LTHS Students attend ChickTech High School Kick-Off

ChickTech: High School is a yearlong program that introduces high school girls to different aspects of careers in technology and to inspire them to pursue a career in the technology and computer science fields.

PHOTOGRAPHED:  Jordan Brooks ,  Izzy Fontaine ,  Jamie Gallagher ,  Roshini George ,  Julia Hathaway ,  Emily Padilla, Hefiz-Ba’ Ramirez ,  Sameera Raza , and  Alejandra Zaldivar   ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS (not photographed):  Lindsay Edwards ,  Annie Reckar ,  Caroline Reckart , and  Kaitlyn Russo

PHOTOGRAPHED: Jordan Brooks, Izzy Fontaine, Jamie Gallagher, Roshini George, Julia Hathaway, Emily Padilla, Hefiz-Ba’ Ramirez, Sameera Raza, and Alejandra Zaldivar

ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS (not photographed): Lindsay Edwards, Annie Reckar, Caroline Reckart, and Kaitlyn Russo

Thirteen Lake Travis High School girls attended the kick-off of the Austin Chapter of ChickTech inaugural program held November 12-13 held at Google in Austin. 

Participants attended one of the following hands-on technology workshops: 

  • Build Your Own Computer with Orange Pi - Computers and Hardware
  • Developing for the Modern Web - Web Development
  • Let’s Build a WiFi Robot - Robotics
  • Level Design with Portal 2 - Video Game Design
  • Designing Plushie Tech with Arduino Lilypad - Soft Circuits
  • Digital Filmmaking - Digital Media

ChickTech received 339 nominations from 55 teachers in 37 Austin-metro area schools for the November event of which 100 girls were chosen to participate in a year-long technology workshops. The program is provided at no cost to the participants.

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.

The girls also have the opportunity to continue attending workshops once a month at different technology and engineering companies throughout Austin.

December 10:   User Experience @ Capital Factory
January 16:        Design for Software @ IBM Design
February 11:       Data Visualization @ TBD
March 4:             Deploying a Web App with Cloud 9 and GitHub @ TBD
April 22:             Agile in a Day @ CDK Global
May 26:              Topic TBD @ WPEngine

For more information about ChickTech: High School, click here.