Tech Trek Success: The 2014 STEM Camp for Girls in Photos

September 29, 2014

Tech Trek 2014 was a huge success. We could go on and on about how exciting it was to expand to more sites. Or how cool all the lab experiments were. Or how powerful it was for girls to learn how to code in a safe space (oh wait, we already did that). But really, these photos along with a few words from the campers speak for themselves.

Girls learned to build bridges and test their strength in engineering and design classes at Tech Trek in Washington.

Girls learned to build bridges and test their strength in engineering and design classes at Tech Trek in Washington.

“My experience at Tech Trek was something I will always take with me. I have learned the beginnings of many new STEM opportunities. This helped me to find my new passion in STEM.”

In chemistry class, the girls froze items with liquid nitrogen to see its effect.

In chemistry class, the girls froze items with liquid nitrogen to see its effect.

Girls learned how to extract DNA from different fruits in both Alabama and Oklahoma.

Girls learned how to extract DNA from different fruits in both Alabama and Oklahoma.

“I learned that I guess I can overcome anything if I put my mind to it.” — Zaria B., Alabama

Using beads as a model, girls learned about molecules.

Using beads as a model, girls learned about molecules.

Students prepared and studied the properties of a solution of food additives.

Students prepared and studied the properties of a solution of food additives.

“I actually never knew that I was interested in computer programming until I took a computer programming class at Tech Trek, and then I was like, ‘This would be awesome to do!’” — Capri W., Oregon

In Oklahoma and Alabama, girls had a lot of fun learning to program Android apps with the App Inventor tool, which was developed by MIT and taught at Tech Trek thanks to an $84,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

In Oklahoma and Alabama, girls had a lot of fun learning to program Android apps with the App Inventor tool, which was developed by MIT and taught at Tech Trek thanks to an $84,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

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Girls learned the introductory concepts to computer science through story and game development.

Girls learned the introductory concepts to computer science through story and game development.

“Now I know that I want to be a computer programmer and have my own company.”

At Tech Trek in Oregon, students created polymers and learned about balloon engineering.

At Tech Trek in Oregon, students created polymers and learned about balloon engineering.

The Oklahoma camp gave girls a lab notebook so they could learn about the scientific process and the proper format to write up experiments.

The Oklahoma camp gave girls a lab notebook so they could learn about the scientific process and the proper format to write up experiments.

“My all-time favorite day [was when] we did the squid dissection. It was my very first dissection. I was really nervous at first, but I loved it. … We pulled out the spine of the squid and this thing called an ink sac. It’s not really a spine because it’s made of cartilage. We pulled it out and put the ink sac onto the spine/cartilage thing, and you would write with it. I wrote ‘Oops you made me ink’ and stuff like that. It was really fun.” — Eleanor I., Washington

Girls dissect crayfish and frogs and compare their internal anatomy.

Girls dissect crayfish and frogs and compare their internal anatomy.

Students learned how metabolism works to support a living organism through hands-on experiments with yeast growth.

Students learned how metabolism works to support a living organism through hands-on experiments with yeast growth.

“I know there are people out there in the world that think girls can’t do it, but I know that we can.” —Hayley H., Ohio

In this water ecology lab in Oklahoma, girls looked at organisms in a sample and completed different water testing procedures.

In this water ecology lab in Oklahoma, girls looked at organisms in a sample and completed different water testing procedures.

On a field trip to Kilchis Point Reserve in Oregon, girls learned about botany by identifying different types of plants.

On a field trip to Kilchis Point Reserve in Oregon, girls learned about botany by identifying different types of plants.

“I made a lot of new lifelong friends. I have learned a lot, and it was an unforgettable experience.”

Girls test the physics of rocketry by launching model rockets at Tech Trek camps in Alabama and Washington.

Girls test the physics of rocketry by launching model rockets at Tech Trek camps in Alabama and Washington.

Girls learned about engineering by building bridges out of pennies.

Girls learned about engineering by building structures out of paper.

“We got to make robots and move their hands. It was a lot of fun. I’ve always been interested in that and how things actually move and how to program them to do things.” — Malia M., Oklahoma

In a course on the basic principles of robotics, girls practiced design modifications and commanded a small electronic robot.

In a course on the basic principles of robotics, girls practiced design modifications and commanded a small electronic robot.

Counselors taught geometry through interactive models.

Counselors taught geometry through interactive models.

This post was written by AAUW STEM Programs Intern Aly Sides.

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