Sixty-two eighth grade girls from throughout New Jersey will immerse themselves in science experiments and meet women working in science and technology fields at the third annual Tech Trek camp from July 16-22.
The camp is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and Stockton University and is designed to interest girls in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Students are recommended by their schools to participate and the majority of the camp is funded by grants and donations.
“At almost every step of the STEM education ladder, we see girls walk away,” said Linda Harmon, president of the Atlantic County chapter of the AAUW, citing Journal of Science research. “By seventh grade, many girls are ambivalent about these fields, and by the end of high school, fewer girls than boys plan to pursue STEM in college. AAUW Atlantic County supports every effort to reverse this long standing trend.”
“Stockton and AAUW are proud to continue this partnership as one way to close the gender pay equity gap,” said Dean Claudine Keenan of the School of Education, an AAUW member and one of the event’s organizers.
“The Tech Trek camp model serves girls, irrespective of socio-economic status, providing hands-on STEM experiences, led by women in these fields, at our state-of-the-art facilities, in our naturally beautiful, residential campus environment,” Keenan said.
Workshops run from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1-4 p.m. This year’s themes include:
Our Water: Become a World Water Hero. Students will do water testing, learn about water conservation and design a rain barrel project to take back to their home towns. American Water sponsors the workshop.
Symantec Cyber Security: Learn how a computer works and how to code and hack by working to prevent a cyberattack. Symantec is the workshop sponsor.
Makerspace: Use innovative thinking and hands-on equipment ranging like circuitry to soldering to create products of the future.
Code That Funky Music: Code your own songs with Earsketch.
You Can Be a Rocket Scientist! Build and test your own flying aircraft from hot air balloons to rockets. Arconic is the workshop sponsor.
Students will be setting off rockets on Thursday June 20. On Thursday evening they will have dinner with women in STEM fields.
On Wednesday June 19 participants will tour the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. Media are invited to attend either a morning or afternoon tour. Media will need clearance at the FAA Visitor’s Center, so please contact Diane D’Amico if you plan to attend.
For more information about Stockton University, visit Stockton.edu.