Tech Trek: A STEM Camp For Middle School Girls
Tech Trek is an AAUW California sponsored math/science camp designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. Branches raise funds to cover the cost of each girl’s attendance and select attendees from local public schools. Students from around the country attend camp on one of several college campuses. Each year, AAUW Morgan Hill sends eight girls to the Tech Trek camp at Stanford University.
What Do Girls Do At Tech Trek?
All sleeping, eating, instructional and recreational facilities are located on the Stanford University campus. Students live in dorms (sharing with another student), eat in the campus cafeteria, play sports, participate in activities in their dorms, and attend classes on campus. All students are assigned a “dorm mom,” a volunteer from a local branch of AAUW.
Each student selects a core interest class in addition to participating in a variety of math, science and technology classes. Activities include:
Hands-on science projects
Presentations by and discussions with women in science or math careers
Watch the 2016 campers doing their “tech thing.”
Who Can Attend Tech Trek?
We are seeking girls with a strong interest in science, mathematics, and technology. Students who also can follow directions, enjoy new settings and people, and work well in groups are great candidates.
2016 Tech Trek campers from Morgan Hill.
Top Row L-R: Ines Bouissou (JAM), Allison Webenbauer (Britton), Vanessa Torres (Britton),
Soraya Reyes (Britton), Danielle Hobbs (Martin Murphy)
Bottom Row L-R: Taylor Conely (Martin Murphy), Abigail Pina (Martin Murphy), Asia Mathaw (Martin Murphy)
What is the Selection Process?
In the spring, we contact middle school math and science teachers and ask them to nominate potential campers. Once nominated, the girls fill out a questionnaire and write a short essay. An AAUW member panel interviews semi-finalists and meets with parents to answer questions. Finalists are then selected and notified.
What is the Commitment of My Student if She is Selected?
Selected students will attend a one week camp in July, starting early Sunday afternoon and ending the following Saturday, late morning. In addition, we ask campers to volunteer at our annual Wildflower Run (in late March or early April). The Wildflower Run is our local fundraiser, enabling us to send students to Tech Trek. Finally, we ask our campers to give a brief presentation about what they learned to our annual Membership Brunch in September (parents are also invited).
How Can I Find Out More About Tech Trek?
For more information about Tech Trek:
- Go to the Tech Trek website.
- Read a Tech Trek brochure.
- Read a summary of survey results of the impact of Tech Trek on past campers.
- Read Igniting the Spark, complete survey results of the impact of Tech Trek on past campers.
- Contact the AAUW Morgan Hill Tech Trek Coordinator, Joy Safakish.