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.

2018 Tech Trek Camp was a great experience!!
Thanks to the wonderful interview teams we selected an impressive group of 7th grade girls to sponsor this year. We also want to thank Pat Kenber, our fantastic volunteer Dorm Mom!

Quotes From the Tech Trekers:

“Thank you so much for this one of a kind opportunity. I met new people and made great friends. We looked for Fibonacci numbers in nature. My favorite was the sheep heart anatomy lab.”
“During this camp I learned a lot about microbes. It turns out, microbes are super cool! Another thing that I really enjoyed was getting to spend time on a college campus and live in a real dorm. I am truly grateful that you gave me this opportunity.”
“I had a lot of fun dissecting the pig heart and learning about heart diseases. It was also really cool to see the Russian River and explore small organisms under a microscope. It has been an honor to be chosen for this wonderful experience.”
“I am a 13 year old girl who is 100% sure you have changed my life for the better! This camp is a different world to me. The amount of girls and women who are so supportive of STEM was great!”
“An amazing astronomer talked about empowering women into the STEM field. We were taught about water recycling and looked at water organisms through a microscope. I appreciate how much time and hard work it took to raise the money used to sponsor me.”
“Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. We went on an incredible field trip to Ellis Creek, a beautiful area of wetlands in Petaluma I learned a lot about birds and their habitats.”
“We dissected a pig heart, which was pretty cool and made me consider a career as a surgeon. The field trips were super fun and interesting. Thank you so much for sending me to Tech Trek.”
“My favorite part of camp was dissecting a cow heart for biology. The dorm moms were great and the Junior Counselors were as well.”
“This was such an amazing adventure. I have learned so many new things, from building a rocket to how water treatment plants work. I am so thankful that I have been given the chance to go to this camp.”
“I loved the Ellis Creek field trip. I also enjoyed professional women’s night. This was one of the best weeks of my life. Thank you from my heart for sponsoring me!”
“Aerospace Engineering was excellent because we got to do lots of experiments, including making hot air balloons and having Barbies bungee jump. I also enjoyed the Star Party where we saw Saturn, the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter. I had a great experience at Tech Trek and am happy I had the chance.”

Congratulations to our 2018 Tech Trek Sponsorship Recipients

The following girls earned a 2018 Tech Trek Sponsorship and spent a week at STEM camp at Sonoma State University.

Middle School

Sponsorship Recipients

Charlotte Wood, Danville Tatum Roberts
Diablo Vista, Danville Ivy Terranova & Prakriti Saxena
Foothill, Walnut Creek Natalie Mar & Freya Grant
Los Cerros, Danville Audrey Kamena & Kailey Emmons
Stone Valley, Alamo Eden Hale & Melina Hoffman
Walnut Creek Intermediate, WC Yasmeen Saif Eddin & Madeline Abellera

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 2018, 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.

Donations

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

Please Contact Us for more information.