Girls get a taste of college at Tech Trek |

Girls get a taste of college at Tech Trek

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Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Jazzmyne Davis, Rachel Ford, Tiffany Racz and Julia Richards, clockwise from left, were selected by the South Lake Tahoe branch of American Association of University Women to attend Tech Trek science camp.

The South Lake Tahoe branch of American Association of University Women has selected four girls to attend Tech Trek Science Camp, a summer program to be held at Mills College in Oakland. Julia Richards and Tiffany Racz from South Tahoe Middle School, joined by Jazzmyne Davis of St. Theresa’s and Rachel Ford from Kingsbury Middle School, will get a preview of college life while learning that science and technology can be fun.

The students will live on the Mills campus for a week with about 100 other girls from Northern California, who have just finished the seventh grade. The girls will attend classes taught by credentialed middle-school teachers and that feature hands-on experiments. Women who are professionals in the field of science, math and technology will be guest speakers. Highlighting the activities will be field trips to a Challenger Learning Center, marine biology boats or a planetarium. The girls also get to enjoy typical camp activities such as swimming, sports and star gazing. AAUW members serve as directors, dorm mothers, nurses and chaperones.

A teacher must recommend each camp attendee. The local AAUW branch does final selection of nominated campers. One of AAUW’s goals is to expose the girls to careers that emphasize the skills learned in math- and science-oriented course work and, hopefully, help them to realize their full potential.

Tech Trek is proof that AAUW puts its mission – to support equity and education for all women and girls – into action. Each AAUW branch sponsoring campers raises money for tuition for participants. To support programs like Tech Trek or to learn more about AAUW in the South Lake area call (530) 318-2710.

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