Area girls attend ‘Tech Trek’

August 10, 2014 • Vistas

Submitted Photo Taylor Fitts, Skylynn McMinn, Cheyanne Reed, Spencer Pennypacker, Elizabeth Latimer and Ariana Langowski attended the six-day Tech Trek.


Six girls representing Carlsbad, Roswell and Loving recently attended Tech Trek, a science and math camp for girls held at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces and sponsored by The American Association of University Women.

Skylynn McMinn, Spencer Pennypacker and Ariana Langowski from Carlsbad’s P.R. Leyva Middle School, Elizabeth Latimer and Taylor Fitts from [auth] Sidney Gutierrez Middle School in Roswell and Cheyanne Reed from Loving Middle School attended the camp the week of July 13-19.

The Tech Trek camps were established in 1998 by A.A.U.W.’s Palo Alto, California branch in cooperation with Stanford University. The camps expanded throughout California until 2012 when A.A.U.W. decided to expand Tech Trek nationwide. A.A.U.W. Las Cruces in partnership with N.M.S.U. were chosen as one of the 2014 expansion camps.

The camp hosted 52 girls entering the eighth grade who spent the week working in a university classroom and lab setting on various science, technology, engineering and math activities. The classes and workshops were taught by N.M.S.U. faculty and local professionals in STEM fields.

The week included a field trip to White Sands and culminated with project presentations and awards.
The attendees were nominated by their seventh-grade science teachers and then completed an application and interview process. Final selections were made by a Las Cruces committee. Over 250 girls from across the state were nominated to attend the camp.

A.A.U.W. is a national organization with over 100,000 members and branches in all 50 states. There are 11 branches in New Mexico. The A.A.U.W. mission is to “advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.” For more information on A.A.U.W. or Tech Trek, call 575-302-6248.

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