AAUW Washington hosted its eighth Tech Trek camp in July 2019 on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University with one hundred and thirty-four girls representing 20 branches. During Tech Trek, the girls attended one core class and two labs each day. In the evenings, the girls participated in a variety of activities including team building and a student produced talent show. On Thursday night, women working as professionals in STEM fields from throughout the Seattle/Tacoma area talked about their careers, what kind of education they have and the diverse opportunities open to women with STEM degrees. The girls selected one of three venues for their day long field trip: Northwest Trek, Pacific Science Center and Museum of Flight.
Tech Trek is unique among Washington’s STEM summer program in that it provides full financial support to the campers and is one of the few programs designed for girls going into the 8th grade. Puyallup Valley AAUW branch selected five girls in 2013 and twelve girls in 2019 to attend the week long camp with generous support from AAUW WA, branch members and community.