TechTrek Campers on Tour

TechTrek Campers on Tour

By Ashley Savageau, Symantec's Community Relations Manager

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 1:30pm

Research has shown that young women start leaving science and math courses during their middle school years, when social acceptance becomes more important than their academic interests. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) noticed this trend and set out to change it by encouraging young women to continue their interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exploration and learning.

They developed Tech Trek camps, week long science and math camps designed to develop interest and self-confidence in STEM subjects. The program specifically targets young women entering eighth grade, and the girls spend the week on a university campus partaking in hands-on activities in their chosen core class, rotating labs, and field trips. This year, more than 1,600 girls will attend camps at one of the 21 sites around the United States. This year, AAUW added a core class in cybersecurity after Symantec issued a grant of $100,000  to expand the Tech Trek curriculum. In July, the class was piloted in three camp locations – Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Stanford University, and the University of California, Irvine.

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