October 17 meeting of La Palma-Cerritos AAUW to feature eighth-grade Tech Trekkers

The members of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold their general meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at Cerritos Park East, at 13234 East 166t Street, Cerritos, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guest speakers for the evening will be four current eighth grade girls who were sponsored by the branch to attend a one-week Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Tech Trek Camp at Whittier College this past June.

The guest speakers will be Arianna P. and Hannah R. from Fedde Middle School in ABC Unified School District, and Gracen G. and Hannah H. from Walker Jr. High School in Anaheim Union High School District.

Each girl was recommended by her math or science teacher and showed an interest in STEM subjects. Each girl was required to write an essay of how she thought STEM subjects could improve the world. Girls who qualified by fulfilling these requirements were then interviewed by a committee of branch members. The committee members selected the girls that they thought would most benefit from attending the Tech Trek Camp at Whittier College. They hope that the girls who attended the Tech Trek Camp will be inspired to study STEM subjects in high school and college and plan for careers in the STEM fields.

The four Tech Trekkers will be sharing information about what they experienced and learned at the STEM Tech Trek Camp. Their presentation will be moderated by Tobi Balma, who was the Assistant Whittier Tech Trek Camp Director. Tobi is also a founding member of the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW.

The October 17 meeting is open to the public so people can meet the Tech Trekkers and learn more about the Tech Trek Camp at Whittier College. For more information about the program, contact Program Co-VP Karen Cox at 562-519-0596. For more information about the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the AAUW, visit: lapalma-cerritos-ca.AAUW.net.

Pictured are eighth grade girls who were sponsored by the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the AAUW to attend a one-week STEM Tech Trek Camp at Whittier College in June of 2019.  They are, left to right, Hannah R. and Arianna P. from Fedde Middle School in ABC Unified School District, Hannah H. and Gracen G. from Walker Jr. High School in Anaheim Union High School District. Photo by Edna Ethington.
Pictured are eighth grade girls who were sponsored by the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the AAUW to attend a one-week STEM Tech Trek Camp at Whittier College in June of 2019. They are, left to right, Hannah R. and Arianna P. from Fedde Middle School in ABC Unified School District, Hannah H. and Gracen G. from Walker Jr. High School in Anaheim Union High School District. Photo by Edna Ethington.