2022 Tech Trek Camp

Descriptions of the Core Courses Offered at Tech Trek 2022

The materials for all hands on experiences will be mailed  to each camper based on the courses, workshops or field trips they choose.  Registration is being done separately.  A registration link was sent to the registered campers via email.

Core Courses  8:30-11 am  Monday through Thursday or Friday depending on the core course selected by each camper.

Number of Participants max 12   Please note which core courses continue to Friday.

 Computer Science Discoveries: Coding + Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is a hands-on computer course that introduces students to machine learning. Students will explore how computers learn from data to make decisions, then develop machine learning projects around real-world data. Students will design a machine learning app to solve a personally relevant problem. (Monday-Thursday)  12 participants  Teacher:  Ashley Woodard former St. Johns County Teacher

Qualcomm Wearable Tech: Through the Wearable Tech project, campers whill display their personl identities with circuitry, engineering and programming by designing an automated wearable technology representing their strengths, interests and values.  Step-by-step instructions for setting up a microcontroller and how to use a 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  (Monday-Friday)   12 participants Teachers: Tamara Payne and Teneshia Willamson, from the Volusia County Schools

Understanding Climate Change: Dig deep into one of the hottest topics in STEM! The class starts with an in-depth look at sources of CO2 and the greenhouse effect with an engaging lab and demonstrations. We’ll take a look at common misconceptions about climate change and try to understand why people might logically come to these incorrect conclusions. You will then conduct your own scientific research, discuss ripple effects, and examine solutions.  You will come away prepared to analyze what you hear about climate change out in the world.  You’ll also be ready to use critical thinking skills to draw your own conclusions about ways you can take action to mitigate the effects of climate change in your homes, schools, communities – and beyond! (Monday-Thursday) 12 participants  Teacher:  Laura Tucker, Jefferson County, WA, Public Health Education Coordinator and author of Understanding Climate Change.

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) 12 participants.

Neuroscience:  Learn the basic science of the anatomy and function of the brain and nervous system. Activities will include a sheep brain dissection The core course includes activities involving the senses, exploring Neuroanatomy and neurotransmission along with virtual tours.  Teachers: Dr. Nicole Baganz and Dr. Paula Kurdziel, Florida Atlantic University, Stiles-Nicholson Brain Institute. (Monday-Thursday) 12 participants

All workshops will take place from 11:30 am to 1 pm. The limit for each will be 15 participants.

Monday June 20 Workshops. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Algorithms, Search Engines & Social Media, OH MY!     Amy Armbruster
Campers will learn how algorithms use data to personalize information
found on the Internet and social media platforms. We will examine the
advantages and disadvantages of this technology.

1 A  The Everglades and Climate Change.  Bianca Cassouto, Kimberly Gooch
Alana Edwards.  Must attend part 2 on Tuesday.
Did you know Florida and the Everglades are already being impacted by climate change? In this 2-day workshop, you will discover some of the causes of global climate change, while focusing on the local impacts to Everglades ecosystems and wildlife as well as the impacts to our valuable water resources. In addition, you will examine authentic sea-level rise data and learn how these changes can impact the people, plants, and animals living in South Florida and the Everglades. By the end of the 2 days, you will have a better understanding of how climate change impacts Everglades ecosystems in order to communicate these important topics with your peers and community. You will also learn a few ways that you can take action.

DNA  Becky Mercer   (Also offered on Wednesday)
Explore your own DNA and how DNA is used by scientists today.

My Place in Space. Whynett Jones
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. 

Tuesday June 21 Workshops: Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Give a Hoot! Don’t Pollute! Keeping Our Digital Environment Clean. Amy Armbruster
Facts vs. Falsehoods Online: Debunking Misinformation. Campers will learn to identify and differentiate between five types of misinformation: satire, false content, imposter content, manipulated content, and fabricated content.

1B The Everglades and Climate Change (part 1 was on Monday)
See Monday’s listing for the description.

Chemistry Lab at Home.  Jackie Foti
Campers will take part in various chemistry experiments at home. Do the experiment and learn why it happens.

Exercise Science and Group Fitness.  Harlee Goodfriend (Also offered onThursday)
The 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)

 Wednesday June 22 Workshops : Each workshop is limited to 15 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!

2A The Everglades and Climate Change.  Bianca Cassouto, Kimberly Gooch
Alana Edwards.  Must attend part 2 on Thursday.
Did you know Florida and the Everglades are already being impacted by climate change? In this 2-day workshop, you will discover some of the causes of global climate change, while focusing on the local impacts to Everglades ecosystems and wildlife as well as the impacts to our valuable water resources. In addition, you will examine authentic sea-level rise data and learn how these changes can impact the people, plants, and animals living in South Florida and the Everglades. By the end of the 2 days, you will have a better understanding of how climate change impacts Everglades ecosystems in order to communicate these important topics with your peers and community. You will also learn a few ways that you can take action.

DNA.  Becky Mercer   (Also offered on Wednesday)
Explore your own DNA and how DNA is used by scientists today.

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.

Thursday June 22 Workshops. Each workshop is limited to 15 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!

1B The Everglades and Climate Change  (part 1 was on Wednesday)
See Wednesday’s listing for the description.

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!!

Exercise Science and Group Fitness.  Harlee Goodfriend (Also offered onThursday)
The 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)

 1:30-2:30 pm  Professional Women’s Panel Discussions. No limit to participants. Campers may attend as many panel discussions as they choose.  No sign up is needed.

Monday:  Women in Science
 Dr.  Marianne Porter – Marine Biology
Dr. Andrea Levin – Pharmacy
Dr. Melania Nynka – Astro Physics

Tuesday:  Women in Technology
 Daksha Chokshi – Statistician
Luna Hu – Qualcomm
Lili Yip – Qualcomm
Melissa Zhdankin – Electromagnetics
Shari Mazzetti – IT/Software Engineering

Wednesday:  Women in Engineering
Shachi Mangoli – FPL Chemical Engineering
Marina Santarpia – Rocket Engineer
Savannah Bell – Software Engineer

Thursday:  Women in Mathematics
 Kate Ballard – NASA Statistician
Jane Simpson – Vanguard Wealth Management
Evelyn Parkes – CPA

2:30 – 3:30 pm College Tours.

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

Friday, June 24 –

9am -10 am Loggerhead Marine Life Center

10:30 am – 12 Sikorsky Aircraft Manufacturing and Testing- Melissa Zhdankin
Visit Sikorski,  a leading manufacturer of helicopters, and follow the design,                                     manufacturing, and testing of these aircrafts.

11:00 am- 12 How Prescribed Burns Maintain Sensitive Ecosystems Palm Beach County                           Department of Environmental Resources Management. Lory Gonzalez
                 This field trip will discuss the role of prescribed burns in maintaining a proper                                 balance in environmentally sensitive areas and the role of GPS plays in this process.

12:30- 2 pm NextEra Energy – Sachi Mangoli. Build and experiment with a wind turbine and                      explore wind as a source of renewble energy.

12:30- 2 pm  Grassy Waters Preserve – Mary Cryder.  Where Does Your Drinking Water Come                  From?  Discover the Grassy Waters Preserve with its 23 square miles of wetland
ecosystem in the Everglades that supplies fresh water to the city of West Palm Beach.

2:30 pm Closing Activities: Highlights of Tech Trek Camp 2022

To see some of the 2021 Camp highlights go to https://flipgrid.com/+7cje8mwq

.Contributions for the 2022 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.