ChickTech NYC gathers 150 NYC High School girls to try STEM!

NEW YORK CITY — 150 NYC High School girls are coming together on Dec 3-4 at Pace University in Manhattan to participate in a free, hands-on program created by ChickTech NYC to show high school girls that engineering can be fun and exciting!

Since 2014, ChickTech NYC has offered high school girls in the New York City metropolitan area more than 60 hours of hands-on STEM curriculum and mentorship opportunities. This comprehensive year-long program will introduce 150 girls to STEM careers this year. These girls may not see themselves as technical but have the aptitude to do very well in technical fields. ChickTech has been accepting nominations for (cis- and trans-) girls since September 2016. Some of them might be eligible for free or reduced lunch, they show creativity and willingness to learn new things and will not consider a tech career without extra encouragement.

The ChickTech Kickoff Event will be held Dec. 3-4 at Pace University in Manhattan and will feature two-day, hands-on workshops meant to spark an interest in STEM careers. The workshops include mobile app development, 3D printing, soft circuits, wearable technology, virtual reality, user experience design, web development and the internet of things. After this event, participants are paired with mentors and have the opportunity to go to regular workshops and events throughout the year. Last year, participants were able to make paper prototypes with staff at Pace University, tour Google with our volunteers and gain access to special museum exhibits. You can check out the projects created by girls at last year’s event here! The kickoff event is designed to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, provide positive role models, and create connections with other young women from the area.

This year, we’ll kick off our academic year on Dec. 3-4 at Pace University in Manhattan. The 2-day program will end with our annual High School Tech Show — exhibiting the projects created by our high school participants in one of the workshop tracks. This event is open to the public and the press. It will be held at 4:30pm on Sunday, Dec 4 at 3 Spruce St. You’re invited to stop by, speak with our participants and shoot photographs or video.

We’re seeking volunteers to work as teaching assistants in each of our 7 workshop tracks, volunteers to offer general event support as well as photographers.

Sign up to volunteer on Dec. 3-4 here.

ChickTech is a registered 501(C)3.