Category Archives: Tech Trek

All posts related to AAUW Sacramento’s Tech Trek program, a science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall.

Rotary Club of Sacramento Supports Tech Trek by Linda Patterson

2017 Tech Trek Winners

We are pleased to report that the Rotary Club of Sacramento Foundation made a $3,600 award to the AAUW Sacramento Branch for the Tech Trek program. Although the Branch asked for $1,800, the Rotary Club grants committee was so impressed with the Tech Trek program that they voluntarily doubled the amount. We are delighted with this generous gift and also want to acknowledge a gift of $300 from Owen, McGinty & Reiken, CPAs and the numerous contributions of our members to support the Tech Trek program.

 These gifts have made it possible for the Branch to send Anh Dang, Erika Carrasco, Teresa Lay, Mimi Young, Delaney Royer, and Raelynn Esguerra from Mitchell Middle School in the Folsom-Cordova Unified School District and Will C. Wood Middle School in the Sacramento Unified School District to the Tech Trek summer camp at UC Davis scheduled for July 23-29. Four of the campers selected appear in the photo accompanying this article.

 Many thanks to the members of our Tech Trek committee: Jo Reiken, Morgan Glover, Lori Franz, Monique Stovall, Jacqueline Rose, Ashley Gilreath, Tiffany Ardisana, Gloria Yost, Ruth Ann Hines and Linda Patterson. Tech Trek would not be possible if not for their efforts to recruit schools, raise funds, select and orient campers, announce progress on social media and communicate with National and State AAUW Tech Trek as well as the UC Davis camp directors to ensure our Branch continues to send young girls interested in studying science and math to this important program.

 

Sacramento Branch Members Visit Tech Trek Summer Camp at UC Davis by Linda Patterson

Tech Trek Campers

Tech Trek Campers

This year, the Sacramento AAUW Branch sent five students — Frankie XU, Kendra Sagara. Margaux Bautista, Alondra Chavez, and Emily Carmona — to the Tech Trek summer camp at UC Davis. Tech Trek is an experiential summer camp designed to pique the interest of eighth-grade girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A group of Branch members were able to see the girls in action in several of the classes offered. The classes we visited included genetics, math and engineering, anatomy and physiology, and computer science. The girls were building bridges in engineering, dissecting lungs and learning about respiration in anatomy, creating apps for devices in computer science. All the girls we spoke with said they were having fun, learning new things, and were so happy to be there.

Tech Trekkers Deep in Discussion

Tech Trekkers Deep in Discussion

Since 1998, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through Tech Trek. A 2013 survey of Tech Trek alumnae who attended the camp in California between 2006 and 2009 demonstrates the program’s lasting effects on many levels, including interest and confidence in STEM fields, decision to pursue STEM curricula and future career plans. For example, 82% of the girls chose to take more science classes in high school, 87% completed algebra and 77% pre-calculus, 73% enrolled in four-year college or university programs and 91% reported that Tech Trek boosted their self-confidence in their ability to be successful in science classes and 78% said the same for math classes.

Linda P. observes  a Tech Trekker in action

Linda P. observes a Tech Trekker in action

Later this year we hope to have some of the girls come to a Branch meeting to share their Tech Trek experiences.

Thank you to all members who supported Tech Trek this year and in years past. You can be assured that you made a wise investment in the futures of young girls.

Tech Trek Receives Soroptimist Grant by Izzy Brookshire

The Soroptimists of North Sacramento have awarded the Sacramento AAUW Branch an $850 scholarship grant for one of our “Trekkers” to attend camp this summer. The organization is made up of professional women who encourage other women in their careers. The North Sacramento chapter awards small grants each year that fall within their mission of helping women and girls. We are grateful for their support and see this as another partnership with organizations in the community. One of our newest members, Jo Reiken, who has a history of working with Tech Trek, represented us at the Soroptimist awards luncheon last month and spoke on behalf of our branch and the program. Thank you, Jo!

Former Trekkers a Welcome Sight by Izzy Brookshire

On Saturday, March 14, I had the opportunity to represent our Branch Tech Trek program at the Synopsis Sacramento Regional STEM Fair held at Folsom High School. Among the many bright young students presenting projects that day were two of our very own former Tech Trekkers, Adrienne Aho (2013) and Makenna Ballard (2014). Both girls were incredibly excited to see our table there and took the opportunity to tell me of their experience at camp.

Adrienne Aho

Adrienne Aho

Adrienne beamed as she recounted her favorite class, robotics, and told me she can’t wait to be a junior counselor for the camp. She also said that the biggest reason she had a project at the fair was because of her attendance at Tech Trek. She says she is so grateful for that experience.

Makenna was enthralled with the courses in veterinary medicine, but also enjoyed learning about STEM careers she had never thought of before. Like Adrienne, Makenna looks forward to becoming a junior counselor once she’s a sophomore in high school.

As we gear up for another great year in Tech Trek, it’s wonderful to hear our former Trekkers are sticking with STEM and hoping to stay involved with the program. We can look forward to hearing from them at future events as the 2015 camp nears. We will be announcing our 2015 campers on April 4 on our Branch website, so be sure to check it out.

If you are interested in assisting with Tech Trek within our Branch, please contact me at izztherower@comcast.net. I am looking for help with anything from donations and sponsorship outreach to event coordinating of camper meet-and-greets. You can also reach me at (916) 995-0046.

Makenna Ballard

Makenna Ballard

 

Join AAUW for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” on March 15 & Help Support Our Branch Programs

Are you looking for an entertaining way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon?

unsinkable.mollyWell, we have the answer: Come and bring your friends and family to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the lively musical of stage and screen fame featuring the adventures of that unique, spirited woman of the old west, Molly Brown. Runaway Stage is presenting this stage production, and we will have the entire house at the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. A wine and cheese reception during intermission is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $35 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible.

This will be our major fundraising event for the AAUW Sacramento 2014-15 program year, so it’s critical that we sell as many tickets as possible.

As you may recall, three years ago we had a theatre party with Runaway Stage for a performance of a musical version of “Legally Blond,” and everyone enjoyed the event, so we are doing it again with this new production. Proceeds will benefit our local Scholarships, Tech Trek and Speech Trek projects, plus our national Funds programs.

As already stated, we need to sell this performance out in order to raise as much money as possible for our local programs. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to come, too. You can purchase tickets either by sending in the flier found here with your check or purchase tickets online using the Eventbrite program (click on the orange button below). This time we won’t be holding a silent auction or selling raffle tickets, so you will not be asked to pay for anything else beyond the tickets.

Eventbrite - The Unsinkable Molly Brown Theater Party & Fundraiser for AAUW Sacramento

We hope to see you there!

 

Preparations For Tech Trek 2015 Underway by Izzy Brookshire

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2015 marks Tech Trek’s 17th year and its second year as a nationwide program.

Tech Trek is an annual, weeklong camp for seventh-grade girls that focuses on fostering their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. The camps are held on college campuses across the United States and are organized and run by AAUW members. Every year, participating middle school science and math teachers nominate students they believe would benefit from this program. It is the job of a branch panel to interview and select campers to send to these camps.

 

This year, the AAUW Sacramento Branch will select six campers from two middle schools to attend the UC Davis Tech Trek Camp. The camp will be held July 5-11 and will host 88 campers from 19 AAUW branches. Campers will get to choose from core courses in genetics, engineering, anatomy/physiology, and architecture. The camp will also offer a core course in app development for the first time.

Co-Directors this year are Susan Wheeler (CHAR) and Dawna Hunter (Mariposa). They are working with an energetic team that has already recruited eight dorm moms and are on their way to conducting Junior Counselor/Senior Counselor interviews. Susan and Dawna are currently looking for publicity voluand welcome any members to participate. To get in touch with Susan regarding publicity for Tech Trek UC Davis, you can reach her at (916) 222-9299 or swheeler_1@yahoo.com.

As for our own Branch camper selections, volunteers are needed for the interview process, which is tentatively set for Saturday, March 28th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., location TBD. If you are interested in being a part of the interview process, or in getting involved in Tech Trek, please contact Izzy Brookshire at (916) 995-0046 or izztherower@comcast.net. For more information on Tech Trek, including its history and success stories, you can visit aauw-techtrek.org.

 

Join AAUW for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” March 15 Fundraiser by Cherril Peabody

unsinkable.mollyAre you looking for an entertaining way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon? Well, we have the answer: Come and bring your friends and family to see “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” the lively musical of stage and screen fame featuring the adventures of that unique, spirited woman of the old west, Molly Brown. Runaway Stage is presenting this stage production, and we will have the entire house at the matinee performance on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th St. A wine and cheese reception during intermission is included in your ticket price. Tickets are $35 per person, $20 of which is tax-deductible. This will be our major fundraising event for the AAUW Sacramento 2014-15 program year.

As you may recall, three years ago we had a theatre party with Runaway Stage for a performance of a musical version of “Legally Blond,” and everyone enjoyed the event, so we are doing it again with this new production. Proceeds will benefit our local Scholarships, Tech Trek and Speech Trek projects, plus our national Funds programs.

We need to sell lots of tickets in order to make a profit, so encourage your family and friends to come, too. You can purchase tickets either by sending in the flier, found either online here or in the hard-copy newsletter, along with your check or purchase tickets online here by clicking the orange “Buy Tickets” button below. This time we won’t be holding a silent auction or selling raffle tickets, so you will not be asked to pay for anything else beyond the tickets.

We hope to see you there!

Eventbrite - The Unsinkable Molly Brown Theater Party & Fundraiser for AAUW Sacramento

Explore AAUW Sacramento – Annual Branch Showcase This Saturday, 9-21-13!

Come Explore AAUW Sacramento!

It’s that time again!

Invite your friends and prospective members to Explore AAUW Sacramento at this our annual Showcase as we begin implementing our fall theme “Women Reaching Out”. This is not only an opportunity to introduce new women in the community to our organization but for you, our members, to learn more about Sacramento AAUW’s happenings and contributions toward our mission of breaking barriers for women.

Where and When

Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Ave
Carmichael 95608

9-21-13, from 2 to 4 pm.

Explore:

  • AAUW Sacramento’s outreach programs—commit to your passion
  • Opportunities for lifelong learning through interest groups
  • Opportunities for intellectual growth and creating friendships while promoting equity for women and girls

Learn:

  • How AAUW supports women facing discrimination
  • How AAUW fights for equity for women and girls
  • About Sacramento’s new Centennial research & Project grants
  •  How AAUW supports women facing discrimination
  • How AAUW fights for equity for women and girls
  • About Sacramento’s new Centennial research & Project grants
  • About the Sacramento AAUW scholarship program by observing a presentation of the scholarships to new recipients
  • How Tech Trek promotes math and science in young women by hearing from the girls who our branch sponsored at camp this summer

Connect:

  • With outreach programs or interest groups leaders to find your niche
  • Develop friendships and interact with our interesting, informed and active members
  • To find opportunities to volunteer your talents and skills to strengthen our branch.

We hope to see you there!