Tech Trek – Camp Grace Hopper at Stanford University – July 13-18, 2020
“Tech Trek turned out to be a life-changing experience, fostering my interest in computer programming, astronomy and 3D art, as well educating me about real-life experiences” said one camper at Camp Grace Hopper.” “My new friends only enriched my experience with fun and taught me how to work better in a team.”
What is Tech Trek?
Tech Trek is a one week, residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on a university campus where camps are held.
Since 1998 AAUW Tech Trek camps have been designed to encourage girls in middle school to sustain and continue their interests in STEM. Studies have shown that girls’ interests can be sustained if they are exposed to the careers available to women in science today.
At Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future doctors, scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer programmners.
Also, a week’s stay on an exciting college campus helps girls picture themselves on such a campus and visualize college in their future. This is especially important for girls whose family members have not gone to college or university.
Where do we find our campers?
All girls attend Tech Trek camps on scholarships provided by AAUW California branch members, working with participating middle schools in their area. Seventh grade science and/or math teachers at these schools recommend prospective candidates who then go through an extensive qualification process that includes an application, an essay, and a personal interview. Camp curriculum is targeted specifically at girls entering 8th grade.
AAUW branches are not always able to work with every local school, either because the principal, counselors, and/or teachers choose not to participate, or because there are too many schools and too few scholarships available in the local area. Girls must attend the camp at which the local AAUW branch has made reservations.
Parents cannot provide a scholarship or nominate their daughters. All campers must attend a participating California school, be nominated by their math/science teachers and then be interviewed and selected by their local AAUW branch members. Do not contact the camp directors to inquire about your daughter’s eligibility. Please contact your local AAUW branch.