What is a Tech Trek Camp?
From building model bridges, designing roller coasters, programming robotic cars, being a marine biologist for a day and exploring wind power, what do these girls have in common? They all are experiencing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)! You too can participate in STEM. AAUW Florida held its sixth “Tech Trek”, a week-long STEM residential experience for girls going into the 8th grade. This event took place at Palm Beach State College College in Boca. Raton Florida June 10 – June 16, 2018. Young ladies were nominated by science and math teachers to attend. The girls completed an application that included answering questions and writing an essay. Later they had a personal interview.
How to Support Tech Trek
The financial support of corporate sponsors, AAUW branches and generous individuals are needed each year to make a girl’s dream dream of attending a Tech Trek camp a reality! The only cost to the girls selected to attend the camp is a $50 registration fee. Camp would not be possible without volunteers to assist teachers, serve as camp staff, assist with hands-on workshops, field trips, special events, and reach out to Florida communities to enlist the help of corporations and female STEM role models. Tech Trek Florida is a project of the AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc. Please make checks payable to the AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc. with Tech Trek noted in the memo line. Mail to Tech Trek, AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation,PO Box 2938, Jupiter, FL 33468. Contributions to the camp are income tax-deductible.
Tech Trek History
Tech Trek is a model STEM camp that AAUW has used in California beginning in 2000 with a camp at Stanford University. Since then Tech Trek camps have expanded to ten college campuses in California and have served more than 10,000 girls. The first Florida Tech Trek was held in the summer of 2013 on the University of Central Florida campus, where 40 girls participated in STEM activities. The second and third camps were held on the Eckerd College campus in St. Petersburg. Sixty girls attended the fourth camp in Boca Raton on the campus of Palm Beach State College, Sixty-two girls attended the 5th camp, and sixty-four girls attended the 6th camp also at Palm Beach State College. Girls who attended the camps were exposed to diverse career paths in the STEM fields and discovered how STEM impacted their daily lives. They participated in hands-on-activities that increased their learning and met female STEM role models of all ages.
Financial Support for the Camp
We ask all Florida branches to participate in this statewide effort by finding sponsors individual financial or in-kind contributors. Checks should be made payable to the AAUW Florida supporting Foundation Inc., with Tech Trek written on the memo line. Contributions should be mailed to Tech Trek, PO Box 2938, Jupiter, FL 33468. If you are interested in making an in-kind contribution please contact Sue Slone, Tech Trek Camp Director, to be sure it is something the camp needs or can use.