Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
AAUW Tech Trek is a week-long academic residential camp featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for girls entering 8th grade. Instructors include credentialed middle and high school teachers and professional women in STEM related careers. The camps are located on 20 university and college campuses where campers are immersed in the full campus experience. AAUW Healdsburg selects 9 girls to attend Camp Curie at Stanford University along with approximately 70 other girls who are sponsored by 11 other Northern California AAUW branches. Science and math teachers from Cali Calmecac Language Academy, Geyserville New Tech Academy, Healdsburg Junior High School, Washington Middle School and Windsor Middle School nominate 7th grade girls to compete for one of the AAUW Healdsburg sponsorships. A rigorous application process is used to evaluate the girls’ applications, essays and interviews. From this pool of academically talented girls, 9 are selected and 2 are offered alternate positions to attend Tech Trek Camp Curie. The funding for the $1000 Tech Trek Sponsorships are generously donated by local individuals, service organizations and businesses.
For more information about being a Teck Trek Sponsor, contact Patricia Novak Nelson.
For more information about local Tech Trek opportunities, contact Liz Loebel.
One of AAUW’s major focus areas is encouraging girls in 8th – 12th grade to take advanced math and science classes. GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math and Science) is an outgrowth of this focus and is a follow-on program for girls who were nominated for Tech Trek. The objective of GEMS is to continue to keep Tech Trek nominees, and their like-minded friends, engaged in math and science throughout their middle and high school years by interfacing with successful female role models, learning about career opportunities through panel discussions, and field trips to local businesses and research institutes. The ultimate goal being to instill the desire to pursue a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) career.
Past GEMS activities have included Professional Women’s Career Panels focused on careers in STEM, and field-trips to Keysight Technologies, Medtronic, Canine Companions, Pixar, Bodega Marine Laboratory, and local hospitals.
For more information, please contact Vicki Pearson, GEMS Chair
It takes an AAUW Village to bring these programs to fruition.