Florida Tech Trek 2020
In June 2019 there were two Tech Trek Camps, with 48 girls attending each camp. In June 2020 first one will be held in DeLand at Stetson University from June 14th to June 20th. The second one will be at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter from June 21st to June 27th. The girls who apply will be able to choose which of the camps they prefer to attend. The camp formats will be similar but the core courses and the workshops will have some different offerings and the field trips will probably visit different STEM locations.
Ninety-six girls arrived at the 2019 AAUW Florida Tech Trek Camp at the two camp locations. University Campus in Boca Raton on Sunday June 10th. The girls attended one of four core classes at both camps beginning Monday morning. The core classes met every morning through Thursday. In the afternoon the girls attended workshops that included such topics as DNA testing, Cybersecurity, Chemistry, and Personal Finance presented by local Well-Fargo Bank personnel. By the end of Thursday afternoon every girl had attended all eight of the workshops. On Friday all of the campers at each camp went to an interesting STEM site. that close to the location of each camp. Each evening each camp had an interesting activity for the girls.
One night of the week each camp held a special dinner to which local STEM professional women were invited to talk about their STEM careers. There were professional women at each of the tables so the girls could ask these women questions about their careers, their educations, etc. Following dinner the women participated in panel discussions. At the end of the presentations the girls were able to ask questions they had prepared ahead of time. Before the girls said goodbye to their new friends and the camp staff they had an opportunity to show the parents and family members what they learned particularly in the core classes.
The girls in the Engineering Classes worked in pairs to research, design, and build bridges out of balsa wood. The most successful ones held 20 lbs of weight. In the Robotics class the pairs constructed and programmed robots to do various tasks, to test them and then they were taught to do something more difficult. The pairs of girls in the Applications Inventors class learned to build code to create their own apps for their tablets. Each day they learned how to make their apps more complex. This is the first year the camp has offered a Marine Biology class. They spent three mornings in the lab and the 4th morning they visiting an off-campus site. Those in the Cyber security class how to protect their electronic devices from unwanted attacks.
Campers and all the staff members resided in one of the dorms on the adjacent campus of Florida Atlantic University. Each evening there were a variety of activities. A special dinner sponsored by AT&T was held on Wednesday where the girls dressed up for the evening dined with one of eighteen STEM professional women where they had an opportunity to talk with the women at their table. Following dinner Pat Ross, incoming AAUW Florida President, moderated the presentations and discussions about the women’s career opportunities and experiences. Dr Bernadette Russell, Palm Beach State College Boca Raton Campus Provost, spoke briefly about the college before the STEM career presentations.
The girls who attended the 2018 camp described their camp experiences as “awesome”, “extraordinary”, “exciting”, “incredible” and “a unique educational experience.
It takes approximately $1,100 per girl to hold the camp each year. The 2018 camp has received generous contributions from AAUW Florida, Praxair, Symantec, AT&T, Susan Berlin, DDS, the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s AAUW Norma Heeps Fund, the Charitable Foundation of AAUW Northern Palm Beach County and the Merrill G & Emita E Hastings Foundation . These individuals also made very generous contributions to the Camp: Kathy Egolf, Virginia Farace, Jeanne Jetts, and Kathy Vore,
Federal income tax-deductible contributions for the two 2019 camps may be mailed to Tech Trek, c/o AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc, PO Box 2938, Jupiter,FL 33468. Checks should be made payable to the AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc. with Tech Trek written on the memo line.
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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.