Camp is designed around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to increase interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who will enter the eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on learning and focusing on current hot topics for career exploration. The six-night sleep away camp is located on a college campus using dorms, laboratories, recreation and dining facilities.
Tech Trek introduces girls to local successful female STEM professionals, teaches girls that their intellectual skills will grow over time, and demonstrates that it is possible to break traditional female career stereotypes.
AAUW branches in Washington state recruit campers and raise the funds to support all their camp expenses (over $1000 per camper) with the exception of a $50 registration fee. Branches work with seventh-grade math and science teachers from local middle schools for nominations of girls interested in STEM. Once nominated, the girls enter the process of selection by submitting an application and essay and meeting branch members during a personal interview.
This camp model has operated in Washington for many years and over 1000 campers have attended the camp with 95% sponsorship from local AAUW branches. The program requires approximately $200,000 annually to operate and we are funded by individuals, companies, corporations, foundations, and service organizations. CLICK here to find out how to help this camp continue to succeed and provide future STEM leaders.