ChickTech: High School is a program created to show high school girls that engineering can be fun and exciting! We’ve created a comprehensive academic year-long program that begins with a weekend-long event for a cohort of 100 high school girls in November.

All workshops are hands-on and project-based so that participants come out of each with a sense of accomplishment and a burst of confidence. They remain engaged and learning through follow-up workshops throughout the year. Offerings include robotics, web programming, gaming, and building computers.  Our program provides a fun, positive learning experience designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, give them positive role models, create connections with other young women from the Seattle area, and create a positive association with technology creation. 

“This year, my senior year, I have applied to engineering schools for college. Without having the experience of ChickTech, I wouldn’t have even thought to be interested in technology. Now I want to go to school for it.”

ChickTech: High School Participant

HOW OUR PROGRAM IS DIFFERENT

A crucial aspect of our program is finding young women who would not otherwise have thought of themselves as capable of succeeding in a high tech career. Many of you have seen young women not reach their potential in STEM because they thought it was too difficult—or do not have any role models in the field.

Our High School Programs are free to high school girls. We provide supplies and materials needed to create the workshop, laptops to work with, and we coordinate with volunteer instructors around the Seattle Area to lead the workshop. Transportation help and food are provided at all of our events; child care stipends are also available if needed.

Our 2016/17 cohort started with a two-day Kickoff event at CDK Global and we will continue with monthly events around different careers, technologies, and companies throughout the next 9 months.

MONTHLY WORKSHOPS
December  – Chap Application Development with 98point6
January – Data Visualization with Amazon Alexa
February – Cybersecurity with AT&T Mobility
March – JavaScript with Qualtrics
More to come…

Don’t miss out on a full day of fun, register for the ChickTech High School Program.

FAQ’s


What do students gain from participating?
Our program provides a fun, positive learning experience designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, provide them with positive role models, help them create connections with other young women from their community, and create a positive association with technology creation.

What does it cost? We are proud to offer ChickTech:High School program at no cost to high school participants. We also provide transportation help as needed, meals and snacks at events, and a childcare stipend if needed for participants who have children.

Can only girls participate in ChickTech events?  Our programs is open to any child who identifies as a girl and is in grades 8 through 12. The benefit of an all-girl experience is supported by a significant body of research. Learn more about our inclusion policy.

How many students can I nominate?  There isn’t a limit. We want educators to nominate girls who wouldn’t normally be encouraged to pursue STEM.

How much experience do students need? None. In fact we strongly encourage the nomination of girls who have never participated in technology programs or classes before. Our goal is to have ⅔ of our participants with no experience, although we would never turn away a registered participant because they do have experience!

Why do you request nominations? This unique recruitment strategy not only reaches the intended demographic (those who have not self-selected into technology), it also creates excitement among participants by providing them with an immediate boost of confidence through the recognition of their strengths and abilities. It also allows us to get a more diverse set of participants with minimal effort from busy teachers and counselors!

I love what ChickTech is doing, how can I get more involved? We are always in need of volunteers to help organize and promote our events, lead workshops and raise money to support our programs.  As an educator, providing connections to other schools and encouraging them to participate is extremely helpful! Please feel free to reach out to us.

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