Thursday, October 23, 2014

AAUW Tech Trek Scholars and Local STEM Happenings - Thurs Nov 13

What is STEM?  The Amador Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be hosting a program that will answer that question as well as tell about STEM education that is happening right here in Amador County.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Workforce projections for 2018 show that nine of the 10 fastest-growing occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree will require significant scientific or mathematical training.  Keeping K-12 students, especially girls, interested in STEM fields beyond Junior High is a real challenge nationwide.

For more than 15 years, AAUW of California has run a highly successful, weeklong camp called Tech Trek which develops girls’ excitement and self-confidence in STEM.  Surveys from Tech Trek attendees demonstrate the camp’s effectiveness.  Alumnae complete a higher number of science and math courses in high school and attend college at higher rates than the national average.  Since 2002, the Amador Branch of AAUW has provided scholarships to over 32 girls in our county to attend Tech Trek Camp the summer prior to eighth grade.

The audience will hear from recent and past Tech Trek scholarship recipients, as well as presentations from educators in our community who are knowledgeable about the opportunities available here in our own county.  Speakers will include Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti, ACUSD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Kelly Hunkins, Principal of Pine Grove Elementary (STEM Magnet School) and representatives of the new Shenandoah Valley Charter School in Plymouth.

The STEM program will be hosted by Amador AAUW on Thursday, November 13th at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, 975 Broadway, Jackson, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Open to the public, there is no cost to attend, and refreshments will be served.  For more information, please go to

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