Tech Trek

Tech Trek is a science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in girls who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). All activities and lodging are located on a university campus where camps are held.  Click here to learn more about Tech Trek.

2017 Tech Trek Camp was a great success!
Thank you Judy Lauper, who worked hard but very much enjoyed her week with the girls as a Dorm Mom. Also thanks DAW member Laura Johnson, who was one of the participants at Professional Women’s Night, a panel discussion and Q&A held at the camp.
Visit to see photos from the camp at Sonoma State!

Congratulations to our 2017 Tech Trek Sponsorship Recipients

The following girls earned a 2017 Tech Trek Sponsorship and were able to spend a week at STEM camp at Sonoma State University.

Middle School

Sponsorship Recipients

Charlotte Wood, Danville Amelia Hoyle & Elyse Wilkerson
Diablo Vista, Danville Lauren Abravanel & Lillian Hiraoka
Foothill, Walnut Creek Misha Faruki & Sabrina Woo
Los Cerros, Danville Raquel Ovadia
Stone Valley, Alamo Daniela Angel Ordonez & Tessa Dempster
Walnut Creek Intermediate, WC Ashley Cortessis & Alexis Makarov

The Tech Trek Program, Selection Process, and Funding

TT-2The first Tech Trek was a local program held at Stanford University in 1998, with initial funding from the AAUW Educational Foundation.  It became so successful, it is now a National AAUW Program.

The selection process for camp is done by 7th Grade Science and Math Middle School Teachers who nominate students to attend camp.  The only way to attend is to be recommended by your teacher(s) and be selected through the Local AAUW Branch interview process.

Girls selected to receive sponsorships attend Sonoma State University for one week.  They attend core classes taught by teachers and professional women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) featuring hands on experiments while learning that math and science can be fun.  The girls enjoy living in the dorms on a college campus plus special activities planned by the camp Director.  AAUW members volunteer to serve as camp staff, dorm moms and chaperons.

TT-4In 2017, The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch (DAW) of AAUW funded 11 students from the six public middle schools in the San Ramon Valley and Walnut Creek Unified School Districts to attend camp at Sonoma State University.  Additional recognition is awarded the 11 girls by our Branch members.  Each sponsorship recipient is invited to attend the DAW Annual Branch Membership brunch held in the fall, to be recognized and to speak about their experiences.  Sponsorships are funded primarily by monies raised by our annual Holiday Home Tour and by individuals, companies, and AAUW special interest group private donations. Parents/Guardians are requested to make a family contribution.

Tech Trek is continuing proof that AAUW puts its mission to support equity and education for all women and girls into action.


Please consider a tax deductible donation to Tech Trek, a 501 (c) 3 charity. The donation can come from an individual, business or company, or an AAUW Special Interest Group.

Your check must be made out to “AAUW-CA SPF” and on the memo line you must write “Sonoma State University, Danville-Alamo-WC Branch.”

Checks may be sent to:

AAUW Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch
Attention: Tech Trek Chair
P.O. Box 996
Alamo, CA 94507

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