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Peterson participates in Buena Vista University Tech Trek camp

August 7, 2016
Reinbeck Courier

Brooke Peterson participated in a week-long Tech Trek STEM camp hosted by The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Storm Lake branch on the campus of Buena Vista University (BVU). 22 rising eighth-grade girls attended in total.

During the week-long camp, the girls participated in core classes and workshops which included subjects such as Verizon MIT App Class, Symantec Cyber Security Hacking Class and How to Develop Solar Powered Cars and Wind Turbines. They also took active field trips to the Buena Vista County Conversation Park and to Kings Pointe Water Park. They also enjoyed canoeing and kayaking, creating pottery, touring a wind farm and performing skits. The camp concluded with a science symposium where the girls presented professional posters to fellow campers and their families.

Tech Trek is uniquely designed to show girls firsthand how exciting careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields can be, and the AAUW Storm Lake event was recently awarded the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council Seal of Approval.

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"The young women at the camp had the opportunity to engage in hands-on intensive work side-by-side in STEM fields that girls have historically not been encouraged to explore," said Dr. Andrea Frantz, associate professor of digital media and social media coordinator of the Storm Lake Tech Trek camp. "From engineering their own solar-powered cars, to interacting with a black rat snake, growing their own rock candy crystals and building computer apps from scratch, the campers all reported new insights and excitement about their experiences throughout the week. It was a delight to watch their eyes get big and the high fives happen after a particular breakthrough."

A long-time leader on issues related to women and girls in STEM, AAUW is working to expand opportunities for women and girls in these fields through advocacy, programming and research.

This year, AAUW is holding 21 Tech Trek camps across the country. Attendees pay only a nominal $50 fee due to generous donations from AAUW's supporters and the community, as well as sponsorships from corporations and industry stakeholders in developing practical, career-focused curricula.

AAUW empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and 900 college and university partners. Since AAUW's founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day - educational, social, economic and political. Learn more at



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