Category Archives: STEM

2017 Tech Trek Tea on April 22nd

We are sending 12 girls to camp this year!

Bring a friend and come on April 22nd — hats optional — to the annual tea benefit in support of our branch’s scholarship winners.

The week-long camp at Sonoma State University for middle-school girls will encompass a variety of science, math and technology programs.

Any contribution at your comfort level is most appreciated; see page 1 of the April VOICE for details on making a donation.

DATE:   Saturday, April 22, 2017
TIME:    3pm to 5pm
PLACE & RSVP:  Check page 1 of the April VOICE
COST:    Donations of any amount are welcome!

2016 Tech Trek Tea on April 16th

We are sending 11 girls to camp this year!

Tech Trek Girl ImageBring a friend and come on April 16th — hats optional — to the annual tea benefit in support of our branch’s scholarship winners.

The week-long camp at Sonoma State University for middle-school girls will encompass a variety of science, math and technology programs.

Any contribution at your comfort level is most appreciated; see page 5 of the April VOICE for details on making a donation.

DATE:   Saturday, April 16, 2016
TIME:    3pm to 5pm
PLACE & RSVP:  Check page 5 of the April VOICE
COST:    Donations of any amount are welcome!

Award-Winning ‘ Roominate’ STEM Toy for Girls

An award-winning line of complete building sets designed for girls, Roominate was developed by Stanford engineering grads Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen in 2012 to help bridge the gender gap in STEM.

To date, Roominate has picked up multiple awards for its gender-bending, building toys, including Forbes “Top 10 Toys to Watch in 2015,” TIME “Toy of the Year” and the 2015 TOTY Finalist.

Roominate consists of 12 sets, some for 6 years and up, and others for 8 years and up. Children can build interactive sets like a school bus, amusement park and many more that come to life through the use of things like motors and lights.

Interactive apps also allows kids to remotely control motors and lights and get design ideas from fellow players (or “Roominaters”).

To learn more, visit:    http://www.roominatetoy.com/

To find a local store, visit:  http://www.roominatetoy.com/store-locator/

2015 April Tech Trek Tea

Members Event on April 18, 2015:

Tech Trek Tea

’Tis time to attend the annual Tech Trek Tea, a benefit in support of Tech Trek
Science/Math/Technology Camp.

We are sending 10 girls to camp this year!

Tech Trek Girl ImageThe Tea will feature April flowers and treats galore!

Hats are optional.   Bring a Friend!

Any donation at your comfort level appreciated.  Please refer to page 7 of the April Voice  to see how you can help our branch continue to make available such a wonderful opportunity for middle-school girls.

For more information on Tech Trek:  please see the AAUW
webpage: aauw-techtrek.org.

DATE:   Saturday, April 18, 2015
TIME:    3pm to 5pm
PLACE & RSVP:  Check your copy of the April Voice
COST:    Donation of any amount

Tech Trek Scholars - Summer 2014

Scholarship winners from 2014 Summer Tech Trek Camp:  Left to Right: Front row – Kaii, Gabriela & Doanh and Back row – Maria, Moncerrath, Dagney and Hannah.

January 2015 Program

Alison GopnikMeet the Author:  Alison Gopnik

Come hear Alison Gopnik, a leader in the study of children’s learning and development and a pioneer in the field of cognitive science.

She will speak about  her books and about her experiences as a woman working in a scientific field.

About the Author:  Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley.   Among the books she has authored are:  The Scientist in the Crib, How Babies Think, and The Philosophical Baby.

Some of the books authored by Alison Gopnik

Some of the books authored by Alison Gopnik

DATE:   Saturday, January 31, 2015
TIME:   1pm to 3pm
PLACE:  Dimond Branch Library
……….. 3565 Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland
COST:    Free

 

November 8, 2014 Program:

STEM Panel Presentation – From College to Career

STEM Education Image

 

Join us with co-host Holy Names High School for a session that explores routes from college to a successful career in a STEM field.

The panel will discuss their backgrounds, what it’s like for a young woman to work in STEM fields today, what they wish they had known as students, and their advice for the next generation of STEM career women.

Among our panelists will be young women early in their careers as:
• a biofuels researcher from the Joint BioEnergy Institute
• a software engineer from Google
• a manager at Black Girls CODE
• a representative from GoldieBlox

Panel moderator:  Linda Kekelis is an AAUW Oakland-Piedmont branch member and CEO of Techbridge, an organization that inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering.

Who should attend:  This program is for middle school, high school and community college students, as well as their parents, teachers and mentors.

DATE:   Saturday, November 8, 2014
TIME:   1pm to 2:30pm
PLACE:  Holy Names High School
……….. 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland, CA  94618
COST:    Free / Please RSVP

For more information, including directions and how to RSVP, download the event flyer here:   STEM Event – College to Career – on Sat 11-8-14

 Members:  Please send your RSVP to Nancy Adams.

I Was a Tech Trek Dorm Mom

Here I am with my girls at the camp's Build Night

With my girls (I’m in the center) at the camp’s Build Night

 by Carol Koch
Oakland-Piedmont Branch Member

It was thrilling to learn I was going to be a Dorm Mom at the June 2014 Tech Trek Science Camp.  What could be more fun than spending a week hiking, swimming, catching up on my reading, and eating great food on the beautiful Sonoma State University campus?  Little did I know what I was about to get myself into.

It wasn’t the “vacation” I expected, it was SO much more!  It was a week of hanging out with 12-13 year-old adorable, geeky, amazing girls, as they learn through creative classroom formats and fun events how cool science, technology, engineering and math can be.  They had classes in forensic anthropology and bee keeping, took geology walks, stargazed through telescopes, blew up eggs, dissected cow eyes, and even had a couple of field trips to a nearby nature preserve and gardens.

At the Cow Eye Dissection Class

At the cow eye dissection class

It was also a week of being inspired by the remarkable directors who run the camp, the amazing teachers that open up entire new worlds for these insatiable “campers,” and the women working in STEM fields that volunteer for the special events.

It was a week in June that changed lives – even mine!

The Girls our branch sponsored to this year’s camp

The girls our branch sponsored at this year’s camp

My group of 10 girls delighted and surprised me every day.  The camp (84 girls) was split up into eight dorm groups. My group named themselves right away: The Purple Potato Genii, or “PPG”, for short.  The PPG bonded over card playing, singing songs, talking TV shows, sports, and sharing their days experiences.  No “mean girls” in this bunch.  They were supportive and kind to each other.

It was the experience of a lifetime and I’m looking forward to next year’s camp!

The entire group at Sonoma State's 2014 Tech Trek Camp

The entire group at Sonoma State’s June 2014 Tech Trek Camp

May 2014 Event:

Beyond Tech Trek:

STEM programs for girls in the Bay Area!

Come learn about the different area-wide programs in science education available for girls.

Speaker:  Lisa Hoover: 

Lisa is one of 13 Oakland Women of the Year in 2013, was honored by California’s 15th State Assembly District Assemblymember Nancy Skinner for educating young women and men in the field of science. Lisa offers youth programs through the center’s Champions of Science and Galaxy Explorer programs targeted at underserved middle school youth and high school youth respectively.

When:  Saturday May 17, 2014  10:30 AM

Where:  Home of Barbara Norum

xxxxxxxx7610 Hansom Drive, Oakland   MAP

 AAUW Members:   Please plan to stay after the public portion of the event for a brief business meeting.