What is ChickTech: High School?

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.

Why ChickTech: High School?

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!

Is this an alternative education setting or is this something students would do in addition to HS curriculum?

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).

How much does it cost?

ChickTech High School is 100% free for the attending students. We will cover the costs for the workshops, as-needed transportation, and childcare.

Is this open to home school students?

Absolutely! We’d love if you could get one of your homeschool network parents to nominate your child if possible though. The vote of confidence from someone other than a parent is very important to our process.

When does ChickTech: High School start?

ChickTech’s 2021- 2022 high school kickoff event will take place October 23, 2021. Nominate a student or register as a participant here!

Where does ChickTech: High School take place?

Since 2020, ChickTech: High School has taken place online to keep our students and community safe.

How long does the program last?

The kickoff program is a one-day online event (October 23, 2021) . After the kickoff we will offer monthly workshops for the students to continue their education through June, ending with a Year-End Celebration event.

Who can participate in ChickTech: High School?

Any child who identifies as a girl is welcome to participate, and we also welcome trans youth of any gender, gender fluid youth, and non-binary youth.

How does my child sign up?

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 students so that they see that someone believe in them and that they can follow any career path – even the one they never considered before.

Why do you need educators’ recommendations?

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.

Do I have to be a teacher to nominate a girl?

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.

What kind of results have you seen from ChickTech: High School?

ChickTech: High School has shown tremendous results in 2017-2018:

  • 1,667 total youth were served
  • 65% girls of color
  • 64% had never attended a technology workshop before
  • 73% more likely to pursue a technology-related career
  • 73 total Girls in Tech events

ChickTech: High School has shown tremendous results in 2016-2017:

  • 731 youth were served
  • 64% reported not having any prior technology creation experience
  • 56% of participants reported feeling they now have a technical community for support gained through the program
  • 67% of participants believe they can be successful in a technology-related career

ChickTech is a registered 501(c)3.