American Association of University Women - AAUW
Tech Trek - STEM Camps for Girls following Seventh Grade
AAUW's annual one-week Tech Trek camp is for girls about to enter the eighth grade. Campers are housed at the designated university's dorms for the week and engage in hands-on math and science (STEM) projects. The program has been shown to significantly increase girls’ self-confidence and their interest in and excitement about the STEM fields.
This program was begun when member, Marie Wolbach, received an AAUW Grant to open a science camp for girls on the Stanford University campus. In the course of fifteen years the program has expanded to 10 camps in California and is now nationwide. The first Tech Trek camp in Washington State was held during the summer of 2014 on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma.
Girls attend Tech Trek camps on scholarships provided by AAUW branches. Whidbey Island Branch works with local middle schools in the selection of girls for the Tech Trek camp each summer. Five scholarships will be awarded to island girls for the 2016 camp which will be held July 10 - 16 on the Pacific Lutheran College Campus.
Whidbey Island Tech Trek Coordinator: Jessica Koeberle