Tech Trek Summer Math and Science Camp for Girls

K-12 Student Outreach

Tech Trek is a week-long math and science camp that empowers middle school girls to begin a successful path toward high school AP science and math courses.  Students are encouraged to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses in high school and college, so they may ultimately enter the STEM workforce as adults.The program has been in existence in California since 1998, where it has been a huge success, serving over 9,000 girls across eight college campuses.

In 2012, the program was piloted in five states outside of California; the first Oklahoma Tech Trek program took place on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) campus in Weatherford in June 2013.  Click here to see a group photo of 2013 camp participants.

STEM careers provide highly stable, well-paying jobs. In turn, more young women entering STEM programs provide diverse perspectives from a deeper talent pool – a win-win for the U.S. economy. Members of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Weatherford branch, in partnership with SWOSU, were chosen to host one of five pilot Tech Trek camp sites outside of California. In turn, they received $10,000 in start-up costs, a Tech Trek toolkit of ideas and training, and the directive to create an educational and inspirational program for young girls featuring math and science activities unique to Western Oklahoma.  The program was also funded through an award from Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR.

The inaugural summer 2013 Oklahoma program included the following activities:

  • Interactive and hands-on learning of concepts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • On-sight activities at the Stafford Air & Space Museum, P Bar Farms, Crowder Lake University Park and Deer Creek Conservation District.
  • Day-long field trip to the Weatherford Wind Energy Center and STEM-related businesses in Elk City.
  • Professional night, featuring mentors in STEM-related careers.
  • Friday evening picnic, canoeing and ropes course at Crowder Lake University Park for campers and their families.
  • Saturday Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet for campers and their families.

Subsequent camps were held in 2014 and 2015. Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR has been pleased to sponsor these inaugural camps and will again be a sponsor in 2016.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Appeddu, SWOSU camp director
techtrek@swosu.edu
580.774.3063 or 580.774.3148.