#VoicesofJAF – December 17th – Marie Wohlbach
December 17, 2015 by Kat Krieger
“She went back to Sacramento and said ‘you know, if AAUW could choose me to go to STEM camp, maybe I could do more than just Tech Trek,’ so she ran for class president and won!” -Marie Wohlbach
Marie Wolbach has opened up the worlds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to thousands of underprivileged girls. As the only girl in her high school physics class, Marie was discouraged from becoming a physician’s assistant and told that such schools “didn’t accept applications from women.” Well, Marie is changing that. In 1998, Marie created “Tech Trek” – a one-week camp that has since brought the love of STEM to over 10,000 young girls and is now expanding nationwide with 17 camps and growing. Tech Trek’s impact says it all – 99% of participants attend college, 54% major in a STEM subject and 57% take Advanced Placement Calculus vs just 6% of high school girls nationwide.
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