Washington Online Project – Tech Trek
4 campers sponsored by WA Online attended Tech Trek July 2023
TECH TREK WA HAS COMPLETED 11 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL CAMPS
2023 also marks the retirement of long-time and founding WA Tech Trek Camp Director, Karen Manelis. It’s been a busy fall as AAUW-WA confronts the transition to a new chapter in Tech Trek. It’s still going to be a life changing experience for a wide variety of 7th grade girls from Washington State. The new leadership comes from young (mostly) and energetic teachers and counselors who are committed to making Tech Trek 2024 and beyond a success.
AAUW branches select campers from among girls nominated by their 7th grade math and science teachers in area schools; they look for girls who are excited by math and science and likely to profit by the experience of camp. Of special interest are those girls who otherwise would not have an opportunity such as this.
Although local branches participate, many talented girls live in areas and attend schools that are not close to a local branch. Washington Online has an important role in reaching out to these potential campers. We contact 7th grade science and math teachers, ask for nominations, process applications, and interview candidates. Over the last 8 years we have sent more than 50 campers from such areas as Moses Lake, LaCrosse, Marysville, and Bremerton. However, there are still many areas of the state that are untapped, such as Northern Kitsap peninsula, Southwest Washington, Yakima, Pullman, Omak, and many more.
We need volunteers who live in areas with no local branch to join Washington Online and help us locate the future women scientists, engineers, and computer whizzes who should have a chance at attending camp, especially those in the eastern part of the state. Tech Trek, with its hands-on curriculum has proven to be a life changing experience for many.
We also need donors to help support our campers. It’s easy! Just click the “donate” button on the side bar.
Contact Washington Online at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping to get girls in your area to Tech Trek!
For more information on TECH TREK click HERE