California Tech Trekkers at UC San Diego - June 2000California Tech Trekkers at UC San Diego - June 2000

Tech Trek was established by the California AAUW to encourage girls entering the 8th grade to aspire to careers in Math, Science and Computer Technology. The first Tech Trek was held the summer of 1998 at Stanford University. Tech Trek 1999 expanded to include camps at Fresno and San Diego in addition to Stanford.

Here in San Diego Tech Trek girls attend a week-long camp on the UCSD campus where they live the life of a college student. They learn to live with someone other than a relative, eat dorm food and explore the campus area under the careful supervision of camp staff. The girls will also interact with women who model a high degree of science, math or computer expertise as part of their daily lives. They learn Physics via the roller coaster, tour a facility on robotics, study Astronomy, learn about Great Women in History, find DNA, and study marine biology with a boat trip on the bay.

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My middle school experience with wonderful teachers and fun and diverse students in a campus atmosphere at AAUW Tech Trek Science Camp is one of the reasons I am presently studying Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard.

Tech Trek gave me greater confidence in myself and opened my eyes to the power women could have in the field of science.

It put me in an environment in which I met other girls who were also interested in science, which I hadn't experienced before. This contact and the fun activities inspired me to continue science.

Tech Trek truly changed the way I thought about science and math. I was always pretty good at those subjects in school, but Tech Trek was a really fun way to meet other girls who were interested in those subjects. The enjoyment we got out of subjects that were considered "dorky" or "nerdy" in school was celebrated at Tech Trek and meeting other girls from all different backgrounds was a very bonding experience. Tech Trek definitely influenced my thoughts about math and science, and probably contributed to my achievements in high school and acceptance to Washington University in St Louis. THANK YOU, I had a great time and I'll never forget it.

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