Tech Trek: Coming to a Campus Near You!

September 25, 2013

What’s better than Tech Trek camps in four states? How about Tech Trek camps in seven states?

In 2014, AAUW will expand our STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering, and math) summer camp program to three new college and university campuses in New Mexico, Oregon, and Alabama. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces; Tillamook Bay Community College; and the University of Alabama, Huntsville, will join universities in Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Washington to host the camp in 2014 for local girls.

Tech Trek is a one-week science, technology, engineering, and math camp for rising eighth-grade girls. The program got its start 15 years ago, when AAUW of California member Marie Wolbach applied for an AAUW Community Action Grant to open a science camp for girls on the Stanford University campus. Wolbach and AAUW of California have since expanded the program to 10 camps in California alone.

The 50 eighth-grade girls who attended Tech Trek at Bowling Green State University pose with Tech Trek staff in front of a campus building.

2013 Tech Trek campers at Bowling Green State University one of the 2013. Photo by Beth Pinheiro, AAUW Member.

After seeing how effective the program is — alumnae are more likely than their peers to take advanced science and math classes and eventually to go to college — AAUW decided to expand the program nationwide. In 2013, Tech Trek was expanded to four states, across the country and is already changing the lives of the girls who attended.

“I had always been worried about going into a male-dominated field,” said one camper in Washington. “Tech Trek has made me feel more confident about my abilities in STEM and has made me want to follow my dreams of becoming a medical engineer.”

The program puts AAUW’s Why So Few? research report into action. Tech Trek’s formula follows the report’s recommendations, introducing girls to role models and career choices and giving campers the opportunity to reside on a college campus.

Your support makes Tech Trek happen. Get in touch with us to volunteer at a camp, give to the Tech Trek program, or simply spread the word that Tech Trek is coming to your community. With your support, we can continue to empower girls today to be the scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators of tomorrow.

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