Tech Trek returns to UAH, expands with Lockheed Martin grant

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This summer, The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will once again host Tech Trek, a weeklong residential science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) summer camp for rising eighth-grade girls. But unlike last year, the camp will take place a month early – from June 21-27 – with nominations accepted through Feb. 13, 2015.

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Tech Trek, which is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), immerses girls in a world that empowers and encourages them to think about themselves as future scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and computer specialists. It has a demonstrated history of success in breaking through barriers for women and girls in STEM, with Tech Trek alumnae far exceeding their contemporaries in participation and persistence in STEM education and careers.

And there’s no doubt that positive trend will continue in the coming year, thanks to a $90,400 grant that the AAUW recently received from Lockheed Martin. The funds will allow the organization to bring eight additional Tech Trek camps to college campuses across the country this summer, thereby extending its reach to more than 1,600 girls. As a part of the collaboration, Lockheed Martin employees will also mentor program participants at camps held at UAH, Stanford University, and Richard Stockton College.

“We are pleased to join AAUW’s efforts to change the face of STEM,” said Lockheed Martin Director of Corporate Community Relations Emily Simone. “True innovation happens when everyone is engaged, so we are excited to work with an organization that has such a rich history of getting women excited in pursuing STEM education and careers.”

“We are thrilled to have Lockheed Martin help us encourage girls to follow their passion for STEM learning,” said AAUW Executive Director and CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “Too many girls still hear the tired stereotypes about women in STEM — particularly about their math capabilities. It’s time to erase those notions. Today’s middle school girls will be tomorrow’s innovators and problem solvers, and Tech Trek provides them with the sense of empowerment they need to succeed in STEM fields.”


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