The Sonoma county branch of the American Association of University Women offers a unique experience to middle school girls: the Tech Treck, an opportunity to attend a mathematics and science convention at Stanford University tailored for young minds. The organization focuses on girls interested in these fields, and allows the girls to preview what a career in the scientific fields would look like.
“The first thing we do is contact the schools and have their teachers give us a list of four girls. From there, the committee sends two people over to interview each of them, and then we pick one,” said coordinator Arlene Mandell. “Each year we fund five girls to go to Stanford.”
The girls are not obligated to attend the Stanford conference if it does not interest them. This year, the girls selected to attend are Shamya Stone from Comstock Middle School, Stephanie Ostendorf from Cook Middle School, Sasha Eckstein from Rincon Valley Middle School, Claire Dowley from Santa Rosa Middle School and Jackeline Hernandez from Slater Middle School.