What’s New

Read our most recent issue of Summer 2018 BranchOutOut the branch newsletter.

Two Free 8 Week Self-Defence Classes for Women.  Saturday afternoons from noon to 1 pm beginning July 7th and Thursday mornings from 10 to 11am  beginning July 12th
We are partnering with 4 other women’s organization to promote this free class offered by Ultima Fitness in downtown West Palm Beach.  If you are interested or know someone who is, contact Mike at 561-659-1724 or at bit.ly/ultimaselfdefense.

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 2019 – Dates of the two week long residential Tech Trek camps hosted by the American Association of University Women – Florida (AAUW-FL) for girls who will enter the 8th grade in the fall will be announced by September. 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 2019 camps are 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 2018 Florida camp received generous contributions from Praxair Inc., Symantec, AT&T,  AAUW Florida, Susan Berlin, DDS, the Merrill G. and Emita E. Hastings Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota’s AAUW  Sarasota Branch Norma Heeps Fund, and the Charitable Foundation of AAUW Northern Palm Beach County,

To see a selection of photos of the 64 girls who attended the 2018 camp, please visit the camp website at https:techtrek-fl.aauw.net

Camp History

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.