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Event Update

The Central Oregon ChickTech Chapter has made the decision to postpone ChickTech High School event in Bend and is currently working on plans to reschedule for this Fall. This decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our student attendees, volunteers and community. We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely by working with our partners and incorporating recommendations from the CDC and Oregon Department of Health into our planning. After reviewing this information and potential risks, we made this difficult decision to err on the side of caution. I would like to thank everyone for their support and understanding and we look forward to your participation in this amazing event in the Fall! Please see our FAQ section below for more information.

About the Event

This 2-day event will be held at the OSU Campus in Bend, OR on a date TBD, where between 50 and 100 girls will be mentored by industry and academic professionals. Over the two days, each participant will attend a 10 hour technology-related workshop and leave with a take-home item that they created during the workshop. This event concludes with a technology showcase in which the girls share the project they’ve created with the community. In addition, up to 2 high school seniors (along with a parent or chaperone) will be selected and sponsored to attend the ACT-W all-female tech conference in Portland Oregon in June.

  • Girls will gain hands-on experience directly from industry professionals and have the opportunity to make connections with other girls with similar interests in the Central Oregon area.
  • The program dramatically increases their confidence in their abilities, sense of community and belonging, and interest in technology careers.
  • This important work is shaping the workforce of tomorrow to have the diverse skills and perspectives needed for the industry to thrive.

This event is completely free to each participant. The program will include food during events, transportation to and from events (within an hour drive time if needed), local overnight accommodations for those outside of that radius, accommodations for students with different abilities, and childcare stipends if needed.

How to Nominate a Girl to Participate

We are asking educators or other adults (such as a parent, mentor, troop leader, tutor, etc.) that may know a girl’s potential to nominate girls to participate in the event. Within a week after being nominated, we will email you a letter addressed to the participant for you to share with your nominee. This letter will provide the nominee details about the event along with instructions on how to register for the event. If you are a girl that is interested in participating in this event but do not have an adult to nominate you, please use the Contact Us information at the bottom of the page and we will help you get registered. If you have a girl you want to nominate for the event, please complete the nomination form via the button below by a date TBD.


  • Building a Virtual World
  • E-Wearables
  • Programming in ADL (Agnostic Development Language)
  • Web Programming
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Data Science

Event Schedule

TBD 2020

8:00 AM8:45 AMRegistration/BreakfastTBD
8:45 AM9:15 AMWelcome/Keynote TBD
9:30 AM12:00 PMWorkshop Session #1Classrooms
12:00 PM12:45 PMLunch TBD
1:00 PM3:15 PMWorkshop Session #2Classrooms
3:30 PM4:15 PMSTEM Career Paths TBD
4:15 PM4:30 PMDay 1 Wrap-Up and Group Photo TBD
4:30 PM5:00 PMCampus ToursCommons

TBD 2020

8:00 AM8:30 AMCheck-In/Breakfast TBD
8:30 AM9:00 AMWelcome/Keynote TBD
9:00 AM9:45 AMGroup Activity TBD
10:00 AM12:00 PMWorkshop Session #3Classrooms
12:00 PM12:45 PMLunch TBD
1:00 PM2:45 PMWorkshop Session #4Classrooms
3:00 PM3:15 PMTech Show Setup TBD
3:15 PM4:15 PMTech Show: Open to Pubic TBD
4:15 PM4:30 PMRaffle/Closing TBD

Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for event volunteers to assist us with this event. To volunteer for the event day positions, you will need to complete the volunteer interest form and sign up for volunteer shifts using the buttons below. Once you complete these, a background check will be requested for you that you will need to complete and then our volunteer coordinator will get back to you shortly before the event. Volunteer positions include:

  • Workshop Assistants
  • Event management/coordination
  • General help/registration
  • Drivers (need a valid state drivers license and proof of insurance on car).


When will the Fall event be held?
We are working with OSU and the School districts to identify potential dates.

Will I be notified of the new dates?
If you received an email from us regarding the postponement, you will receive an e-mail from us regarding the new dates.

If I was nominated for the April event, will I be nominated for the Fall event?
Nominees that are still in high school when the event is rescheduled will be renominated.

If I reqistered for the event, will I have to re-register for the next event?
Yes, registrants who are still in high school when the event is rescheduled will receive an invitation to register when registration opens.

If I volunteered for this event, will I automatically be signed up to volunteer at the next event?
No, we will contact all volunteers and ask them to sign up for new volunteer shifts.

If I completed the volunteer interest form for this event will I need to complete another one in the fall?

Will I need to complete another volunteer background check?
Background checks are valid for 2 years. If you completed one for this event, you will not need to complete another. If your background check expires prior to the next event and you volunteer for shifts, our volunteer director will submit a new one for you.

What if my volunteer contact information has changed?
Please send your updated information to cenorvolunteercoordinator@chicktech.org.

Will you be offering the same workshops this fall?
We are inviting all of our workshop leads to participate in the Fall event. However, if conflicts arise, we might need to substitute other workshops.

What do students gain from participating?
Our program provides a fun, positive learning experience designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, provide them with positive role models, help them create connections with other young women from their community, and create a positive association with technology creation.

How do I get to see what the girls have created during their workshops?
At the end of the second day of the event, the girls will participate in a Tech Show in which they will display their projects to their friends and family. We encourage you to attend this event to show your support. We will send nominators and parents information regarding the exact time and location of the Tech Show when we closer to the event.

What does it cost?
We are proud to offer ChickTech:High School program at no cost to high school participants. We also provide transportation help as needed, meals and snacks at events, and a childcare stipend if needed for participants who have children.

Can only girls participate in ChickTech events?
Our programs are open to any youth who identifies as a girl, along with trans, non-binary, and gender-fluid youth, in grades 8 through 12. The benefit of an all-girl experience is supported by a significant body of research. Learn more about our inclusion policy.

How many students can I nominate?
There isn’t a limit. We want educators to nominate girls who wouldn’t normally be encouraged to pursue STEM.

How much experience do students need?
None. In fact we strongly encourage the nomination of girls who have never participated in technology programs or classes before. Our goal is to have ⅔ of our participants with no experience, although we would never turn away a registered participant because they do have experience!

Why do you request nominations?
This unique recruitment strategy not only reaches the intended demographic (those who have not self-selected into technology), it also creates excitement among participants by providing them with an immediate boost of confidence through the recognition of their strengths and abilities. It also allows us to get a more diverse set of participants with minimal effort from busy teachers and counselors!

Do you have to be a teacher to nominate a girl? No! We accept nominations from mentors, troop leaders, community leaders, parents, 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.

How does my daughter sign up? Our students enter our program through the nomination process. Once your daughter is nominated we send out an email to the person who nominated her with information on how to register. If you did not receive a letter or misplaced the registration link, please use the contact us information below to request a link to the registration form.

I love what ChickTech is doing, how can I get more involved?
We are always in need of volunteers to help organize and promote our events, lead workshops and raise money to support our programs.  As an educator, providing connections to other schools and encouraging them to participate is extremely helpful! Please feel free to reach out to us.

Contact Us

Please direct all questions to Lisa.Obrian@chicktech.org

Our Sponsors

ChickTech proudly thanks the following sponsors for supporting the Central Oregon ChickTech High School Event.

Platinum Sponsors ($10 000 +)

  • Facebook

Gold Sponsors ($5000 +)

  • Les Schwab Tire Centers

Silver Sponsors ($1000+)

  • Dent Instruments
  • Lonza
  • TDS Telecom (WordPress)

Bronze Sponsors ($500+)

  • Five Talent
  • Gunter Group
  • Navis

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