Tech Trek, a week-long science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp for girls entering the eighth grade, gets under way at Pacific Lutheran University on Sunday. The camp is designed to develop girls’ interest, excitement, and self-confidence in STEM through classes, workshops, hands-on activities and field trips.
More than 50 girls from Washington will take part in the camp, sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). This year’s campers include five camp scholarship winners from Tacoma Public Schools. Four are from Giaudrone Middle School: Braelyn George, Cindy Lam, Lindy Guerrero and Savanah Nguyen. The fifth, Chessie Briggs, is a student at Bryant Montessori School. After being nominated by their science or math teachers, they submitted applications and essays, and participated in interviews with the Tacoma AAUW selection committee.
Similar camps are being held in three other states. A 2010 AAUW research report found that women are underrepresented in STEM fields. The report also showed that those numbers can change when girls realize their potential in STEM at an early age.