Tech Trek is a week-long residential math/science camp for seventh grade girls. Tech Trek was founded in 1998 with one camp offered at Stanford University. Through the years, Tech Trek has grown significantly and now offers 10 camps at eight different college campus locations throughout California.
Science, math, and technology are major fields where women are presently underrepresented but fields where they can and do succeed. The goal of Tech Trek is to provide a fun, yet educational experience that will expand the minds of the middle-school girls who attend by allowing campers to experience daily hands-on experiments and field trips related to math and science. In addition, the girls experience dorm life on a college campus, get acquainted with other girls who think science is fun, and meet female role models in math, science, and technology.
Visit AAUW.org to learn more about Tech Trek and its founder, AAUW member Marie Wolbach.
The 2020–2021 Tech Trek year is nearly complete! All five of our selected Tech Trek campers have registered for a virtual Tech Trek camp being held in June or July. About two weeks before their camp starts, Cordelia or I will deliver to each girl their camp kits (with materials for the robotics course and their chosen workshops) and some gifts, including a Tech Trek T-shirt from the camp and a cute, small stuffed Tech Trek bear from our San Ramon Branch. Hopefully, all five girls will attend our branch’s September brunch to tell our branch members and guests about their Tech Trek camp experiences.
Let’s hope the 2022 Tech Trek Camps will be back on college campuses so our campers can have a full Tech Trek Camp experience—with all the camaraderie, hands-on learning, and fun and exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities that Tech Trek Camp can provide.