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University women send girls to camp

Provided to the TribuneLeanne De Bella, left, and Janell Contaxis were selected by the South Lake Tahoe branch of the American Association of University Women to attend Tech Trek Science Camp, a summer program at Stanford University.

The South Lake Tahoe Branch of the American Association of University Women has selected two girls to attend Tech Trek Science Camp, a summer program to be held at Stanford University. Janell Contaxis and Leanne De Bella of South Tahoe Middle School will get a preview of college life while learning that science and technology can be fun.

The students will get to live on the Stanford Campus for a week in July 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 featuring hands-on experiments. Women who are professionals in the field of science and technology will be guest presenters. Highlighting the activities will be field trips to a Challenger Learning Center, marine biology boats or a planetarium. The girls also will get to enjoy typical camp activities such as swimming, sports and stargazing. AAUW members serve as camp directors, dorm mothers, nurses and chaperones.

A teacher must recommend each camp attendee. The local AAUW branch does final selection of nominated campers. Middle-school girls are targeted as many experience a drop in self-esteem during these years, and even talented girls may stop taking important math and science classes. One of the AAUW’s goals is to break this cycle and help girls 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 the participants. To support programs like Tech Trek or to learn more about AAUW in the South Shore area call (775) 588-0989.

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