Math, Engineering, and Marshmallows Inspire Future Scientists at Ohio Tech Trek

September 05, 2013

 

A group photo on the first day of camp. Tech Trek campers show off their camp T-shirts!

A group photo on the first day of camp. Tech Trek campers show off their camp T-shirts!


Bowling Green State University saw 50 girls descend upon campus in July for their first Tech Trek, hosted by the AAUW Bowling Green (OH) Branch and headed by camp director Beth Pinheiro. Tech Trek provides a supportive environment for girls to learn, explore, and prepare themselves for a possible future in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) career.

The curriculum allowed girls to interact with women STEM professionals as well as enjoy core classes like filmmaking, the science and math of bridges, and Project Globe — a program in which students investigated climate, land cover, and land use in the campus area and then sent their data to UNESCO for real scientists to use. Afternoons were filled with workshops on water quality, energy transformation, and financial literacy.

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Bowling Green, population 30,000, is a small town on the edge of the Great Black Swamp. Its rural surroundings make the outdoors easily accessible, and the area hosts myriad art festivals, fairs, and seasonal activities.

The Tech Trek camp at Bowling Green is part of a pilot program in which each campus receives a $10,000 AAUW grant to help finance the costs associated with providing STEM workshops, field trips, and room and board. The remaining costs are funded by branch members, other Ohio branches, and community support to make sure girls in northwest Ohio girls have the chance to experience this enriching opportunity.

Other than a $50 confirmation fee, there is no cost to families who send a camper to Tech Trek, thanks to generous donations from AAUW supporters and local communities. Give to Tech Trek today and help this program continue to inspire girls in Ohio.

Tech Trek at Bowling Green in Photos

Learning about structural engineering with a human suspension bridge!

Learning about structural engineering with a human suspension bridge!

Tech Trek campers are hard at work using iPads to collect data for their research project.

Tech Trek campers are hard at work using iPads to collect data for their research project.

Using clinometers, campers learn how to measure the heights of trees.

Using clinometers, campers learn how to measure the heights of trees.

AAUW Ohio President Deborah Wooldridge visited the Tech Trek camp in Bowling Green to see AAUW's mission in action.

AAUW Ohio President Deborah Wooldridge visited the Tech Trek camp in Bowling Green to see AAUW’s mission in action.

Learning physics is fun with marshmallow catapults!

Learning physics is fun with marshmallow catapults!

 


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