ChickTech: For Students

ChickTech provides opportunities and a supportive community to students of marginalized genders (including non-binary, gender non-confirming, and female-identifying students) in order to broaden participation in tech and provide equitable opportunities to all.

ChickTech believes that providing access to technology career opportunities to girls and non-binary youth is critical, both to the industry and to their lives. Our future is being shaped by technology every day, and we deserve an equal say. Our programs provide a supportive and welcoming environment for students to learn, create, and do while surrounded by mentors and friends.

Registration for ChickTech: High School is now open!

Nominate a student or register yourself for ChickTech workshops and mentorships, beginning with a kickoff event on October 23, and running monthly through June 2022.

Eligible participants include 9th – 12th grade students who identify as girls, non-binary, transgender, or gender-fluid. We place additional emphasis on supporting students who are further underserved, including students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, and students eligible for free or reduced lunches. Every effort will be made to provide equipment, Spanish language support, and accommodations to those in need.

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Portland 2015 High School Kickoff. Photo by Wojtek Rajski.

Seattle 2016 High School Kickoff. Photo by Wojtek Rajski.

Portland 2013 High School Kickoff. Photo by Todd Kulesza.

Corvallis 2013 High School Kickoff. Photo by Todd Kulesza.

Portland 2014 High School Kickoff. Photo by Wojtek Rajski.

Portland 2013 High School Kickoff. Photo by Todd Kulesza.

Current ChickTech Youth Programs

ChickTech: High School

ChickTech: High School is a year-long series of workshops, events, and networking opportunities for high school students of marginalized genders.

We’ve found that too many high school girls and non-binary youth have never been provided with the opportunity to create technology projects… and that given the chance, what they create is amazing! ChickTech: High School broadens the tech pipeline by finding high school students of marginalized genders with untapped tech potential and providing them with workshops, mentoring, and other opportunities to get more engaged with the tech industry.

In 2020, ChickTech: High School went online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to continue offering online workshops and mentorship for students during the 2021/2022 school year and look forward to resuming in-person events when it is safe to do so.

Registration for ChickTech: High School 2021/2022 is open! Learn more and nominate students or register here! Please note that ChickTech can provide support if students have any barriers to participate, such as childcare or laptop/Wifi access. Please reach out to [email protected] to learn more.

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Below are some examples of High School workshops led by our volunteers:

Robotics

In this workshop, participants learn how a sophisticated robot is built and programmed – while building and programming their own at your own pace! Participants learn how to write a program to make their robot move in simple or complex patterns, to sense and avoid obstacles, to flash LEDs either at random, in sequences, or as an indication of the control process.

And the best part, after the workshop concludes, the students get to take their finished robot home!

Soft Circuits

By teaming up with professional engineers and using a Lilypad Arduino microcontroller, participants will transform a tote bag into an engineering marvel with some high-tech bling! Participants will learn programming and soldering basics to design, create, and program electronics that can sense inputs such as touch or light, and respond with outputs like sound or LEDs.

Smartphone App

There really is an app for everything! Apps to help you buy your groceries, check Facebook, read the news, play games, listen to music, and an endless amount of other things. Apps are really simple to make, and you can use your own creative idea to even come up with the next big thing! In this workshop, participants learn App Inventor, a program to create apps for Android phones – have a really fun weekend learning to build very own app!

3D Printing

Have you heard all the rage about 3D printing? From printing prosthetic arms to replacement hearts to fun toys, 3D printing has many applications in the real world. In our 3d Printing Workshop, participants will get a taste of what it’s like to design and print their own 3D object which they then get to take home to enjoy!

Past ChickTech Student Programs

ChickTech: College

Young women earn only 18% of undergraduate computer and information sciences degrees. Because of this, women in computing fields often feel isolated, inferior, and like they don’t belong.

ChickTech: College was designed to connect women and non-binary people in STEM majors at colleges and universities across the globe with informal peer and industry mentorships, community connection, and give-back opportunities. Our goal is to increase community and young professionals’ abilities to be successful in a technology career.

ChickTech: Rural

35% of rural Americans have no access to broadband, compared to 3% in urban areas. This digital divide not only affects the ability of rural Americans to use technology–it also affects their ability to create it.

We believe students of marginalized genders—regardless of where they live—deserve a chance to experience the excitement of creating a robot, website, or 3D printed item! ChickTech’s rural initiatives provide students and teachers in rural locations like Central Oregon with national community support, resources and materials, and a network of partnerships to help students and adults excel in and out of the classroom on their path to a technology career.

Caption. Photo by Jane Doe.