always enjoyed math and science and realized doing the weather would be the perfect combination of broadcasting and science. Shipp had to take a three-year program online before she could officially become a meteorologist.
Shipp even wrote a children’s book called, “The Meteorologist in Me”. The message of the book is to encourage people that we can do anything we put our minds too.
The overall message Shipp wants to convey to students is to find a career you’re passionate about so work won’t feel like a job.