Tech Trek 2017 at NMT was a huge success!
Thank you to all AAUW members and their families who contributed to Tech Trek this year, with time, energy, and support, as well as donations!
In June 60 rising 8th-grade girls from 50 different middle schools from across NM joined 33 staff members at NM Tech in Socorro for Tech Trek NM 2017. The girls took classes in assorted STEM fields as they explored the opportunities for academic studies and careers that they may not have considered before. They talked with professionals in these fields, to ask how they came to be scientists, mathematicians, or engineers, and how they overcame difficulties along the way. In addition, girls went on field trips to Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and the Very Large Array. Then on the final evening they had a pajama party, saw the movie “Contact”, and shared ice cream sundaes.
– Cheri Burch, STEM Chair AAUW-NM
Watch the 2017 slide show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYe622rNHrE
Tech Trek NM 2018 will be June 10-16 in Socorro, NM.
For further 2018 information click: Tech Trek NM
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selecting Tech Trek New Mexico under the “Fund name” menu.
Coming soon: Nomination forms for 2017 and latest program information.
STEM Task Force – Presentations
The STEM task force has presented AAUW STEM information to both organizations of adults who work with girls, girls’ STEM programs, and parent groups that invite us or allow us to come. We have been to St. Charles Elementary School, the NM Science and Math teachers’ annual meeting, a regional math teachers’ annual meeting, the New Mexico Network of Women in Science and Engineering annual meeting, Albuquerque’s Expanding your Horizons, and the National Girls Collaborative Project meeting at UNM.
Why So Few? the 2010 research report by AAUW presents compelling evidence that can help to explain this puzzle. Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) presents in-depth yet accessible profiles of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers — including stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities — that continue to block women’s progress in STEM. The report also includes statistics on girls’ and women’s achievement and participation in these areas and offers new ideas for what each of us can do to more fully open scientific and engineering fields to girls and women. Why so few_exec summary
AAUW completed the research report “Solving the Equation” in 2015. More girls than ever before are studying and excelling in science and mathematics. Yet the dramatic increase in girls’ educational achievements in these fields has not been matched by similar increases in the numbers of women working as engineers and computing professionals. The report Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing takes a closer look at the two STEM fields where the jobs are but women aren’t and advises what we can do to add women. Solving-the-Equation-executive-summary-nsa
Women are not new to leadership; think of Cleopatra or Queen Elizabeth. Think of the women who led the civil rights and education reform movements. But women are still outnumbered by men in the most prestigious positions, from Capitol Hill to the board room. Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo. Quick Facts from Barriers and Bias
If you know parents, teachers, counselors, or volunteers who work with girls who might be interested in hearing our presentations, please make a contact for us and give them our e-mail address: <firstname.lastname@example.org> asking them to use STEM in the subject line.