The American Association of University Women of California is again sponsoring two one week summer programs for young women at Stanford University called "Tech Trek Science, Math, & Computer Camp". There will be 84 seventh grade women attending from all over California this year, along with 20 staff members, each week for two weeks (a different group each week).
We have been asked to provide a star party for the group on the evening of Thursday July 13th. and again for a second group on the evening of Wednesday July 19th. Start time will be 9:00 PM. I recommend starting setup no later than 8:00 PM.
Given the number of attendees and the expected enthusiasm, we could use lots of telescopes. It is a week night in both cases but I don't expect the event to run past 11 pm at the latest.
Those of you that helped out in past years can vouch for how much fun it is to work with this group. The questions were well thought-out, the enthusiasm non-stop. We got email from one volunteer the next day, "I didn't even have to clean my eyepieces!" This is not the average group of kids!
We will be setting up our telescopes on the Stanford Campus, back in The Knoll. Maps and directions will be provided for those that volunteer. They have unfortunately erected a large log barrier at the enchanted broccoli forest location where we used to go through to get to the knoll, so this year we will have to go through campus and navigate to the top side of the knoll through the road that is blocked by a bollard, which we will have removed.
If you are interested, please contact me to sign up.
Information on Tech Trek:
Tech Trek is a science/math camp for girls going into 8th grade. It is designed to help them continue their previous interests in science, math, technology, exploration and learning, past the tricky years when new distractions enter their lives.
Tech Trek is an all-volunteer, all-scholarship math and science camp for girls entering 8th grade, sponsored entirely by the American Association of University Women - California. 2009 will be our 12th year at Stanford (2 camps), with camps on 5 other campuses around California, serving more than 600 girls each year.
Studies have shown that girls' interests can be sustained if they are exposed to the realities and possibilities available to women today. Tech Trek provides some of that exposure.
Also, a week's stay on an exciting campus helps them picture themselves on such a campus and visualize college in their future. This is especially important for girls whose family members have not gone to college.
Our campers come from the widest range of economic, educational and ethnic backgrounds, but they all have one important thing in common: they were recommended by teachers who recognized their interest and abilities in science and/or math.
Because of the high interest our Star Party nights received from girls at past camps, we added a week-long class in astronomy, beginning in 2005.
Tech Trek, having started eight years ago on the Stanford campus, has expended all over California; to Mills College in Oakland, Fresno State
University, Whittier College in L.A., the University of California at San Diego and, new in 2005, U.C. Santa Barbara. Camp is a special project of the American Association of University Women, California, but was the idea of Marie Wolbach, a Palo Alto branch
member who directed the camp at Stanford and encouraged the others as they grew.
All girls are on full scholarship paid for by their local AAUW branches. Except for the teaching staff, all staff members volunteer their time and effort.
Mission: The American Association of University Women promotes education and equity for all women and girls, lifelong education and positive societal change.
Who We Are:
Since 1881 AAUW has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls.
Through our nationwide network of 105,000 members, AAUW opens doors for women and girls and influences public debate on critical social issues such as education, civil rights and health care.
AAUW also sponsors community programs, publishes ground breaking research on women, girls and education; provides one of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women; and fights sex discrimination in education.