ChickTech: High School

We believe girls and non-binary youth belong in STEM. Learn about our free, year-long program filled with virtual & in-person workshops, mentoring, and internship connections.

Our 2022/2023 interest form is now available! Be the first to know when ChickTech: High School sign-ups open.
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We host fun & empowering youth STEM events—for free!

ChickTech: High School is a year-long series of hands-on tech workshops, mentoring, and internship connections for 8th- to 12th-grade students of marginalized genders.

Our program supplements traditional education and provides a supportive community for historically-marginalized youth to begin creating with technology. All our workshops are designed to be hands-on and super fun so that students feel a sense of accomplishment and a burst of confidence during and after each event.

ChickTech: High School 2022/2023

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Our events start in Fall 2022 and will continue through June 2023—you can choose how often you attend workshops & mentorships and can watch recordings of events if you can’t make an event.

Fill out the form to let us know you’re interested in signing up when registration opens.

Questions? Need help? Contact us!

What does our program look like?

With flexibility and empowerment in mind, our program allows students to choose the workshops and opportunities that work for them, on their schedules. Students can stay connected whenever and wherever by chatting on our Discord channel and browsing our online content library of past events.

Kickoff Weekend

Kick-off events give us the opportunity to start the year off right! Yearly kickoffs in the Fall bring our students together for a one or two day weekend of workshops, all guided by STEM industry professionals. Students can choose which workshops to attend, and start making friends and connections to grow throughout the year.

Monthly Events

Our students keep learning and stay connected through monthly workshops and group mentorships throughout the school year. With flexibility and empowerment in mind, our program allows students to choose the workshops and opportunities that work for them, on their schedules.

Discord Channel

Students can stay connected whenever and wherever by chatting on our brand-new Discord channel, to be launched in the 2022/2023 program year. Make friends and hear about exclusive opportunities for further education.

Content Library

Our library of past workshops is available on-demand for all our students! Watch a previous workshop from a past year, or catch up on a recent event you weren’t able to attend live. Topics include everything from designing your own video game to advocating for diversity in the workplace.

Who We Serve

We work with 8th- to 12th-grade girls and non-binary students. Any student who identifies with a marginalized gender is welcome to apply to our program, including transgender students of any gender expression or identity.

Our nomination and recruiting practices prioritize supporting further-underserved students in STEM, including students of color (particularly Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous students), LGBTQ+ students, and low-income students.

Every effort is made to provide equipment, Spanish language support, and accommodations to those in need.

Learn more about inclusion at ChickTech

A girl with a ChickTech shirt holds wires while another girl sauters them together.

Students learning to sauter at a ChickTech: High School Kickoff event in Portland, Oregon.

What makes our program different?

Many young women and non-binary adults do not reach their potential in tech because they were told it wasn’t for them. Some are led to think it is too difficult; others do not have role models in the field to help encourage and guide them. ChickTech exists to break down these barriers preventing historically-marginalized people from thriving in STEM.

A crucial aspect of ChickTech: High School is working with students who would not otherwise have thought of themselves as capable of succeeding in a high-tech career. We focus on recruiting students who do not see themselves as technical but have the aptitude to do very well in technical fields. By asking educators, parents, and youth advocates to nominate participants for our program, we give our students a vote of confidence. People who know them and recognize their abilities have nominated them for this incredible opportunity!

Our program is free to participants. Transportation assistance and food are provided at all in-person events, and child-care stipends are also available for teen parents. We place additional emphasis on recruiting students additionally marginalized by race/ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and/or ability.

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How we’re keeping students safe

Soon after the onset of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, ChickTech shifted high school programming into an online space for the safety and well-being of students, volunteers, and the greater tech community.

In the 2022/2023 school year, ChickTech: High School will continue to offer virtual hands-on workshops and group mentorship opportunities for students—but don’t worry! We’re increasingly confident we’ll be able to resume in-person events and workshops.

Volunteer to support ChickTech: High School

ChickTech is working to advance a diverse pipeline of girls and non-binary students into STEM careers, and we want YOU to get involved!

There are many ways to donate your time and expertise. You can help us coordinate in-person or virtual workshops, promote the program within your local community, and conduct outreach to high schools, to name a few roles. We can’t wait for you to join our community!

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Austin 2017 High School Kickoff. Photo by Liz Lass.