At Tech Trek girls meet women in science, technology, engineering, and math — role models with paths they can follow. Campers learn how STEM fields solve the world’s biggest problems and discover careers that align with their passion. When girls are empowered to fight stereotypes and follow their dreams, they pursue STEM in high school, college, and beyond.
Since 1998, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through Tech Trek, an experiential summer camp backed by research and designed to pique the interest of girls in STEM. For many girls, the weeklong camp provides the spark that ignites their curiosity and places them on a path toward success.
Tech Trek: It Really Works
Alumnae credit Tech Trek’s multi-faceted teaching and hands-on learning strategies with positively shaping their expectations and expanding the scope of opportunities in STEM.
After working alongside women scientists and mathematicians during camp, many alumnae say they are less susceptible to negative stereotypes about women in STEM and more determined to achieve in whatever career interests them.
Tech Trek alumnae surpass the national average in most
advanced math and science courses:
Girls learn about STEM careers that align with their passions and
help them solve big problems:
A STEM Camp Built for Girls, by Women
What exactly happens at Tech Trek, and how does it work? Here are some of our favorite parts about the camp.
It gets messy. Whether it’s building rockets or extracting DNA, campers get their hands dirty during daily math or science classes and hands-on workshops.
Girls see STEM in action. A daylong field trip and professional meet-and-greet offer girls an up-close view of a STEM career and a way to connect with role models.
Girls see themselves going to college — literally. Campers spend a week on a local college or university campus, so envisioning themselves in college four years later is easy.
The camp is cutting edge. Every camp takes advantage of the latest technology and, thanks to the Verizon Foundation, select camps launched an MIT-developed apps inventor course that involves solving local problems.
Did we mention we’re local? AAUW members work with teachers, parents, campuses, and local STEM professionals to personalize the program for the community.
We make it easy for girls to go. Thanks to sponsors and donors, families pay only a $50 fee to send a girl to camp, ensuring that girls from a range of backgrounds are able to attend.
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Select camps will teach girls about developing apps, thanks to the Verizon Foundation.
Find a Tech Trek Near You
Camps are held in the summer at campuses around the country. All campers are nominated by their seventh-grade math and science teachers. They then apply and are selected by a committee. Visit the Tech Trek camp pages to learn more about getting involved on the local level.
AAUW is now accepting applications for the 2015 Tech Trek summer camp program. AAUW will select sites in three new states to host a camp in 2015, for a total of 10 national camps in addition to 10 camps hosted by AAUW of California. The ongoing camps include sites in:
Where It All Started
AAUW of California member Marie Wolbach founded Tech Trek in 1998 with the help of an AAUW Community Action Grant. Since then, AAUW of California has grown Tech Trek to 10 camps on eight college campuses across the state (see above for camp details). A 2013 survey of Tech Trek alumnae who attended the camp in California between 2006 and 2009 demonstrates the program’s lasting effects on many levels, including interest and confidence in STEM fields, decision to pursue STEM curricula, and future career plans.
Invest in the Next Generation of STEM Superstars
Tech Trek is a rapidly expanding national program sustained by investment and collaboration from foundations and corporations seeking a more diverse STEM talent pool. Contact Ellen Root, vice president of corporate development, for more information.