Tech Trek

UAH to host Tech Trek Camp from June 10-16, 2018

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 experiments and activities. All were designed to promote campers’ interest in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, offering a targeted response to research showing that girls often take themselves out of the STEM talent pool while in middle school.

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: 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 or contact the Camp Director, Rhonda Gaede, at, or 256.824.6573.