Tech Trek is looking for volunteers with a commitment to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education who will assist with activities, field trips, and general camper needs during the week of Tech Trek.
Volunteering with Tech Trek is a great way to get involved in helping girls discover their potential in STEM. Tech Trek is staffed almost entirely by volunteers, and couldn’t be done without volunteer efforts. All staff will receive room and board on campus and a stipend.
Dorm Monitors are responsible for a small group of Tech Trek campers, provide emotional support, and respond to campers’ questions and concerns throughout the week.
Each Dorm Monitor will have a ‘dorm group’ of ten to twelve girls. Dorm monitors will hold daily meetings with their dorm groups and keep track of their whereabouts throughout the day. They will accompany girls to campus activities and field trips and will be in charge of the enforcement of camp rules and policies.
Junior counselors are high school student volunteers who attended 2017 or 2016 Tech Trek NM. They assist teachers, Dorm Monitors and Camp Staff during the week of Tech Trek camp with core classes, workshops, activities, snacks, material preparation and general camper needs.
Student counselors are college student volunteers who assist teachers, Dorm Monitors and the Camp Director during the week of Tech Trek camp with activities, field trips, material preparation and general camper needs.
Student counselors will supervise campers throughout the day and assist camp staff with classes and other activities. They will help to provide a safe environment, monitor campers, ensure they are where they need to be, and act as a role models for the campers by demonstrating a warm, positive outlook and attitude as well as an excitement for STEM.
Teachers will provide a STEM core class (3 hours/day for 5 days) or lead a one-time, 90 minute workshop for 12- and 13-year-old girls during the week of Tech Trek camp.
Classes should include stimulating hands-on activities and STEM-focused coursework. Students may work on cumulative projects throughout the week or have a different project each day. Teachers should have multiple years of teaching experience in a STEM field and be prepared to encourage and appreciate student effort and act as role models.
The Health Aide provides basic medical support as needed and is the first line of medical support for campers. The Health Aide should be highly organized and comfortable discussing medical needs of campers, prepared for all medical issues that might arise during camp activities.
Health Aides will be on call 24 hours a day for the duration of camp and be able to respond immediately to health needs. They will keep records of campers’ medical information and be familiar with any potential health issues listed in their history. Health Aides will also hold ‘clinic hours’ during the week. Applicants for this position should have extensive nurse’s training, be a senior nursing student, or a retired nurse with updated training.
Workshop Presenters present one 90 minute workshop twice to campers during the week of Tech Trek.
Workshop presenters should be organized, prepared and have a disposition that reflects excitement for Tech Trek and STEM learning. They should have a good reputation in their workplaces, schools, or communities as an involved STEM practitioner or educator and role model.
Camp photographer documents registration, core classes, workshops, field trips, and evening activities. The camp photographer takes a group photo, photos of dorm groups, and takes home town publicity photos. Finally, the camp photographer sets the photographs to music and produces a 6-10 minute video shown at the closing program Saturday.
AN OPEN INVITATION TO WORK AT TECH TREK 2020
Sunday, June 14 – Saturday, June 20, 2020
Dear New Mexico AAUW Members,
We are so excited to be hosting another Tech Trek New Mexico this summer from June 14 – 20, 2020. Many of you have already made it possible with your financial support, and we thank you for that. Some of you have expressed an interest in attending Tech Trek for a day or two to see up close and personal how it works. As a Dorm Mom at the 2017 Tech Trek, it was great fun getting to know the rising eighth graders from all over the state and seeing how they grew and developed in their science and leadership skills during the week.
This year we will be hosting about 60 girls from all over New Mexico in a week-long residential science camp at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, NM. The week revolves around fun STEM activities in core classes and workshops, as well as field trips and personal projects in STEM fields. The girls live in the dorms, experience a college campus, meet many like-minded girls and women, and have time to form new and hopefully lasting friendships.
We would like as many AAUW members as might be interested to participate. We need AAUWans to serve as hostesses/gophers to the teachers of the PM Core Classes, and the leaders of the morning workshops which take place on Tuesday and Thursday. The Core Classes meet afternoons from 1-3:30 pm, and the morning workshops meet from 8:30-11:45 am (two 90 minutes sessions). There is also a need for volunteers to help with SIGN-IN on Sunday afternoon, June 14, from 1:00-2:00 PM. The Professional Women’s Banquet on Wednesday evening, June 17, from 6:15-8:00 PM has need of volunteers to greet and sign in our guests, and EVERYONE is invited to attend the Saturday Presentation of Projects at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 20.
So, to summarize, we are looking for 5 core class hostesses in the afternoon, and 3 workshop hostesses in the morning on T and Th. Ideally, we would like the same hostess all week for the 5 core classes. However, that is negotiable. We will be welcoming, signing in and touring families on Sunday afternoon and 2-4 volunteers would be great. Wednesday afternoon/evening we would love 2-4 volunteers as well, for assistance with the Professional Women’s Banquet.
If you would like to help, please contact, Claudia Poglitsch, e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-264-1524.
TECH TREK NEW MEXICO 2020 WANTS YOU!!!