Local Girls at Tech Trek

Six eighth grade girls from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Poway-Peñasquitos branch attended the California Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls at UCSD in June. Amanda Tsai (Mesa Verde), Sophia Righthouse (Mesa Verde), Raina Mesina (Black Mountain), Sophia Azab (Black Mountain), Parmis Kimiaghalam (Meadowbrook), and Alexis Ramirez (Meadowbrook) lived on the UCSD campus for a week, where they attended classes and participated in hands-on activities and experiments. The candidates were nominated by their seventh grade math or science teachers, and selected based on their performance in the extensive qualification process, which included an application, essay, and a personal interview.

AAUW Tech Trek camps exist to help develop interest and excitement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields as well as improve self-confidence in eighth grade girls. Tech Trek also seeks to expose girls to careers available to women in science today and help them visualize college as part of their future. In addition to their regular math and science work, campers were exposed to evening programs in specified fields such as astronomy, engineering, chemistry, marine biology, and environmental studies to enhance their learning experience and introduce them to a variety of potential career areas.

The Poway-Peñasquitos branch of AAUW encourages personal and professional growth of local women and girls, with members from Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Scripps Ranch, and Escondido. AAUW California was established in 1921 and is now the state’s most active and diverse organization for women. Learn more at www.powayarea-ca.aauw.net.