- 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.