Tech Trek Campers Headed to Whittier College for Early Look at College Experience


Off to Arcadia AAUW's Tech Trek Science/Math Camp for Girls at Whittier College in August are nine girls from local school districts. Front Row (seated, l-r): Cynthia Rodriguez, Kristin Allin, and Peggy Lu. Second Row (standing, l-r): Monica Valles, Shreya Maharana, and Lexine Mackenzie.Tech Trek campers not pictured are Darlene Lucero, Nancy Vo, and Paula Alferez. - Photo by Lawton Gray

Nine middle-school girls from four San Gabriel Valley school districts have been selected to attend Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls, a summer program for 8th grade girls sponsored by the American Association of University Women of California. The Arcadia Branch will be sending the nine girls to Whittier College for a week in August.

Representing Arcadia is Shreya Maharana from First Avenue Middle School.  El Monte City School District is represented by Darlene Lucero, Cynthia Rodriguez, Monica Valles, and Nancy Vo from Potrero School, as well as Paula Alferez from Rio Hondo School.  From Monrovia is Kristin Allin, a student at Santa Fe Middle School.  Oak Avenue Intermediate School in Temple City is sending Peggy Lu and Lexine Mackenzie.

These young women will get a preview of college life while learning that math and science can be fun.  They will live in dorms on the Whittier College campus for a week this summer.  They will attend classes taught by credentialed middle-school teachers, featuring hands-on experiments.  Women who are professionals in the fields of math, science, and technology will be guest presenters.  Highlighting the activities will be field trips to Jet Propulsion Lab, forensic labs and other science and technology centers.  AAUW volunteers will serve as camp directors, nurses, and chaperones.

Students are nominated by teachers to attend the science, math, and technology camp.  The local branch of AAUW that provides the funding for the students to attend makes the final selection of “campers.”  AAUW Arcadia Branch is supporting this endeavor, along with contributions from community donors.  A major contributor to Tech Trek 2009 is the Wayne C. Clayton Foundation of El Monte.

The first Tech Trek was held at Stanford University in 1998, with initial funding from the AAUW Educational Foundation.  This year, there will be seven camps: CSU-Fresno, Sonoma State University, Stanford University (two weeks), UC-San Diego, UC-Santa Barbara, and Whittier College.  Tech Trek is continuing proof that AAUW puts its mission—to support equity and education for all women and girls—into action.

July 9, 2009

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Tech Trek Campers Headed to Whittier College for Early Look at College Experience”

  1. Phyllis Howard says:

    AAUW Arcadia Branch is very proud of our 2009 Tech Trek campers. Their reports were enthusiastic and confirmed the value of the program in the girls’ future educational and career choices!
    We could not have sponsored nine girls without the generous support of members and friends in our community. Donations to sponsor a girl for the 2010 camp are tax deductible. For more information please contact Phyllis Howard, Arcadia Branch Tech Trek coordinator.

  2. CK says:

    I’m a DM at the Whittier branch and Shreya was one of my campers. She was one of the most polite campers I’ve had in the (approximate) 10 years I’ve been a volunteer. Her enthusiasm for the sciences is what helps keep us volunteering–without campers like her, the branch would probably not exist (or not be as effective.
    Best Always,

  3. Paula Alferez says:

    Im paula Alferez one of the campers who went. I can honestly say out of all the science camps i’ve went to this one was by far the most exciting. I had a great and memorable time there and i won’t forget it. 🙂

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