Middle school girls attending American Association of University Women’s science and math camp at UC Davis | SierraSun.com

Middle school girls attending American Association of University Women’s science and math camp at UC Davis

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Students at Alder Creek Middle School & Sierra Expeditionary Learning School have been awarded scholarships to attend the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Science and Math Camp —Tech Trek — being held at UC Davis in July.

Lela Ann Hermosillo, Alejandra Reyes, and Abigail Weir, students at Alder Creek Middle School, and Marion Snideman from SELS were nominated by their teachers, went through a rigorous application process that included completing an application, writing an essay, and participating in an interview.

The girls selected to receive scholarships are interested in and excited about science and math. The camp’s goal is to create inspiration, confidence , excitement for science and math in young women about to enter eighth grade. Featuring hands on activities at a university campus, the girls receive in-depth study in the fields of science, math, engineering, and technology.

Recognizing that girls were not choosing to go into STEM fields, AAUW ran a research project that demonstrated that Tech Trek alumnae surpass the national average in most advanced science and math courses. They were also more likely to select careers in a science and math field.

AAUW is a nationwide organization that funds women’s legal issues, education and matters impacting women and girls. It currently has 170,000 members and 150 Branches. Funding for Tech Trek is raised locally by the Truckee Donner Branch and includes grants from Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, private citizens desiring to create a legacy, Wyethia Women’s Club, and interested community members.

Source: American Association of University Women