AAUW Alameda Branch - Tech Trek Project

AAUW Alameda Tech Trek program supports middle school girls to explore STEM careers through hands-on experiences at a university science summer camp.

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In 1998, AAUW-California established Tech Trek, a high-tech math, science and computer camp targeted toward 7th grade girls. The 150 campers from across California spent five days on the Stanford University campus in June 1998. Tech Trek has expanded during the past few years to include camps at eight universities in Northern and Southern California. Tech Trek features a specially selected faculty, field trips, and a full program of hands-on learning experiences. Attendance is by scholarship only through AAUW selection process.

AAUW Tech Trek is designed to help girls sustain and continue their interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) during and after their middle school years. Alameda AAUW has sponsored 4-6 girls per year to Tech Trek, selected by teacher nomination from participating middle schools, and then by essay contest and interview.
"I really liked the food, field trips and especially Roller Coaster Physics. I also liked getting a first-hand experience of being in a college dorm. I had so much fun and learned so many wonderful things!" --- Mia, 2016 Tech Trekker

"During Tech Trek Camp, I had the opportunity to listen to professional women who followed their dreams. They gave me inspiration." --- Gaby, 2016 Tech Trekker

"It felt as if I was going to college and meeting so many interesting people who also like science and math. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity! It will make a lasting impression on my life." --- Danielle, 2016 Tech Trekker

"I really loved it and I'm thinking about it {science} as a career, I also really liked the food!. Thank you for choosing me, over so many hopeful participants." --- Greta, 2016 Tech Trekker

"I loved putting my thoughts together with other people to create one big sculpture! Tech Trek made me consider looking at new job fields. I just had a blast." --- Nkechi, 2016 Tech Trekker