Tech Trek is a week-long residential math/science camp for girls. All AAUW branches sponsor campers in their area. Del Mar Leucadia Branch campers attend Tech Trek at the California University of San Diego campus.Each camper must be recommended by a teacher. Final selection of campers is done by the local AAUW Branch. Campers selected are girls completing the 7th grade in the spring of each year.The goal of Tech Trek is to provide a fun yet educational experience that will expand the minds of middle-school age girls who attend, allow campers to experience hands-on experiments and field trips related to math and science, live on a college campus, get acquainted with other girls who think science is fun, and meet female role models in math, science, technology and other non-traditional careers. Read more here about Tech Trek …
Essay by Lila Denning 7th Grader, Pacific Trails Middle School and 2017 Tech Trek Camper:
How I Would Make the World a Better Place
“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” – Marie Curie
In thinking about this essay, How I Would Make the World a Better Place, I considered writing about wanting to stop global warming or find a cure for a deadly disease. But I’m only in seventh grade, and I don’t know exactly what career path I want to take. So, instead of imagining a hypothetical way that I could make the world better, I have decided to focus on something I can do right now: encouraging more girls to take part in STEM.
Women in science face many obstacles due to the stereotype that they are inferior to men. This discourages girls from going into STEM, as they think they are incapable or they worry about being seen as strange or different. When girls stay away from STEM, they avoid the obstacles they may face, but they also miss out on opportunities. I want to lead by example and show that a girl can succeed in STEM classes and careers.
I participate in multiple STEM programs, and there are always many more boys than girls in these activities. For exaple I take the STEM Explorations elective at school, and in my class there are four girls and thirty-two boys. I am also the only girl on my school’s Science Olympiad Meteorology team. I talk to my female friends about that, as I know many of them enjoy science, but I think they are intimidated.
I used to think that boys were smarter at math and science, too. They would shout out answers in class while I was still thinking about the problem. At first, it made me lose confidence. But then I realized that the boys were often wrong, and that by thinking the problem through, I would come up with the right answer. A few weeks ago, my Meteorology partner and I won first place out of 114 teams at the regional competition, and my three female classmates and I often beat all of the boys in challenges in my STEM Explorations class.
I want to be an example to other girls. I want my little sister to see that, whily boys may be the majority in science, that does not mean they are better. I want my little brother to grow up appreciating that girls are just as smart as boys, sometimes smarter, even in science and math. And I want to prove that girls belong in STEM just as much as boys and that these stereotypes saying a girl has no place in science, math, or engineering are anything but true. Through Science Olympiad, Tech Trek, and other STEM activities, I hope to make the world a better place by proving that a girl can succeed in fields that have been dominated by men.
Below: 2017 Tech Trek campers:
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Below: 2015 Tech Trek campers
Below: 2014 Tech Trek campers
Below: 2013 Tech Trek campers
Below: 2012 Tech Trek campers
Photo above (left to right): Cora Delgado, Earl Warren Middle School Maya Kota, Carmel Valley Middle School Fatima Ruiz, Diegueno Middle School Gabriela Escobedo, Diegueno Middle School Jamie Cruz, Oak Crest Middle School Belinda Uribe, Oak Crest Middle School
Below: 2011 Tech Trek campers
Photo above: Leslee Escobedo, Diegueno Middle School Jacqueline Corrales, Earl Warren Middle School Jessica Villatoro, Oak Crest Middle School Gabrielle Yamout, Diegueno Middle School Isabella Carr, Oak Crest Middle School Daria Malongone, Carmel Valley Middle School Clair Magnuson, Earl Warren Middle School Samantha Griffith, Carmel Valley Middle School.
Below: 2010 Tech Trek campers
Photo above – left to right: Romy Beigel, Oak Crest Middle School; Becky Dubowitz, Earl Warren Middle School; Madhur Gajiwala, Carmel Valley Middle School
Romy, Becky and Madhur are three of six middle school girls who attended Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls, which is sponsored by the Del Mar-Leucadia AAUW branch annually at UC San Diego. Read more here about Tech Trek …