ChickTech: High School is a year-long program for young women in Houston, providing hands-on workshops, mentoring, and internship opportunities. It supplements traditional education and provides a supportive community for young women to learn how to create technology. We focus on recruiting girls who do not see themselves as technical but who have the aptitude to do very well in technical fields. We place additional emphasis on recruiting at-risk and low-income participants. By increasing our participants’ self-confidence and interest in technology, we increase the number of girls who aspire to technology careers. This important work is shaping the workforce of tomorrow to have the diverse skills and perspectives needed for the industry to thrive.
All of our workshops are hands-on so that participants come out of each with a sense of accomplishment and a burst of confidence. They remain engaged and learning through monthly workshops throughout the year. Offerings include robotics, web programming, gaming, and building computers. Our program is free to participants.
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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 young women do not reach their potential in STEM because they thought it was too difficult—or did not have role models in the field. By asking educators, parents and friends to hand-select our participants, we are giving our participants a vote of confidence: people who know them and recognize their abilities have nominated them for this exclusive opportunity!
Participants can choose to be paired with mentors and have the opportunity to go to regular workshops throughout the year.
Transportation help and food are provided at all of our events; child care stipends are also available if needed.
The 2017/2018 ChickTech Houston High School Program kicked off on December 2nd, 2017, with the first Robotics workshop at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. 18 lucky girls got to build their very own working robot in the heart of NASA. See below for a short video of the day.