ChickTech: High School revolves around creating events that will get high schoolers interested and excited about technology. These events pose some interesting challenges, as we expect that most of our participants have never had a chance to do anything like what we are offering. Our goal is to reach the girls who would make great engineers, but because of stereotypes and a lack of opportunity, may not realize it until they are already doing something else, if at all. We also strive to show the relevance of each workshop to their lives–and help them to understand that they have the ability use tech to transform their world!
ChickTech is not an alternative education setting, it is meant to supplement a girl’s education by showing her what a career in tech would entail. Girls will attend the kick off event over 1 weekend and then can attend any other workshops they’d like throughout the school year (also scheduled on weekends so as to not interfere with school or extracurricular activities).
ChickTech High School is 100% free for the attending girls. We will cover the costs for the workshops, transportation, food and childcare.
Absolutely! We’d love if you could get one of your homeschool network parents to nominate your daughter if possible though. The vote of confidence from someone other than a parent is very important to our process.
ChickTech’s high school program kick off program will take place from November 5th to 6th.
Our kickoff weekend will take place at the Maseeh College of Engineering at Portland State University (1930 SW 4th Ave, Portland).
Monthly workshops will take place all over the Portland area to accommodate as many girls as possible.
The kick off program is a weekend long event where we will provide transportation, food, child care and education for up to 100 girls. After the kick off we will offer monthly workshops for the girls to continue their education through June.
For our kick off weekend the girls will have access to education, food, a child care stipend (if needed for young parents) and free transportation to and from the event. Future weekend workshops will offer food and education. If girls need transportation and child care we can investigate sponsors for those items on a per need basis.
Participants will participate in one workshop of their choice for the full two days. This allows for 10 hours of project time in one area so they can leave with a finished product they’re proud of by the end of the weekend. We have found this drastically increases their confidence in their abilities, their sense of community and belonging, and their interest in technology careers.
Any high school student who identifies as a girl is welcome to participate. The benefit of an all-girl experience is supported by a significant body of research.
Girls are all nominated by an educator. We are looking for girls who would not find tech on their own, girls who might never think of a career in tech on their own. We want educators to nominate these girls so that they see that someone believe in them and that they can follow any career path – even the one they never considered before.
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. As educators (teachers, troop leaders, mentors, etc), many of you have seen young women not reach their potential in STEM because they thought it was too difficult—or it wasn’t what they’ve seen women do. By asking educators to hand-select our participants, we are giving our participants a vote of confidence: people who know them and their abilities have nominated them for this exclusive opportunity! All of our large events fill up and have waiting lists, so we encourage you to get your list in ASAP so your students’ spaces are reserved.
No you do not. We will accept nominations from mentors, troop leaders, and tutors as well. We are looking for nominations from someone who knows the potential of the girl they are nominating. Just tell us on the nomination form how you know the nominee. If you’re a parent who feels their daughter would be a good fit, please contact us.
Now – September 5: Please fill out our nomination form with the names of up to 15 freshman, sophomores and juniors from your school who:
These girls probably:
September 5 – October 17: We print letters addressed to each of the potential participants and deliver them to each school.
October 18 – November 1: Participants register online for the event. The event is first come, first served, although we will have a waiting list in case there are cancellations.
November 5 – November 6: The ChickTech: Portland Kick-off Conference!
ChickTech: High School has shown tremendous results: