Camp Model

aauw-photo-5The key components of the Tech Trek model are as follows:

  • Middle school science and math teachers, counselors, and principals identify girls to attend Tech Trek.
  • Girls apply, interview with AAUW members, and are selected to attend the camp.
  • Attendees reside on a college or university campus.
  • During the week of camp, girls attend a daily science, technology, engineering, or math core class.
  • Girls perform hands-on activities in workshops throughout the rest of the day.
  • A one-day field trip enhances STEM learning.
  • Girls interact daily with women STEM role models.
  • Girls hear from women STEM professionals at a Professional Women’s Night.

Highlights of Tech Trek at SWOSU:

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  • Being part of a team in a dorm group and in a core course
  • Designing and building Hummingbird Robots from scratch
  • Assessing the biological health of (and plunging in!) Little Deep Creek
  • Conducting pyrotechnics in the Chemistry lab
  • Using DNA to solve crimes or cure disease
  • Programming apps in computer science
  • Calculating the recipe for, and then compounding, medicines from scratch
  • Living on and experiencing the SWOSU college campus for an entire week
  • Learning about professional do’s and don’ts
  • “Speed-networking” to meet professional women working in the STEM fields
  • Interacting with AAUW members, previous camp participants, donors, and other Tech Trek supporters on Supporters and Alumni Day
  • Touring the Stafford Air & Space Museum
  • Learning about future opportunities and career options in STEM!
  • Celebrating summer birthdays with fellow campers
  • Relaxing with campers’ families at the end-of-the-week Picnic
  • Graduating from a core course in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math
  • Celebrating achievements at the Awards & Recognition Program
  • Meeting other campers, college counselors, and adult mentors who love STEM, too!

Overall, Tech Trek empowers middle school girls to begin a successful path toward AP science and math courses in high school, college, and entering the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) workforce. Male students are about twice as likely as female students to enter STEM fields (http://trends.collegeboard.org/education-pays/figures-tables/students-stem-fields-gender-and-race-ethnicity).  STEM careers provide highly stable, well-paying jobs. In turn, more young women entering STEM programs provide diverse perspectives from a deeper talent pool – a win-win for the U.S. economy.

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