Tech Trek

Tech Trek is a science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the Fall. It features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. Ten one-week sessions of Tech Trek are held each summer at eight different college and university campuses around the state.

All girls attend Tech Trek camps on scholarships provided by AAUW California branch members, working with participating junior highs and middle schools in their area. Seventh grade science and/or math teachers at these schools recommend camper candidates who must then pass through an extensive qualification process that includes an application, an essay, and a personal interview. Camp curriculum is targeted specifically at girls entering 8th grade.

The Santa Barbara – Goleta Valley branch (or its two parent branches) has been very involved in Tech Trek since its inception in 1998. That first year there was only one camp session offered for 80 girls, held at Stanford University. The Goleta Valley and Santa Barbara branches each sent one girl that year. This summer, 2013, our merged branch sent 25 girls to the Tech Trek camp at the University of California Santa Barbara. This has been possible through the generous support of our branch members, individuals in the community, and contributions and grants from local businesses, foundations, and service clubs. We hope to be able to again send 25 girls in 2014.  A list of our 2013 donors is available on this website.

As well as working hard to select and fund our campers, branch members also volunteer as helpers at camp registration. Our branch has also been responsible for organizing the Career Night speakers for the UCSB Tech Trek camp since it began, and every year we invite the camp staff to a kick-off dinner the night before the first day of camp.

Every year in the early Fall, our campers report back on their experiences at an Ice Cream Social to which branch members and all community supporters are invited. We have been fortunate that the Santa Barbara Elks Lodge has been kind enough to supply the venue and all the food for this event for the past several years.

To learn more about the Tech Trek program, here is a link to the Tech Trek website: http://www.aauw-techtrek.org/index.php/.


2016 Tech Trek Donors

Without the generosity of the following sponsors and donors, the Santa
Barbara-Goleta Valley branch of AAUW could not have sent our 28 campers to
Tech Trek this summer. We are grateful for their support in making a difference
in the lives of local junior high girls by giving them the opportunity to experience the 2016 Tech Trek Camp.

* indicates an AAUW member

SPONSOR ($900 or more):

  • Orbital ATK, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Deckers Outdor Corporation
  • L-3 Comm Corp-Maripro
  • Barbara Levi*
  • Lopker Family Foundation
  • NuSil Technology LLC
  • Stone Family Foundation*
  • Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
  • Claire VanBlaricum*

DONOR (Less than $900):

  • Jill Breedon*
  • Karen Bunker*
  • Virginia Capra*
  • Kathleen Crevier*
  • Susan Engles*
  • Carin Ezal*
  • Frontier Technology
  • Pamela Holst*
  • Bonnie Johnson*
  • Anne Kiley Gray*
  • Carol Koch*
  • Beverly Kowalsky Ching*
  • Mary Lou Kravetz
  • Jane Macedo de Veer Agency
  • T Jeannette Myers Cohen*
  • Michel Nellis*
  • Optimist Club Of Santa Barbara
  • Gloria Peyrat
  • Kathy Piasecki*
  • Jean M Reiche*
  • Elizabeth Rumelt*
  • Samuel G Ryan
  • Ruthie Schaeffer

2013 Tech Trek Donors

SPONSOR ($900 or more):

  • Anonymous
  • ATK Space Systems, Inc.
  • Barbara Levi *
  • Citrix Online
  • Claire VanBlaricum *
  • Deckers Outdoors Corporation
  • Frontier Technology, Inc.
  • Karl Storz Imaging, Inc.
  • L-3 Communications Corp
  • Lopker Family Foundation
  • Nusil Silicone Technology
  • Raytheon
  • Ruth (Ruelene) Hochman *
  • Stone Family Foundation (Irene Stone) *
  • The Gas Company

DONOR (Less than $900):

  • Beatrice Hamlin*
  • Betty Warner
  • Beverly Kowalsky  Ching *
  • Bonnie Johnson *
  • Carol Thompson *
  • Cheryl Welkowsky
  • Claudia Scott
  • Constance (Connie) Burns
  • Coralie Mann
  • Dorothy Holstrom *
  • Elizabeth (Elly) Rumelt *
  • Gloria Peyrat
  • Holly Jennings *
  • Ivy Edwards
  • Jane Macedo De Veer
  • Jane Deselm *
  • Jane Honikman *
  • Joan Jones
  • Joyce Spezman-Margolin
  • Karen Bunker *
  • Kathy Piasecki
  • Linda Schwartz
  • Lynn Zodtner
  • Jane Macedo De Veer
  • Mary Lou Kravetz *
  • Michel Nellis *
  • Mignon (Mimi) Bradley *
  • Miles (Bill) McLennan
  • Pacific Wealth Strategies Group, Inc (Erin Neil) *
  • Pamela Holst *
  • Patricia Finn *
  • Patricia Jones *
  • Patricia Shewczyk
  • Rebecca (Rae) Fribley*
  • Ruth Schaeffer
  • Sam Ryan
  • Sheila Kamhi *
  • Susan  Engles
  • Sylvia Camiel
  • Virginia (Ginny) Capra *