Local female scholarship recipients attend annual science and math camp at UCSB
Gave presentation to local branch of AAUW about their experience
–Two local 8th grade students, Elizabeth Marriott (left) and Sydney Barker, recently gave presentations to the Paso Robles branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) about their experiences at Tech Trek, a week-long science and math camp sponsored by AAUW for girls entering the 8th grade. Both girls won $900 scholarships from AAUW-Paso Robles to attend the 2016 Tech Trek camp, held in July on the campus of University of California at Santa Barbara.
Marriott is a student at Cappy Culver School in the San Miguel School District, and Barker attends Santa Lucia School in Templeton. This year’s scholarships were primarily funded by a generous $1,700 donation from IQMS, a technology company based in Paso Robles. Since 1998, girls from the Central Coast have attended the one-week Tech Trek camp, which has been held at one of several university campuses located throughout California. The campers say they had a marvelous educational experience that they found both challenging and fun.
Prospective Tech Trek campers are selected from 7th grade girls nominated by their math, science, computer or technology teacher from a participating school. Nominated girls are then asked to complete an application, write an essay, and interview with local AAUW members who select the campers. All girls attend Tech Trek camp on scholarships provided by the local AAUW branch. The goal of Tech Trek is to encourage a diverse group of young women to take math and science courses throughout high school, to motivate students to attend college and to inspire young women to consider STEM careers (fields of science, technology, engineering, or math).