ChickTech High School 2020 is now a yearlong virtual learning experience for high school girls. This virtual youth program enables students to engage in hands-on, interactive activities as they foster STEM skills and real-life career connections. These virtual programs are offered to young womxn nationally in order to provide them with an ongoing supportive community and career development opportunities. After attending an orientation session, a participant can engage monthly in:
If a student participates in 20 program hours or more during the program year (including a combination of workshops, mentorships, and chapter meetings) they will be eligible to participate in the end of year conference/culmination event. This participation includes interacting with recorded content if students can’t attend live sessions.
This program is free to all participants. Eligible participants include 9th – 12th graders who identifies as a girl (along with all transgender, gender-fluid, and non-binary youth). We are always looking to support the underserved, so minorities and those who are eligible for free or reduced lunches are most welcome
Workshops connect ChickTech students with industry professionals in hands-on interactive activities as they foster STEM skills and real-life career connections. All workshops contain a hands-on STEM engagement component and last between 1.5 to 2 hours. Students will have the opportunity to self-select into monthly workshops and group mentorship opportunities, such as:
Group Mentorships are a chance for participants to connect with STEM industry professionals to learn more about career advice, internship opportunities and what various STEM paths (alternative and traditional) can look like.
Group Mentorship Examples:
Students interested in joining our FREE year-long tech program can register here. Educators, parents, and Guardians, you can nominate your student for our virtual high school program too!
What materials are required for participation?
A computer and an internet connection. If a student is lacking either of these items, please contact us to see if we can help. All other materials that might be required will be provided free of charge.
Do you have to be a teacher to nominate a student?
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.
What if I am a girl that is interested in attending but have no one to nominate me?
We would love to have you participate. Register here!
Does a parent or guardian need to provide permission?
Yes. There is a parent / guardian permission section in the registration form.
Can a participant join after the program starts?
Yes. Although we strongly urge participants to start at the beginning of the year, we do allow students to join after the orientation. Students will need to watch the orientation online and any other workshop sessions that have already been held.
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.
What does it cost?
We are proud to offer ChickTech: High School program at no cost to high school participants.
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 would not normally be encouraged to pursue STEM. We do have a bulk upload template available for those who want to nominate more than 5 students. Please use the spreadsheet template included with the nomination form.
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!
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.