Tech Trek Camp Empowers Oklahoma Girls

Introduction

What is Tech Trek?  

Why Tech Trek? 

Important Resources

Introduction

Each summer, the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus is home of the annual Tech Trek camp for girls in Oklahoma. It’s a week-long math and science camp designed by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to create interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women entering the eighth grade. Campers take part in activities such as building and programming robots, extracting their own DNA, learning how computer scientists design Apps, calculating recipes to compound medicines, and much, much more!

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Tech Trek 2017

This year’s Tech Trek is being conducted on the SWOSU campus in Weatherford for the third year in a row from July 16-22, 2017.

This camp is collaboration between Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) and the Weatherford branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  (website: http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/stem-education/) .

In addition to inspiring a whole new generation of potential Bulldogs, the camp also offers volunteer opportunities for current SWOSU students.

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Tech Trek is an overnight, week-long, summer camp for middle school girls who have an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The young scientists will focus on STEM concepts in fun, hands-on activities.

Tech Trek takes place on the SWOSU campus in Weatherford, OK. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on or near the SWOSU campus.

Activities include:

  • Interactive learning of concepts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics on the SWOSU campus;
  • On-site activities at the Wind Energy Farms, Stafford Air & Space Museum, Crowder Lake University Park, and Deer Creek Conservation District.
  • Professional night, featuring Oklahoma women who are mentors in STEM-related careers;
  • Friday evening picnic at Radar Park for campers and their families;
  • Saturday Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet for campers and their families.

2017 Schedule

Why Tech Trek?

stafford museumSTEM 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. 

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.

Members of the AAUW Weatherford branch, in partnership with SWOSU, were chosen to host one of four pilot Tech Trek camp sites outside of California in 2013. 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 STEM activities unique to Western Oklahoma. In 2017, to enable Tech Trek to expand to more than 20 locations across the United States, AAUW is providing $5000 to existing camps.  Therefore, additional funding is being generously provided by Oklahoma businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals (see http://techtrek-swosu.aauw.net/sponsors/) .  If you would like to donate, please visit the SWOSU Foundation website (www.standingfirmly.comgivetoswosu) and designate your tax-deductible gift to Tech Trek @ SWOSU.

Important Resources

To learn more about the Tech Trek program in Weatherford, OK check out these resources: