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 fourth “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 11 – June 17, 2017. 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. The 2018 camp will be held June 10th – 16th on the campus of Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton.
How to Support Tech Trek
The financial support of corporate sponsors, AAUW branches and generous individuals are needed each year to make the 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 the assistance of volunteers who assist teachers, serve as camp staff, assist with hands-on workshops, field trips, special events, and reach out to our communities to enlist the help of corporations and female STEM role models.
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 will be invited to 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 and volunteers. 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.