Introduction

Tech Trek is a week-long math and science camp designed to create interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women entering the eighth grade. This camp is a partnership between Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Camp Overview

Tech Trek will take place on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) campus in Weatherford, OK. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on or near the SWOSU campus. Preliminary plans include:

  • Tech Trek LinksInteractive and hands-on learning of concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • On-sight activities at the Stafford Air & Space Museum, P Bar Farms, Crowder Lake University Park, and Deer Creek Conservation District.
  • Day-long field trip to the Weatherford Wind Energy Center and STEM-related businesses in Elk City.
  • Professional night, featuring mentors in STEM-related careers.
  • Friday evening picnic, canoeing, and ropes course at Crowder Lake University Park for campers and their families
  • Saturday Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet for campers and their families.

Why Tech Trek?

Tech Trek empowers middle school girls to begin a successful path toward AP science and math courses in high school, college, and entering the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) workforce.Tech Trek has been in existence in California since 1998 – it has been a huge success, serving over 9000 girls across eight college campuses. In 2012, the National AAUW in cooperation with the California AAUW decided to expand Tech Trek nationwide.

STEM careers provide highly stable, well-paying jobs. In turn, more young women entering STEM programs provide diverse perspectives from a deeper talent pool – a win-win for the U.S. economy.  Members of the AAUW Weatherford branch, in partnership with SWOSU, were chosen to host one of five pilot Tech Trek camp sites outside of California. In turn, they received $10,000 in start-up costs, a Tech Trek tool kit of ideas and training, and the directive to create an educational and inspirational program for young girls featuring math and science activities unique to Western Oklahoma.

Weatherford AAUW website  (http://weatherford-ok.aauw.net/)

Weatherford AAUW Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/AAUW-Weatherford-Chapter/237737452933220)

SWOSU Foundation Ways to Give  (www.swosu.edu/alum-foun/foundation/index.aspx)

AAUW Tech Trek website (http://techtrek-ok.aauw.net/)

AAUW website (www.aauw.org)

Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” AAUW 2010 report:  (www.aauw.org/research/why-so-few/)

AAUW Tech Trek Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AAUWTechTrek)

Tech Trek Twitter   @AAUWTechTrek

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