The program is an exciting, positive learning experience designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, provide positive role models, and create connections with other young women from Bend, Redmond, Madras and surrounding areas. The program starts with a 2-day hands on workshop event. All of our workshops are hands-on so that participants come out of each with a sense of accomplishment and a burst of confidence.

Examples of workshops that have been offered in the past include:

  • Robotics
  • Web programming
  • Gaming
  • Mobile App Development
  • Design
  • Building Computers
  • Virtual Reality

Workshops are taught by local technology professionals, allowing students to create mentoring and professional relationships that can guide them as they choose career paths. This kickoff event concludes with a technology showcase in which the girls share the project they’ve created with the community. Girls will also have the opportunity to engage in an additional “Pop-Up” workshops, hosted at their local school) during the school year. Two senior students from this program will be selected for scholarships to attend the ACT-W conference in Portland.

“This year, my senior year, I have applied to engineering schools for college. Without having the experience of ChickTech, I wouldn’t have even thought to be interested in technology. Now I want to go to school for it.”

ChickTech: High School Participant

The program is free to participants, and we offer transportation help, food, and overnight accommodations for attendees to the Bend event who are coming from further away. We also provide childcare stipends to those students with children!

HOW OUR PROGRAM IS DIFFERENT

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. Many of you have seen young women not reach their potential in STEM because they thought it was too difficult—or do not have any role models in the field.

Our High School Programs are free to high school girls. We provide supplies and materials needed to create the workshop, laptops to work with, and we coordinate with volunteer instructors around the Central Oregon area to lead the workshop. Transportation help and food are provided at all of our events; child care stipends are also available if needed.

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