AAUW and Lockheed Martin to Expand National STEM Program for GirlsDecember 08, 2014
Tech Trek will serve 1,600 girls across the country in 2015
WASHINGTON – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has collaborated with Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] to expand a national program for middle school girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Lockheed Martin has awarded AAUW a $90,400 grant to support the organization’s successful Tech Trek program, which is designed to boost girls’ interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM. The grant will help more than 1,600 rising eighth-grade girls attend 21 Tech Trek camps next summer at college campuses throughout the nation.
As a part of the collaboration, Lockheed Martin employees will also mentor program participants at camps held at the University of Alabama, Huntsville; Stanford University; and Richard Stockton College. By creating opportunities for girls to meet and work with STEM professionals, Tech Trek will introduce students to strong role models who have achieved professional success in STEM careers.
“We are pleased to join AAUW’s efforts to change the face of STEM,” said Lockheed Martin Director of Corporate Community Relations Emily Simone. “True innovation happens when everyone is engaged, so we are excited to work with an organization that has such a rich history of getting women excited in pursuing STEM education and careers.”
“We are thrilled to have Lockheed Martin help us encourage girls to follow their passion for STEM learning,” said AAUW CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “Too many girls still hear the tired stereotypes about women in STEM — particularly about their math capabilities. It’s time to erase those notions. Today’s middle school girls will be tomorrow’s innovators and problem solvers, and Tech Trek provides them with the sense of empowerment they need to succeed in STEM fields.”
AAUW’s Tech Trek program has a demonstrated history of success in breaking through barriers for women and girls in STEM, with Tech Trek alumnae far exceeding their contemporaries in participation and persistence in STEM education and careers. AAUW of California founded Tech Trek in 1998, and in 2012 the national organization started the AAUW National Tech Trek Pilot Program to expand that good work nationwide. AAUW’s STEM camps and conferences strategically target middle school girls because those years are a crucial time for girls to maintain their early interest in STEM and begin taking courses that will help them succeed in future STEM opportunities. More than 90 percent of girls who attended the camps reported that Tech Trek boosted their confidence in their ability to be successful in science classes, and 78 percent said the same for math classes.