TECH TREK 2016
By Mona Moore email@example.com
Photos by Mona Moore
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP – Sixty eighth-grade girls from all over New Jersey participated in AAUW’s Tech Trek camp July 17-23 at Stockton University.
Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the program is designed for girls who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Campers learned coding and how to create an app. They built electric circuits and rockets and operated drones. They visited the air traffic control tower at Philadelphia International Airport and met with 40 professional women in STEM fields to talk about potential careers.
Campers who participated from Cape May County were: Robin Altman, Ocean City; Leah Benichou, North Wildwood; Madeleine McCurdy, Dennisville; Drew Montanero, Cape May; Ishika Patel, Cape May; and Margaret Worchel, Petersburg.
Atlantic County campers included: Rebecca Brown, Northfield; Fantah Camara, Atlantic City; Kaitlyn Conant, Egg Harbor Township; Theresa Foell, Elwood; Medina Griffin, Atlantic City; Madison Hardiman, Galloway Township; Priscila Hernandez, Atlantic City; Ariel Jarvie, Egg Harbor Township; Gloria Lino, Absecon; Ava McDonough, Mays Landing; Samantha Min, Atlantic City; Bailey Norton, Dorothy; Brushiel Oblea, Atlantic City; Kelsi Sweeder, Somers Point; and Jenna Wilkinson, Brigantine.
AAUW’s Tech Trek camps began about 15 years ago in California. The Atlantic and Cape May County chapters organized NJ’s first Tech Trek last year at Stockton with 30 Atlantic and Cape May County girls attending. This year, it was open to 60 girls from all over the state. Students were nominated by their seventh-grade science or math teachers and underwent a selection process that included essays and personal interviews.
For more information, see: aauw-nj.aauw.net/projects/tech-trek
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Cape May County girls attending Tech Trek pose with Dottie Pearson and Marion Ingram. From left, Drew Montanero, Leah Benichou, Ishika Patel, Robin Altman, Margaret Worchel, Madeleine McCurdy. In back, some of the Cape businesswomen who talked to the girls about careers: Heather O’Shea, water resources engineer and owner of Global Hydro; Inga La Puma, science communications director of North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange; Nancy Mauro, senior engineer, county department of public works; Bess Dyer, county director of information management systems; AnnMarie McMahon, county director of facilities and services; Stormy Freese, microbiologist with the county mosquito control commission.
Campers work at building robots during the weeklong event, attended by 60 girls from all over the state.
TECH TREK- was a resounding success with 60 girls from throughout the entire state of NJ!! We are now working towards raising the necessary funds for the ’17 camp. We should be asking for volunteers to interview nominated and applied students in Oct/ Nov. This year we will only allow one nominee per school making a bit less work for interviewers.
Gail Davis – student/ family coordinator for Tech Trek
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At Tech Trek, girls are immersed in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists.
At Tech Trek girls meet women in science, technology, engineering, and math — role models with paths they can follow. Campers learn how STEM fields solve the world’s biggest problems and discover careers that align with their passion. When girls are empowered to fight stereotypes and follow their dreams, they pursue STEM in high school, college, and beyond.
Since 1998, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through Tech Trek, an experiential summer camp backed by research and designed to pique the interest of girls in STEM. For many girls, the weeklong camp provides the spark that ignites their curiosity and places them on a path toward success.
View the video created by Traditional Home Magazine about the founder of Tech Trek, Marie Wolbach. Marie was a 2013 recipient of the “Classic Woman Award” given out by the magazine annually. This video explains the origins of Tech Trek.
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Thank you to our volunteers, all of whom are making dreams come true.
- Mary Cohen
- Robin Connor
- Anne Feldman
- Joanne Imperatore
- Tracey McNally
- Pat Quinn
- Joan Penn
- Mary Rydzewski
Teacher and Student Selection Committee and Chair
- Mary Hardwick, Chair and Committee member
- Dr. Claudine Keenan, Committee member
- Michelle Douglass, Committee member
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- Marion Ingram, Committee member
- Mary Rydzewski, Committee member
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Spotlight on Women in STEM
The AAUW report “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” continues to resonate with K-college, corporate, non-profit and government agencies alike.
Georgetown’s Center for Poverty and Equity recently hosted a live-stream conference to examine how we can end marginalization of girls in STEM and Career/Technical Education (conference archive begins about 25:00 and extends throughout the remaining five hours of in-formative sessions).
Stockton has partnered with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Atlantic and Cape May chapters, to bring a Summer STEM Tech Trek residential camp to the College July 19-26, 2015. Please consider nominating a 7th grade girl to participate in the week-long camp for just $50. The remaining costs will be covered by philanthropy that members and others who also believe in the importance of increasing STEM opportunities for girls.
AAUW is also still seeking volunteers to assist with the camp, offer workshops, or sponsor a camper. Visit the web site to participate.