2021 Tech Trek Camp

Descriptions of the Core Courses Offered at Tech Trek 2021

Tech Trek 2021 will be two virtual camps held simultaneously from July 19 – 23 . The materials for all hands on experiences will be mailed  to each camper based on the courses, workshops or field trips they choose.  Registration will be done separately.  A registration link will be sent to the registered campers via email.

Core Courses  8:30-10-30am  are open to girls going into 8th grade in the fall.
Core Courses  2:30-4:30pm are open to girls going into 9th grade in the fall.

Number of Participants max 12   Please note which core courses will meet Monday to Friday. 

Computer Science Discoveries:  Work with various programs and learn about the computer and what resources it provides for discovery. Instructor:  Ashley Woodard who is currently teaching in St. Johns County Schools.  (Monday-Thursday) 

Qualcomm Wearable Tech:   Step-by-step instructions for setting up a microcontroller and how to use a breadboard • Hands-on coding and engineering challenges • Learn how to build an LED circuit, get it to blink and send Morse code, using a microcontroller power source • Connect a Servo motor and write code to control the motion    This pilot program is offered by Qualcomm. Instructors: Tamara Payne, Taneshia Williamson and Amanda Ellis are currently teaching in Volusia County Public Schools. (Monday-Friday)

 Marine Mysteries:  The class will expose you to a broad variety of topics including the general biology, anatomy and physiology of oceanic fauna ranging from tiny plankton to sharks, sea turtles and dolphins. Class will include information about career options in marine science. Hands on experiences provided. (Monday-Thursday)  Instructors: Dr. Danielle Ingle who is  a Post Doc Research Associate at Texas A & M University at Galveston, Dr. Jamie Knaub from Florida Atlantic University and Aubrey Clark who is a Graduate Research Assistant at Florida Atlantic University.   (Monday-Thursday)

 Structural Engineering:   Use the engineering design process to build a tower that can withstand as much weight as possible.  Campers will design 2-D blueprints which will be used to build a 3-D tower out of balsa wood.  The strength of the tower will be dependent on balancing tension and compression forces.  Participants will be amazed with their ability to build a tower with such strength using lightweight wood.  Throughout the process, the engineers will learn proper measurement techniques, the science of engineering, and self-confidence.    Instructor:  Cheryl Huey who is currently a teacher in Palm Beach County Schools.  (Monday- Friday)

Neuroscience:  Learn basic science of the anatomy and function of the brain and nervous system. Hands on experiences including VR experiences are involved. Instructors: Dr. Nicole Baganz and Dr. Chelsea Bennice who are working in Florida Atlantic University’s Brain Institute’s ASCEND Program.  (Monday-Thursday)

Descriptions of the Workshops Offered to all Registered Campers

Choose one workshop for each day.  Some workshops are offered twice during the week. Materials for each workshop will be mailed to each camper if needed for the workshop.

Monday Workshops 11:00-12:30  Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Flip Grid Fun in Action Traci Jones —  Learn how to use this great online video discussion tool to create personalized videos of your Tech Trek experience. Videos can be recorded as many times as needed before uploading, and can have the addition of emojis, text, stickers, and drawings. Time to create videos to share with your sponsors and supporters who made this week possible for YOU! (Also ofered on Wednesday)

DNA – Dr. Becky Mercer — Explore your own DNA and how DNA is used by scientists today.  (Also offered on Tuesday)

The Brain and Learning – Cheryl Huey — Every person’s brain is unique, making them special.  Are you logical and mathematical or creative and artistic?  Do you prefer to learn through auditory, visual, or hands-on activities?  This course is designed to study the science of learning.  Campers will explore their inherent strengths with the goal of learning how to overcome their weaknesses.  Join us as we explore our brains through fun and engaging activities.

Exercise Science and Group FitnessHarlee Goodfriend —  Girls will learn the difference between cardiovascular, muscle endurance, strength and flexibility training. Opportunity to apply the information by taking a hybrid style, multi-level, group exercise class, combining cardio dance, zumba, barre and vertical pilates. (activewear and tennis shoes recommended)  (Also offered on Thursday)

Tuesday Workshops 11:00-12:30  Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

My Place in SpaceJennifer Hamilton — How big is the solar system? What do constellations really look like? What is my place in space? We will look at scale models of the solar system, discuss if astrology really works, and understand how the stars are positioned.  (Also offered on Thursday)

DNA – Dr. Becky Mercer — Explore your own DNA and how DNA is used by scientists today.  (Also offered on Monday)

Bullet Journal – Leslie Grossman  —  Learn simple techniques that will help you organize all the important things in life. Regardless of who you are, where you are, your age or even your profession… You WILL learn to make the most of your day/week/month using these tips.

Chemistry Lab at HomeJackie Foti —  Campers will take part in various chemistry experiments at home. Do the experiment and learn why it happens. (Also offered on Wednesday)

Wednesday Workshops 11-12:30  Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Rube Goldbergs Galore!Kelly Homa  —  Girls will review and utilize the sciences that make a Rube Goldberg machine work. They use a complicated series of actions to simply move an object from one place to another. Combine these concepts to create a machine to complete a simple task using laws of physics and energy for a whole lotta fun!!

STOP! We’re Animating – Ashley Woodard–  Girls will be introduced to the basic skills required for creating Stop Animation Movies. They will then develop a script, storyboard, characters, and setting for a 30 second public service announcement. Girls will produce their own animations.

Chemistry Lab at HomeJackie Foti —  Campers will take part in various chemistry experiments at home. Do the experiment and learn why it happens. (Also offered on Tuesday)

Flip Grid Fun in Action Traci Jones —  Learn how to use this great online video discussion tool to create personalized videos of your Tech Trek experience. Videos can be recorded as many times as needed before uploading, and can have the addition of emojis, text, stickers, and drawings. Time to create videos to share with your sponsors and supporters who made this week possible for YOU! (Also ofered on Monday)

Thursday Workshops 11-12:30  Each workshop is limited to 25 participants.

My Place in SpaceJennifer Hamilton —  How big is the solar system? What do constellations really look like? What is my place in space? We will look at scale models of the solar system, discuss if astrology really works, and understand how the stars are positioned.  (Also offered on Tuesday)

Hurricane Heroes – Kristin Hanshaw  —  Attention heroes, Florida is in need of some super scientists and engineers. Your mission? Design a protective barrier to help fend off storm surges and protect our beautiful home.

Exercise Science and Group FitnessHarlee Goodfriend —  Girls will learn the difference between cardiovascular, muscle endurance, strength and flexibility training. Opportunity to apply the information by taking a hybrid style, multi-level, group exercise class, combining cardio dance, zumba, barre and vertical pilates. (activewear and tennis shoes recommended)  (Also offered on Monday) 

AstrophysicsDr. Mel Nynka  —  Learn what it takes to build a satellite from the ground up from a working astrophysicist.

Professional Women’s Panel Discussion  1:00 2:00 pm  No limit to participants.Campers may attend as many panel discussions as they choose.  No sign up is needed.

Monday:  Women in Science

  1. Marianne Porter – marine bio FAU
  2. Ilaria Drago – researcher Max Planck
  3. Jill Barabas – Hoof & Horn Veterinary ( large animals)
  4. Susan Berlin—Dentist
  5. Dr. Melania Nynka—Research Scientist, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space and Science

Tuesday:  Women in Technology

  1. Daksha Chokshi – Aerojet Rocketdyne
  2. Rachel Weeks—Systems Test Engineer, United Launch Alliance
  3. Savannah Bell— Software Engineer, Medtronic (robotic surgery)
  4. Melissa Zhdankin–Electromagnetic Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation,

Wednesday:  Women in Engineering

  1. Lourdes Avellano – Aerojet Rocketdyne
  2. Diana Alvarez – Aerojet Rocketdyne
  3. Marina Santarpia – Aerojet Rocketdyne
  4. Maribel Vasquez— FPL
  5. Christina Yero– Civil Engineer, Design and Construction Engineering and Inspection for Roads and Bridges.
  6. Diana Rivera–Civil Engineer in water and wastewater engineering; specifically water chemistry

Thursday:  Women in Mathematics

  1. Ekaterina Hernandez–mathematics teacher
  2. Corrinne Clarke–statistician
  3. Kate Ballard– statistician at NASA Langley
  4. Jamie Wingfield—Ameriprise Finance
  5. Laryssa Rybak–Morgan Stanley Credit Risk Department

Field Trip Choices—Please note times on Friday if you are in a 5 day core course. Campers can choose one trip in each time period.

Friday, July 23, 8:30-10:30am

  1. Toyota Teen drive 365 On Demand–Artificial Intelligence and Automated Vehicles  (25 Participants)
  2. Environmental Resource Management Palm Beach County–GPS and mapping (unlimited Participants)
  3. Adventures at the South Florida Science Center: Brain in Action & Chemistry Concoctions.  (25 Participants)

Friday, July 23, 2:30-4:30pm

  1. Toyota Teen Drive 365 On Demand: The Engineering Behind Safety  (25 Participants)
  2. Loggerhead MarineLife Center (25 Participants)
  3. Nexr Era Energy Solar and Wind Power Field Trip (25 Participants)

Friday, July 23, 4:30-6:30pm

  1. Brookhaven Lab: Accelerator Science Program explores charged particles and nuclear acceleration (25 Participants)

Friday, July 23 11:00-2:00 will be for sharing camper made videos of their activities.  Schedule to be announced closer to camp.

.Contributions for the 2021 camps should be mailed to Tech Trek, PO Box 2938, Jupiter, FL 33468.  Checks must be made payable to AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc, the sponsor of the camps.  All contributions are income tax deductible to the donors.  The funds raised will be divided between the two camps.