Tech Trek Brings Robotics, Chemistry, Ecology to Oklahoma Girls

September 12, 2013

Weatherford, Oklahoma (population 10,939), is home to the state’s second-largest wind farm, the Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and now to an AAUW Tech Trek camp.

For 30 girls from Oklahoma, Tech Trek was all about seeing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in action. Classes in chemistry and water ecology allowed the girls to take advantage of SWOSU’s many labs and research spaces to learn how microbes are used to clean water. Visiting Superior Fabrication to see how robots work in factories helped bring the robotics classes to life as well.

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“We want to really instill in the girls that they can do anything they want to,” says camp director Lisa Appeddu, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at SWOSU. Along with her fellow AAUW Weatherford (OK) Branch members, she knows just how important Tech Trek is for western Oklahoma girls, many of whom come from low-income and rural areas.

Other than a minimal $50 fee, there is no cost to families who send a camper to Tech Trek. It’s because of generous donations from AAUW’s supporters and the community that the fee can be so low for this unforgettable, weeklong opportunity. Give to Tech Trek today and help this program continue to inspire girls in Oklahoma.

Tech Trek at Southwestern Oklahoma State University

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Oklahoma Tech Trek girls got the chance to extract their own DNA.

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