AAUW CA inaugurated Tech Trek, a science, math, and computer camp for 7th grade girls, on the campus of Stanford University in June 1998. Between 1998 and 2019, a total of 207 campers have been sponsored by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Branch. Most recently they have been selected from applicants attending Wilmington Middle School and Dana Middle School (San Pedro).
The Southern California camps are located at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine and Whittier College. After seeing the results of successful pilot projects in additional states, Tech Trek has gone national and now has camps operating in several states.
Kathy Ford is the new Tech Trek Branch Coordinator and continues as the Tech Trek Treasurer for our branch. The energetic 20 member Tech Trek Committee oversees fundraising for camp fees, works closely with teacher coordinators at each school, interviews the girls, reads essays, selects the campers, and mentors them as they prepare for the camp adventure. In June our branch held a Tech Trek Camp Orientation for the girls selected to attend the 2019 camps. The year culminates with the Celebrate Tech Trek event, our annual fundraiser, on October 13, 2019, at Hesse Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, where members meet the campers and get to hear about their camp experiences. They also have a chance to hear from the families of the campers as well as several girls who attended camp in previous years.
New committee members are always welcome! Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are beginning to raise funds for the 2020 summer camps. Our goal is to send 16 campers. They will have first hand exposure (well supervised!) to life on a college campus where they will be staying in a dorm and having meals in the cafeteria with their campmates. They have a busy schedule of core classes studying math and science subjects, field trips, and other fun activities. They will be surrounded by other academically oriented girls, and will meet many women in the math and science professions. There will be discussions on how best to prepare for college. The campers return with renewed self-confidence and enthusiasm about STEM subjects and careers.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to this worthwhile cause, make your check in any amount payable to AAUW-CA-SFP and write Tech Trek PVP in the memo line. Checks should be sent to Kathy Ford at 6429 Parklynn Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275.