2021 Tech Trek will be Virtual
For more information click HERE to go to the 2021 Virtual Camp website.
Virtual Tech Trek is designed to provide campers with exposure to computer science and engineering, along with workshops designed to explore individual STEM specialties more deeply using a hands-on or interactive approach. Hands-on activities, inspirational speakers, and interactive workshops help to make STEM subjects fun as well as educational. Trained instructors and coaching staff including near-peer Tech Trek alumnae, work alongside credentialed teachers, and women in STEM-related careers.
This is a week-long virtual camp for rising 8th grade girls. The camp is centered on a morning project-based robotics/engineering/coding class that meets daily and results in a personalized creation by week’s end. After lunch, the campers hear from inspirational women for an hour, then participate in one or more 90-minute hands-on or interactive science, technology, engineering, and math workshops to encourage fun while learning. They can return for evening workshops with girls from another country, social activities, or even parent sessions.
While the university campus continues to be an integral component of the Tech Trek experience, it is one that must be forgone this year. The virtual camp addresses an equally critical component: exposure to STEM subjects in a welcoming community. Under the careful supervision of trained coaching staff in a low 3:1 camper-to-staff ratio, and using kits distributed prior to camp, the campers will interact with women who model a high degree of science, technology, engineering, or math expertise as part of their daily lives.
In 2021, three Monday-Friday weeks are currently scheduled:
- June 21-25
- July 12-16
- July 26-30
Each camp will serve approximately 300 campers from all over California.
Students at participating schools are nominated by their teachers. Parents can contact the middle school guidance counselor or science teacher or their local branch to see if their school is participating. The nomination and selection process will begin after January 2021.
“When I first arrived at Camp, I was actually really nervous,” said one camper at Camp
Curie. “Tech Trek has really expanded my mindset to new things and new jobs I never
knew I could pursue.”
“I thought I brought home a different girl from the camp. She really had a great time and
she has learnt a lot,” said the parent of a Camp Curie Tech Trekker after camp.
What is Tech Trek?
Tech Trek is a one week, residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women
who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in math, science,
and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are
located on a university campus where camps are held.
Since 1998 AAUW Tech Trek camps have been designed to encourage girls in middle
school to sustain and continue their interests in STEM. Studies have shown that girls’
interests can be sustained if they are exposed to the careers available to women in
At Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them
to think about themselves as future doctors, scientists, engineers,
mathematicians, and computer programmners.
Also, a week’s stay on an exciting college campus helps girls picture themselves on
such a campus and visualize college in their future. This is especially important for girls
whose family members have not gone to college or university
Where do we find our campers?
All girls attend Tech Trek camps on scholarships provided by AAUW California branch
members, working with participating middle schools in their area. Seventh grade
science and/or math teachers at these schools recommend prospective candidates who
then go through an extensive qualification process that includes an application, an
essay, and a personal interview. Camp curriculum is targeted specifically at girls
entering 8th grade.
AAUW branches are not always able to work with every local school, either because the
principal, counselors, and/or teachers choose not to participate, or because there are
too many schools and too few scholarships available in the local area. Girls must attend
the camp at which the local AAUW branch has made reservations.
Parents cannot provide a scholarship or nominate their daughters. All campers
must attend a participating California school, be nominated by their math/science
teachers and then be interviewed and selected by their local AAUW branch
members. Do not contact the camp directors to inquire about your daughter’s
eligibility. Please contact your local AAUW branch.