Tech Trek: A Different Kind of Summer Camp
96 TALENTED FLORIDA GIRLS WHO ATTENDED THE 2019 DYNAMIC AAUW STEM CAMP
The American Association of University Women – Florida (AAUW-FL) will again hos a week long residential Tech Trek camps in June at Stetson University and at Florida Atlantic University for 96 of Florida’s girls who will enter the 8th grade in the fall. The camp is uniquely designed to engage girls curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through activities that build their skills and interest in pursuing STEM careers. A longtime leader on issues related to women and girls in STEM, AAUW is striving through these camps to expand the number of middle school girls interested in STEM disciplines so they will continue to take classes in these fields in middle school and beyond. The long term goal is to increase the number of women employed in these disciplines where they are currently underrepresented.
Sue Slone, Director of AAUW-FL’s Tech Trek Southern camp stated, “We were thrilled by the overwhelming response we received last year and are planning for a similar response for the 2020 camp.” The competitive selection process included a teacher nomination, completed application, and face-to-face interview. The girls selected to attend this June’s camp will be notified soon.
Our aim is to provide a diverse and inclusive camp that is an enriching and rewarding experience for the girls regardless of their previous exposure to STEM. Girls will benefit from working side-by-side with their peers on interesting problems and from engaging with STEM faculty and professionals on subjects ranging from web animation and DNA/forensics to engineering.”
Sue also noted that four core courses are planned for this camp: “App Inventor, Cyber Security sponsored by Symantec, Robotics, and Engineering Design. We are fortunate to have the sponsorship of Symantec and are encouraged that local business leaders and others support our efforts to increase the number of girls and women interested in a STEM career,” said Sue.
Tech Trek is a crucial program to prepare and empower the next generation of girls to go into these fields and increase the science and technology talent pool. Women in STEM benefit from highly stable, well-paying jobs while the STEM industry gains diverse perspectives from a deeper talent pool and more voices at the table. Opening up more opportunities and supporting girls in STEM is a win-win for Florida and the U.S. economy. Florida STEM professionals and employers are encouraged to make a contribution to their local girls’ participation in the camp by contacting: email@example.com or their local AAUW branch.
Tech Trek was created by an AAUW California branch in 1998. In 2013, Tech Trek was scaled up to a national AAUW effort with 21 camps and since then, AAUW-FL has worked to ensure that Florida’s talented girls have an opportunity to be included in this dynamic program.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 900 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.
Tech Trek Camp Funding
It takes approximately $1,100 per girl to hold the camp each year. Branches should solicit financial support from local corporations so the burden of financing the camp does not fall entirely on AAUW Florida members.
Contributions, made payable to AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc., Please include Tech Trek in the memo line.
Mail them to Post Office Box 2938, Jupiter, Fl 33468. Please include your branch name, if applicable, and your complete contact information so that we can thank you promptly for your generosity.
The camp activities include workshops, hands on exploration, investigation, experimenting and learning about robots, aeronautics, geology, food chemistry, forensics, mathematical and engineering applications, computer simulation, and coding Apps, along with gaining insights into some of Florida’s environmental problems. One evening six STEM career professional women and role models will explain what their careers included, why they enjoy the work they do, and how exciting STEM careers could be. The girls at the 2016 camp described their camp experiences as “awesome”, “extraordinary”, “exciting”, “incredible” and “a unique educational experience”.
Several girls from Volusia County have been nominated for this year’s camp. We NEED your support of this important program!
AAUW has been a leader in the effort to interest more young girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (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.
Volusia County girls were among 96 young women who explored in 2019. The 2020 camp was cancelled due to Covid-19. We hope to be able to offer a camp for the girls selected for Tech Trek 2020 next summer.
Thank you to all who donated to support Tech Trek Florida!
Support an 8th Grade Girl at the 2021 Tech Trek Camp
AAUW-FL Tech Trek is a science and math camp for girls
Stetson University, Deland FL
Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter FL
Every Contribution Will Make a Difference!
_______ $ 25 for one lab notebook and a flash drive
_______ $ 50 Covers lab supplies for one camper
_______ $ 80 Provides for camper’s cost for half a day
_______ $160 Covers a full day of camp for one girl
_______ $200 Will feed a camper for a week
_______ $300 Sponsors a STEM teacher for the week
_______ $500 Finances half the camp cost for one girl
_______ $1000 Sponsors a full week of camp for one girl
_______ $1000 Will fund the STEM professional women’s panel night
Make checks payable to AAUW
Write Florida Tech Trek 2020 on the memo
Mail this form and your check to:
Tech Trek Florida 2020
Post Office Box 2938
Jupiter, FL 33468
For More information about Tech Trek, visit our website: techtrek–fl.aauw.net