Techies head to camp

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The Auburn branch of American Association of University Women is pleased to announce the five area students who have been chosen to attend Tech Trek, a weeklong residential science, math and technology camp for girls who will be entering eighth grade in the fall. These girls are Meghan Baird from Newcastle Elementary, Sarah Ferral from Foresthill Divide Middle School, Undral Khuyag from Loomis Grammar School, and Riley O’Keefe and Autumn Turner from Colfax Elementary School. These five girls will get a preview of college life while learning that math and science can be fun. These students will live in the dormitories at the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto for one week this summer while attending classes taught by credentialed teachers or professionals in the fields of math, science or technology. Off-campus field trips will also be a part of this experience. Tech Trek is a project of AAUW California and AAUW volunteers serve as camp directors, health aides, and dorm mothers. Local teachers nominate seventh-grade girls who are excited by math and/or science. Students are chosen for interviews from the many applications and essays submitted. Tech Trek is a scholarship program and funding for the selected campers is provided by donations from members and local businesses. The program has been in operation since 1998 as a result of one woman’s dream and will be carried out at eight campuses in California this summer. Contact Carol Waechter at to learn more.