TECH TREK

Tech Trek at SU

Tech Trek is a one-week, residential, hands-on STEM camp for rising eighth-grade girls. It started nearly 20 years ago, when AAUW of California member Marie Wolbach applied for an AAUW Community Action Grant to open a science camp for girls on the Stanford University campus. Wolbach and AAUW of California have since expanded the program to 10 camps in California alone.

After seeing how effective the program was AAUW decided to take the program nationwide. In 2013, Tech Trek was expanded to four states, Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida and Washington, and is already changing the lives of the girls who attended.

In 2015, New Jersey joined the expansion at Stockton University and expanded to host 60 girls in 2016!  Watch the 2015 Stockton Tech Trek Camp video.

Campers take part in activities like programming apps for tablets and smart phones, extracting their own DNA, formulating lip gloss in a chemistry lab, visiting the FAA Technical Center and much more! Tech Trek has been shown to significantly increase girls’ self-confidence and their interest in and excitement about the STEM fields.

Willingboro Branch members volunteer their time each year to serve on the Student Interview and Selection Committee for girls in Burlington County schools. For the summer of 2021 four girls from Burlington County were selected to participate in the program.

On Friday, July 16 AAUW members delivered Tech Trek camp materials. This year the Virtual Tech Trek Camp runs from July 18 to July 25. Girls and their parents were excited to pick up the materials for the week-long experience.

Members of the Branch have also volunteered for AAUWNJ Teentech, the one day program at Rowan and Stockton State Universities.  Read more