Presentations from the Tech Trek campers were part of the program planned for the Gridley Branch of the American Association of University Women Kick-off Brunch, held September 12, at the home of Colleen Crawford.  Members and guests enjoyed a brunch, followed by a music program featuring the Nyckelharpa Kex Fiddle and a report on Tech Trek camp.

Presentations from the Tech Trek campers were part of the program planned for the Gridley Branch of the American Association of University Women Kick-off Brunch, held September 12, at the home of Colleen Crawford.  Members and guests enjoyed a brunch, followed by a music program featuring the Nyckelharpa Kex Fiddle and a report on Tech Trek camp.


Four 8th grade girls from local schools attended a week-long AAUW science/math camp at Sonoma State University this summer, courtesy of the Gridley Branch of AAUW, FOCUS and Live Oak Lions Club. 


Shelby Aldridge, from  Manzanita School, was introduced by Tech Trek Chairman, Rosemary Gregory, as one of the 27 campers to attend a university since 2002.  Shelby told of the interesting experiences she shared with 90 other girls, junior counselors and four main teachers.  Some of her favorite adventures included a kayak trip with instructions and a visit to Chabot Science & Space Museum, in East Bay, Oakland; where real-life models of Mission Space Station and Mission Control were explored.  


Other hands-on experiences included inventing a lip gloss, building a marble, roller-coaster ramp and the longest string without tying and viewing and learning about live bats.  Geometry was an important part of most of the projects.


The other three campers, Danielle Dowell, Sycamore; Claudia Martinez, Live Oak and Ashley Kuipers, also from Manzanita, were unable to attend the brunch due to unavoidable circumstances; but are telling of their experiences in essay form.


Because of the enthusiasm shown by Tech Trek girls and parents, the second Career Trek is being planned for January.  Area Middle School girls and parentswill be invited to Butte College to learn about interesting careers available to women in the field of math and science. 


For more information, call Claire McKibben, 846-3976 or Doris Pettersen, 846-2030.


Other guests in attendance were, Curt Aldridge, Shelby’s father; Ernie Chambers and Virginia Faulk, from FOCUS; Lynn Crane, past scholarship recipient; Katie Leasure, Laura Stokes and Marion Reeves, visitors.