2016 Camp Schedule
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, July 10-16, 2016
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, July 31-Aug 6, 2016
Tech Trek growth in Washington has been phenomenal! In 2013, 15 AAUW-WA branches selected 50 campers to attend. In 2014, 20 branches participated in Tech Trek by nominating, funding and selecting 89 campers to attend. In 2015, 23 branches (16 from Western Washington and seven from Eastern Washington) participated, interviewing and selecting 146 campers to attend one of the camps.
AAUW Washington held two Tech Trek camps in July 2015! Plans are already underway for camps at the same sites in summer 2016 (Pacific Lutheran University and Eastern Washington University).
Branches will be contacting local 7th grade math and science teachers this fall, seeking recommendations for potential campers. Thanks to an AAUW grant for Tech Trek and statewide fundraising, some financial support (in the form of partial scholarships) is available to every branch in the state wishing to participate in the 2016 program.
All campers must have a recommendation from a math or science teacher (preferably both), complete the Tech Trek application form (including writing an essay) and be interviewed by local AAUW branch members. Families are expected to provide transportation for their daughter to/from camp and are asked to pay a $50 family fee. The remaining cost — estimated at $900 per camper for 2016 — is covered by AAUW-WA fundraising efforts at both the branch and state level. Here is an example of a Typical Schedule-July 2013. For more information, contact your local AAUW branch or AAUW WA Tech Trek at email@example.com.
AAUW Washington currently has 35 active branches with approximately 1800 members. In 2013, 15 branches selected 50 campers to attend. In 2014, 20 branches participated in Tech Trek by nominating, funding and selecting 89 campers to attend. Twenty-three branches participated in Tech Trek in 2015, selecting 150 campers to attend. We look forward to having these same 23 branches, plus an additional 5-10 branches support campers for 2016.
Programs that specifically foster girls’ interest to consider the STEM fields as potential careers are few and far between in Washington state. Since 2001, AAUW Washington has had a statewide initiative for Recognition of STEM Scholars with over 20 branches participating in 2011-12, honoring approximately 400 high school juniors and seniors. Since the early 1980s, individual branches have held Expanding Your Horizons conferences in their local communities; in 2011-12, approximately 1,000 of the 3,200 total students attending EYH programs in the state attended AAUW sponsored conferences.
Tech Trek is unique among Washington’s STEM summer programs in that it provides full financial support to campers and is one of the few programs designed for girls going into the 8th grade.