Tech Trek

Tech Trek is an AAUW activity that offers 7th grade girls a one-week residential math, science, and technology summer camp on a university campus. It provides a fun and supportive environment for girls to explore and expand their interests in these areas, with hands-on activities, projects, and field trips led by experienced teachers and guest presenters. AAUW programs like Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls are changing the status quo across the country. Connecting young women with like-minded peers and mentors has a powerful effect on the lives and career choices of future generations. In fact survey results of girls who had participated show that AAUW Tech Trek had been the most influential personal or academic experience of their middle school years. An overwhelming 96% of our Tech Trek girls are currently enrolled in college, and all credit Tech Trek for encouraging interest and increasing confidence in their ability to succeed in math and science areas.

Tech Trek featured in SCV newpaper:  AAUW Tech Trek program news
2017-2018 Book Lovers Luncheon:

See all the photos from the 2017-2018 Book Lovers Luncheon on our Gallery page: Gallery


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Email for more information:
DB.TechTrek@gmail.com

Visit the Official AAUW Tech Trek Website at
https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/stem-education/tech-trek/

The impact of this camp can best be conveyed through the comments of girls who have attended:

“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend Tech Trek! It was truly an extraordinary experience.”

“I’ve made so many friends here, and will remember it forever.”

“I’ve learned so much. I now have an idea of what I want to do in the future. I am so thankful. And this whole experience wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for you.”

“Tech Trek wasn’t just a stepping stone along the path of my life, for me it was more like a bridge.”

“I thought I was alone in the subjects and things that interested me. Given the opportunity to attend Tech Trek showed me that I wasn’t alone. It allowed me to be more comfortable with myself and to be proud about who I am as an individual.”

“Tech Trek Science Camp was especially important to me because as the child of an underprivileged family, I have had very few opportunities to learn in such a hands-on fashion and with such vibrant instructors as well as students.”

A final evaluation leaves no doubt of the enormous influence of this program:

“I left Tech Trek with a spirit and attitude of self-confidence. But it was more than just self-confidence, I held within me a firm knowledge of knowing I can make it! No matter where I go, who I’m with, or what I am doing, I can and will succeed. To this day, I face every situation in my life like I faced the first day of camp….Tech Trek taught me many things, but above all Tech Trek taught me to try! Attempt, endeavor, conquer, seize, make the most of, make an effort, take a crack at, have a go, TRY!”  


2018 Tech Trek Homecoming Reception – September 2018. Go to the Gallery pages for photos of the celebration.

2018 summer campers relate their adventures

 

2018 Tech Trek Awardees – April 2018. Twenty-three young women from area middle schools were awarded a scholarship for a week of science summer camp at one of four Universities of California. Congratulations to all!

Ginny and Diane begin the first set of awards.

Science Camp attendees from summer 2017 answer questions from the new campers-to-be.

Celebratory “science” cake for 2018 awards.

2018 Tech Trek Science Camp Sponsors 2018:

PPG Industries Foundation
Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation
Stephanie & Craig Dietrich
Candace Ford
Gina MacDonald
Michael & Sue McCabe
Daniel & Caroline Murphy
Lynda Rick
Louise Schultz


2017 – Tech Trek Campers

Our Tech Trek campers were honored at our annual Homecoming reception in September 2017. The summer science camps featured cyber security, rocketry, and engineering at four California campuses where the girls stayed in the dorms and attended classes for a week. Hosts were C.S.U. Fresno, Whittier College, U.C. Irvine, and U.C. Santa Barbara.

See Gallery for more photos.

Our summer of 2017 Tech Trek campers gathered for a welcome home party in September 2017

 

2017 – Tech Trek Awardees

At a ceremony in May 2017, 21 girls were given an award for a summer camp experience at the 2017 Tech Trek Science Camps.  Six alternates were also honored.  See Gallery page for more photos.

Tech Trek Chair Diane Bartley with 2017 awardees.

Attendees from our 2016 summer camp awards were on hand to give advice to the new campers-to-be.

2017 Tech Trek Donors  

The Brynjegard-Bialik family ~  Mr. & Mrs. Craig Dietrich ~ Ms. Candace Ford ~ Mr. & Mrs. Ken Kreyenhagen ~ Ms. Louise Schultz ~ Ms. Marci Goldstein – Boston Scientific ~ Ms. Kelly Ford – Esterline TA Aerospace ~ Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Murphy ~ PPG Industries Foundation ~ Mr. & Mrs. Michael McCabe ~ Mr. & Mrs. Brad Williams ~ Ms. Lynda Rick ~ Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation ~ Ms. Camille Blanco ~ Mr. & Mrs. Lee Smelser ~ Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Burke ~ Ms. Cynthia Neal-Harris ~ Ms. Elizabeth Swallow ~ The Stein-Wendt family ~ Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Laughlin ~ Ms. Gina MacDonald ~ Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Thank you to our generous 2017-18 Book Lovers Luncheon sponsors:
Agua Dulce Winery # Barnes & Noble Booksellers # BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse # Black Angus Steakhouse # Brighton Collectibles # Chico’s # Canyon Theatre Guild # Cheesecake Factory # Chick-fil-A # Chili’s Grill and Bar # Corner Bakery # Egg Plantation # Jordana’s Progressive Pilates # Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar # Marston’s Restaurant # Mimi’s Cafe # The Nail Forum # Newhall Refinery # Olive Garden # Salt Creek Grille # Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center # College of the Canyons # Starbucks # Stonefire Grill # Tournament Players Club Valencia # Wolf Creek Restaurant & Brewing Company # Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill