Author Archives: dsims

About dsims

Retired; former elementary school principal for 21 years. Love to go walking and birding. I also love reading non fiction history.

Tech Trek Alumnae Group


We are a group of Tech Trek alum who continue our Tech Trek experience by exploring and expanding our STEM opportunities and setting ourselves up for
success in college and beyond.

TTAG puts on educational events for the community, such as College Prep 101 and Women in
STEM forums. We also tour colleges and STEM workplaces, and hold bonding events such as our Summer Movie Night!

If you were sponsored by the Torrance, Beach Cities, or Palos Verdes branches, we’d love for you to join our TTAG branch! Email to get added to our email list and learn more about our upcoming events.  Please give us your first and last name, your preferred email address, your cell phone number, your school, your grade in middle or high school (or year in college), the university where you went to Tech Trek camp and what year.  We hope to hear from you!

TTAG Events

Women in Stem 2019


March 23, 2019  1pm to 3pm

Redondo Beach Main Library

303 N. PCH, Redondo Beach




College 101 Presentation 2018

Panel of presenters at College Prep 101 event held at the Redondo Beach Library on Oct. 27, 2018, represented UC Riverside, UCLA, El Camino College and the Student Perspective by our own College TTAG girl, Ana Guillen. Ana went to Tech Trek in 2009.

Back row L to R:    1 .   2 .   3 .  Celeste, Logan, Elena, 7 .  Ana Guillen . (Front Row L to R)  1   2 . Valeria, Amy, and 5


Amy J. is the TTAG junior from Hawthorne Math and Science Academy who chaired the event. She went to Tech Trek in 2015.

Winter Holiday Party 2018

TTAG girls are munching on pizza, watching Wonder Woman movie, while also making Operation Gratitude rip cord bracelets to send to servicemen.

Amy Jo (TT 2015) and sister, Andrea Rodas(TT 2010), are our only sisters who attended Tech Trek through Beach Cities, and both are in TTAG

The movie, Wonder Woman, inspired us.


Amy Jo and Andrea Rodas, two sisters who both attended Tech Trek.  Amy is currently in 11th grade at Hawthorne Math and Science Academy; Andrea just finished her BS in Biology at Boston University.



Prior to 2018

Huge Success TTAG “Women in STEM” 2017!

The Women in STEM Forum held on Sat., 2/25/17, at the Redondo Beach Library was a wonderful success! The four varied career women presenters were each enthusiastic and enlightening, prompting many questions from the audience. Approximately 30 adults and 40 students attended.  TTAG member and 8th grader, Khushi K., was the chairperson of the event. 

Guests at the Women in Stem 2017




Presenters were: Dilrukshie Cooray, M.D. of Rheumatology at Torrance Memorial Medical Center; Denise Cheyette, DPT, Physical Therapist and owner of the Wellness Bank in Manhattan Beach who also talked about learning how to run a business that gives back to communities; Lauren Tojo, a Test Equipment Project Engineer at Moog Inc. in Torrance; and Ximena Mutis, a UI/UX graphic designer for Symantec Corp., specializing in branding and infographic (icon) design. Her slideshow of her personal albums that she created in elementary through high school really spoke to the girls who could see a connection between art and science.

Additional TTAG girls present (who are holding the AAUW sign in the picture) were: Sabrina, Drunara, Logan, Katelyn, Alexis and Khushi



2017:  Ximena Mutis, a UI/UX graphic designer for Symantec Corp and Logan Hayes, TTAG President

2016:  TTAG (Tech Trek Alumni Group) had a wonderful meeting in El Retiro Park

2016:  TTag (Tech Trek Alumni Group) working on communication skills in the Park



2017: TTAG field trip to Symantec Corp






You Might Not Know These Remarkable Women, but You Should: AAUW

On Saturday, I spoke of Aileen Rizo, and her equal pay lawsuit.  This article includes Ms. Rizo and some other remarkable women you might not know about but should. From the halls of Congress to the U.N. to movie theaters, these women are blazing trails and empowering women and girls everywhere. Read more »

Source: You Might Not Know These Remarkable Women, but You Should: AAUW

Branch Meeting: Conservation, Justice & the Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Branch Program Meeting, March 4th – RSVP
The March meeting is quickly approaching, we are pleased to have Adrienne Mohan from the PVP Land Conservancy, Lizzy Hare and AAUW Research Fellow studying science and justice as well as Dr. Loraine Lundquist, physicist and climate activist. The program is titled: Conservation, Justice and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
Please take a moment to RSVP at the Evite website using this link:

AAUW Beach Cities Top Three Goals

The Beach Cities Branch voted for their top three goals from a list of 18 goals.  They are listed below.  In addition, we will add articles to this “menu item” that are in line with these three goals.

  1.  Pay equity, fairness in compensation, and economic justice
  2. Increased support for programs that break through barriers for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields
  3. Programs that provide women with education, training, and support for success in the work force.

100 Years of Sexism: An AAUW Fellow Reflects on Women’s Treatment in Academia: AAUW

Elizabeth Colson recalls that when she was in school, Radcliffe College students were barred from attending many Harvard classes in order to keep the sexes segregated. Female students at Radcliffe were only allowed to use Harvard’s reference library if they stood. Read more »

Source: 100 Years of Sexism: An AAUW Fellow Reflects on Women’s Treatment in Academia: AAUW