Read our most recent issue of May 2018 BranchOut the branch newsletter.
Sue Slone was selected as the branch AAUW Fund honoree for the wide variety of things she has accomplished and positions she has held during her 41 years as a member of the branch. For the last three years she has served as the Tech Trek Florida Camp Director. This year 64 girls from various areas of the state will attend this summer’s camp.
AAUW-FL Northern Palm Beach County – Looking Forward:
June 10 – 16, 2018 – Dates of the week long residential Tech Trek camp hosted by the American Association of University Women – Florida (AAUW-FL) at Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton for 64 of Florida’s girls who will enter the 8th grade in the fall. The camp is uniquely designed to engage girls curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through activities that build their skills and interest in pursuing STEM careers. A longtime leader on issues related to women and girls in STEM, AAUW is striving through these camps to expand the number of middle school girls interested in STEM disciplines so they will continue to take classes in these fields in middle school and beyond. The long term goal is to increase the number of women employed in these disciplines where they are currently underrepresented.
Tech Trek Camp Funding
It takes approximately $1,100 per girl to hold the camp each year. Branches should solicit financial support from local corporations so the burden of financing the camp does not fall entirely on AAUW Florida members. The 2018 camp is a project of the AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc. Income tax-deductible contributions can be made online at the camp website or by writing a check payable to AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, noting it is for Tech Trek in the memo line. Mail it to Tech Trek Florida Treasurer, PO Box 2938, Jupiter, FL 33468.
The 2017 Florida camp received generous contributions from Arthrex, Inc., Florida Power and Light, Susan Berlin, DDS, the Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s AAUW Sarasota Branch Norma Heeps Fund, the Charitable Foundation of AAUW Northern Palm Beach County, the Patterson Foundation of Sarasota, Plantation Community Foundation and Praxair in addition to the generous support from Symantec .
To see a selection of photos of the 62 girls who attended the 2017 camp, please visit the camp website at https:techtrek-fl.aauw.net
AAUW has been a leader in the effort to interest more young girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The first summer Tech Trek camp was held on the campus of California’s Stanford University in 1998. Now there are ten California camps and ten additional camps scattered around the United States. Thanks to very generous sponsors and supportive donors, families pay only a $50 fee to send a girl to camp so that girls from a wide range of backgrounds are able to attend.