News About the Tech Trek 2022 STEM Camps
The two 2022 Tech Trek Camps are planned to be in person camps unless there is a big upspring in Covid-19 cases and its variants. The first camp will be held at Stetson University in Deland from June 12th to June 18th. The second camp will be at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter from June 19th to June 25th. Each camp with have space for 48 girls. Some of the four core (12 hour) courses will will vary depending on which camp they choose. The girls who apply to attend a camp will need to specify which camp they want to attend, When they have been invited to attend one of the camps they will rank their choices of core classes from 1 to 4. All the campers and staff will be required to bring proof of vaccination and have been tested for Covid within 72 hours before arriving at Camp. Camp staff will also need to have prof of vaccination and test negative within 72 hours of arriving at camp.
Information about the core classes, the afternoon workshops and other STEM activities will be announced after the camp schedules are completed. Applications will be sent to all 7th grade girls who are recommended by their science or math teacher
Florida’s Tech Trek 2021Program and Activities
Our first virtual Tech Trek camps were very successful! Before the camps began the girls decided which core class and workshops they wanted to take. They could choose one core class out of five that met daily for 2 hours. Core class choices included Qualcomm Wearable Tech, an electrical engineering class, Marine Mysteries, Neuroscience and Computer Science Discovery. Out of the eight 1 ½ hour workshops offered the girls selected four to attend. These workshops were: DNA, Flip Grid, Hurricane Heroes, Rube Goldberg Galore, Bullet Journal, Chemistry Lab at Home. My Place in Space, Brain and Learning, Exercise, Science and Group Fitness, and Astrophysics. The descriptions of the classes and workshops are on the 2021camp page.
Once the girls had made their core class and workshop choices, they were sent lists of materials they would to use during the class and workshops they would attend. They were told that full access to a computer with internet access that they could use was mandatory. For those who did not have a computer the camp loaned them one for the week. The girls also told to expect to receive boxes of the special materials needed for each of their choices, three camp t-shirts to wear during class, a flash drive for saving their files and bag to keep these materials together. They were all curious to receive what sort of items would be in their box.
The day before camp began the girls went on line to meet their teachers and the other girls. They received instructions about signing on, a reminder of the class hours and a pre-test to take and submit before class started the next day. Each day during from noon to 1 pm there was a moderated panel discussion by women in a particular aspect of science. These were: Women in Science. Women in Technology, Women in Engineering and Women in Math.
On Friday there were a variety of virtual field trips. Campers were able to select three of these: Toyota Teen Drive 360 on Demand, Environmental Resource Management, Adventure at the South Florida Center, Nextgen Solar and Wind Power, Loggerhead Marine Life Center and Brookhaven Lab: Accelerator Science. Additionally, there was a wrap up session about the camp activities that families were invited to attend. Some campers talked about and displayed their projects while some talked glowingly about their camp entire experience. It was a fascinating example of what can be achieved virtually. If you would like to see this presentation, go to https://flipgrid.com/+7cje8mwq.
Next summer we are planning to have in person camps on the Stetson and FAU campuses where the girls will stay in dorms, use college labs and classrooms and eat in the cafeterias
Federal income tax-deductible contributions for the two 2022 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.