2019 High School Kickoff

ChickTech: High School is a year-long series of opportunities for 150 young women in the Seattle Metro Area, providing hands-on workshops, mentoring, and internship opportunities. Each ChickTech: High School year begins with the High School Kickoff, a hands-on technology learning event for 150 high school girls.

Each year, the ChickTech: High School year begins with High School Kickoff. The High School Kickoff is a two-day long event that inspires local girls to become hands-on technology creators. This exciting weekend-long technology camp has youth speakers, keynote speakers, 10 hours of hands-on technology workshops, meals, college tours, and the Tech Showcase. All of our High School workshops are hands-on so that participants come out of each with a sense of accomplishment and a burst of confidence. By increasing our participants’ self-confidence and interest in technology, we increase the number of girls who aspire to technology careers. This important work is shaping the workforce of tomorrow to have the diverse skills and perspectives needed for the industry to thrive.

Kickoff Workshops

The high school kickoff has workshops that participating girls can take part in. Each girl selects one workshop and spends their time creating a hands-on technology project. Below are some workshop examples.


Students will gain an understanding very few have on the world of cyber security, networks security and more


Blending interactive digital elements – like dazzling visual overlays for Instagram, Facebook – into our real-world environments

Makers Space

Students will learn several ways to create designs for laser cutting. We will show participants how to create vector designs via code and a vector design program. Students will see the process of laser cutting the box (via video), and assemble and paint a notepad box to take home.

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