ChickTech: High School is our program encouraging girls in high school to persue careers in technology fields. Our kick-off event will host 100 high school girls from the Raleigh/Durham area in a completely free-to-participate event. Each participant will attend one technology related workshop and leave with a take-home item from the workshop. After kick-off, the girls may participate in any (or all) of the next 5 monthly workshops.
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, as-needed 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. Nominations for home school students will open October 12.
ChickTech’s 2017- 2018 high school program kick off program will take place December 2 – 3. Nominations will run from Oct 2 – 20.
Our kickoff weekend will take place at Meredith College. Transportation to and from the venue can be provided by ChickTech. Monthly workshops will take place all over the Raleigh-Durham 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.
Food will be provided during the kick-off and all workshops. We also provide, on an as needed basis, transportation to and from events and childcare.
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. Please contact your school’s CDC for nominations to ChickTech: High School.
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. If you are an educator, troop leader, mentor, etc. and would like to nominate a student, please click here.
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 your school’s CDC.
ChickTech: High School has shown tremendous results in 2016: