Florida Tech Trek 2021 is now in the planning stages.
In June 2019 there were two Tech Trek Camps, with 48 girls attending each camp. In June 2020 we had planned for two camps, one in DeLand at Stetson University and the other at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter but we could not move forward with those plans due to COVID-19.
In 2021 we will hold two virtual camps: one for the girls selected for the 2020 camps and one for the girls to be selected in March 2021. The girls who apply will be able to choose which session of the camp they prefer to attend. The 2021 camps will be held July 19th through July 23rd. The camp formats will be similar but the core courses and the workshops will be different and offered at different times of the day. At one camp the core classes will be the morning and at other camp they will be in the afternoon. The field trips will be virtual visits to Florida STEM locations.
Applications have been mailed to girls who were nominated by their teachers by the February 17th deadline. All of the girls who retrun completed applications by the March 8, 2021deadline will be interviewed virtually by a committee of local AAUW members.
This Tech Trek Florida Camp Video will give you an idea of the type and range of activities that the girls participate in place during their week of camp.
We missed our girls last summer and can’t wait to move forward for our Summer 2021 camps!
Ninety-six girls arrived at the 2019 AAUW Florida Tech Trek Camp at the two camp locations. The girls attended one of four core classes at both camps beginning Monday morning. The core classes met every morning through Thursday. Each 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 was 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 was the second year the camp 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 learned how to protect their electronic devices from unwanted attacks.
Campers and all the staff members resided in one of the campus dorms and ate in the campus cafeterias. Each evening there were a variety of activities. he girls who attended the camps 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 2019 camps received generous contributions from AAUW Florida, Praxair, Symantec, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Wells Fargo, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, June Carlson, the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s AAUW Norma Heeps Fund, the Charitable Foundation of AAUW Northern Palm Beach County and the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium . These individuals also made very generous contributions to the Camp: Maria Asencio, Susan Berlin, Kathy Egolf, Helen Elkiss, Virginia Farace, Harriet Hart, Eloise Malinsky, Ellen Roche and Rachel Slone,
Federal income tax-deductible contributions for the four 2021 camps may be mailed to Tech Trek, c/o AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc, PO Box 2938, Jupiter,FL 33468. Checks must be made payable to the AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc. with Tech Trek noted 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.