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ERIC Number: ED546785
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Igniting the Spark: Tech Trek STEM Camps for Girls. Summary of Survey Findings
American Association of University Women
Tech Trek opens up STEM possibilities for girls in many contexts. It expands and influences their academic and social lives, starting in middle school and continuing on into their careers. The program seeks out talented girls, sparks their interest, illuminates the value of a college education, and validates their passions. Tech Trek's exciting, hands-on approach offers a wide variety of experiences that translate into options well beyond the week of camp. Since 1998, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has helped change girls' lives through Tech Trek, an experiential summer camp designed to pique the interest of rising eighth-grade girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A 2013 survey of Tech Trek alumnae who attended the camp in California between 2006 and 2009 demonstrates the program's lasting effects on many levels, including interest and confidence in STEM fields, decision to pursue STEM curricula, and future career plans. Alumnae credit Tech Trek's multifaceted teaching and learning strategies with positively shaping their expectations and expanding their scope of opportunities in STEM.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of University Women
Identifiers - Location: California