Orientation

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In order to get paid, first time hires must complete all applicable tax paperwork. You will need two forms of identification: ss# card and driver’s license are the typical ones used. These forms need to be taken to Shelby King Hall ASAP.

JOB EXPECTATIONS

Job Description: 

Tech Trek Counselors provide direct supervision of student campers who are selected to attend the 2023 Alabama Tech Trek program, a residential STEM camp for rising 8th grade girls. Tech Trek is held on the UAH campus. Tech Trek Counselors play a vital role in developing a positive, safe, and enriching experience for every participant. Counselors will direct activities for a small group of campers, be on the lookout for potentially harmful behaviors and situations, provide clear and concise information regarding camp activities and the camp schedule, and accompany the campers to all activities both on and off the UAH campus. Campers receive the bulk of their information about activities, rules, conduct, and social skills from their Counselors.

Specific Responsibilities:  

Read and understand all information, announcements or notes pertaining to camp participants and carry out all rules, requirements, and procedures.  

Accompany and supervise students during all camp activities as scheduled  

Provide a positive, safe, and enriching experience for every participant and serve as a role model to the campers  

Assist with checking campers in and out of their housing (Check-in begins at 2pm on Sunday)  

Keep an accurate record of small group activities (including camper names and room assignments)

Report any illness, accident, or behavior problems to the Camp Director in a timely manner  

Report cases of lost, damaged or stolen property to the Camp Director  

Enforce curfew and lights out  

Report maintenance issues (e.g. repairs or damages to equipment or to rooms)  

Other duties as assigned by the Camp Director.

Counselor Expectations:  

Be positive and engaged with the campers during all activities (e.g. limit mobile phone use, model good listening skills, no napping, etc)  

Be on time for all activities  

Stay in residence hall all night with campers  Enforce all rules and requirements and report any infractions. 

Model appropriate and professional behavior serving as a mentor for the campers  

Follow all rules set for counselors including curfew and not meeting with friends.

Counselors will be given a certain number of hours “off” each day. The schedule of “off” hours will be determined during the counselor training period.

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Coming Soon in 2022

Why Tech Trek is important

  • Girls and women are underrepresented in STEM fields and this camp gives girls a chance to begin a successful path toward college and entering the STEM workforce.
  • Girls who attend Tech Trek are more likely to enroll in science and math courses in high school – and they credit Tech Trek for sparking their interest.
  • In a 2010 AAUW research report, “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math”, AAUW presented the most compelling and well researched information available on women and girls in STEM fields.
  • Tech Trek is our way of “putting our money where our mouth is”.
  • The science and technology workforce in this country is aging, while the demand for talent keeps increasing.

How you can get involved

  • Identifying teachers in your area that may nominate girls to attend the camp.
  • Identifying individuals in your area that may be available to participate in Professional Women’s Night or serve as workshop presenters.
  • Identifying corporate partners that may be interested in making an investment in STEM education for the girls of Alabama.
  • Donating to Tech Trek: http://bit.ly/GivetoTechTrek and select the AL camp (last in the list).
  • Helping interview girls who submit a Tech Trek application.

If you wish more information, please visit  https://techtrek-al.aauw.net/ or contact the Camp Director, Rhonda Gaede, at [email protected] , or 256.824.6573.

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Hville Blast

UAH Tech Trek Camp boosts STEM interest among rising 8th grade girls

Michael Seale

  • LAST UPDATED June 15, 2022

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Tech Trek Camp is back! After a 2-year haitus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university is again hosting rising 8th grade girls for a STEM-based camp experience.

This year’s version of the program will mark the seventh time UAH has hosted the weeklong residential camp.

The demand for women in science

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So, why the need for a STEM-based camp just for girls?

A study by the National Science Foundation, “ Why so Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ,” revealed that eighth grade is the time when most school-age girls tend to fall away from STEM as an academic path.

Research shows that girls who see successful women in STEM careers can overcome the stereotypes sometimes associated with STEM-based jobs.

The  American Association of University Women  (AAUW) worked to reverse that trend by founding  Tech Trek  in 1998, which local advocate Dr. Rhonda Gaede, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and UAH Tech Trek Camp Director, brought to the university in 2014.

The idea was to invite rising eighth grade girls across the state to experiential summer camps that immerse them in the wonders of science and technology, all led by successful women scientists, engineers and professionals. A total of 64 girls from 24 Alabama counties are participating this week on the UAH campus from June 12 to June 18.

“The seventh camp was put off for two years because of COVID. We didn’t feel a virtual camp would give the girls the same experience. We wanted them to be living and working together, with a lot of diversity along as many different dimensions as we could get. Leaders, followers, rural, urban, different ethnicities, so they could learn there are people out there who are different from them. Also, to show that we all have gifts we are sharing when we put them all together.” Dr. Rhonda Gaede, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UAH

How the campers were chosen, and what they do this week

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The girls are nominated by their teachers from counties all over Alabama. The camp features intensive hands-on experiments and activities that promote interest in the STEM fields. This year, UAH had around 160 girls nominated and 140 of those nominees applied.

The camp’s curriculum comprises morning and evening activities, several field trips and a Professional Women’s Night to provide invaluable mentoring opportunities for the students.

One special treat for participants will be visiting the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, where the campers will tour the exhibits and even launch their own rockets. Most importantly, the attendees will be taking part in a new activity that will help them visualize their futures in STEM.

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Michael Seale

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Huntsville (AL) Branch

Welcome to the huntsville, al branch of aauw, next meeting .

We’re taking a break for the summer and will return in September!

Please remember to renew your membership by June 30 !

Thank You AAUW Huntsville Branch Tech Trek 2023 Volunteers !

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Tech Trek is a residential, STEM program for rising 8th grade girls offered by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Huntsville branch and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

Checkout what we’re doing, saying, and meeting about these days on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/aauwhuntsville/

Ongoing Events

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What AAUW does for women and girls is captured in this cool YouTube video , titled, “Ifs and Onlys and Little Girls’ Dreams!”

AAUW , the American Association of University Women, is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners.

For more than 128 years, AAUW Members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

Join us and support an organization with a long track record of crucial issues affecting women:

  • Civil Rights
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Sex Discrimination … and others

Help our 100,000 members work for change:

  • Promote gender-fair classroom practices and national legislators on AAUW priority issues
  • Mentor girls and women
  • Raise money to fund women scholars
  • Raise money to fund ground-breaking research
  • Participate in a community action program or start your own project

While we’re known for getting things done, we also take time to enjoy each other’s company. As an AAUW member, you will belong to a strong network of talented people, one that can stimulate a lifetime of personal and professional growth.

AAUW’s Mission AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

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AAUW was founded in 1881, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Huntsville Branch was chartered in April 1949. AAUW is open to all graduates who hold an associate, baccalaureate or higher degree from a college or university on the list of qualified institutions. Undergraduates are welcome to become AAUW student affiliates.

AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There are no barriers to full participation in the group on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class. Membership is not by invitation.

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Tech Trek camp growing, putting more girls on track to success in STEM fields

by: Melissa Riopka

Posted: Jun 17, 2016 / 06:11 PM CDT

Updated: Jun 17, 2016 / 07:02 PM CDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As the third annual Tech Trek camp wound down at UAH Friday, 65 campers from across Alabama met with some of the donors and supporters of the program to show off their projects.

During the one-week, residential camp, the students developed apps, built robots, studied cyber security and made their own energy-efficient “tiny houses.”

The camp is a partnership between the American Association of University Women and UAH .

It’s targeted to rising 8th graders because data shows this is the time when girls tend to move away from the STEM fields , even if they’ve always been interested in science, technology, engineering and/or math.

Prior to selection, students are nominated by their 7th grade teachers, submit their applications and complete an interview.

While the first year focused on North Alabama, the program has since expanded. This year, the campers came from across the state to experience the hands-on learning and activities.

Thanks to grants and other support, the camp only costs $50 and help is available for families who have difficulty with the fee.

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This event is presented by Ann Arbor SPARK .

Thanks to all those who joined us for this year’s Tech Trek, whether you were a participating company or an attendee! We had a fantastic day filled with technology, innovation, and celebration.

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2024 Tech Trek Camp

 descriptions of the core courses offered at tech trek 2024, florida atlantic university 2024 core courses:.

Qualcomm Wearable Tech:  Through the Wearable Tech project, campers will display their personal identities with circuitry, engineering and programming by designing an automated wearable technology representing their strengths, interests and values.  Step-by-step instructions for setting up a microcontroller and how to use a  breadboard • Hands-on coding and engineering challenges • Learn how to build an LED circuit, get it to blink and send Morse code, using a microcontroller power source •Connect a Servo motor and write code to control the motion. Structural Engineering :   Are you interested in civil engineering and building bridges?  Explore the engineering design process as you research, design, and build a truss bridge out of balsa wood from your own imagination.  Work with a partner to collaborate and build the most efficient bridge possible that will hold at least 5 pounds of weight. Neuroscience:   Learn basic science of the anatomy and function of the brain and nervous system. Activities will include a sheep brain dissection. The core course includes activities involving all the senses, exploring Neuroanatomy and neurotransmission along with virtual tours. Marine Biology:  Learn about marine animal morphology through the dissection of various marine animals. Become familiar with the importance of conserving our planet.  Take a field trip to Loggerhead Marine Science Center to explore sea turtles.  Learn about careers that are available for future marine biologists.

Stetson University 2024 Core Courses:

Marine Science : Students will  learn about a few different topics in Marine Science including how to make observations in science, marine science careers, ocean zones, and food webs, environmentally safe products, ocean waves and currents, and ocean acidification.   Students will also explore careers related to marine science and biology. Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab : Through the Wearable Tech project, campers will display their personal identities with circuitry, engineering and programming by designing an automated wearable technology representing their strengths, interests and values.  Step-by-step instructions for setting up a microcontroller and how to use a  breadboard • Hands-on coding and engineering challenges • Learn how to build an LED circuit, get it to blink and send Morse code, using a microcontroller power source •Connect a Servo motor and write code to control the motion. Weather Exploration: : Students will explore meteorology and how to predict the weather.  They will also investigate careers available in weather exploration.  12-15 Participants

The Fourth Core Class will be announced soon.

 Possible  2024 FAU Workshop Titles :

Rube Goldbergs, Find Your Fit, Chemistry is Fun, Bullet Journaling, Nature Based Science Apps, Archery, Flip Grids, Ozobot Obstacle Course, Make Music, Genome Editing, Drone Search and Rescue, and Microbit Adventures

2024 Possible TechTrek Stetson University Workshop Titles:

Adaptation Stations, Solar Cooking, Solar Paneling Engineers, Robots in Action, The Life of Flies, Flip Grid, Heart Valve, Replication, Can We Solve It?

To see some of the 2023 Camp highlights go to https://flip.com/+txn8e2g0

.Contributions for the 2024 camps should be mailed to Tech Trek, PO Box 126, Palm City, FL 33991.  Checks must be made payable to AAUW Florida Supporting Foundation, Inc,  the sponsor of the camps.  All contributions are income tax deductible to the donors.  The funds raised will be divided between the two camps.

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Tech Trek's success is due to dedicated staff (camp counselors, camp health aide, and teachers) and a host of community volunteers.   We need YOU!  Click below to learn more about how you may participate and how to sign up to be part of the Tech Trek team.  If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected] .

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Tech Trek Counselors play a vital role in developing a positive, safe, and enriching experience for every participant.  Counselors will direct activities for a small group of campers, promote team-bonding and mentoring, be on the lookout for potentially harmful behaviors and situations, provide clear and concise information regarding camp activities and the camp schedule, and accompany the campers to all activities both on and off the UAH campus.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

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Tech Trek activities include workshops led by science and engineering professionals in our community.  Workshops include short presentation, demonstration, and opportunities for the campers to do some hands-on learning.  Workshops are typically 45-60 minutes and repeat two to four times on a single day.

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Tech Trek would not be possible without the support of volunteers from our community.  Volunteers can support Tech Trek in a variety of ways, including:

Tech Trek Interviewer

Professional Women's Night 

Camp Check-in/Check-out

Pick up supplies

Tech Trek Expo Activities

Guest Speakers

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    It was really fun." - 2023 Tech Trek Camper. Donate To Tech Trek . Tech Trek is a residential, STEM program for rising 8th grade girls offered by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Huntsville branch and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Tech Trek immerses young women in a world that empowers and encourages them to ...

  2. Tech Trek 2023

    In order to get paid, first time hires must complete all applicable tax paperwork. You will need two forms of identification: ss# card and driver's license are the typical ones used. These forms need to be taken to Shelby King Hall ASAP.

  3. What happens at Tech Trek?

    This residential program runs for a week (Sunday to Saturday) in June on the University of Alabama in Huntsville campus. Through a selection process, Tech Trek invites 64 girls to join the program. At Tech Trek, girls will: Attend a core class for 15 hours (2023 core class topics were Electric Avenue, Defying Gravity, Solar Energy, App Development)

  4. Preparing for Tech Trek

    2. Tech Trek provides all meals and snacks while at camp. Breakfast will be served at the residence hall and includes a variety of items including cereal, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt, fruit, juice and milk. Lunches and dinners will either be catered or served at the UAH Cafe. All meals will meet the girls dietary requirements ...

  5. About Our Camp

    Huntsville is a high-tech city that is co-located with some of the biggest names in the science and engineering fields including NASA, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, Boeing, Adtran, Dynetics, and Lockheed Martin. Huntsville employs over 40,000 science and engineering professionals. Tech Trek will ...

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    The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is pleased to announce the return of Tech Trek, an American Association of University Women (AAUW) program, to the UAH campus from June 21 to June 27.A weeklong residential camp, Tech Trek features intensive hands-on experiments and activities to promote interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields among rising eighth ...

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    A study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), "Why so Few?Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics," revealed that eighth grade is the time when most school-age girls tend to fall away from STEM as an academic path.The AAUW worked to reverse that trend by founding Tech Trek in 1998, which local advocate Dr. Rhonda Gaede, an associate professor of ...

  8. AAUW Tech Trek

    Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math", AAUW presented the most compelling and well researched information available on women and girls in STEM fields. Tech Trek is our way of "putting our money where our mouth is". The science and technology workforce in this country is aging, while the demand for talent keeps increasing.

  9. Alabama's first Tech Trek camp kicks off at UAH on July 20

    The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will host Alabama's first Tech Trek from Sunday, July 20, through Friday, July 25. Fifty rising eighth-grade girls from across the state will participate in the weeklong residential camp, which features intensive hands-on experiments and activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the opportunity for campers to ...

  10. STUDENTS/FAMILIES

    Want to know more? Everything you need to know about Tech Trek as a student or family member is on this page. Have other questions? Email the Student & Family coordinator at [email protected]. .

  11. 2023 AAUW Huntsville Branch Tech Trek Volunteers

    Thank You AAUW Huntsville Branch Tech Trek 2023 Volunteers!. Tech Trek is a residential, STEM program for rising 8th grade girls offered by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Huntsville branch and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

  12. Nominations being accepted for UAH's first Tech Trek

    This past October, UAH, in partnership with the Huntsville branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), was named one of three new sites to host the next annual Tech Trek. First launched in 1998 at Stanford University, TTech Trek is a weeklong residential science and math summer camp for rising eighth grade girls designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence ...

  13. UAH Tech Trek Camp boosts STEM interest among rising 8th grade girls

    Shares10. UAH's Teck Trek Camp promotes interest in the science, technology, engineering and math fields among eighth-grade girls. (UAH) The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Tech Trek Camp is back! After a 2-year haitus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the university is again hosting rising 8th grade girls for a STEM-based camp experience.

  14. AAUW Huntsville (AL) Branch

    Thank You AAUW Huntsville Branch Tech Trek 2023 Volunteers!. Tech Trek is a residential, STEM program for rising 8th grade girls offered by American Association of University Women (AAUW) Huntsville branch and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).

  15. Getting to Tech Trek

    Nomination Through Selection. 1. All students must be nominated by a science or math teacher. If you are home-schooled, the nomination may come from a non-family member who is familiar with the student's academic pursuits. 2. All nominated students are contacted and asked to apply for Tech Trek. The on-line application process includes general ...

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  17. UAH

    Tech Trek's third outing at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) drew an all-time high of 65 rising eighth-grade girls from 39 schools across 17 Alabama counties. The weeklong residential camp, an American Association of University Women (AAUW) program, was held on the UAH campus from June 12-18 and featured intensive hands-on ...

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    Descriptions of the Core Courses Offered at Tech Trek 2024 Florida Atlantic University 2024 Core Courses: Qualcomm Wearable Tech: Through the Wearable Tech project, campers will display their personal identities with circuitry, engineering and programming by designing an automated wearable technology representing their strengths, interests and values.

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    Tech Trek Counselors play a vital role in developing a positive, safe, and enriching experience for every participant. Counselors will direct activities for a small group of campers, promote team-bonding and mentoring, be on the lookout for potentially harmful behaviors and situations, provide clear and concise information regarding camp activities and the camp schedule, and accompany the ...