Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Terrific Science Virtual Camp
Terrific Science Virtual Camp (TSVC) originated when AAUW Healdsburg received the heartbreaking news that Tech Trek 2020 had been cancelled due to coronavirus. The two-week virtual camp’s goal was to inspire the girls we selected for Tech Trek to pursue STEM education and careers.
By performing do-at-home experiments, our campers discovered the coronavirus related science behind hand washing techniques, disease transmission, microbes, super germs and antibiotic resistance. In addition, they blended art and science to create glycerin soap and colorful prints. Each camper received a box of science experiment materials delivered to their home. Two role model, women scientists led the virtual camp instruction via Zoom sessions.
The campers showed amazing creativity, demonstrated an excellent understanding of new scientific concepts and worked virtually and collaboratively with teammates from other schools.
Click ‘here’ to read more about Terrific Science Virtual Camp (TSVC). We also hope that you enjoy these short videos of the girls doing science at camp.
Click below to watch the TSVC 2020 Campers Experiment Videos
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 Tech Trek Sponsorships are generously donated by local individuals, service organizations and businesses.
For more information about being a Teck Trek Sponsor, contact Barbara Epstein, Fund Raising Director.
For more information about Tech Trek opportunities, contact Karla Rosen, Stem Director.
Tech Trek Alumni Group
The Tech Trek Alumni Group, TTAG, a new AAUW Healdsburg program, will focus on encouraging Tech Trek Alumni to stay connected to STEM talented, like-minded girls from middle school thru high school. TTAG will build upon the excellent work that GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math and Science) had accomplished over the years as one of our core STEM programs. AAUW mentors will guide and set up TTAG participants for success by helping them plan and host their own fun programs and community events related to STEM.
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.