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.

Donations

Please consider a tax deductible donation to Tech Trek, a 501 (c) 3 charity, tax ID 68-0463071. 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 should be sent to:

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

From the Tech Trekers:

(Quotes from the 2019 Sonoma State Tech Trek Girls’ Thank You Notes)

Thank you for nominating me for Tech Trek. I have had an amazing experience at the Sonoma State camp. In my core class, biology, I learned so much! I did many labs, including a bacterial plating lab. It was my favorite because it taught me how easily bacteria is spread . . .
Student from Diablo Vista Middle School, SRVUSD

Thank you so much for sending me to Tech Trek. I have had so much fun learning and meeting new people. . . All of the hands-on experiments, such as those in my Engineering Core, have been very fun . . .
Student from Los Cerros Middle School, SRVUSD

Thank you so much for sending me to Tech Trek. It was an amazing experience that will help me a lot in the future. In my biology class, I was able to dissect frogs and extract DNA from strawberries. . .
Student from Walnut Creek Intermediate School, Walnut Creek School District


I am writing to thank you for the opportunity to come to Teck Trek and for sponsoring me. One of my favorite things about camp was listening to my astronomy teacher talk about the stars, galaxy distances, and black holes. . . there is so much to learn!
Student from Stone Valley Middle School, SRVUSD

I am writing this letter to thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend Tech Trek. One of the activities I really enjoyed was doing the model bungee jumping in Aerospace Engineering. I love math, so figuring out how to measure the number of rubber bands needed for the jump was really fun.
Student from Stone Valley Middle School, SRVUSD

Thank you so much for nominating me for this amazing opportunity! I had so much fun, and learned so much during this week. My core class was Math and Architecture. We built popsicle stick bridges and tested them . . .we built models of our dorm rooms . . .In Astronomy I learned what a light year is . . . Also, I got to meet many new people, who made my camp experience even more amazing.
Student from Charlotte Wood Middle School, SRVUSD

Firstly, I would love to thank you all for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I learned about water in chemistry class . . . Astronomy allowed us to explore how light reaches us . . .the evening activities included a wide variety . . . the field trips were informative.
Student from Foothill Middle School, MDUSD

Thank you so much for sponsoring me. I have gained a lot from this experience and am so thankful. Some of my favorite parts of this camp were going to the Sonoma County Water Agency, chemistry classes, and mad city money. . . Tech Trek is amazing!
Student from Diablo Vista Middle School, SRVUSD

I don’t know how to thank you enough for sponsoring me on this awesome experience. The friends and memories I’ve made will stay with me throughout my lifetime . . . on one fun field trip I went to the Russian River and learned about wildlife and the ecosystem. Because of the flooding in February the populations of some species of fish declined because eggs were damaged . . . I loved spending time with my dormmates, they made me laugh and were easy to relate to.
Student from Charlotte Wood Middle School, SRVUSD

Congratulations to our 2019 Tech Trek Sponsorship Recipients

TechTrek — Thank you amazing DAW members! Please let your friends and acquaintances know about this opportunity to encourage local girls to pursue STEM education. 

Ellen Tauscher and some of the Tech Trek girls sponsored by our branch who went to college this last summer to study science.

2019 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.

The Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch gave Tech Trek sponsorships to nine girls to spend a week at STEM camp at Sonoma State University.

We sent girls from the following schools:

Middle School

Charlotte Wood, Danville
Diablo Vista, Danville
Foothill, Walnut Creek
Los Cerros, Danville
Stone Valley, Alamo
Walnut Creek Intermediate, Walnut Creek

The Tech Trek Program, Selection Process, and Funding

The 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 a 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 2019, the Danville-Alamo-Walnut Creek Branch (DAW) of AAUW funded nine students from the six public middle schools in the San Ramon Valley and Walnut Creek areas to attend camp at Sonoma State University.  Additional recognition is awarded the 9 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.

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