For the third time in a row, AAUW’s STEM based camp Tech Trek took place on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. This year’s camp had 44 campers from across the state of Oklahoma. On Friday, June 12, the camp returned to the Stafford Air and Space Museum as part of their field trip day.
Led by Museum Staff member Tanner Wheeler, the campers toured the museum which earlier in the week hosted over 200 guests at the Apollo-Soyuz 40th Anniversary Gala. Attending the Gala were astronauts Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, Al Bean, Walt Cunningham, John Herrington, Joe Engle, Cady Coleman, Owen Garriott, and Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov. The campers literally followed in the footsteps of these historical figures as they wandered through the galleries.
Inside the museum, the campers were introduced to the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, and shown the history of flight and how it led to the world’s most intense race, the Space Race. Following the two-hour tour, the campers were able to enjoy lunch in the Apollo Room and then shop in the museum’s Gift Shop.
Before they said goodbye, the campers eagerly posed for several pictures outside the museum around the outdoor exhibits.
Tech Trek is a week-long STEM camp designed to create interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women entering the eight grade.
The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Tech Trek is a project of AAUW in collaboration with SWOSU.