Through hands-on problem-solving and encounters with women role models in science, technology, engineering and math, Tech Trek helps middle school girls see their futures while having fun. The weeklong camp is held during the summer at campuses around the country.
Campers are nominated by their seventh-grade math and science teachers, then apply and are selected by a committee. Tillamook Bay Community College and the North Coast branches of AAUW represent Oregon as the only community college nationwide honored with Tech Trek funds.
Tech Trek campers can expect to get their hands dirty during daily math or science classes and hands-on workshops; a daylong field trip and professional meet-and-greet offer girls an up-close view of a STEM career and a way to connect with role models; and campers spend a week on a local college or university campus.
AAUW members work with teachers, parents, campuses and local STEM professionals to personalize the program for the community. Thanks to sponsors and donors, families pay only a $50 fee to send a girl to camp, ensuring that girls from a range of backgrounds are able to attend.
For more information, call Ane McIntyre at 503-621-8997, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.