IMPORTANT News About the Tech Trek 2022 STEM Camp
The 2022 Tech Trek Camp was again a virtual one held from the June 18th 4pm orientation to June 24th. With COVID’s future so uncertain we felt we needed to return to the virtual format for camp for the safety of our campers and staff. This summer’s virtual camp was very successful! The campers learned a lot of new things in their classes, met new friends and acquired news skills.
Girls who were nominated by one of their math or science teachers completed applications and were interviewed virtually by AAUW members who lived near them. Following this process 60 girls who will enter 8th grade in the fall were invited to attend the camp. The girls selected one core course of 10 or 12 hours and 4 1 1/2 hour workshops to attend during camp.. The core courses were: Computer Science Discoveries, Qualcomm Wearable Tech, Climate Change, Structural Engineering and Neuroscience. The workshops were Social Media, Everglades and Climate Change, DNA, My Place in Space, Digital Environment, Chemistry, Fitness, Flip Grid, Bullet Journal, and Rube Goldberg. They ranked their core and workshop choices from one 1 to four.
Every day there were panel discussions by professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The girls were invited to ask questions of these women after they explained where they worked and what they did. There were also virtual college tours conducted by a student at that institution.
Florida’s Tech Trek 2022 Program and Activities
Once the girls learned which core class and which workshops they would be attending they waited for the boxes of special course materials arrive. They were also told which items commonly found in their homes tha they needed to have on hand. They were told that full use of 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. They were also told they needed a dedicated space where they could work and have their computer right there. The supply boxes also contained, 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 see what sort of items would be in their box.
On Saturday afternoon they all attended an orientation where they met their core class teachers and their classmates.. They received instructions about signing on, a reminder of the class hours and taking a pre-test and submiting it before class started on Monday. Each day there was a lunch break between the Core Class and the workshops
On Friday there were a variety of virtual field trips. Campers were able to select three of these: Nextgen Solar and Wind Power, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Sikorsky Helicopter, Palm Beach County’s Control Burn plan and Grassy Waters The last program at camp was a wrap up session about the camp activities for campers, teachers and family members. Some campers talked about and displayed their projects while spoke enthusiastically about their entire camp experience. The wrap up was a fascinating example of what can be achieved virtually. If you would like to see this presentation, go to https://flipgrid.com/5e3992b4.
Federal income tax-deductible contributions for the two 2023 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.