Sloane’s Story

High School years are a chaotic and stressful time for any teen, particularly with the endless onslaught of cultural and social pressures from friends, family, colleagues, and teachers. For many trying to keep up with the moving targets of social and academic standards, education becomes exhausting and unenjoyable, even for those who are passionate about learning. This process can be discouraging, especially when you’re forced to yield your creativity and natural curiosity for the sake of narrowly defined academic “success.” 

Sloane, a senior in High School, similarly fatigued by these demands, has fought hard to maintain her desire to learn and grow. Through programs with ChickTech, Sloane has been able to explore alternate routes of learning, an empowering freedom central to ChickTech’s mission. Her first experience with ChickTech was in a UXdesign workshop, where she and a partner got to create a pitch and layout for their own app: “This was genuinely an extremely fun experience as it allowed me the creativity to use my knowledge of coding and business to create a product I saw a need for.” Sloane also worked with friends to build a robotic tank with track wheels, an activity that challenged her abilities but also displayed the endless creative paths surrounding tech. After working with us, Sloane has an increased interest in the tech field: “I can be more excited about STEM and tech fields now that I know about all of the jobs that align with my other interests and skills like my creativity.” She plans to pursue a tech major in college. 

Most importantly, through these programs, Sloane felt continually supported and listened to, surrounded by like-minded girls with similar interests. Interactions like these are incredibly important in the process of breaking down the gender disparities in tech. By connecting many young women and girls with parallel passions, we are helping build a strong, unbreakable coalition of future tech creators and thinkers. Every girl like Sloane has the ability to transform the tech world for the better, and we are so excited to see where they go and the impacts they make.

Interview with Sloane

How did you view learning/school before you came to ChickTech?

I had always held an interest and a desire for learning and school although the constant workload of school proved exhausting. My desire to learn and grow remained even through the exhaustion.

What was your first experience like with ChickTech? What did you do?

    My first experience with ChickTech was the opening workshop. I was placed on the UXdesign team and I got to create a pitch and layout for my own app with a partner. This was genuinely an extremely fun experience as it allowed me the creativity to use my knowledge of coding and business to credit a product I saw a need for.

Is there a particular memory or moment that stood out to you as really fun or important?

I remember working with my friends during the robotics lesson to create a tank with track wheels. It took us a long time to get the tracks to work properly but when we did we had a lot of fun driving in circles and over bumps with our car.

How did it feel to be part of a ChickTech workshop or kickoff?

Each time I felt supported and listened to. If we had an idea or wished to go a certain direction, the mentors and teachers would help us so that we could go down that path and find things that interested us.

How has your interest in technology changed since participating?

Since participating I’ve seen a growth in my interest and the width of my knowledge about the STEM field. I can be more excited about STEM and tech fields now that I know about all of the jobs that align with my other interests and skills like my creativity.

Why is/was ChickTech important to you?

Chicktech is a chance for me to be around like minded girls with similar interests and bond. It’s a place for me to build friendships and experiences in a field I plan to major in it. It provides me with a chance to expand my career path by having prior knowledge of what I’ll be going into.

 I had always held an interest and a desire for learning and school although the constant workload of school proved exhausting. My desire to learn and grow remained even through the exhaustion.

My first experience with ChickTech was the opening workshop. I was placed on the UXdesign team and I got to create a pitch and layout for my own app with a partner. This was genuinely an extremely fun experience as it allowed me the creativity to use my knowledge of coding and business to credit a product I saw a need for. At a workshop later in the year I remember working with my friends during the robotics lesson to create a tank with track wheels. It took us a long time to get the tracks to work properly but when we did we had a lot of fun driving in circles and over bumps with our car

Each time I felt supported and listened to. If we had an idea or wished to go a certain direction, the mentors and teachers would help us so that we could go down that path and find things that interested us. Since participating I’ve seen a growth in my interest and the width of my knowledge about the STEM field. I can be more excited about STEM and tech fields now that I know about all of the jobs that align with my other interests and skills like my creativity. Chicktech is a chance for me to be around like minded girls with similar interests and bond. It’s a place for me to build friendships and experiences in a field I plan to major in it. It provides me with a chance to expand my career path by having prior knowledge of what I’ll be going into.

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