Welcome to AAUW Tech Trek Washington!

Welcome to Trek Trek Washington! Our camp will be held July 20-26, 2014 on the campus at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA.

Currently seeking camp staff volunteers — dorm monitors, student counselors (over age 16), teachers and workshop presenters.  Please click on the Volunteer tab and complete the application form.

Branches are currently working to identify, interview and select campers from their local areas, as well as raise funds to support their campers’ attendance. We look forward to having at least 70 current 7th grade girls attend this summer from throughout Washington!

“I had always been worried about going into a male-dominated field,” said one camper in Washington. “Tech Trek has made me feel more confident about my abilities in STEM and has made me want to follow my dreams of becoming a medical engineer.”

At Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists.

This one-week STEM camp for rising eighth-grade girls got its start 15 years ago, when AAUW of California member Marie Wolbach applied for an AAUW Community Action Grant to open a science camp for girls on the Stanford University campus. Wolbach and AAUW of California have since expanded the program to 10 camps in California alone.

After seeing how effective the program is — alumnae are more likely than their peers to take advanced science and math classes and eventually to go to college — AAUW decided to take the program nationwide. In 2013, Tech Trek was expanded to four states, Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida and Washington, and is already changing the lives of the girls who attended.

Campers in Washington took part in activities like building and launching model rockets, building model bridges and roller coasters, fingerprinting, DNA extraction, blood patterns (CSI investigations) and the chemistry of soap making.  They also learned how to use an online computer program, extract DNA, make ice cream using dry ice, simulate meiosis with genetic trait models, models of hands and how the tendons, ligaments and bones work together, and much more! Tech Trek has been shown to significantly increase girls’ self-confidence and their interest in and excitement about the STEM fields which is why AAUW is bringing Tech Trek to three new states in 2014: Alabama, New Mexico, and Oregon.

The program puts AAUW’s groundbreaking Why So Few? research report into action. Tech Trek’s formula follows the report’s recommendations, introducing girls to role models and career choices and giving campers the opportunity to reside on a college campus. Find out how you can support a camp today!