2018 Camp Schedule
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, July 8-14, 2018
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, July 15-21, 2018
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, July 29-Aug 4, 2018
Tech Trek growth in Washington has been phenomenal! since 2013, Twenty-four of AAUW-WA’s 35 branches selected 164 campers to attend in 2017. Combined with numbers from 2013 through 2016, a total of almost exactly 600 girls in Washington have been served by this program in it’s fist five years of existence.
AAUW Washington will be expanding in 2018 to three weeks of camps at two sites — two weeks at Pacific Lutheran University and one week Eastern Washington University.
Branches will be contacting local 7th grade math and science teachers this fall, seeking recommendations for potential campers.
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 $950 per camper for 2018 — 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 1700 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. In 2015 and 2016, 23 and 24 branches (respectively) selected a total of 316 campers to attend. AAUW Idaho and AAUW Coeur d’Alene Branch joined the Tech Trek WA family in 2017, selecting and funding two campers from the Coeur d’Alene area (25 miles from Spokane, WA). We look forward to having these same 25 branches, plus additional Washington branches support campers for 2018.
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, is a residential camp held on a college/university campus and is one of the few programs designed specifically for girls going into the 8th grade.