The Pass Area Interest Group of the Redlands Branch of AAUW – News Archives

Tech Trek Summer 2014

January 2014: Awesome conference again this year! Many thanks to the MANY sponsors in our Banning/Beaumont area and Sun Lakes Charity organizations. 12PassStem14EndOfAGreatMorning

04PassStemKeyNoteAmberPriceJanuary 2013: Great Math-Science Conference! Yet another year of success bringing 300 8th grade girls to San Jacinto Community College for workshops. See published news.

October 2012: We are making progress toward the Math/Science Conference on January 10, 2013. Any ideas you have are appreciated. Also on that note, both the Banning and Beaumont school districts have recently lost their superintendents, however we have been assured that we are on the master calendars for the Jan. 10 date.

In addition, the AAUW Pass Interest Group will be holding an Informal Fall Social on Friday, October 19th at 6:30pm. If you are interested please contact Bessie Reece.

August 2012: We are hosting a get together for current and prospective members in the Pass Area on Tuesday, August 28th, at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Beaumont. Please join us!

Jan – Feb 2012: Thanks to all who participated in our Math-Science Conference! We had a great committee this year. In February we start working on Tech Trek. We hope to send three well deserving and qualified young ladies to the University of California San Diego again this year. It is really fun reading their essays and interviewing the girls.

From Susan Willis, AAUW Redlands President, “Thank you to our members in the Banning/Beaumont area: Bessie Reece, Mary Belle Clark, Ann Harding and their volunteers who made a great Math/Science conference on January 12th. I personally know a student Bridgett Bennecke from Cherry Valley who attended this conference 2 years ago. She was so impressed with the speakers and the event that she is majoring in math and science classes in high school and will graduate a year ahead of her schedule.”

AAUW Tech Trek Summer 2011 program on CBS News: click here (you need Flash to play the video)
From Amy Harbin–Tech Trek “During the summers I volunteer at a math and science camp for girls going into the 8th grade. This year and last year I have been Co-Director of the Tech Trek Camp at UC Irvine. This year, CBS news came to UC Irvine to do some filming and we were featured on the Sunday Evening News on July 24th. Some of the footage was from our Stanford Tech Trek Camp, but most of the action footage with the girls doing actual hands-on science stuff is from UC Irvine. My Co-Director Jan Cook and I are really proud.”

May 2011: We met with our Tech Trek girls and their families. We do this each year so the girls get to know each other before they go off to camp in July. It also gives the families the opportunity to find out more about AAUW and what we do for women and girls. We are sending three girls this year, one from each of the middle schools in Banning and Beaumont. This brings us to a total of twenty girls from the Pass Area that we have sent to Tech Trek. The girls are very excited about going to the University of California, San Diego, living in the dorms for a week and attending classes on the campus. We are very proud that we are able to offer this opportunity to these outstanding seventh grade girls.

Feb. 2011: See our 2011 Math/Science Conference pictures – that’s the whole story of our success, yet one more year. Our eleventh annual Math/Science Conference was held on Tuesday, Jan. 11 on the campus of Mt. San Jacinto College. 320 girls attended this year’s conference. New for this year’s conference were speakers in Computer Science (the City of Fontana brought their whole IT team); Emergency Medical Services (courtesy of the City of Riverside); and Civil Engineering (courtesy of the County of San Bernardino). These were all great additions to our conference.

Sept. 2010: Our three girls recently returned from Tech Trek at the University of California, San Diego. From the looks of the Tech Trek website, not only did the girls have a good time, but they had a great academic experience. One of the girls wrote that her anatomy class dissected a fetal pig. She thought she would hate doing so, but she states that she found it fascinating (except for the smell). We are continually impressed by the caliber of girls that we send each year and find it difficult to believe they are only seventh graders.

We have a great committee working on our Math/Science conference 2011. We are expected to have 300 girls again this year. This will be year eleven for this project. Working with us are several new AAUW members from the Pass Area. The conference is tentatively set for Friday, January 7, 2011 at Mt. San Jacinto College. We hope that members living outside the Pass Area will also assist us with our conference. Providing this service to girls is always a rewarding experience

January 8, 2010 – Math/Science Conference at Mt. San Jacinto Community College: We did not think a conference would be possible in 2010 due to a reduction in financial contributions. However, when the Banning and Beaumont School Districts heard our problem they stepped forward and volunteered to provide the lunches for the girls, thus making the conference possible this year.

Sept. 2009: our Pass Area Group was recognized by the Beaumont School District for our service in providing the Math/Science Conference for the past ten years and awarding scholarships to Tech Trek. Present at this board meeting were the two girls we sent to Tech Trek this year and their parents. The Principals of both the Beaumont Middle Schools spoke about our contributions to their schools. To date we have sent 25 girls to Tech Trek.

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