The La Mesa-El Cajon Branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be sending 7th grade girls from East County middle schools, to Tech Trek Stem Camp at UCSD for one week in June. Their math and science teachers have recommended these girls because they have demonstrated interest and academic excellence. Girls will live in dorms on the UCSD campus and get a “taste” of campus life. Each girl will be assigned a core class to attend each morning– Marine Biology, Anatomy, Robotics, Math, Coding, or Chemistry. Afternoons will be filled with Sea Camp, bridge building, rocket design, swimming, campus tours, and field trips to local tech companies. In the evenings women who work in STEM professions meet with girls to talk about their work. The message throughout the weeklong experience is…if you continue to excel in math and science and go to college, you can do it too! Studies show that AAUW Tech Trek alumnae who attended camp at one of the 10 California campuses between 2006 and 2009 demonstrate greater interest and confidence in STEM fields and pursue STEM curricula in future career plans.
The 2015 Tech Trek Girls and their parents met at Mission Trails Regional Park on May 2 for a Meet and Greet to learn more about camp and to get acquainted with one another. Four of the girls who attended camp last year added interesting stories about their experiences. The La Mesa-El Cajon branch of AAUW is proud to send another group of outstanding girls to Tech Trek Stem camp this year. The money was raised through 2-yard sales and an Author’s Luncheon held in April.
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Toni Lopez & Tech Trek: There has been a transition of the Tech Trek camps to AAUW National. They have been very much involved in making sure the camps proceed without interruptions. The one element that has not transitioned is that of finances. That will happen after 2016. As for the camps, I would like to inform the Tech Trek branch coordinators on the following changes.
_The date for camp is June 19-25, 2016.
_The packages (camper forms) will be mailed out in November to all Branches.
_We are in need of Dorm Mom’s and an RN as the camp Nurse._
_Please advise the campers and parents that cell phones will NOT be used at all, except in case of emergencies. If campers bring cell phones they will be turned into the Dorm Moms upon arrival and not returned until the morning of departure from the camp.
_All forms must be COMPLETE when received by the Camp Director. If forms are not complete, they will be returned to the branches. The Camp Director or staff will not track down the camper or the family to correct discrepancies.
_Please pay close attention to the medical form as there have been some subtle changes.
_Branches are encouraged to visit the camp to see a hands on view of the workings of the camp. We would just like to know in advance who is attending and what dates to expect you.
Well, I think that is enough for now. If you have any questions, concerns regarding the UCSD Tech trek, please call or email me. 619-312-5723 —Tpezlo@sbcglobal.net
Best, Antonia Lopez (Toni)