At the Tech Trek camp the girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists.
About the Florida Tech Trek Camps
The 8th grade girls who attended the previous week-long Tech Trek Florida camps left camp with a much greater appreciation of the wide range of interesting opportunities available in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) than before they arrived at camp.
AAUW Florida’s Tech Trek Committee is putting the finishing touches on the plans for the camp that will begin on Sunday June 12th. The 60 girls selected to attend the camp are finishing school and gathering the items they will need for camp. The morning core classes, Computer Application Inventions, Robotics and Cyber Security, will have the same 20 girls in one of those classes for four days. There will be two workshops each afternoon. By the end of the fourth day each girl will have participated in all eight workshops. Some of the workshops are: Zumba, Simple Physics Machines, Edible Science, DNA/ Forensics and Chemiscsology. There will be special interesting activities each evening including a dinner with professional women with careers in a variety of STEM fields. On Friday the girls will go on a field trip that will broaden their horizons even more and after dinner work on skits or similar programs which they will present to their parents and other campers at the close of camp on Saturday.
The camp classes will be held on the Palm Beach State College Boca Raton Campus. The girls will reside in the dorms on the adjacent Florida Atlantic University’s Campus. The girls, accompanied by the Camp Directors and counselors, will walk between the two campuses in the morning and at the end of the second workshop in the afternoon. They will eat dinner in the FAU cafeteria. Breakfast and lunch will be on the PBSC campus.
Tech Trek Camp Funding
It takes approximately $1,000 per girl to hold the camp each year. Branches should solicit financial support from local corporations so the burden of financing the camp does not fall entirely on AAUW Florida members. As of now the camp has received generous contributions from Arthrex, Inc., Florida Power and Light, Publix Supermarkets, Susan Berlin, DDS, Verizon, the Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Brown Nobbe Fund, Daniella Levine Cava, Miami Dade Commissioner and Praxair.
Contributions, made payable to AAUW, should be sent to the Fundraising Coordinator, Tech Trek Florida 2016. Mail them to Post Office Box 2938, Jupiter, Fl 33468. Please include your branch name, if applicable, and your complete contact information so that we can thank you promptly for your generosity.
The camp activities included workshops, hands on exploration, investigation, experimenting and learning about robots, aeronautics, geology, food chemistry, forensics, mathematical and engineering applications, computer simulation, and coding Apps, along with gaining insights into some of Florida’s environmental problems. Six STEM career professional women and role models explained what their careers included, why they enjoyed the work they did, and how exciting STEM careers could be. The girls described their camp experiences as “awesome”, “extraordinary”, “exciting”, “incredible” and “a unique educational experience.
AAUW has been a leader in the effort to interest more young girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The first summer Tech Trek camp was held on the campus of California’s Stanford University in 1998. Now there are ten California camps and ten additional camps scattered around the United States. Thanks to very generous sponsors and supportive donors, families pay only a $50 fee to send a girl to camp so that girls from a wide range of backgrounds are able to attend. See below for donation information.
Support an 8th Grade Girl at the 2016 Tech Trek Camp
AAUW-FL Tech Trek is a science and math camp for girls
June 12 – 18, 2016
Palm Beach State College – Boca Raton FL
Every Contribution Will Make a Difference!
_______ $ 25 for one lab notebook and a flash drive
_______ $ 50 Covers lab supplies for one camper
_______ $ 80 Provides for camper’s cost for half a day
_______ $160 Covers a full day of camp for one girl
_______ $200 Will feed a camper for a week
_______ $300 Sponsors a STEM teacher for the week
_______ $500 Finances half the camp cost for one girl
_______ $1000 Sponsors a full week of camp for one girl
_______ $1000 Will fund the STEM professional women’s panel night
Make checks payable to AAUW
Write Florida Tech Trek 2016 on the memo
Mail this form and your check to:
Tech Trek Florida 2016
Post Office Box 2938
Jupiter, FL 33468
Contributions are tax deductible