The American Association of University Women offer top middle school girls the
opportunity to explore science and engineering for a week at Stanford University as
part of their Tech Trek Science Camp. These girls attend lectures and labs on
the Stanford campus for one week in biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and
engineering. By getting a hands-on feel for science, as well as the opportunity
to talk to women in science and engineering, these girls are jump-started into
continuing their science studies in high school.
In June 2003 as part of the fun, amateurs were invited to bring their telescopes
and hold a star party. Ben Jolitz, then a middle school guy, said "It was just
the greatest - all these really smart girls in science, and I'm showing them my
telescope. I wouldn't have missed this for anything." Nuff said.