Tech Trek


Tech Trek 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 cohort of campers from Pioneer, Thurston, and Venado Middle Schools: Alessandra, Anushree, Brigid, Emma, Kaley, Kayla, Mariko, Marina, Isabelle, Parker, and Zoey.

We are pleased to send students to Whittier College, Virtual Camp, and the re-opening UC San Diego Camp!

Attention alumnae and branch members: volunteers are needed! Apply for coach, counselor, and other leadership positions today! Applications are open until filled.

See the AAUW-CA website for more details.


Tech Trek 2022

Our branch sponsored 10 campers for our 2022 Tech Trek Cohort from the Laguna Beach, Irvine, and Tustin Unified School Districts: Annalisa, Ariana, Fiona, Keira, Quincy, Sharon, Taylor, Vera, Yael, and Zoe. The campers were nominated by their teachers at Thurston, Venado, and Pioneer Middle Schools. Thank you to the teachers and nominating committees from each school, especially Pioneer as this marks our first year working together! Thank you to all of the branch members and sponsors for the scholarships to send the campers! Through everyone’s support, we were able to accommodate the campers’ preferences. Thank you notes from the campers may be found on the final pages of the Tech Trek 2022 Camp Summary, linked below.

On Sunday, September 18th, the campers presented their experiences and “wearable tech” projects to an audience of branch members, Thurston & Venado Middle School teachers, and campers’ family members. If you missed the showcase, watch these project videos and take a look at some of the posters from the 2022 camps!

Camper describes the fanny pack she designed as her wearable tech project: Watch the video
Another camper made a top hat with animations, inspired by Alice in Wonderland: Watch the video

The 2022 Tech Trek season has officially concluded! Expanded outreach and ongoing partnership with participating middle schools will continue in 2023. We plan to send campers to our closest Southern California campuses: Whittier College and the returning UC San Diego camp!  Read more in the Tech Trek 2022 Camp Summary

Tech Trek 2021

Given the pandemic, Tech Trek 2021 camps were held virtually in June and July of 2021. Thanks to the Laguna Beach Branch, five Venado Middle School students attended one of the week long camps. Read more

History of Tech Trek at Laguna Beach

AAUW Laguna Beach sent its first middle school students to a Tech Trek summer camp in 2004. Since that time, over 140 middle school students have been awarded scholarships from our branch to attend an AAUW Tech Trek STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer camp at seven colleges and universities.

We would like to thank our many members and supporters who have contributed to AAUW Laguna Beach’s Tech Trek program over the years, making this once-in-a-lifetime experience a reality for so many worthy students.