Girls in Florida Learn Physics and Biotechnology with AAUW Grant

Six Tech Trek campers stand with their arms around each other in front of a sign that reads “Explore.”

Tech Trek campers pose for a photo at NASA's Kennedy Space Center!

August 29, 2013

Forty girls from a wide variety of locations throughout Florida were selected to attend Tech Trek at the University of Central Florida campus from July 21 through July 26, 2013.

This AAUW national program — ideally located in Orlando, Florida, where high-tech industrial companies are one of the area’s major industries — empowers and encourages girls to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer scientists. With a fun, exciting, and engaging curriculum, the camp schedule consisted of a kinetics team-building exercise as well as group activities focusing on biotechnology and physics. The week ended with a bang as campers made a field trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for presentations, bottle rocket launches, and robot demos.

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AAUW of Florida was awarded one of four grants given to 2013 Tech Trek pilot program sites. The grant helped camp director Jennifer McDaniel and her fellow AAUW of Florida member volunteers finance this much-needed endeavor.

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 Florida.

Tech Trek at Orlando in Photos

Two girls arrange and measure pieces of wood to build a model bridge.

Future structural engineers at work! Tech Trek girls are hard at work building model bridges.

Five girls stand around a table that holds a completed wooden model bridge.

These campers show off their finished bridges.

Four Tech Trek campers smile for the camera at a desk covered with paper, rulers, and other materials for building rockets.

A Tech Trek rocketry class gets underway.

Girls work at a computer. The screen shows the storm track of a hurricane approaching the Florida coast.

Solving problems with computer simulations: The Tech Trek girls investigate ways to handle a hurricane in Florida.


Alexa Silverman By:   |   August 29, 2013