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Santa Fe Girls’ School Celebrates Its Tech Trek NM Students

Santa Fe Girls’ School Celebrates Its Tech Trek NM Students
By Megan Auer

Three middle school students are sponsored by the American Association of University Women to attend the Science and Math Camp for Girls

Small, single-gender Santa Fe Girls’ School is announcing that three rising 8th grade students have been accepted into the week-long challenging Tech Trek Camp offered by New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) in collaboration with the American Association of University Women. The Camp features hands-on activities in Science, Technology , Engineering, and Math (STEM), which are often considered less desirable by middle and high school girls. The Santa Fe Girls’ School focuses on empowering students academically and nurturing their interest in STEM as they move through the tricky adolescent years when new distractions enter their lives. Studies have shown that girls’ interests can be sustained if they are exposed to women pursuing STEM careers. The Tech Trek program offers some of that exposure.

Seventh grade science and math teachers recommend candidates for the program, who then pass through an extensive qualification process that includes an application, an essay, and a personal interview. Of the 7 Santa Fe Girls’ School students recently selected to participate this prestigious camp, school’s director Lee Lewin says, “the fact that our students are chosen for this opportunity shows that our small, seminar-style school is highly successful in providing girls with a strong academic foundation in the humanities and math and sciences. This is the second year in a row we have nominated students to the program, who were then selected by the American Association of University Women from a large, state-wide pool of candidates. I am very proud of our students and their talented teacher, Ms. Megan Auer.”

To prepare students for this recognition and experience, the Santa Fe Girls’ School focuses on academic excellence within its rigorous curriculum. In addition, the Santa Fe Girls’ School:
– Establishes a school-wide culture of collaboration and respect for both teachers and fellow students, and teaches conflict resolution skills to foster emotional maturity
– Encourages self-esteem, risk-taking in social and academic situations, and decision-making abilities in students in seminar-based single-gender classrooms that are small in size and support relationships among peers and teachers.

About the Santa Fe Girls’ School: founded in 1998, SFGS is a small private, non-profit middle school for girls, ages 11 to 14, from all cultural and economic backgrounds. Our mission is to foster intellectual growth and emotional strength in adolescent girls, preparing them for the demands of high school, college and adulthood.