As a result of ongoing and rising concerns regarding COVID-19 and the impact of directives from national, state and local leaders, AAUW California is developing a robust and challenging virtual approach for the 2021 season.
AAUW’s first priority is the health and welfare of Tech Trek’s middle school campers, dedicated camp leaders, their staff and branch volunteers. A virtual environment ensures that all participants remain safe.
This decision is based on AAUW California’s response to the recommendations by AAUW for all states holding Tech Trek camps.
Virtual Tech Trek is designed to provide campers with exposure to computer science and engineering, along with workshops designed to explore individual STEM specialties more deeply using a hands-on or interactive approach. Hands-on activities, inspirational speakers, and interactive workshops help to make STEM subjects fun as well as educational. Trained instructors and coaching staff including near-peer Tech Trek alumnae, work alongside credentialed teachers, and women in STEM-related careers.
This is a week-long virtual camp for rising 8th grade girls. The camp is centered on a morning project-based robotics/engineering/coding class that meets daily and results in a personalized creation by week’s end. After lunch, the campers hear from inspirational women for an hour, then participate in one or more 90-minute hands-on or interactive science, technology, engineering, and math workshops to encourage fun while learning. They can return for evening workshops with girls from another country, social activities, or even parent sessions.