Not all young women know the precise career path they’ll take after high school. That’s where Portland-based technology group ChickTech (yes, that is really the company name) comes in and holds events to introduce the occupational possibilities of technology to these young minds. The non-profit organization’s next stop will be at Oregon State University from Saturday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 24.
ChickTech, which was founded in 2013 by OSU alumna Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, presents free, hands-on workshops where students can assist in creating phone apps and video games, constructing robots, and other activities. They also benefit learning from and working side by side with industry pros and engineers. This year’s event is sponsored and supported by the OSU School of Electrical Engineering and successful, local tech companies like Hewlett-Packard, Korvis, and Kattare.
These workshops are designed to create a fun and positive work environment for young women to learn in, as well as to boost their confidence with technology and networking abilities.
But, ChickTech? They should go back to the drawing board on that name. At least, “chick” isn’t as derogatory a term as it once was—or is it?
The event concludes with a free presentation (open to the public), where participating students will display their projects at OSU’s Kelley Engineering Center from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24.