What is ChickTech High School?

ChickTech High School revolves around creating events that will get high schoolers interested and excited about technology. These events pose some interesting challenges, as we expect that most of our participants have never had a chance to do anything like what we are offering. Our goal is to reach the girls who would make great engineers, but because of stereotypes and a lack of opportunity, may not realize it until they are already doing something else, if at all. We also strive to show the relevance of each workshop to their lives–and help them to understand that they have the ability use tech to transform their world!

Is this an alternative education setting or is this something students would do in addition to HS curriculum?

ChickTech is not an alternative education setting, it is meant to supplement a girl’s education by showing her what a career in tech would entail. Girls will attend the kick off event over 1 weekend and then can attend any other workshops they’d like throughout the school year (also scheduled on weekends so as to not interfere with school or extracurricular activities).

How much does it cost?

ChickTech High School is 100% free for the attending girls. We will cover the costs for the workshops, transportation, food and childcare.

Is this open to home school students?

Absolutely! We’d love if you could get one of your homeschool network parents to nominate your daughter if possible though. The vote of confidence from someone other than a parent is very important to our process.

When does ChickTech High School start?

ChickTech’s high school program kick off program will take place until November 15th.

Where does ChickTech High School take place?

Kickoff will be at Denver University.

How long does the program last?

The kick off program is a weekend long event where we will provide transportation, food, child care and education for up to 100 girls.  After the kick off we will offer monthly workshops for the girls to continue their education through June.

What is included?

For our kick off weekend the girls will have access to education, food, child care (if needed) and free transportation to and from the event.  Future weekend workshops will offer food and education.  If girls need transportation and child care we can investigate sponsors for those items on a per need basis.

What does the kick off weekend look like?

Participants will participate in one workshop of their choice for the full two days. This allows for 10 hours of project time in one area so they can leave with a finished product they’re proud of by the end of the weekend. We have found this drastically increases their confidence in their abilities, their sense of community and belonging, and their interest in technology careers.

Who can participate in ChickTech High School?

Any high school student who identifies as a girl is welcome to participate. The benefit of an all-girl experience is supported by a significant body of research.

How does my daughter sign up?

Girls are all nominated by an educator. We are looking for girls who would not find tech on their own, girls who might never think of a career in tech on their own. We want educators to nominate these girls so that they see that someone believe in them and that they can follow any career path – even the one they never considered before.

Why do you need educators’ recommendations?

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.  As educators (teachers, troop leaders, mentors, etc), many of you have seen young women not reach their potential in STEM because they thought it was too difficult—or it wasn’t what they’ve seen women do.  By asking educators to hand-select our participants, we are giving our participants a vote of confidence: people who know them and their abilities have nominated them for this exclusive opportunity!  All of our large events fill up and have waiting lists, so we encourage you to get your list in ASAP so your students’ spaces are reserved.

Do I have to be a teacher to nominate a girl?

No you do not. We will accept nominations from mentors, troop leaders, 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 is the application process?

Now – November 15: Schools are notified of the program and nominations begin. Students can be nominated by their principals, teachers, or parents. Please consider nominating students who:

  1. Will be in 9th-12th grade as of January 2020
  2. (40%+) are eligible for free or reduced lunch
  3. Have an above-average aptitude for math or science, along with creativity and willingness to learn new things
  4. Would probably not consider a tech career without extra encouragement
  5. (70%+) have not created technology before (who are not already on a robotics team, etc.)

These girls probably:

  • have been actively discouraged from a career in tech in the past
  • haven’t tried out tech projects because of obstacles in their life
  • aren’t confident in their skills

November  15th – December 11th: We print letters addressed to each of the potential participants explaining the program and how to register, and we deliver them to each school.

December 11th – December 31st: Participants register online for the event. The event is first come, first served, although we will have a waiting list in case there are cancellations.

January 18th – 19th: The ChickTech Denver Kick-off Conference!

What kind of results have you seen from ChickTech High School?

ChickTech was founded in 2012 in Portland, Oregon and now has over 20 chapters in North America.
Denver Chapter has served over 200 students to date.
We partner with 100 schools in the Denver metro area and continue to expand.

Students served:

  • 55% Hispanic
  • 17% White
  • 13% Asian
  • 13% African American
  • 2% Pacific Islander
  • 52% on lunch assist

95% felt that the information they learned was “useful to [them].”

Comments from Denver Students

“I was really grateful for the staff here. I also really enjoyed the interactive physical learning and experience I was able to undergo. Being able to also have food provided was awesome!!!! I enjoy this program because I feel that I can learn more about technology that will help me with pursuing an
engineering career later on in the future.”

“I love the ChickTech experience! It’s very educational, if this was an actual… school I think I would come every day and get fully engaged in this!”

ChickTech is a registered 501(c)3.