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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 13, 2016
Laura Adolfie, FL4STEM@gmail.com
60 TALENTED FLORIDA GIRLS SELECTED TO ATTEND DYNAMIC AAUW STEM CAMP
The American Association of University Women – Florida (AAUW-FL) will host a weeklong residential Tech Trek camp from June 12 to 18 at Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University for 60 of Florida’s rising eighth-grade girls. The camp is uniquely designed to engage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities that build their skills and interest in pursuing STEM careers. A longtime leader on issues related to women and girls in STEM, AAUW is working to expand opportunities for women and girls in these fields through advocacy, programming, and research.
Sue Slone, Director of AAUW-FL’s 2016 Tech Trek camp stated, “We are thrilled by the overwhelming response we received this year. The competitive selection process included a teacher nomination, completed application, and face-to-face interview. Successful applicants’ packages were forwarded to AAUW-FL for final determination. Over 120 qualified girls applied for the 60 available places.
Our aim is to provide a diverse and inclusive camp that is an enriching and rewarding experience for the girls regardless of their previous exposure to STEM. Girls will benefit from working side-by-side with their peers on interesting problems and from engaging with STEM faculty and professionals on subjects ranging from web animation and DNA/forensics to engineering.”
Sue also noted that three core courses have been designed for this camp: App Inventor sponsored by Verizon, Cyber Security sponsored by Symantec, and robotics sponsored by Florida Power and Light. “We are fortunate to have the sponsorship of these companies and are encouraged that local business leaders and others support our efforts to increase the number of girls and women interested in a STEM career,” said Sue.
Tech Trek is a crucial program to prepare and empower the next generation of girls to go into these fields and increase the science and technology talent pool. Women in STEM benefit from highly stable, well-paying jobs while the STEM industry gains diverse perspectives from a deeper talent pool and more voices at the table. Opening up more opportunities and supporting girls in STEM is a win-win for Florida and the U.S. economy. Florida STEM professionals and employers are encouraged to make a contribution to their local girls’ participation in the camp by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org or their local AAUW branch.
Tech Trek was created by an AAUW California branch in 1998. In 2013, Tech Trek was scaled up to a national AAUW effort with 21 camps and since then, AAUW-FL has worked to ensure that Florida’s talented girls have an opportunity to be included in this dynamic program.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 900 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.
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