Since 1998, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through Tech Trek, an experiential summer camp backed by research and designed to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) exciting and accessible to girls in middle school—the age when research shows girls’ participation in these fields drops. Through hands-on problem solving, educational field trips and interactions with women role models in STEM fields, Tech Trek helps girls find their passion for STEM subjects and consider STEM-related careers. The weeklong residential camp, located on a college or university campus, sparks their curiosity and places them on a path to success.

Because a girl may only attend Tech Trek funded by an AAUW branch, it is our role to raise funds for the scholarships. Donations toward a $950 scholarship may be made to the Laguna Beach Foundation, AAUW (“LBF-AAUW”), with “Tech Trek” written on the memo line, and mailed to:  Susan Kent, Treasurer, PO Box 219, Laguna Beach, CA 92652.

The AAUW-Laguna Beach has awarded 110 Tech Trek scholarships since the program’s inception in 1998. Our girls have attended camps at Stanford University, CSU Fresno, UCI, UCSD and Whittier College. This year’s recipients, Clarice Curras, Elizabeth Durant, Tess Genske, Georgia Keel, Lucy Loughlin, Sarah MacCallum, Cassidy Morgan, Mia Tacklind, and Jacqueline Witteman will attend Tech Trek camps at UCI and UCSD.

Alice Apkarian
Tech Trek Chair
AAUW-Laguna Beach