AAUW to feature scholarship winners, STEM careers and robots at upcoming meeting

The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women will feature scholarship winners, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and robots at a meeting on May 17 from 2 to 4 p.m., in the ballroom of the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas. The meeting is open to the public.

The branch will honor its six Tech Trek 2014 scholarship winners who will attend Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls at UCSD this summer. Tech Trek is an all-scholarship camp sponsored by AAUW California. Local branches provide scholarships for 7th grade girls to attend. Ten camps are offered on eight college campuses throughout California. Since 1998 when the camps began at Stanford, about 10,000 girls have attended. The program is expanding to seven other states.

Megan Rice, a branch college scholarship recipient, will talk about “From Drama to Dolphins and All That Monkey Business.” Rice completed a master’s degree in experimental psychology and is conducting research in bottlenose dolphin behavioral ecology.

Past Tech Trekkers will discuss their experiences at camp as well as what they are doing now. Tech Trek 2010 attendee Romy Beigel, 2011 selectee Kylah Clay, and other members of Team Paradox Robotics, the San Dieguito Academy robotics team, will discuss robot building and competition, and will demonstrate their robots.

Membership in the American Association of University Women is open to all graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch reflects the varied interests of its members with informative, educational monthly meetings and special interest groups such as Great Decisions, Walkabout, dining groups, book groups, film groups, Gadabout, and Theatre. Information: 760-815-8644 or