Summer of 2018 – 10 Campers!
Click to see video of our 2017 Trekkers talking at our October 2017 meeting. Awesome!
Tech Trek is a summer residential camp for incoming 8th grade girls who will experience hands-on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. It is held at the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma and at an eastern Washington campus.
**2018 Update: Our AAUW branch expects to send several local young women to Tech Trek this summer using grant funding provided by the Cross Charitable Foundation (www.CrossCharitableFoundation.org).
East Jefferson County incoming 8th grade girls can be nominated by their teachers at local public schools to participate in Tech Trek. Our branch evaluates the nominees who exhibit a particular interest in science and math and would particularly benefit from the special learning experience they might otherwise not have. Nominees are interviewed and selected for branch sponsorship.
Research sponsored by AAUW indicates that middle school girls who lack encouragement, challenge and role models in STEM subjects may not continue to pursue those areas in high school and college. As a remedy, Tech Trek was started in 1998 at Stanford University to serve California middle school girls. The program has grown to serve girls from multiple state AAUW programs every year.