AAUW TECH TREK NM CAMP FOR GIRLS
Held Sunday, June 9 – Saturday, June 15, 2019
A project of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and AAUW Tech Trek New Mexico, Inc., held in Socorro, at NM Tech.
What to Expect at Tech Trek NM
Who Are the Campers?
Campers are girls who are in 7th grade right now and are from all over New Mexico. There will be up to 60 campers who are all interested in science and math – just like you.
Campers attend their core class every afternoon. You do no homework and take no tests. All classes are hands-on and taught by experienced female teachers. Core classes may include Robotics, Cybersecurity, Mechanical Engineering, and the Stellar Life Cycle. Each camper is given the opportunity to request her core class assignment.
There will be field trips during the week. All field trips will be led by science or engineering professionals. Possibilities include visiting the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge to learn about wildlife conservation and some of the research projects conducted on the Refuge; experiencing what Geologists do in near-by mountains; and a trip to the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) on “M” Mountain let campers observe explosives testing (all observers were watching from well-protected bunkers!). All field trips will be in the mornings. Campers will be transported by bus to the various locations.
After dinner, you will be busy with various activities such as geocaching, pool time, and the professional women’s banquet on Wednesday. Cell phones are distributed in the late evenings (usually between 9:00 and 9:30pm), so you can call your parents/guardians. If you do not have a cell phone, staff members will have phones you can use.
Making new friends and doing new things are important parts of Tech Trek NM and will give you an idea of what it’s like to be a college freshman. You will live in a dorm on the NM Tech campus and have a roommate. Only Tech Trek NM campers and staff will be living in the dorm during camp. Access to the dorm and the dorm rooms is controlled – each camper has a keycard for the building and her room.
Meals and Snacks
You will eat in the NM Tech dining hall. Food is served cafeteria style and vegetarian selections are available at every meal. There will be a selection of entrees, salads, and desserts at each meal. High quality nutritious snacks are provided every afternoon and evening. Girls with food-related health or religious needs can be accommodated.
The Tech Trek NM campers will be divided into groups supervised by a Dorm Monitor (Dorm Mom). Additional supervision will be provided by a Counselor and a Junior Counselor for each dorm group. The Dorm Moms and Counselors are adults, and the Junior Counselors are alumnae from Tech Trek NM 2016.
Each Dorm Mom, Counselor and Jr. Counselor has a room in the same wing of the dorm as their campers, so they are available when needed. The camp director and other camp staff also live in the dorm with the campers and are available when needed. All staff and teachers have undergone federal background checks and been cleared. They have also been provided training on a variety of situations that may be experienced during camp.
The Tech Trek NM camp nurse spends the week on campus and lives in the dorm. She is available 24 hours a day during camp. She is always near the campers.
Professional Women’s Banquet
On Wednesday evening you will have the opportunity to meet and speak with female professionals in a variety of STEM careers and from different employers in New Mexico. The guests will share their inspirations, discuss their educational and career paths, answer questions and interact with you and the other campers during the course of the evening.
June 10 – 16, 2018
Held in Socorro @ NM Tech
Tech Trek NM, an exciting weeklong residential summer camp focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for current seventh grade girls, is coming to the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro from June 10 – 16, 2018 sponsored by the American Association of University Women. Cheri Burch and Helena Whyte are Co-Directors for this year’s camp.
Students who have attended Tech Trek-NM over the past four summers have testified how life-changing the experience was for them and the important role it has played in helping them set goals for the future.
Seventh-grade science and math teachers in schools across New Mexico are encouraged to nominate up to four students per school each year during the nomination period, typically beginning in December through January. The deadline for teacher nominations was January 31, 2018. For more information and nomination forms, visit the Tech Trek NM website: http://techtrek-nm.aauw.net.
After being nominated, students will complete an application and interview process. Up to 60 girls will be chosen to attend the camp, where they will gain first-hand knowledge of real world applications of STEM in a fun-filled, hands-on college environment. Final selection of campers for 2018 Tech Trek NM will be announced in April.
Because families only pay $50 toward the cost for each camper, donations are critical for the continuation and success of Tech Trek! Local community, corporate, individual and in-kind contributions are needed to make the camp a success. Donations are tax deductible and can be made by credit card on the donation page of the website or by mailing checks to AAUW Tech Trek NM Donations, PO Box 251, Placitas, NM 87043, http://techtrek-nm.aauw.net.
About Tech Trek
Tech Trek is a week long science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) summer camp for rising eighth-grade girls. The camp is designed to develop girls’ interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM fields.
AAUW of California member and program founder Marie Wolbach began Tech Trek in 1998 with an AAUW Community Action Grant. In the summer of 2011, Tech Trek was featured on CBS Evening News. AAUW National integrated the structure and camp design under the AAUW umbrella, creating a process for growing and expanding this very successful educational program. Four camps outside California were added in 2013, and during the summer of 2014, three more states and program were be added, including New Mexico!
AAUW Las Cruces members completed the application and grant proposal, connecting with NMSU to host the inaugural Tech Trek NM (TTNM) program. TTNM 2014 was held in July on the NMSU campus, and hosted 52 young women from 19 cities throughout the state. TTNM 2015 was held at NM Highlands University in Las Vegas, bringing in 50 young women. TTNM 2016 was held at NM Tech in Socorro, and hosted 60 rising 8th grade girls.
Through Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves not just as young women but also as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists.
When asked how Tech Trek affected her, one alumna said:
“This camp opened my eyes to see how important math and science are for me. … I met so many girls that also were very bright and share the same abilities … As of today I am majoring in civil engineering and plan to graduate next year in the spring at California State University, Fresno. Thank you! Tech Trek Camp made a difference in my life.”
All campers are nominated by their seventh-grade math and science teachers. Campers then submit an application including an essay. The Tech Trek statewide committee works with dozens of volunteers throughout the state to interview every applicant, and read each essay multiple times. Families pay only a $50 fee to send their honored and selected young woman to the week-long camp, ensuring that girls from a range of backgrounds are able to attend.
Tech Trek attendees spend a week on a college campus, which helps the girls envision themselves pursuing higher education. The campers attend STEM core classes daily, as well as hands-on workshops, which are run by women STEM professionals. A daylong field trip provides girls with a chance to learn about amazing STEM sites in NM, including meet female professionals and witness a STEM workplace environment.
Professional Women’s Night
All Tech Trek camps include a Professional Women’s Night where women STEM professionals from the community speak and interact with the girls about their educational and career paths. These women serve as role models and provide key insights into the successes and challenges of working in traditionally male-dominated fields.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://techtrek-nm.aauw.net
We hope you will support this outstanding STEM program that strives to empower young women throughout NM! Camps are designed to further enhance girls’ interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM fields. To support Tech Trek NM, click here: Give to Tech Trek.